Living in Maine

Get your local holiday shopping on in Portland!

Did you survive Black Friday? If you didn’t go out and join the crowds, holiday shopping is probably on your mind. Yes, there’s something a little too easy about hopping onto Amazon and getting all your shopping done online, but don’t forget about local holiday shopping! Portland is an incredibly vibrant city to explore, and this applies to gift giving as well. Feeling anxious? We’re giving you our favorite stops for the best local holiday shopping in Portland as our early holiday gift to you!

Lisa-Marie’s Made In Maine: 35 Exchange Street, Portland

If you’ve meandered around the Old Port, you’ve probably walked right past Lisa-Marie’s a million times. There’s a little bit of everything here, so it’s a great first stop for local holiday shopping! You can find everything from candles, jewelry, coasters, and art to ornaments, knick knacks, and accessories. Everything at Lisa-Marie’s is Maine made, so you can add a little bit of local holiday flair to your gift shopping this year!

Sea Bags: 25 Custom House Wharf, Portland

One of Maine’s quintessential local brands, Sea Bags are both gorgeous and helping the environment. For that special someone in your life, a Sea Bag is a no brainer for local holiday shopping. A recycled sail doesn’t sound like much in theory, but these bags are some of the most unique accessories coming out of Maine right now. Choose from classic designs like the anchor, or lobsters, or go above and beyond and order a custom Sea Bag, unique to only the person receiving it. Talk about being the talk of the town!

Coastal Maine Popcorn: 43 Exchange Street, Portland

Looking for the perfect gift for your foodie friends? Assuming they aren’t wearing braces, everybody loves popcorn, and there’s even more to love when you do your local holiday shopping at Coastal Maine Popcorn. Located conveniently in the Old Port (and less than a block from the aforementioned Lisa-Marie’s) Coastal Maine Popcorn has the best popcorn that money can buy. Since 2008, Coastal Maine Popcorn has been creating local and delicious popcorn for foodies of all ages! From savory flavors like Buffalo Wing, Parmesan Garlic, and Salt & Vinegar to sweet flavors like Maine Maple, Kettle Korn, and New England Berries. No matter what kind of popcorn you like, Coastal Maine Popcorn has it!

Bard Coffee: 185 Middle Street, Portland

For coffee lovers, Bard Coffee is an excellent place to go to recharge your batteries after all that shopping, and to pick up the ideal gift for that friend who is always drinking coffee. Choose from things like Bard’s Organic High Tide Espresso Blend, or Antonio Domingo Cota from Guatemala. If they own too much coffee already, buy them a stainless steel dropper, or a coffee grinder for those mornings when all they want to do is have a cup of freshly ground coffee.

Did we miss your favorite local holiday shopping spot in Portland? Let us know in the comments where you’ll be shopping this holiday season!