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Giving local: What are your favorite 'Made in Vermont' gifts?

A collage of four images, clockwise from top left: a puck goat-milk soap, a Barre-grown cannabis flower, an illustration of a winter holiday market, and glass jars of maple syrup in the shape of a maple leaf
Clockwise from top left: Elmore Mountain Farms, Forbins Finest cannabis, Flashvector/iStock, Nadine Primeau/Unsplash
What makes a great made-in-Vermont gift? This hour, we'll talk with Vermonter growers, makers, artisans and more about unique Vermont gifts. Share your suggestions for your favorite Vermont-made gifts.

Finding the perfect holiday gift can be a challenge, especially one that captures the spirit of Vermont. This hour, we're highlighting unique "Made in Vermont" gifts with artisans, cultivators, retailers and experts, to help us keep things local this year.

Our guests are:

Some suggestions we heard early in the show include:

More suggestions that were offered in the middle of the show:

Near the end of the show, we received these suggestions:

  • Our guest Bunny Merrill discussed her goat milk soaps and related products made at Elmore Mountain Farm (she also buys goats milk from the Jones Farm in north Hyde Park, and buys beeswax at Champlain Valley Apiaries
  • Caller Clare in Waterford recommended an online marketplace called the Cabot Harvest Hub, which sells items from more than 20 local vendors, including agricultural products, soaps and “beautiful, incredibly clever cards.”
  • Colleen in Montpelier gave three quick shout-outs tofamily-owned Morse Farm two miles outside of Montpelier for their “best creemees and Christmas decorations;” the Maple Corner Community Store in Calais; and her final recommendation wasBar Hill gin and vodka made by Caledonia Spirits
  • Laura in Vergennes owns lu•lu ice cream and, in addition to recommending her ice cream, she shared that the Vergennes shop will use its space to showcase other local vendors, from jewelry makers to cotton candy makers, on Thursdays from 5-8pm
  • Jack called in to recommended Muriel’s of Vermont, a sweater and garment company in Grand Isle that uses wool from New England farms
  • Caller Abigail in Johnson recommended Earth’s Promise Massage and Wellness in Morrisville, as well as her own self-published book, Beyond, available at the Nevermore Bookstore in Newport and the Green Mountain Bookstore in Lyndon
  • Our guest Sandra Dee Owens shared her business as a co-owner, designer and jewelry maker in Benson
  • Jillian in St. Johnsbury recommend shopping in downtown St. Jonsbury, which had more than a dozen new shops open since the start of the pandemic, including four new shops opening this coming weekend!

We received a few emailed recommendations we didn't have time to mention on-air, including:

Broadcast live on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus was co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition from 2021-2023.
Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.
Tedra worked on Vermont Edition as a producer and editor from 2022 to 2024.