PRESENT GLOUCESTER IS OVERFLOWING WITH BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE TREASURES

present-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithAt the pop up shop Present Gloucester, this year conveniently located within the Eastern Point Lit House, you’ll find a wealth of gifts for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. Every present is handmade by local artists and artisans. Prints, paintings, garments, dolls, angels, jewelry, photos, toys, yarn, ornaments, pottery, and much more–too numerous to name all here. The photos only show a small sampling of the treasure trove of gifts you’ll find at Present Gloucester.

Present Gloucester is located at 261 Main Street, Gloucester. For more information, visit the Present Gloucester Facebook page here.

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BEAUTIFUL GIFTS FROM DANIELLE AT PASTAIO VIA CORTA

pastaio-via-corta-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithAre you looking for a special gift for a friend or loved one? Look no further! Danielle at Pastaio Via Corta is making exquisite gift baskets filled with her fabulous homemade pastas and delicious olive oils, tomatoes, and more. While there stock up on her hand made cheeses, spiced olive mixes, fresh pasta, and if you are lucky, you may catch her when she is making her to-die-for ravioli!pastaio-via-corta-gloucester-ma-3-copyright-kim-smith

pastaio-via-corta-gloucester-ma-1-copyright-kim-smithLocal, sustainable, low carbon footprint! Spinach pasta made with Aprilla Farm flour and Cedar Rock Gardens spinach.pastaio-via-corta-gloucester-ma-5-copyright-kim-smith

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FROM THE MARITIME GLOUCESTER GIFT SHOP COME GREAT GIFTS FOR ALL YOUR LOVERS-OF-THE-SEA

maritime gloucester -5 ©Kim Smith 2015Fran Miondello maritime gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2015So many thanks to the super helpful and wonderfully welcoming Fran Mondello for the gift shop grand tour. Maritime Gloucester’s shop is simply bursting with terrific and interesting gifts for your seafarer, budding young marine-biologist-oceanography, and just about anyone who loves anything and everything about the sea!

maritime gloucester -1 ©Kim Smith 2015Schooner Ardelle gift passes start at the unbelievably low price of $24.00 and would be an incredibly fun gift. Book a chartered sail aboard the Ardelle by January 1st and receive up to 200.00 off. For more information about Schooner Ardelle trummel tickets and charters visit info@schoonerardelle.com or call 978-290-7168.

maritime gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2015Don’t you want this Lighthouse Bingo? What a fantastic way to learn about lighthouses!!

The gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Maritime Gloucester is located at 23 Harbor Loop. Besides shopping locally at the heritage center, giving the gift of membership to Maritime Gloucester is another tremendous way to support this gem of a resource for our community. For more information about member benefits and the modest cost of membership visit here.maritime gloucester -6 ©Kim Smith 2015

maritime gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2015While visiting the gift shop, check out the Harbor dredging from the great vantage point of Gloucester Maritime’s pier.

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SHOP LOCAL, SHOP MAIN STREET, SHOP TOAD HALL!

Toad Hall Bookstore -2 ©Kim Smith 2915We are so blessed on Cape Ann to have truly a wealth of wonderful bookshops. I was picking up a few gifts Saturday to get my boxes off to family members who live out of town and stopped by Toad Hall to say hello. Leta and Mary-Beth were very busy nonetheless, super helpful and friendly. Toad Hall always has a thoughtfully selected collection of superb and interesting books and I especially love their display of books by local authors. Stop by and browse, you’ll be sure to find treasures for loved ones!TOAD HALL BOOKSTORE ©Kim Smith 2015JPG

 

Toad Hall is located at 47 Main Street in Rockport and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm. Ask about their fantastic frequent buyers program!

Rockport motif #1 ©Kim Smith 12-12-2015The harbor water was a stunning crystal clear ultramarine blue in the (warm, tropical-like) December light and while shopping I couldn’t resist taking a few snapshots of Motif #1.

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM IS BRIMMING WITH FABULOUS HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Thank you to Leslie Heffron who mentioned in last week’s podcast that she had done nearly all her holiday shopping at the Cape Ann Museum. The Museum’s gift shop is simply a treasure trove of unique and special gifts for loved ones of all ages on your Christmas list.

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The inspirational and beautiful Folly Cove Designers Catalogue is in its third printing! First published in 1996 in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Cape Ann Museum, the book incorporates updated information.

Cape Ann Museum -7 ©Kim Smith 2015From the witty and wonderful art of Virginia Lee Burton comes the Cape Ann Museum’s exclusive new carry-all tote bag “Gossips.” Made of a very sturdy 100 percent cotton, with magnetic closure and zippered inside pocket. 

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Cape Ann Museum ©Kim Smith 2015The Museum is closed tomorrow, Wednesday, for the 7th Annual Women’s Luncheon, and will reopen Thursday at the usual 10am time. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Cape Ann Museum also has a terrific schedule of events lined up for Saturday, December 12th, for the Middle Street Walk. Click here for programming. The Museum is free and open to the public all day.

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THOUGHTFUL HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA ~ GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP TO THE SAYWER FREE LIBRARY!

What could be easier than to give the gift of membership to the Sawyer Free Library. There are different levels, beginning with the very low amount of only $10.00 for seniors and students. 

Membership dues are pooled to support the excellent library programming. One of the added benefits of becoming a member are the free passes or reduced admission to area museums, including the Peabody Essex Museum and the Boston Children’s Museum. CLICK HERE to learn more about what membership means and what your contribution brings.

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(ALMOST) TOO LOVELY TO USE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FROM LA PROVENCE

Whimsical dish towels, too pretty to use!

Liv, Matt and Asley surprised me with several of these hand screened French kitchen towels from La Provence. This shop is a treasure trove of colorful, fun, and yet very practical, holiday gifts; truly wonderful for the special someone on your holiday wish list that loves to cook and to entertain.

Especially noteworthy are their pure cotton Provence tablecloths, which come as is, or very lightly coated with a virtually undetectable acrylic finish that you can simply sponge clean. The kids spilled red wine on my new yellow poppy tablecloth last night and when I noticed this morning I thought for sure it was ruined. The caked on red wine wiped clean in a second! Anyone who has had linens badly stained by red wine knows this is remarkable.

While supplies last, La Provence is currently offering a free Mariposa gift with a 75.00 purchase of anything Mariposa. La Provence is located at 4 Main Street, Rockport.

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Holiday Gift Ideas-Twin Lights Soda Vintage T Shirts At Alexandra’s Bread Co

The Grape Soda one was just released in November.  These Twin Light Soda Vintage T’s are GMG Holiday Gift Giving Idea approved!