New England Home’s 2020 Gift Guide is Here

December 3, 2020

Text by Clinton Smith

Editor at Large Clinton Smith shares a few gift ideas to delight and inspire.

1. Copper Watering Can by The Floral Society
“This is the chicest accompaniment to have on hand for a kitchen windowsill herb garden or countertop topiaries.” $108;

2. Red Maple Sapling
“For a garden enthusiast, consider gifting a red maple sapling, just like the ones that inspired Thoreau at Walden Woods.” from $60;

3. Black Beauty Organic Scabiosa Seed
“A few seed packets tied together with a twine bow is a thoughtful gesture. These scabiosa seeds produce a new color of flower developed in 2020.” $4.55;

4. Scented Gift Soap
“I love this scented soap that comes in a delightful fig-tree wrap.” $10; Eleish Van Breems Home, Nantucket, Mass.,

5. Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden, by Bill Noble  (Workman Publishing Company, 2020)
“This book captures New England garden glory in all four seasons, not just at the height of summer.” $35;

1. Corrugated Bamboo Box, Brass
“A perfect gift on its own or use it as a very special box to reveal another surprise within.” from $349; One Kings Lane, Boston,

2. Round Match Striker by Aerin
“Never go fumbling to light a candle again.”, $225;

3. Winter Greenery Cheese Knives, Set of 3
“The winter greenery design is an unexpected motif.”  $59; Ballard Designs, Natick, Mass.,

4. Piedmont Vase
“A fun gift for someone who has the Midas touch.” $210;

5. Best Bees Honey
“Treat yourself and add a touch of gold to your morning tea with honey made in Boston’s South End.” $18; Best Bees, Boston,

1. Beach Stone Vase
“Beachcombers will love theseone-of-a-kind Maine-made vases crafted from stones from New England riverbanks and beaches.” from $28;

2. Laguna Vases
“These aqua vases recall the muted color of tumbled sea glass. Give one or start a collection.” from $35; Bodega, Nantucket, Mass.,

3. Real Queens
“The Real Maine Blankets are woven on antique looms and accented with yarn that has been hand-dyed in New England seawater.” $500; Seacolors Yarnery at Meadowcroft Farm, Washington, Maine,

4. Penobscot Bay Nautical Chart Wine Bag
“Harken to carefree summer days Down East with a wine bag featuring a nautical chart of Maine’s Penobscot Bay.” $40; various locations throughout New England,

5. Surfside Beach Shore, Nantucket, by Gray Malin
“Gray Malin’s evocative photographs let you soar above coastlines—a treat for someone with wanderlust.”  from $249;

6. Oxford Banded Hooded Towel
“A hooded Turkish cotton towel for baby offers a warm embrace.” $38; Serena & Lily, Boston,


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