Here at Seacoast Moms, we want you to shop local this holiday season. We’ve got some recommendations for you! Every single gift on this list has been vetted and comes with a GLOWING recommendation from us to you. Get shopping!
Ready for the best part? It’s time for our annual round of 12 Days of Giveaways! Starting soon on our Facebook page, you will have the chance to win these amazing items. Be sure to follow along and happy shopping! Hint :: check out our gift idea for each business to see what you can win on their giveaway day!
For the Art and Music Lover :: The Music Hall is a community-supported non-profit performing arts center featuring entertainment from around the corner to around the world. It was recently named Editors’ Choice “Best All-Around Entertainment” by Yankee Magazine. With two theaters in downtown Portsmouth, NH – one, the 1878 Victorian-era Historic Theater, the other the modern and intimate Music Hall Loft – it is an active and vital arts center, dedicated to the cultural life of the Seacoast community. There’s great lineup of shows coming this winter. Annie goes through December 22, local comedian and Music Hall fan favorite Juston McKinney returns for three shows Dec 27, 28, and 29!
For Teachers & Hosts with the Mosts :: It all started in 1991 at a local farmers’ market with a small batch of uniquely flavored jams and chutneys that we’d finished labeling by hand only hours before. Over time, our product line steadily expanded with demand, growing to include a range of sauces, condiments, baking mixes and more.
Fast-forward to today, and Stonewall Kitchen is now one of the most awarded specialty food companies in the country, boasting nine retail Company Stores and a whopping 8,500 wholesale accounts worldwide. Headquartered in York, Maine, we’re home to an exceptional family of brands, including Tillen Farms cocktail garnishes, Vermont Village organic apple sauces and apple cider vinegar products, Legal Sea Foods condiments, Montebello Italian pastas and Napa Valley Naturals fine oils and vinegars. As we continue to cook up new, exciting ideas and products, our recipe for success remains an unwavering commitment to quality and a lasting passion for great food.
For the Whole Family :: Take a break from screens and PLAY! Diversions Puzzles & Games is our go-to for getting the whole family together. With two locations, one in Portsmouth and one in South Portland, ME, Diversions strives to connect the community to each other. With a staff that knows their stuff, great prices, and TONS of weekly gaming events, Diversions tangibly makes our Seacoast better. Whether you need to burn off some competitive energy or find a new way to bond with your kids, why not get a gift the whole family can love this year?
For One in Need of Pampering :: Bare Waxing Boutique is THE place for all of your skincare and waxing needs. From lash extensions to Brazilian waxes, deep tissue massage to facials, owner Jillian covers all the bases for the ones in your life that deserve to be pampered. With over a decade in experience and as a mompreneur who loves to be pampered, you are sure to be thrilled with any service performed by Jillian. Not only are the services amazing at BARE, but there is also an upscale retail boutique full of high end candles, skincare and gifts. Take advantage of the 24/7 online booking to book yourself or a loved one a service and purchase an online gift certificate, available immediately or scheduled to be received as you wish! 24/7 online booking and gift certificates are available directly from the website, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
For the One In Need of Pampering #2 :: The Wingate is New England’s Premier Salon & Day Spa since 1997. The Wingate is an un an unforgettable journey into the world of relaxation, wellness and renewal. They offer a wide selection of the finest skin care, hair care, and therapeutic spa services from around the world. The salon and spa experience is a personal one that is designed to meet the individual goals of its guests. Located in the restored colonial Wingate House, The Wingate was built in 1786. Their greatest asset is their talented team of employees as they employ only the finest professionally trained people in our industry.
