This time of year we often have people walk into the store looking completely lost knowing that they have to find some stocking stuffers. This year, we had a customer e-mail us with a Stocking Stuffer SOS …


On Dec 7, 2015, at 2:22 PM:

Dear Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine,
Help! I am attending my girlfriend’s family Christmas Eve events and have been told that her family is including me in their Stocking Tradition. Every year, each member of the family has a stocking and they all put one item around $10 into everyone else’s stocking. I have been given the names of the people who will be there. Her family has vacationed in Maine and enjoys it here. I have just moved to Maine and would love to give them some stocking stuffers representing Maine as well as support a local business. I don’t have the time to come into the store to browse so I was wondering if you could help give me some ideas of what you have in the store. Do you provide gift wrapping?

Phred (girlfriend’s Dad) : 7th Grade Science Teacher
Helen (girlfriend’s Mom) : likes wine, has lots of earrings.
Marcy (girlfriend’s sister) : studied Photography in school
Leslie & Jesse (family friends, two stockings) : Don’t know them that well. They have a lake house.
Carol & Richard (family friends, two stockings) : I haven’t met them.

Thank-you in advance for your help.
Jess

Of course, we were more than happy to oblige and provide some ideas…


On Dec 7, 2015, at 5:06 PM, Marie Stewart <marie@lisamariesmadeinmaine.com> wrote:

Hi Jess!
Thanks so much for your inquiry. We’d be happy to help with some Stocking Stuffer ideas!
It can be difficult and stressful to buy things for people that you don’t know that well. Luckily, we’ve got lots of gift ideas around $10 that are functional and won’t collect dust.

Phred : 
Pocket Monkey – a multi-functional tool that slides right into your wallet. $10
Minimalist Wallet – perfect to hold your Driver’s License and a few credit cards. $8
Maple Syrup – you can’t go wrong with maple syrup. It’s organic and just so much better than the high-fructose syrups you find at the grocery store. $9-$16stocking stuffersHelen : 
Tea with Honey – We have flavored teas with honey made by bees who have only pollinated blueberry bushes, giving it a blueberry hint. Tea $3, Honey $6
Soap & hand cream – There are MANY different soaps in different scents to choose from. Pair the soap with a scented hand cream made from local beeswax. Soap $6. Hand Cream $8
Typewriter Key Jewelry – Necklaces with pendants made from old, vintage typewriters. $18
stocking stuffersMarcy :
Photography by JKW – We have gorgeous photography of Maine by local photographer available in 5×7 prints. $7
Soy Candle – Soy candles are better for the environment as they burn and we carry a couple different companies that make different scents. I love the    $10
State of Maine slate coaster – cut from Maine slate into the shape of Maine, these coasters will keep your tabletops dry. $14

stocking stuffersLeslie & Jessie :
Maple Syrup – again, you can’t go wrong with Maple Syrup. $9-$16
Ikebana vase – small pottery cups with prongs in the center to hold hollow stemmed flowers to prolong their life. $12
Jam – many different kinds to choose from, blueberry jam is a Maine staple. $6-$9
Chowder & Towel – We have chowder mixes that make you seem like a professional chef. Pair the mix with a Flour Sack Towel with a lobster on it. Chowder mix $6, Towel $9.

stocking stuffersCarol & Richard :
Balsam Cabin Incense Burner – In the shape of a cabin, these little boxes hold incense sticks that are held in the chimney of the cabin. They fill your home with the sent of pine and Maine woods when burnt. 
Coffee or Tea – Blueberry coffee or Maple Tea are good gifts for people who you don’t know well – because who doesn’t like coffee or tea? $3 each
Blueberry Pancake mix – Give the gift of breakfast. Make it super easy to whip up a batch of pancakes by giving a Blueberry Pancake mix. $9
Massage Candle – After these are burnt for a little while, use the melted wax to moisturize your skin. Made with coconut oil and other natural ingredients, these candles will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling wonderful. $10
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I hope this helps. Let me know what you are interested in and we will start to get everything gift wrapped ready for those stockings for you! Thanks again for choosing to buy local.
*Marie

Jess responded to us promptly…


On Dec 8, 2015, at 11:48 AM:

Marie,

Thanks for all that info. You seem to have a lot of options, it was hard to choose!

For Phred I’d like to do some maple syrup.
For Helen Some soap and hand cream to match scents
I think Marcy would most appreciate a soy candle. What’s your favorite scent?
I recall Leslie and Jessie having flowers around their lake house. Could I get an ikebana for Leslie?
I’d like to do a syrup of some sort for Jessie also. Do you have anything different than what I’d get for Phred? Maybe
something blueberry?
I really don’t know Carol and Jessie at all so I think I’d like to go with some food. Could we do a couple of coffees for Carol and a pancake mix for Richard? 
 
Let me know if you can make these things happen. I will call you to give you my credit card info for payment. I look forward to hearing from you.
Jess

With our mission in hand, like busy little elves, we picked out Jess’ requests, photographed and wrapped them up for her. Each item had it’s price tag removed, and was wrapped in red, white and green paper ready to by stuffed into a stocking.


