Now for the cream of the crop, my home state, the motherland . . . Vermont! We’ll be enjoying a white christmas at my home this year after spending the holidays in Maine last year. Couldn’t be more excited to be home! Check out the rest of the New England Gift Guide here.
Got someone on the list who loves to chase fresh powder and ride backwoods trails? A PowderJet Snowboard in West Rupert will make them jump for joy, out the door, and straight to the mountain. Jesse Loomis started crafting his own boards with the rugged Vermont mountainside in mind. His shop uses sustainably US grown maple and poplar laminates because they’re strong and lightweight, sandwiches them with bio resin and fiberglass, and then hand finishes each board. The boards are beyond simple and make for the most fun ride you’ll ever have. A PowderJet board is the ideal “East Coast powder jammer”.
Skincare connoisseurs Ursa Major in Burlington have made holiday shopping easy with a wide selection of kits marked “Holiday Set” on their online shop. Sets range from $24 to $125, making them a great option for anyone on your list in need of a bit of a spruce-up. Founded by husband and wife team Oliver and Emily, Ursa Major was built from a desire to provide a healthy and effective skincare line that was an all-natural alternative to the toxic products that were littering the market. The result is a line of products that smell and feel great.
For the syrup fiend and connoisseur, grab some Vermont Fancy Syrup from Bobo’s Mountain Sugar. Based in Weston, VT this husband and wife team stay true to the land and you can taste it in their syrup. Stock up till December 23rd with 15% off and free shipping off of all syrups. And be sure to check out their list of recipes worthy of some Bobo’s.
Fellow Connecticut College alums Taylor and Misha (who is also a native Vermonter) started a farm in White River Junction called Free Verse Farm, specializing in culinary herbs, herbal remedies, and herbal teas. They keep a very environmentally clean set up on the farm, using no chemicals or tractors. Taylor and Misha tend to their fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, and six chickens on several acres using only hand tools (or just letting nature take its course and do what it does best!). I’m keen to try their Earl of Vermont tea and herbal remedies.
For the sweet tooth on your list, you can’t go wrong with Fat Toad Farm’s goat’s milk caramel. This is a repeat stocking stuffer for me and my husband (who has a chronic sweet tooth). Fat Toad Farm keeps happy goats in Brookfield who are rotationally grazed on high quality pasture, which in turn enhances the delicious local flavoring of the caramel. The goats are milked twice a day, and their milk is then heated and hand-stirred with organic can sugar for 6 hours. For flavors, cinnamon sticks or Kentucky Straight Bourbon are added to the dissolving cane sugar before adding the milk. The caramel is then poured into jars which are then hand labeled and packaged, just for you!
Gift the gift of letter writing with stationery from Scout’s Honor Co. Based in Burlington, designer Annmarie hand-letters each design which is then locally printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper. Her whimsical work is inspired by the beautiful state of Vermont, classic Americana, vintage signage, and the nostalgia of New England. I love her Mountain Town design, it reminds me of home in the valley of Southern Vermont.
Keep your loved ones warm with a Johnson Woolen Mills blanket. Just north of Stowe in the little village of Johnson, the company still makes the shirts, iceman’s pants, and jackets that they’ve been famous for for almost 50 years. The family that still runs the business traces their roots back to crossing the pond from England and settling in Vermont at the end of the 1700s.