Gift Guide: For the Local Enthusiast

New England is home to many creative, inspiring, and downright talented makers. This holiday season, I am all about spoiling my loved ones with local favorites.


Husband and wife team Russ and Shari Apotheker craft honey-sweetened marshmallows made from all-natural ingredients. While you are at it, pick up a few for yourself.  (Honey Sweetened Mallows, $3.25 / package of 2)

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A few years ago, my sister gave me a ring created by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg of Somerville-based Nervous System. It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry – lightweight, unique, handmade. All of their pieces are beautiful, including the wave bracelet pictured above. (Wave Bracelet, $90)

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Brighten someone’s holiday with these festive watercolors by artist Bianca Bellow of Wild Humm. (Pineapple print, $15)


Artemis Design Co.’s classic weekender bag is, in our opinion, a perfect gift. It is definitely on the splurge end of a holiday wish list, but we’re already dreaming of adventures and far-away places that we’d go with this bag in tow. (Classic Weekender, $485)


Everything that comes out of studio of Cambridge-based designer Kimberly Huestis is beautiful. We love how Kimberly draws inspiration from the ocean and other natural elements, which you can clearly see in her pieces. (Small Stone Necklace, $92)


Forestbound creates some of our favorite bags and pouches. The Elliot Clutch is perfect for just about anything. (Elliot Clutch, $74)

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