Shop VT 2013: Your Local Holiday Gift Guide Day Four



It’s Day 4 of ShopVT 2013, in collaboration with Try Vermont First, and today we have gift ideas for the foodies, gifts to send afar, and gifts for the adventurer! Be sure to check out days one, two, and three to see all of our gift ideas and enter to win them ALL!

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1) Green Mountain Mini Baked

Green Mountain Mini Baked – Whether you’re looking for a small holiday gift, or you want to make a big impression, donuts are ALWAYS the answer. Green Mountain Mini Baked donuts make the perfect dessert or “take away” for all your holiday celebrations, or any celebration. Green Mountain Mini Baked is a Vermont fully licensed bakery. Owner Debbie Mast is constantly coming up with new and fun flavor ideas, decorations, and themes. For the holidays she can customize donuts for your needs. Check out their website for all your seasonal baked donuts needs… remember, donuts are ALWAYS the answer. Go ahead…eat a donut. LIKE Green Mountain Mini Baked on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Pinterest, and InstagramGiveaway is 1 dozen mini baked donuts (Valued at $28)





2) Local Chick Bakery

Local Chick Bakery is a home based bakery located in Barre that makes cupcakes of all sizes, cake pops, cake drops, cookies, whoopies and small cakes. Local Chick uses fresh, organic and local Vermont and New England products whenever possible! Her delicious creations are not only yummy, but absolutely beautiful! Have anything special in mind? A special occasion or someone’s favorite color, flavor, etc? Share some ideas with her and she will create something unique, delicious and special for that occasion. Stacie recently opened her own Etsy shop, so many of her yummy treats can now be shipped! LIKE her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram (@localchickbakeryvt)! Giveaway is one dozen sugar cookies; winter themed (Valued at $25)



3) Drew’s All Natural

Drew’s All Natural products will change the way that you enjoy food. The team at Drew’s start with the finest and freshest ingredients and make each of their dressings and salsas in small batches to maintain quality control. Their Salsas are each bold and addicting! The Chipolte Lime will instantly start a party. The Double Fire Roasted should be used not just to top tacos, but to jazz up and bring out the best in each meal. Drew’s All Natural Dressings are all delicious. Rosemary Balsamic is rich and bright, Seasame Orange is sweet and powerful, Roasted Garlic and Peppercorn is creamy and peppery. Have them all on hand to showcase at your holiday events. LIKE Drew’s on FacebookGiveaway is a gift basket of products from Drew’s All Natural (Valued at $25)



4) Snowflake Cupcakes

Snowflake Cupcakes is a cupcake bakery based out of Rutland, Vermont that specializes in gourmet cupcakes for all occasions, including weddings, parties, showers, special events, and corporate events. Each cupcake is made from scratch and they are all uniquely beautiful, like a snowflake! They currently offer delivery within Rutland County, Vermont with a minimal delivery fee. You can also contact them for an estimate for all other areas outside of Rutland County. You can also order and pick up your cupcakes free of charge at Mr. Twitters on Route 7 in Rutland, or buy some of their delicious cupcakes at their Snowflake Cupcake Cafe at Mr. Twitters!  LIKE them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! Giveaway is one dozen cupcakes of their November Mix for the holidays (Valued at $25)


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1) FoodLife Vermont

FoodLife Vermont is an online shop that offers specially curated gift boxes of the foods, crafts, and beauty products that they feel are the best of Vermont. They comb the state to find unique and special products that are delicious, uniquely designed, and thoughtfully created by individuals and businesses who truly care about their craft. Their Winter Box is in the works, but so far it will have Daily Chocolate(Vergennes) Hot chocolate, Laughing Moon Chocolate homemade Peppermint sticks, and a snowflake suncatcher from AO Glass(Burlington). Stay tuned in to their website to see the boxes final reveal shortly! FoodLife is giving away one of their Tea Boxes with products from companies like New Duds and Ariel’s Infusions (which are both part of ShopVT!) as well as Love and Tea Co., Green Jam Man, and Douglas Treats Traditional Shortbread. You can also check out some more of their boxes, such as the Spicy Box, the Just for You Box, and the Brunch Box! These would be great to send to your loved ones across the US to give them a wonderful taste of our great state! LIKE FoodLife Vermont on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! Giveaway is a Tea Box set (Valued at $65)

2) Red Kite Candy


Red Kite Candy‘s owner Elaine McCabe and her team begin their magic candy making process with 100% organic cream and milk directly from the dairy to make a variety of caramels including their maple, pecan, and sea salt caramels. Red Kite Toffee starts with all-natural European-style cultured butter made in Vermont and is topped with rich chocolate and roasted organic almonds. Their Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel is infused with dark Belgian chocolate, making it rich and dreamy. Be extra sweet and give a Red Kite Candy gift sampler this holiday season. LIKE Red Kite Candy on Facebook! Giveaway is a Red Kite Candy gift box (Valued at $75)




