We’re pleased to present our first Very Vermont Gift Guide! Finely crafted bow ties, stationary and spirits – we hope there’s something wonderful here for everyone on your list.
1. Orvis (Manchester). Heritage Moleskin Field Coat, $250
Orvis is about fly fishing, yes, but they’re also America’s oldest mail-order outfitter (1856). How about this Heritage Field Coat in Olive? Perfect for that country gentleman in your life, or the city dweller who aspires to be one.
2. Beau Ties (Middlebury). Ski Lift Bow Tie, $59.
Go on, rock a bow tie this holiday. Beau Ties’ Ski Lift design featuring skiers and, you guessed it, ski lifts, is destined to become a New England classic. Not a big skier? Don’t worry, Beau Ties has many other fun styles to choose from.
3. Vermont Smoke and Cure (Hinesburg). Real Sticks, $29.95.
Tasty, nutritious and all-natural, Real Sticks come in all kinds of zesty flavors. They're great for keeping you awake when you’re motoring north to see Grandma, or for powering you up that snowy mountain when you get there.
4. Red House (Shelburne). Waxed Canvas Storage Bin, $56.
Red House makes beautiful field satchels, work aprons and wallets - we’re especially fond of this multi-purpose storage bin. How you use it is up to you; we’re partial to the way it’s pictured here, filled with freshly-split firewood.
5. Ursa Major (Burlington). Trailside Candle, $40
Our all-natural scented candle contains a fulsome blend of pure essential oils including cedar, spruce, sandalwood, mint and orange. It's the perfect indulgence for your home this winter, and it makes a delightful gift too!
6. Scout's Honor Paper (Burlington). Camp Icon Cards, $16.
Illustrator Annemarie Buckley is creating a stir with her whimsical, modern designs. Her Camp Icon series contains four handsome cards printed on thick paper stock, each more fitting than the next for that heartfelt holiday note.
7. Caledonia Spirits (Hardwick). Barr Hill Honey Gin, $34.99
Barr Hill Gin is racking up awards with spirits aficionados worldwide, and for good reason. It’s made with fresh Juniper berries and raw northern honey for a uniquely delicious taste that’s literally rooted in Vermont. Lip-smacking good!
8. Finn Utility (Richmond). Streamer Wallet, $55.
Mix great design with a love of fly-fishing and you get Finn Utility. We’ve got our eye on the Streamer Wallet, made of bridle leather, waxed twill canvas and 100% sheep shearling. If anything is worthy of holding your hand-tied flies, this is it.
9. Norton's Vermont Toboggans (Barre). Green Mountain Family Toboggan, $200
Who doesn’t love whooshing down a snow-covered hill on a toboggan? Just saying that word makes us smile. This holiday give the gift of speed and smiles with this Green Mountain Family cruiser, the Jeep Woody of sleds.
10. Darn Tough (Northfield) Pinnacle Over-the-Calf Ultralight, $23
In our minds the perfect pair of winter socks should be toasty warm, snug, comfortable (no seams), durable and odor-busting. Oh, and they can’t be black. This Darn Tough merino delivers on all fronts. And they’re guaranteed for life!
11. Ibex (White River Junction). Ramble Wool Pant, $225.
Wool? Rambling? Sign us up. This pair of trousers, designed to “make winter more free”, has our number. Still need convincing? The Ramble has 4.8 out of 5 stars from 19 happy Ibex customers. We’re sold.
12. Farmhouse Pottery (Woodstock). Milk Bottle Match Striker, $36.
We can’t think of a friend who wouldn’t be delighted to receive one of these…Beautiful, hand-thrown pottery with a practical purpose—strike a match anywhere on the bottom half of this little pot and sparks will fly!
That’s a wrap! Hopefully this Very Vermont Gift Guide has made your holiday shopping a little easier, and a lot more fun. See you on the trails!
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