2021 Holiday Gift Guide
If money was no object, here's what our staff would have on their wish lists this holiday season.
This one won’t fit under the tree (or in any realistic gift budget), but I covet SMEG’s retro-style fridge. The unique color options, quirky shape, and overall timeless aesthetic make it look good in whatever kitchen it’s in, and I know it would look good in mine. But I’ll keep dreaming, and maybe settle for one of their retro toasters in the meantime.
—Olivia Ryder, production manager
I live close to several coastal parks and lakes and would love to be able to get out on the water with ease! However, I don’t have the storage capacity for a traditional kayak or canoe. An Oru Kayak is the perfect solution. Made from flexible, custom-extruded polypropylene, in a series of origami-like moves these boats fold down to the size of a couch cushion. Plus, with the help of a carrying case with backpack straps and a collapsible paddle, you can hike to alpine lakes for a quieter paddling experience.
—Hadley Gibson, editorial assistant
I’m coveting one of the deliciously cozy and functional ChappyWraps. Run by mother-and-daughter team Beth LaSala and Christina Livada in Cape Elizabeth, I love supporting local, family-run, and women-run businesses. Plus, blankets that can be thrown in the washing machine? Sign me up.
—Karen Middleton, publisher of Maine
A Solo Stove is at the top of my list this year! Not only are these stainless-steel fire pits portable, but their unique design produces minimal smoke, so you can get close to the heat without smelling like a campfire. I love that you can use it in the mountains after a long day of hiking or skiing, for nights on the beach, and even in your backyard without having to commit to a permanent pit.
—Anna McDonough, sales and circulation manager
For years I have contemplated buying the Componibili Storage Unit designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri in 1969, to use as a nightstand in my bedroom. Ferrieri was a pioneer for women’s rights and one of the first women to graduate with an architecture degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan in 1943. It’s not only a sleek storage piece but also a reminder of a great female designer.
—Danielle Devine, editor
I take a lot of fishing day trips and often find myself hiking deep into the woods to find fishing spots off the beaten path. Carrying a traditional tackle box can be cumbersome, especially on top of whatever other gear I’ll need for the day. The Flowfold Center Zip Pack is a collaboration between Flowfold and L.L. Bean. It’s waterproof, lightweight, and durable and has plenty of space for fishing gear, snacks, and spare clothes.
—Joel Kuschke, creative director
Parachute is one of my favorite brands, from their textured waffle towels to their super soft, chunky rugs. But the original product that got them off the ground and into my Instagram feed is the sheets. I’m a fan of light and airy linen year-round, and these get softer with every wash while maintaining their shape and quality. Thinking about adding the clay hue to my collection has got me swooning—and ready for bed.
—Rachel Hurn, associate editor