2020 is nearing the end, but that only means that the holiday season is picking up! While things might look a little different this year, that doesn't mean it will be any less special.
Shopping local is one of the best ways to support your community, and this year it's especially important to support small businesses. Luckily, these businesses often have some of the best gifts that your family will love!
There are some restrictions in place due to the pandemic, but luckily most businesses deliver or provide contactless pickup, which is a fantastic excuse to get out of the house if you've been working from home.
A huge thank you to our sponsor LaValley Building Supply
for this year's guide. Read on to see what your local businesses in the Upper Valley community and beyond have in store this year!
For the Intellectual
Some gift ideas for the intellectual in your life that loves a good book.
Who doesn't love cuddling up with a good book in the winter? If you find yourself in Norwich, VT this bookstore is perfect for you. Though they are only open by appointment only, they also have a robust online store. In fact, they have the perfect Holiday Book Gift Guide
if you feel stumped on what to get that intellect in your life!
Left Bank Books is a used book store in Hanover that offers a wide variety of used, out-of-print, and rare books. If you need to give a historian-buff a gift, look no further -- books all about local history can be found here.
They're open Mon - Fri, 9 - 5 and Sat 9 - 2 working behind the scenes to take your orders and put your purchases on the porch for pickup. Find out more on their website!
You can find them
upstairs at 9 South Main Street in Hanover, NH, but make sure to check in with their updated restrictions in place before you go.
Still North is a new bookstore, bar, and café in downtown Hanover, NH, just two blocks from Dartmouth’s campus. In addition to their curated selection of books, they offer craft beer, a diverse wine list, coffee, and a menu of light bites highlighting local, seasonal ingredients where possible and made entirely in-house. Things might be more restricted at the moment, but you can find the perfect jigsaw puzzle here that won't disappoint!
Shop their jigsaws, and extensive book collection, in person or online today.
For the Adventurer
Know someone in your life that can't get enough time outdoors? We've got some great ideas for you!
Stateline Sports was born in 1983. Since its inception, their goal has been to offer excellent products at a reasonable price, backed up by superior customer service. Pick up any and all sports and outdoor equipment your loved one might need this holiday season.
They are open at 22 Bridge Street, West Lebanon, NH and following guidelines. Visit their website to explore their inventory and to check out their store hours and updates.
Woodstock Sports is a family owned business in Woodstock, VT. For more than 40 years the Johnston family has worked hard to provide high quality products and service for Woodstock’s most discerning local residents and visitors alike. Today when you visit you will not only find a couple friendly shop dogs, you will also find a great team that looks forward to helping you find that one of a kind winter coat, the perfect bike, or that grab and go hat for that unexpected early winter Vermont weather for the adventurer in your life.
Visit them at 30 Central St, Woodstock, VT, and see what's new online.
Based in Lebanon, NH, this shop is the perfect place to find your loved one's next bike, ski gear, or really anything they might need when it comes to sporting goods.
You can find them at 20 Hanover St in Lebanon, NH from 9-5:30 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Saturday, and 11-4 Sunday.
For the Foodie
We all have that foodie friend or relative that loves everything about food. Whether they are making food or eating food, we've got a few ideas.
Main Street Kitchens is a locally-owned store for kitchen, bath, and home essentials! Located on Main Street in Hanover, just a few short steps from the Dartmouth College campus. Previous Owners, Marv and Mary opened the store in 1997 and in summer 2018 passed the torch to Dave and Kaitlyn Barrette, a local couple who wanted to continue providing everything the community has cherished about Main Street Kitchens for the past 21 years.
Of course, we had to include King Arthur Flour! They're an employee-owned company, and their mission is to be the ultimate resource and inspiration in the kitchen, to inspire connections and community through baking, and to use their business as a force for good. Though in person classes are currently on hold, they are offering virtual baking lessons that could be a fun gift to give! Visit them online to learn more
or give them a call at (855) 371-2253.
If the foodie in your life has a sweet tooth, My Brigaderio is the perfect place to shop. They specialize in brigadeiros (bree-gah-day-ros), luscious, handcrafted, chocolate truffle balls that consist primarily of local ingredients from the beautiful farms of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Even better, you can order them online and each order is tailor to your request!
For the Fashionista
Know someone that loves clothes? There are some fantastic local shops where you will find the perfect gift!
If your loved one is a fan of vintage clothing, look no further! Who is Sylvia? features women's and men's clothing and accessories from the mid-nineteenth to twentieth century, as well as vintage linens and lace.
Pick up your vintage piece at 26 Central St, Woodstock, VT and keep up to date with them on their Facebook page.
Looking for some comfy yet stylish clothes for your loved one that's working from home? Indigo in Hanover is the perfect place to explore. Peruse brands like Patagonia, Birkenstock, Vince, Wooden Ships, and more! You can also learn more about what they've been up to this 2020 and how they've been dealing with the pandemic in one of our recent articles.
Pick up your items at 22 S Main St Hanover, NH and visit them online
Is the fashionista in your life also very active? If so, Elevation Clothing is the perfect fit for them! They're a “brick and mortar” store in the historic Village of Woodstock, Vermont. They carry stylish and quality clothing and accessories to meet the needs of active women and men, plus a limited selection of adorable clothing for kids and infants.
The Elevation staff will steer you to the product that matches style to you and your activity at15 Central Street, Woodstock, VT. Stop by today, or purchase online!
For the Kiddos
We can't forget the kids! Take a look at some great local shops where you will find a gift that is sure to bring a smile to the little ones' faces.
Located in the Powerhouse Mall in West Lebanon, NH, Nature Calls/Bonkers is a science, nature and educational toy store for people of all ages. Whether you're looking for a toy for a toddler or for an adult, this is the place to shop. Find a wide range of toys like Plus Plus Blocks, wrist watches, Blockaroo, and more.
Visit them at 8 Glen Road, PowerHouse Mall, Lebanon, NH, online
, or give them a call at (603) 298-5522.
Does the little one in your life need some new clothes? Country Kids Clothing is a boutique store specializing in quality children's clothing and toys. So you can find a nice sweater alongside the fun toy you plan on getting the kiddo in your life! Country Kids keeps your little ones comfy and happy indoors as well as out n' about.
You can visit them at 8 Glen Road, W. Lebanon, NH or shop on their website.
Raised with vintage toys and the action figures, the owners of Vermont Toys and Games set out to open a store that not only caters to adults who still love their toys but for parents looking for unique and educational gifts for their children that major retailers do not carry.
Shop their toys at 5573 Woodstock Road, Quechee, VT or visit their website!Happy Holidays everyone!