On Dec 8, 2015, at 2:15 PM, Marie Stewart <marie@lisamariesmadeinmaine.com> wrote:
Hi Jess,
Thanks for the phone call with your payment information. I’ve got it all done for you. I chose the Maine Sea Breeze candle for Marcy as it’s one of my personal favorites. Stop by whenever is convenient for you to pick up your items. Thanks again for supporting local and we hope that your recipients love their stocking stuffers!
*Marie
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Since we had received Jess’s credit card information over the phone and all her items were paid, all she had to do was to stop in the store on her way home from work to pick up her bag of fully wrapped. She was really appreciative…


On Dec 8, 2015, at 8:34 PM:
Marie,
Thank-you so much for your prompt responses and quick wrapping. You have made the stressful job of finding stocking stuffers for people I don’t know that well pain-free. I can’t wait to bring my pieces of Maine to loved ones in New Jersey. I’ll be back when I need to buy more gifts for people.
Jess

And with that, we have another satisfied customer! Thanks Jess, for choosing Lisa-Marie’s for your Stocking Stuffers SOS!

Have you been invited to join family and friends this holiday season? Well, you don’t want to show up empty handed without a gift for your Thanksgiving host. We’ve got a couple suggestions that could help you out…

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Appetizer – Pottery Dish with a selection of flavorful dips

If it’s your job to bring an appetizer, why not bring some dip in a pottery dish that you can leave with your host? These dips are ridiculously easy to make and come with tasty recipe ideas. Dip dishes are a great and simple gift that your host can use time and time again.

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Maine Course – Bottle of wine and wine stopper

Grab your favorite locally made bottle of wine to bring to your host. Pour a couple of glasses and then leave it out for everyone to enjoy, but don’t forget a wine stopper! We have many wine stopper options from simple to elegant. We also carry wine bottle holders, some made from old skis and others shaped like a lobster.

Blog_11212015_CookbookDessert – “Delicious Maine Desserts” Cookbook accompanied by a Rustic Apple and Pear Tart

From easy to elaborate, this cookbook covers all the basic Maine treats as well as adding a few sure-to-be new favorites. The Rustic Apple and Pear Tart with Cheddar Cheese is sure to delight dinner guests with its twist on the classic Maine Apple Pie. Bring the cookbook along with the pie as a gift to leave with your host.

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Here at Lisa-Marie’s we are ready to help you with all your holiday needs. Come visit us in either location – Downtown Bath or Portland’s Old Port- and we’ll help find the perfect scented candle, gift-wrap some earrings or fill a gift basket with your hand-picked goodies.

 

 


It’s amazing how resourceful Mainers are. We use EVERYTHING! Right down to the shells of our seafood. That’s right, we have lots of different items that are made from recycled lobster shells, mussel shells, and oyster shells as well as many other unique Maine findings.

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Springtime means gardens are being planted and farmers markets are in full force. Don’t get caught without your Hod basket!

Wait, what is a Hod basket you say? Only one of the greatest carrying contraptions around! Let me back up….

Garden Hod

Have you ever dug clams? If you are from Maine chances are you have or you know someone who has. It’s a lot of work! You have to dig down into the mud flats in your thigh-high boots and your super-long gloves hoping that your fingers will find the shells protecting those delicious creatures of the sea. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to gather a peck of them but they’ll be covered in all that mud. Clams need to be purged, to get rid of as much of the sand as possible before they are ready for cooking.

The Hod basket was created for just this. It is a wooden handled, wire basket (wire similar to lobster trap wire) that comes in two sizes – Small, which holds one peck of clams, and Large, which holds two pecks.  Clam diggers fill their Hod baskets and then purge their clams right in them by running clean water through the clams and letting the sandy water run out the bottom of the basket. That’s yankee ingenuity at it’s finest!

Now maybe you don’t dig for clams on the regular but if you have a vegetable garden, these baskets are invaluable. No one likes to track in soil from the garden into their kitchen. Use your Hod basket by filling it with your freshly picked garden-fresh goodies and letting all the loose soil fall out the bottom. Then before you even go inside, rinse them off with your hose and voila – freshly picked, freshly cleaned vegetables all in a convenient basket, ready to go inside.

We’ve had rave reviews for these Hod baskets from customers and many have found a multiple of uses for them. Collect kindling for a fire, store magazines or toilet paper in your bathroom, keep your potatoes from rolling around in your pantry by storing them in the basket for easy retrieval, catch your mail as it comes into the house, or even starting seedlings inside to be transferred outside. The uses are innumerable.

Do you have a Hod basket? What do you use it for?


Two birds with one stone – a trip to visit friends and pick up pottery

One of the best parts of Lisa-Marie’s job is meeting with our artisans and craftsmen to discuss their work. Some even let her hand pick what they are going to bring to our stores. Some of our artisans and craftsmen are new to us and we are just beginning our relationship with them. Some of them Lisa-Marie has had a relationship long before Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, Inc was even established as a brick and mortar store. The Esposito’s of Unity Pond Pottery are two of Lisa-Marie’s long time friends and supporters.

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