Shop VT 2013: Your Local Holiday Gift Guide Day 5



We are back with our last and final day of Shop VT 2013.

It has been so much fun sharing all of these amazing local businesses with you all and we hope you have found some great gift ideas for the people on your shopping list! Please remember to shop local as much as possible this holiday season!

We want to say a huge thank you to all of the amazing local businesses that opted to be a part of this holiday campaign and for all of their daily hard work that they invest into making their companies and products exceptional. Another huge thank you to our #shopVT2013 partner, Honi at Try Vermont First. We couldn’t have done this without you Honi!

Today we have gifts that give back and gifts for the hostess, co-worker, teacher, etc.

Make sure you check out days one, two, three and four to see even more gift ideas and enter to win them ALL!

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1) Hope for a Cure

Jen, a 6 year breast cancer survivor began Hope for a Cure two years ago. What started out as a quick fundraiser to save her from sending countless emails to her family & friends, has turned into a major fundraiser!  She started out with buying 50 wine glasses to sell and to make a nice donation.  That turned into almost $500 donated to the American Cancer Society; and orders for more.  She bought more supplies and received even more orders!  It has been almost two years and she has now added 10 other cancer color ribbons; and added votives, pitchers, jars, and ornaments!  She has raised almost $5000 since she started.  Every penny of profit is donated back; she doesn’t keep any of it.  She donates her time because she wants to raise money and to raise awareness.  LIKE Hope for a Cure on Facebook! Giveaway is one glass and one ornament of your choice (Valued at $20)



2) Vermont Chocolate for Change

Vermont Chocolate for Change not only produces artisan chocolates, but they also provide a valueable work opportunity to at risk youth in Washington County. These young adults learn all aspects of confection making and life and employment skills. Products include VT Honey Sea Salted Caramels, Maple Glazed Nut Bark, VT Peanut Butter Company Peanut Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate Maple Granola Bark with VT Dried Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds and Chocolate Dipped Homemade Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. 100% of money earned is reinvested in VTCFC to help keep the program going – what a great reason to buy from Vermont Chocolate for Change! LIKE Vermont Chocolate For Change on Facebook! Giveaway is a Chocolate Assortment featuring all natural, hand-crafted Belgian Chocolate (Valued at $40)


 3) Skida +1
Skida’s mission to give back to patients undergoing chemotherapy is heartwarming. Skida Plus One allows customers to send a fleece lined alpine hat to an area hospital’s cancer center. This is of no charge to the customer. All you must do is enter a Skida Plus One code at check out. Codes can be found here and correspond with six hospitals. We know how beautiful and wonderfully warm Skida hats are, and they truly brighten the day of those wearing them. We applaud Skida’s founder Corinne Prevot for using her company to give back. Shop Skida now and don’t forget to enter your code to give back this holiday season! LIKE Skida on Facebook and follow them on TwitterGiveaway is an Alpine hat in a design of your choice (Valued at $34)


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1) Nutty Steph’s

Nutty Steph’s, home to the famous Magic Chunks, is an artisan chocolate and granola company creating delicious chocolate bars, granola, and truffles. Favorite chocolate bars include Toffee Coffee, Pistachio Cranberry, and Ginger Peppermint. Their Middlesex factory store doubles as a speakeasy style bar where they hold Bacon Thursday, a much-loved event featuring live music, great people, and food (including of course bacon, as well as vegetarian snacks) every Thursday from 6pm – midnight. Visit Nutty Steph’s store or buy from them online. LIKE Nutty Steph’s on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Giveaway is three chocolate bars of the winner’s choice (Valued at $20)



2) Vermont Cookie Love

Vermont Cookie Love produces the best all natural frozen cookie dough available on the market, with an emphasis on using the highest quality Vermont-based ingredients possible.  We offer you a hot-out-of-the-oven cookie love experience at our store The Love Shack in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  Beautiful gift boxes of  fresh baked cookies and/or frozen dough are also available online. With cookie flavors like Triple Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip you are sure to find something delicious for someone on your shopping list! Or you can snag some of their Holiday Sugar cookie dough for your holiday Christmas Cookies!  Make sure to come on down to their Open House, Saturday, Dec 7 from noon-4pm for some FREE samples!  LIKE Vermont Cookie Love on Facebook and follow them on TwitterGiveaway is a $10 gift certificate and one t-shirt (Valued at $20)



3) Honestly Simple Soaps

Honestly Simple Soaps is bringing bar soaps back. They make their soap with five different oils and the combination works to keep your skin clean and moisturized too. Owner Heather Albrecht started making soaps just for her family. She wanted to be able to control the ingredients that they used and avoid any harsh chemicals and toxins. Less than one year later Heather’s business continues to grow and she is cooking up new recipes all the time. Heather has a travel size set that is TSA friendly and a Day at the Spa Gift set that includes soaps, bath salts, lotions, and more. Try their lotion sampler with includes their luxurious lotion bar. LIKE Honestly Simple Soaps on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest. Giveaway is a Lotion Sampler Set in winner’s choice of scent (Valued at $25)



4) Marsh Hollow

Marsh Hollow was created just a year ago by John Snell and his family. Since then their company has grown beyond their wildest dreams and their  delicious jams are in high demand. Their flavors include Blueberry Almond, Wild Blackberry, Carrot Jam, and Orange Rhubarb Jam. New for this season is their Christmas Jam with strawberries and cranberries which is sweet and tangy and a great gift! If you are ready to think outside of the box (or jam jar) try their savory Onion Jam. Marsh Hollow also makes soy candles that burn exceptionally clean and fragrant. LIKE Marsh Hollow on FacebookGiveaway is 1 jar of Blueberry Almond Jam and 2 Maple Candles (Valued at $40)



5) Gringo Jacks

Gringo Jacks makes mouthwatering chips, of course, but also amazing glazes (the most addicting thing in their restaurant) which transforms chicken, shrimp, etc into a beautiful experience.  Try drizzling the Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Glaze on vanilla ice cream and it won’t be long before everyone is saying “WOW”! LIKE Gringo Jack’s on Facebook! Giveaway is a party pack that includes 2 bags of chips (classic and chile rubbed), a jar of salsa and a jar of Sweet & Spicy Chipotle BBQ Glaze (Valued at $22)



6) VT Sundae Sauce

Bobbie from The Vermont Sundae Sauce Company has set out to recreate her grandmother’s recipe for old fashioned hot fudge sauce. In doing this she has further developed 6 unique sauces to complement any ice cream or dessert (or to be eaten by the spoonful!). Bobbie strives to use the best, most fresh and local ingredients including cream from Thomas Dairy in Rutland Town. She makes and bottles her sauces in her own kitchen.  It is a true labor of love and shows the respect she has for her product. Vermont Sundae’s Maple Caramel is divine. It’s thick and yet when warmed, even just at room temperature, it is smooth and creamy. To celebrate the holidays I would suggest getting a jar of Vermont Sundae Sauce’s Chocolate Champagne. The exquisite blend of bittersweet chocolate and Brut champagne create fireworks in your mouth. LIKE Vermont Sundae Sauce on Facebook. Giveaway is a 3 – 8oz jars of sundae sauce, ice cream scoop & basket (Valued at $25)


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