By The Elves at edible South Shore & South Coast Magazine
We hope this edible Gift Guide will bring you in touch with local makers, shops, eateries and small businesses who feed, clothe, and delight locavore shoppers: art galleries and gift shops; restaurants that serve local food and drink; distillers, wineries and brewers crafting local libations; natural hair and body care salons, garden shops and florists; and more. Scan the list, check out the samples below to avoid the mall and have a very, merry season!
‘Tis the season for cookies and milk, but for many families in need, milk is missing every day.
Be an angel and show some love for MA families in need by donating a gallon of milk. Makes a very meaningful gift in honor of someone special.
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This Norwell artisan gallery features studio ceramics and fine handcrafted pottery for use in the kitchen and in entertaining. Cooks, gourmets, and foodies, as well as collectors and fans of art, creative expression, beauty, gardening and nature will find an extensive selection here in this bright and spacious studio shop. Lisa Howard, potter and collector, also presents fresh work from local artists and artisans, seconds and clearance sale, gift boxes, boatloads of ribbon, and seriously extended hours during the month of December.
Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm
A gift for you and your holiday dinner guests! This Middleboro farm is offering a very special Christmas Share of greens, root crops, herbs and MORE for pick up at the cozy barn on Tuesday, December 22.
Email Farmer Dave today at PlatosHarvest@yahoo.com for details about the share and for directions. Let him know you are hungry for FRESH from the FARM! Beef, lamb, pork and poultry are available to make holiday meals complete. 2016 CSA Shares are also available for a nutrient dense gift to nourish someone you love all growing season long.
Westwinds Book Shop
This shop is FULL of CHOICES for EVERYONE on your list! Truly inspiring collection of tomes and treasures for every reader. And Gift wrapping too!
Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms
Send friends the fresh taste of New England waters. Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms ship freshly harvested Cuttyhunk oysters direct to your door. Check the raw bar by mail information and plan to enjoy oysters, fresh from the island waters.
How on Earth
Head to Mattapoisett for a one stop shop for all your sustainable, organic and local grocery needs as well as unique gifts. Gift certificates available.
Moonlight Rose Alpaca
Give the gift of warmth with local Alpaca fiber knitwear. Visit Moonlight Rose Alpacas’ Farm Store to stock up on socks, scarves, hats, and more.
Partners Village Store & Kitchen
Toys, Gifts, Books and a cafe to recharge! All the toys in the shop inspire a connection to nature and the shore to enhance children’s appreciation for the Westport surrounds. Since 1979, Partners has been one of the Southcoast’s most inviting and inspiring destinations, proudly offering a lively, light-hearted shopping and dining experience.
Soule Homestead Education Center
Looking for a special gift for a family or friend who loves the outdoors? Gift a membership to this farm based non-profit in Middleboro. Soule educates children and adults about caring for farm animals, growing food, and earth-based arts and craft like weaving and rug braiding. Members enjoy discounts on many programs and receive the quarterly newsletter, “Heart & Soule” and also receive a complimentary ticket for the Harvest Fair and Sheep Day.
A grocery store for holiday gifts? You bet! Gift cards travel well to friends and relatives who will appreciate a gift of groceries. Online ordering is also available to help make your entertaining easier with house made party pans of lasagna and meatballs, cheese and appetizer platters, fruit baskets, dessert trays and more.
Williams Trading Post
Stop by this rustic and merry shop in Middleboro and avoid the malls and big box stores. Williams Trading Post, a seasonal plant and antique shop, has just the right touch of something from the past and something fresh, for the holidays: plants, wreaths, trees, antiques, gifts and collectibles.
Travessia Urban Winery
Visit and sample at the New Bedford winery for gift certificates, Wine Club Memberships, and gift baskets for everyone on your list.
Al’s Backwoods Berries
Al makes some boozy jams to douse appetizers, burgers and even morning toast with a giddy kick: Moonshine, Sam’s Winter Larger, and Cran Wine. Al’s jams are available online, at Common Sense Market in Plymouth Center and at Plymouth Bay Winery.
Brown Boar Farm
Well you can’t stuff a stocking with sausages, but a gift certificate for a Brown Boar Sausage box–that fits! Nourish someone on your list with a gift of heritage, pastured pork. Gift Certificates available by mail or at various holiday and winter markets.