For the Foodie :: LANEY & LU, an inspired eatery located in historic downtown Exeter, is the place to enjoy amazing, mindfully prepared food from scratch matched with an incredible experience. LANEY & LU works with nearly 20 farmers and merchants throughout New England to source locally whenever possible and positively impact local eco-systems. They take sourcing the best ingredients from the Earth very seriously. Utilizing compostable to-go packaging, they are committed to being ‘zero waste’ and making a meaningful and sustainable difference. Their menu includes crafted coffee and tea, transformational lattes, smoothies and smoothie bowls, gourmet toasts and egg sandwiches, vibrant salads, warm grain bowls, and superfood donuts and treats. They’ve got a kids’ menu, too! Save time by ordering online and pick up at their convenient window … or call for curbside delivery. Send the mom in your life out for lunch at LANEY & LU with friends and she’ll come back nourished in more ways than one.
For the Foodie #2 :: Vernon Family Farm is located on 33 conserved acres in Newfields, NH along the Piscassic River and Rte. 87. This family-owned and run farm works hard to provide local communities with healthy, nutrient dense food. Known for their humanely raised, non GMO fed chicken, this farm has everything a family needs to feel connected to their food. Their farm store is filled to the brim with local goodies: from mustards to eggs to veggies and syrup, they seriously have it all. Owned by Jeremiah and Nicole Vernon, you can expect to see their family of three girls (and their awesome staff) playing around the farm. It’s a special place often hosting events in fairer weather and always at the local markets.
The farm store is open daily in all seasons, 9am-6pm and Fridays from 4-7pm, you can pick up rotisserie chicken!
For the Crafty :: Board & Brush is one of our absolute favorites! Our entire writing team got together to make signs and we had the BEST time! Give the gift of a workshop to someone you love and they’ll be forever grateful. Better yet — go with them! Bring some wine, some more friends, and get making the most beautiful signs. From holiday-inspired signs to something less seasonal, there are so many options from which to choose. Owned by mom and daughter team, Lori and Brittny, they’ll make sure you leave with something you love. Not near Portsmouth? This dynamite duo also owns 2 other Board & Brush locations: in Portland, ME and Amherst, NH!
For the Crafty #2 :: Port City Makerspace is the ultimate playground for those who tinker, design, build, fabricate, prototype, make and machine. The Makerspace is a community based shop that provides tools and workspace to members for a low monthly fee, and are organized and operated as a New Hampshire 501(C)(3) Non-profit Organization. They offer education aimed at safely utilizing the tools and workspace, and also promote the exchange of ideas within the community. In this environment members work both independently and collaboratively to research ideas, develop projects and put their heads and hands to good use.
For the Toy Lover :: As we look to celebrate our 40th anniversary in downtown Portsmouth, we’re introducing a new logo and a renewed commitment to showcasing the best in children’s literature, toys and other playthings! Our roots in the community are deep, having served more than 1 million customers in the last 39 years, as well as serving on local boards and donating countless dollars, toys, books and time to Seacoast non-profits. We still feel privileged to be here at 13 Market Street and to be able to keep our store and our hearts open 7 days a week. As we like to say, we’re “Family Run, Family Fun since 1978”!
For the Beauty Lover :: At making faces we believe life is already serious enough, makeup should not be. Their goal is that each woman that is “touched” by their experience at making faces. A woman should walk away from the store not only looking the best she can on the outside, but feeling that way on the inside. making faces strives to create a place of quality products, expert tips and techniques and most of all, FUN,FUN, FUN! They are the place to shop for beauty products and have an incredible selection of specially curated clothing, too!
For the Fashionable :: Inside Out carries all the latest styles in men’s and women’s designer clothes and fashion to keep you comfortable and seriously stylish. You’ll find a variety of men’s and women’s designer denim, plus a whole lot of top-name brands in footwear, jewelry, and more! They also offer goodies for the kids (babies, too!), pet treats and toys for the companions in our lives, and a variety of travel accessories for all of life’s adventures.
For Anyone! :: Ohana Kitchen takes inspiration from traditional Hawaiian poke and creates fresh, fast, healthy and delicious poke bowls and sushi burritos! Their three locations, online ordering, and delivery make them a really great great choice for anyone. We love their healthy options and how kid-friendly they are!