Holiday Gift Ideas – Part 3
For many shoppers during a normal holiday season, finding the perfect gift can be difficult. The pandemic has made it trickier, especially if you’re looking to support local businesses. For those who aim beyond the big online retailers, here’s a practical buying guide for great gifts made by area producers. Investing in such unique and personalized gifts will put smiles on the faces of your loved ones and show support for Merrimack Valley artisans. These creations have an appeal that goes beyond trends, and will be treasured long after the season has ended.
Tried and True from Red Antler Apothecary
It’s the season for spicy, warm and comforting soaps as we go full swing into the holidays. Red Antler Apothecary grows much of their own ingredients right here in the Merrimack Valley. These hand crafted soaps, balms, teas, tinctures and more are made from herbalist informed recipes and are tried and true, for even the most sensitive.
250 Jackson St. (MIll No. 5)
30 Church St. Salem, Mass.
Art by Alyssa at Acorn Home & Design
Alyssa Watters, a Beverly-based artist, creates handmade gifts with her talent in oil painting. Her original artwork has been turned into a wonderful collection of coasters, trivets, ornaments, boxed notecards and calendars. The subject matter includes seacoast, wildlife, holiday, New England sports, fruits and vegetables, among others. Shown above: Trivets: $26, Coaster Sets: $45, Ornaments: $20. Not shown: Boxed Cards: $18, Calendars: $28. Visit Acorn Home & Design for more unique holiday gifts.
10 Essex St.