As we roll into the month of December the search for the perfect present begins...This holiday season we challenge you to shop local and support Grand Isle County businesses. We have you covered with gift inspiration and great shopping spots right here in the Champlain Islands!
1. Doghouse Pottery
South Hero recently welcomed Doghouse Pottery and they have opened a studio and shop at 564 US-2 Unit 4! You may recognize them from the Champlain Islands Farmers’ Market as well. All of their products are 100% handmade in South Hero, Vermont. Ranging from beautiful mugs to mixing bowls and even growlers you will be sure to find a special pottery item for someone on your list!
Photo by Amanda via Doghouse Pottery
2. Champlain Islands Candy Lab
Is it really the holidays if you aren’t indulging in sweet treats? The Champlain Islands Candy Lab in South Hero, Vermont has an assortment of to die for Vermont artisanal chocolates and baked goods. They also offer holiday gift boxes and custom gift boxes, perfect for the chocolate connoisseur in your life!
Photo via Champlain Islands Candy Lab
3. Kraemer & Kin
To appease the Beer lovers on your list, head to Kraemer and Kin’s tasting room in North Hero and pick up a gift card or a four-pack of their tasty, beautifully packaged craft brews. We recommend pairing that with one of their merch items, try adding a couple of their pint glasses or a Botanical Ampersand Tee.
Photo via Kraemer and Kin
4. Meadow Lane Macrame
Meadow Lane Macrame is a Handmade Fiber Art shop out of South Hero that creates unique pieces from wall art to super fun earrings. These boho inspired designs are irresistible and their plant hangers are a great gift for those with a green thumb! You can browse their different macrame collections on their brand new website.
Photo by Christel Nase via Meadow Lane Macrame
5. Hero's Welcome General Store
When in doubt, head to Hero’s Welcome in North Hero. This general store will have you covered with everything under the sun. Whether you’re looking for your niece, nephew, or co-worker, this general store is packed with games, books, gag gifts, household items, clothing, and a wide selection of local products!
Photo via Hero's Welcome
6. Grand Isle Art Works
Located on Route 2 in Grand Isle, Vermont, Grand Isle Art Works has a variety of fine arts and crafts ranging from glass, mixed media, clay, wood, photography and much more! While you're there, keep an eye out for Across the Grain Pottery and their raku fish sculptures. This South Hero pottery studio specializes in functional pottery and raku, they even offer classes as well! Surprise your crafty friend or family member with the gift of a private pottery lesson.
Photo via Grand Isle Art Works
7. Savage Gardens Bijoux Jewelry
A local farmer, owner of Savage Gardens, and a jeweler?! Amanda Gervais does it all, including creating unique sterling silver pieces that are popular among many. Based out of North Hero, one of her most well-known pieces are her Lake Champlain pendants. To see more of Bijoux Jewelry’s designs visit her shop on etsy.
Photo by Amanda Gervais via Savage Gardens
That’s a wrap on our holiday gift guide folks! Now you can find something for everybody on your list this holiday season while supporting small businesses in the Champlain Islands. Don't see your favorite shop on our list? Please comment their name or website below!
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