Shop VT 2013: Your Local Holiday Gift Guide Day One



Here at Burlington VT Moms Blog we are passionate about local businesses.

We think we live in an amazing state chock full of wonderful local businesses and products, and we love getting to share them with all of you! The holiday season is a fabulous time to show our love and support to these amazing local businesses, so we decided to collaborate with Honi at Try Vermont First to create a local holiday shopping guide full of gift ideas for everyone on your list! All week we will be helping you cross names off of your “need to buy for” list AND giving you a chance to win all of the products mentioned!

Don’t live in Vermont? Keep reading because you are free to enter some of the giveaways and many of the vendors and businesses below would be happy to ship their products to you!

Without further ado, here is our first installment of Shop VT 2013; Gifts for Men and Women!

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1) Switchback

We count ourselves lucky to live in a state with so many fabulous local breweries and beers, and Switchback is one of them! Located in South Burlington, Switchback is dedicated to providing the best taste experience possible with each glass of beer. They use their own special process to naturally carbonate the beer using yeast, and they leave it unfiltered. If you know someone who loves this beer as much as my husband does, then a few items from their store (either by phone or at the factory) would make the perfect gift! You can purchase your items online from the comfort of your home or you can head to one of their free tastings and tours on Saturdays and stop by the store to shop! LIKE them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@switchbackbeer) to keep up with all of the brewing fun! Giveaway is $50 gift card to use on Switchback apparel (valued at $50)



VTSmokeCureCollage2) Vermont Smoke and Cure

Here is the first and last thing that you should know about Vermont Smoke & Cure’s Realsticks… they are high quality ~ real ~ food. Real sticks are gluten free, low carb, dairy free, antibiotic free, contain no MSG or anything artificial. Vermont Smoke and Cure starts with great beef from farmers they trust right here in New England and neighboring Quebec. Real Sticks are great to recharge after a workout or keep nearby for a filling snack. LIKE Vermont Smoke and Cure on Facebook and follow them on TwitterGiveaway is three boxes of Real sticks (valued at $120)




3) Time Out for Whoopie

The holiday season is just not complete without a little gingerbread.  The Gingerbread Whoopie Pies from Time Out For Whoopie are filled with the flavors of gingerbread, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. The holidays are also filled with the sweet taste of Mint Whoopie Pies with Crushed Candy Canes.  The Chocolate Mousse Whoopie Pies are sweet, savory, and sophisticated. Rich chocolate cakes filled with a delicious chocolate mousse filling.  A mousse filling is something you do not usually find in a Whoopie Pie, but why not, it is irresistible. LIKE Time Out For Whoopie on FacebookGiveaway is two 6 packs, flavor of your choice (Valued at $43)


VTClothingCollage4) Vermont Clothing Company

The Vermont Clothing Company, located in St. Albans produces t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more. They use Eco-friendly inks and have a variety of organic products available. Their iconic Vermont Tough shirts raised money for Hurricane Irene relief. The Vermont Arc Sweatshirt is the perfect way to show that you are Vermont proud. Available in both crew neck and hoodie and in three colors. Visit their kiosk store in the University Mall this holiday season (between Kohl’s and JCPenny’s) and find a shirt, hat, gift for everyone on your list. They have Tractor Shirts from Alaina’s Mosaics and snacks from Rosie’s Beef Jerky. Check out their $5 rack with extras from the factory. LIKE Vermont Clothing Company on Facebook and follow them on TwitterGiveaway is a Vermont Arc Sweatshirt (Valued at $30)




5) Green Village Soap

Looking for something unique to give to the guy on your shopping list? Green Village Soap has you covered! They have unique soap sets just for men like their Man Soap (this one includes a coffee scrub soap!) and Winter Soap sets. They also have their Vermont Brew Poo set which is three different shampoo bars made with beer from local breweries in VT! They also have a fantastic Beard Balm that helps keep those Vermont beards we see everywhere in check. And don’t worry, it has a manly scent. They also have several different types of all natural deodorant that is chemical free and made with 100% all natural ingredients. You can purchase their products online from their Etsy shop. LIKE them on FacebookGiveaway is a Vermont Brew Poo set (valued at $21) 




6) Beau Ties

Beau Ties, located in Middlebury, aims to make the best individually handcrafted ties in America. Beau Ties has dozens of ties including bow ties for every holiday, bow ties in florals, stripes, paisley, and patterned fabrics, as well as neckties in every color. Check out their belts too. Beau Ties offers monogramming and is happy to work with you to create a custom product for your personal or corporate needs. Outfit the men in your life this holiday with a Beau Tie! LIKE Beau Ties on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, Pinterest, and InstagramGiveaway is a Freestyle bow tie in Autumnal (a Vermont artist designed fabric), a coordinating pair of 36″ navy shoelaces, and a Daffodil-colored Beau Fleur Felt Boutonniere (Valued at $73)


Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win ALL of these great prizes!

