Rhode Island Gift Guide

Next up in the New England Gift Guide is Rhode Island, state of my boarding school tenure.

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For the coffee maniac in your family, you can’t go wrong with Dave’s Coffee. A Certified Organic Roaster and a member of Farm Fresh RI, this family owned business is the real deal. They roast their coffee by hand and keep close to their community and roots. Swing by their headquarters in Charlestown and grab an espresso and baked good from their bakery.

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There’s nothing more precious than a handmade wooden toy. Family run business Seven Acre Toys in Providence had been making toys for years, but were inspired to offer them to others after their son was born. The toys are well designed using only FSC certified hardwoods, organic unbleached and undyed yarns, and natural beeswax.

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After indulging in all the holiday feasting, you won’t feel guilty about popping some Glee Gum. The world’s first fair trade gum, Glee is also free of artificial flavors and ingredients. Made in Providence by Verve Inc. which is an independent women-owned business.

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Go old school with a pair of American Flag cufflinks made by JJ Weston. They’ve been a leader in American made men’s accessories for 20 years, making all their products at their Pawtucket headquarters.

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A made in Rhode Island list wouldn’t be complete without Del’s Frozen Lemonade. And lucky for those not located in the state, you can order the kit to make it at home. The recipe was first made in Milan in the late 1800s and was brought over to American at the turn of the century. To this day the company is family-run and owned.

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My friend Rob’s store Wharf is like a beacon of hope for style in the state. His own shirting, made in New England, is reason enough to stop by his shop in downtown Providence. Personally partial to his The One popover shirt.

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