Local Shopping Guide: Yankee Swap, Secret Santa, and Stocking Stuffer Ideas


Submitted 2 years ago
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Katie Donovan

Sometimes it's hard to know what to get people as a gift.  You want to get them something they'll use and appreciate but you're not sure what.  Here are some ideas I hope will help you as you do your holiday shopping.

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Sample size infused vinegars and olive oilsfrom InfuseMe.  They’re great for experimenting with salad dressings or flavoring meals.

Maple syrup grade sampler from the Cheeseboard. Now they'll know what type of maple syrup they like the best.  They have lots of other great maple products like caramel maple syrup!

Christmas ornament or decorative item: Handblown glass ornament from Artifactory, decorative items from the Paperstore.

Blake Hill Preserves: You can get little jar samples.  I love the apricot and orange and lemon marmalade flavors.  See my more detailed post here

Specialty Food items:  I always like getting specialty food items because they’re a tasty luxury.  QuecheeGorge Gifts has all you need for these types of gifts like great fudge, Fat Toad Farm Caramel,  or Smoky Bacon Cabot Cheese.

Local Chocolates like Lake Champlain from Burlington that you can get at King Arthur, Laughing Moon Chocolates from Stowe you can get online, and Burdick Chocolates from Walpole.

Hot chocolate mix like Silly Cow you can get at the Claremont Spice Store with Baileys or another flavored liquor.  See how the gift looks here.  

Fun Blank Cards, mug, magnets, coloring books, or antique journal from POST in White River.

Yankee Candle Accessory: Everyone loves a nice neutral scent and the ambience of a Yankee Candle.  Not sure what scent they’d like? A tart burner, wax melt, candle topper or tray, or other candle accessory with a gift card might be a good option.   They also have their top gifts too so you can know where to start:.

More Local Gift Stores to Check Out

Bouteille in Claremont  

Lemon Tree Gifts in Hanover

The Paper Store in West Lebanon.

Gift Basket Ideas:

My Lucky Day: small alcohols, scratch tickets, and a gift card at a local coffee shop.

House Warming: Cloth napkins and soap from the Cheeseboard in Windsor (I like the Maple Sugar one) or Sallyander Soaps at Quechee Gorge Gifts, the Vermont Spot (I like apple crisp and candy cane flavors); Swedish dish clothes from Thyme to Cook in Rockingham which used to be in Claremont (they’re amazing and pretty!); chocolate vodka from Silo in Windsor; and perfume bottle house scents from Bouteille in Claremont.

Entertaining: Funny coasters and wine from Bouteille in Claremont, Unicorn Puke Candle from Valley Flower Co. in White River, Cloth Napkins from the Cheeseboard, something lovely from Uncommon Home in White River.

Local Drink Sampler: There are a lot of alcohol makers in the area.  You could give a gift of one or more of these great products if you know their preference.  I like the chocolate vodka at Silo.   There’s also Harpoon in Windsor  and Vermont Spirits in Quechee.  Their Maple Spirit looks delicious. Boyden Valley Winery has Vermont Ice Maple Cream, which I hear is fabulous.

For More Gift Ideas check out my food gifts post. Plus local craft fairs are always great places to find unique locally made goods too.

Happy Shopping!

#pdv #pdn

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