3) Alaina’s Mosaics

Alaina’s Mosaics are created by Alaina, age 15 in Vermont.  She creates unique and whimsical images using magazine pages, scissors and glue.  Her work is made with recycled materials…what could be better than that! Her artwork includes her ABC Animal book, fun and festive greeting cards , holiday cards, and unique tee shirts. She published her first book “ABC Animals” in September 2011 and she has sold over 300 copies worldwide. They are amazing and very popular with the preschool crowd. Alaina’s works is sold world wide via her website and various craft shows and farmer’s markets…not so shabby for a high school student.  Her work is also sold at the Vermont Gift Barn (where her Bride/Bride & Groom/Groom cards are best sellers) as well as various stores throughout Vermont. LIKE Alaina’s Mosaics on Facebook! Giveaway is a Grab Bag of 10 of Alaina’s most popular cards (Valued at $20)




4) Vermont Brownie Company

Vermont Brownie can send thick, rich, decadent brownies to those you love this holiday season. Their flavors include Walnut Chunk, Dark Chocolate Chevre, Mint Patte, and Maple Toffee made with Vermont maple syrup. You can buy brownies in smaller packs (1, 2, or 3), by the dozen or get the Ultimate Brownie Sampler with 72 brownies. They also offer a Brownie of the Month Club and are happy to meet your corporate gift needs. Vermont Brownie offers a year round 20% discount to orders going to an APO address. LIKE Vermont Brownie on Facebook and follow them on TwitterGiveaway is one dozen brownies (Valued at $49)


Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win them ALL!

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1) Skida

Skida has been making Nordic and Alpine hats, neck warmers, headbands, and more in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom since their start in 2007. Owner Corrine Prevot saw a need for functional, warm, and fashionable gear for her teammates and friends at the Burke Mountain Ski Academy and since then her hobby has turned into a worldwide business. Find products in every color and for everyone on your list. Skida recently launched their new line of products for kids and their fabrics are fun and eye catching. LIKE Skida on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram!Giveaway is one women’s alpine hat and one kid’s alpine hat. (Valued at $66)




2) The Confluence

Find the best parts of YOU at The Confluence and Green Mountain Cross Fit. Work with their professional trainers and find the athlete that you want to be through play, and a variety of classes including Zumba, Pilates, Boot Camp, and more. Check out their Movin’ With Mom and Dad class which encourages the whole family to play together and be fit together.  #ShopVT2013 readers are invited to try classes at The Studio at The Confluence for half off with the code “PlayAtTheStudio”. With this code you will get one month of unlimited studio classes for $60! The giveaway prize from The Confluence entitles the recipient to a free series of CrossFit On-Ramp training classes at Green Mountain CrossFit in Berlin, VT. This includes eight hours of group personal training in preparation to attend CrossFit classes. In addition, you will receive a one month complimentary membership that allows you to attend all of their classes while you receive your CrossFit Training. Make NOW your time  for great health. LIKE the Confluence on FacebookGiveaway is 8 hours of CrossFit On-Ramp training and one month of unlimited class membership at Green Mountain CrossFit at The Confluence



3) Sew What Vermont

Sew What Vermont is owned by the West family and operates from their home in Morrisville, VT. Their products include Pretty Band headbands in a variety of colors and patterns, beautifully made aprons for parents and kids, and holiday stockings made from felt. Pretty Bands can be found at Power Play Sports in Morrisville, Oxygen Yoga in Stowe, McCarthy’s Restaurant in Stowe and Essence Salon and Day Spa in Jeffersonville. Also look for the West family at craft  and sporting events. Shop at the Etsy shop for the adventurer (or Chef!) on your list. LIKE Sew What Vermont on FacebookGiveaway is a Blue Nebula Pretty Band (Valued at $15)




4) Onion River Sports

Onion River Sports is Central Vermont’s favorite store  for outdoor gear since they opened our doors in 1974. They carry a wide range of gear and clothing from your favorite outdoor brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Specialized, Trek, Thule, Yakima, Black Diamond  – everything you need for your “Muscles Not Motors” adventures. Whether that means cycling, running, hiking, backpacking or walking the dog, their knowledgeable staff will help you find the right clothing, equipment or knowledge to fit your needs and to make the most of your adventures! They are sure to have something for the adventurer on your shopping list; whether it is Darn Tough Vermont Hiking Socks (awesome VT company!), a Patagonia Torrent Shell for men or women, Louis Garneau Snowshoes (another VT company!), Voile Vector BC backcountry ski, or a Black Diamond ReVolt rechargable headlamp.  LIKE Onion River Sports on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! Giveaway is Osprey Packs Ozone Rolling Shuttle Bag (Valued at $199)


Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win them ALL!

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  1. Love these gift guides. I’m really hoping to win something.

    Quick question….gifts to send afar contest is appearing closed to me. Is that just me? Also, the link to like Snowflake Cupcake on facebook isn’t appearing for me. I searched them out on facebook manually though to like them.

    • Hey Catherine! Yes we are working on the Gifts from Afar rafflecopter. So sorry for the inconvenience! I checked out the Snowflake Cupcake link and it seems to be working for me? Not sure what is going on…oh technology!


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