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1) Flourish Natural Body Care

Flourish Natural Body Care is located in Woodstock, VT. Though Hurricane Irene destroyed much of Flourish’s headquarters and work space, owners Kirsten Connor and Darren McCullough have worked tirelessly to rebuild, transform, and better their business. They research every ingredient they use to insure that their products pure and natural. Flourish’s sugar body polish will leave your skin feeling smooth and moisturized. The blend of sugars and oils gently exfoliates your skin and their light scents are addicting! Flourish’s body creme is sure to fight off the dry skin that winter brings and comes in six different and lovely scents. Flourish just launched their new website with a great new features including a points program which will help you earn credit on additional purchases, larger 64oz family size bottles with a pump top, and a three month replenish program so that you will automatically receive the products you need and never run out! Shoppers can save 20% on their purchases with the code shopvtsave20 (good until December 1st). Also receive a $10 coupon for signing up for Flourish’s newsletter. Clearly there are endless reasons to buy Flourish this holiday season. LIKE Flourish on Facebook and follow them on TwitterGiveaway is a Rosewood Infusion Gift Set (Valued at $58)



 2) Jennifer Kahn Jewelry

Jennifer Kahn Jewelry fuses old and new, industrial and natural, urban and ethnic.   She makes jewelry for the modern bohemian – artists, yogis, professionals, mothers, teachers, servers, live-music seekers, tea drinkers, organic food eaters, deep thinkers, and all those who appreciate comfort and style. We are in LOVE with her Vermont Pendant necklace; it truly makes the perfect gift! You can find her items online at her Etsy shop. You can also find her work at several upcoming events; the Women’s Festival of Crafts, the Sweet Lady Jane Trunk Show, and The Holiday Artist Market. Or find her Chakra wraps all year around at Trinket, Yogarama, and Evolution Yoga. You can sign up for her newsletter to be notified of any upcoming sales, events, or special offers. LIKE her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter! Giveaway is one Vermont Pendant Necklace (valued at $50)


3) New Duds

This mom and pop print shop located in Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, VT specializes in hand drawn illustrations, expertly printed apparel and posters, and beautifully sewn bags and other fabric goods. Their design focus is on nature, their love of Vermont, inspirations from the past, animals, humor, color, and clean lines. Combining their creative powers, they seek to make items that are truly unique. The have gifts for everybody on your list, from beautiful circle scarves to men’s t-shirts and everything in between, you are sure to find a beautiful and unique gift for that special someone on your shopping list! You can find their items on their website and their Etsy Shop. LIKE them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@newduds)! Giveaway is one set of three tea towels (valued at $30)




4) EarthySoul

Eileen of EarthySoul provides the relaxation that every woman needs. She offers pre and post natal massages, Reiki, reflexology, Swedish, and Deep Tissue massage. Her office is tucked away in a quaint yellow house of off College St. in downtown Burlington and she makes sure that her clients feel complete and utter relaxation between the dim lighting, beautiful, calming music, and the heavenly smells of essential oils. One (or more!) of her massages would be the perfect gift! She offers gift cards for her services as well as special package deals if you buy multiples sessions at once. You can purchase the gift certificates online here. LIKE EarthySoul on Facebook to stay up to date on any giveaways, specials, etc. Giveaway is one 60 minute massage (valued at $75)




 5) Moxie’ Bs Closet

 Moxie B’s Closet is a local Etsy shop owned by Berry Carroll. Berry makes IPad covers, tote bags, diaper pads, changing mats, and more. Each of Berry’s products is made by hand and made to perfection. Her fabrics range from bold chevrons to whimsical elephants. Find the perfect gift for yourself or others at Moxie’s Closet. LIKE Moxie’s Closet on FacebookGiveaway is a denim blue chevron tote (Valued at $38)


Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win ALL of these great prizes!

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  1. Seriously. Best. Blog. Ever. You guys rock! Thanks for supporting local businesses and for blessing so many people (the winners!) with awesome locally produced goods. (Hope I am one of them!!) 🙂

  2. They are all great companies with wonderful products!!!! I love to get a massage at Earthy soul and I think Green Village Soap is so fun !!!

  3. I am would be most excited to win all of it but it would be pretty awesome to win the whoopsie pies because my brother loves them and come home from the Marine boot camp in a few weeks and I would love to give them to him! Fingers crossed!!

  4. I’ve been a follower of Try Vermont First for a long time and am glad to see a collaboration with BVT Moms Blog. I try to support VT businesses and am excited about the giveaway!


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