Gift Guide 2016

This year, Gardiner has welcomed many new businesses to its downtown. A testament to the inviting atmosphere, and love that our residents and visitors have for small businesses. Gardiner Main Street aims to draw more people to its small town to shop local for the holidays by participating in American Express Shop Small Saturday, and creating Destination Downtown events. Saturdays from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve offer an all-inclusive shopping experience, with free gift wrapping and special events. Wishlists will once again be offered in most stores, an opportunity to help shoppers get a gift that they know their loved ones will enjoy.

   

   One new addition to downtown, Starfruit Solutions, connects buyers and sellers with New England made goods with their website Upta.Market. There’s something for everyone on your gift list and 50% of the profit goes to charities in New England, so your purchase gives twice.

Purchasing gifts from a local business this year helps you ensure that your buying power is working in the Maine economy, and it also means that gifts for your loved ones are as unique as they are.  When you take a stroll through downtown Gardiner, here is some examples of what you might find:

In addition to great deals on clothing, Bella Donna Consignment Shop has handmade, all natural products made by Rustic Harmony Candles n Things. Hand poured soy candles of wonderful and varied fragrances, all natural laundry soap, and beautiful all natural bar soaps! These would make great gifts for a party host, or quality stocking stuffers.

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Candle in the Window offers many options for decorating your home and bringing that nostalgic feeling to every room.  Here we show a beautiful assortment of table runners that will enhance any Holiday and throughout the year.  These are a sample of just a few of the wonderful primitive decor items offered at Candle in the Window. A visit to this shop will get you in the Holiday spirit.

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Craft Beer Cellar carries over 200 labels of high quality beer and wine. Enjoy a 24 day Advent Box, or a custom mix and match 6-pack.

Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa will be offering 6 – 1 hour massage or Aromatouch sessions for $350 ( a $100 savings if you were buying each separately) They also have gift certificates and holiday essential oil gift bags for great gift ideas.

The Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe offers locally made coffee mugs with an imprinted Co-op logo.  The mugs are made by The Potter’s House in Litchfield. They also have several options available for coffee and tea to go along with the mugs. Additional items that would compliment the mug include chocolates and locally produced honey.    

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Mainiac Brewing & Supply Co. LLC has everything needed for the perfect home brew. For someone just starting out, the K3 Homebrew Equipment Kit is all the equipment you need for your first 5 gallon batch of beer for $79.95.    

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Monkitree offers a variety of handcrafted items. Whether you are hunting for a teacher or hostess gift or the one special gift for your special someone, you can find it at Monkitree. A great source for Maine made gifts-handwoven scarves, unique jewelry, pottery, serving boards, leather wallets, and so much more.

A ukulele is a fun gift for someone who enjoys music. Niche, Inc. has colorful single ukuleles with matching bags. For someone who is anxious to learn, there are kits that include a ukulele, book, and CD to learn on. Niche also has all the accessories, picks, strings, and cases.

You can never go wrong with a gift certificate! Consider pampering your loved one with a gift certificate to Krome Hair Salon, a $30 gift certificate is only $25. Give a gift, get a gift at Lisa’s Legit Burritos. Purchase a gift certificate valued at $10 or more, and get a coupon for a FREE taco. Johnson Hall gift certificates are essential for anyone on your list who likes to be entertained. Throughout the year they bring a variety of acts to Gardiner, comedy, music, movies, and more. Visit www.johnsonhall.org for a list of shows. Frosty’s gift certificates make great secret santa gifts.

   Get out and enjoy the Gardiner experience! Grab a maple latte from the Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, and browse the variety of quality and unique businesses. The shop owners all value high customer service, that will be apparent to you the minute you walk through their door. There is no rush to get to the next person in line, they will take the time to help you find just what you need. Join the Passport to Prizes event during our Downtown Open House on Shop Small Saturday, November 26th. Smell the evergreen wreaths for sale, and enjoy music in Johnson Hall Park. Visit gardinermainstreet.org and the Gardiner Main Street Facebook page to find out more about what’s happening in Gardiner this holiday season. Come explore this vibrant, growing community!