Cape Cod Beer
Want to guarantee you are invited to that holiday party again next year? Fill growlers of fresh, draft Merry Berry Holiday Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Hoppy Holidays (or inspire warm thoughts and go for Beach Blonde!) to bring to holiday gatherings. Cape Cod Brewery also carries a LOT OF LOCAL gifts from area makers and cooks. Open Mon-Friday 10-6pm, Saturdays 11-3. Gift Certificates available.
Dirty Water Distillery
Dirty Water Distillery makes artisanal liquors in the heart of Plymouth. Not your grandfather’s liquor (except for Velnias), rather new and exciting liquors that offer a modern taste enabling outstanding cocktails. Give a call about hours and take a look at the store locator on the Dirty Water site to find a local liquor store where you can purchase, makes a great gift for party hosts.
Hearth Artisan Bread
Be careful at this Plymouth bakery, open 9-6 every day, you’ll see the temptation is absurd! STOLLEN and PANETTONE beautifully wrapped; Ambrosia cookies and Toffee biscotti; Rustic Rosemary, Bakers Harvest, Sourdough, Four Cheese, Six Braid Challah, Raisin Pumpernickel Rye and more bread, sliced to order- all from a wood fired hearth oven. Call ahead to place an order at 774-773-9388 or visit and see what’s warm from the oven. Gift Certificates available.
For those on your list who think and drink independent. Each IndieFerm beer is brewed in Plymouth with the season. Expect a mix of malt, hop, and yeast-forward styles. TASTE and find bottles of IndieFerm beers at it’s NOW OPEN brewery or at local liquor shops.
Local food chef Martha Stone serves local food, with love, from a drive up kiosk in North Plymouth. Vegan, vegetarian, locavore, or gluten free friends will appreciate a gift certificate for a nourishing treat. Martha’s serves take home, locally sourced meals, sandwiches, soups, smoothies and desserts Mon- Fri, 11-3pm. Out shopping in the Plymouth area? Treat yourself to a REAL FOOD lunch to keep yourself well-nourished as you wrap up your list.
Manomet Lobster Pound
Perched on the oceans edge at Manomet Point, this full service seafood shop specializes in Live New England Lobster from Chix to Jumbos. To ensure the highest quality, The Lobster Pound buys directly from fishing boats. You can even get lobsters cooked to perfection for pick up. Gift certificates available.
Mayflower Brewing Co.
Beer Lovers, you can stop at the Plymouth brewery for a pint AND pick up soft, cotton apparel, glassware, and bar gear emblazoned with the handsome Mayflower art work. Gift cards are available and ONLINE shopping too, for gifting to the far flung local beer lovers on your list.
My Little Bakery
Imagine warm from the oven chocolate bread (weekends), flaky dinner rolls, white bread made with fresh and few ingredients, sourdough boules, and spicy molasses cookies. My Little Bakery in Duxbury specializes in fresh bread and has gift certificates for gifting, sans crumbs! Please call the bakery at (781) 934-2352, to purchase a GC or visit for a taste!
Plimoth Museum Shops
Plimoth Plantation shops are open daily from 10am – 7pm through 12/23 and 10am – 12pm on 12/24 (for those last minute shoppers). Bayberry and beeswax candles, wampum jewelry, Native wool blankets, colonial games for kids, reproduction pottery, a distinctive selection of books, and fudge freshly made at the museum are some of the many gifts to choose from. Gift wrapping available.
Plymouth Winery offer lots more than just award winning wines: American-made wine racks, Candelabras made from wine barrels, Wine glasses and other glassware, Wine-themed and other locally-made jewelry, Italian-made wine-themed placemats, spoon rests, and other kitchen items, Local honey, cranberry jams, chutney, and other local food item. And of course a range of wines from sweet fruit wine to dry whites, beautifully packaged. Shop Locally and Buy Local, shipping available.
Skip the Boston traffic and parking quandary, visit Quincy for an ethnic or traditional dinner at any one of many fine restaurants found in the City of Presidents. Gift Certificates available.
Morrison’s Home and Garden
Got Gardeners on your list? Bird lovers, pet owners? Morrison’s in Plymouth has veggie, flower and herb seeds, blooming houseplants, bird feeders, suet cakes for outdoor tree trimming, deer antlers for dogs, and a wide selection of winter greens, wreaths and trees. It’s time to stock up!
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