The holidays are here again, the time to celebrate friends and family and to look forward to the year ahead. Sustainability resolutions don’t have to wait for the new year though; for anyone looking for ways to support a healthy earth in their holiday gift-giving, we’ve put together a guide of amazing local businesses for whom we’ve installed solar.

These businesses are offsetting their carbon footprint with clean energy and making a difference in their communities. From Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, you can find local food, fun getaways and activities, meaningful local gifts, memberships and more for the people you hold most dear. Your loved ones will be thrilled not only at the thoughtfulness of the gift, but also that it’s supporting a sustainable local business that’s supporting our planet! Read on for great gift suggestions that will help you finish off that holiday shopping for your family and friends. (If you have a favorite ReVision solar-powered local business that we’ve missed here, please let us know and we’ll add it!)

 

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

Give a gift that can’t be wrapped in a box! From an evening at the theatre to outdoor adventure, there are fun family memories to be made that won’t clutter your home or a landfill but will fill hearts with happiness! Try tickets to a show, a day on the ski slopes, and many more…

Aikido of Maine – Portland, Maine
Atlantic Gymnastics – New Hampshire (Locations in Portsmouth and Dover)
Bayside Bowl – Portland, Maine
Capitol Center for the Arts – Concord, New Hampshire
Casco Bay Arena – Falmouth, Maine
Causeway Club – Southwest Harbor, Maine
Children’s Museum of NH – Dover, New Hampshire
Ellsworth Tennis Center – Ellsworth, Maine
Evo Rock & Fitness – Portland, Maine
Hidden Valley Campground – Derry, New Hampshire
Maine Historical Society – Portland, Maine
Maine Indoor Karting – Scarborough, Maine
MerriHill Tree Farm – Merrimac, Massachusetts
Nansen Ski Club – Milan, New Hampshire
North Country Rivers – Bingham, Maine
Palace Theatre – Manchester, New Hampshire
Paradise Park Resort – Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Riverside Golf – Portland, Maine
Shawnee Peak – Bridgton, Maine
Stone Church – Newmarket, New Hampshire
Taylor River Farm – Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, New Hampshire
Wolfe’s Neck Center – Freeport, Maine

 

Meaningful Donations to Nonprofit Partners

A great way to show how much you appreciate those special people in your life is to make a donation in their name to a local nonprofit. They’ll be thrilled to know that they’re helping to make the world a better place! All of the nonprofits listed below accept donations and rely on the generosity of their supporters to keep up with the amazing work they do supporting our communities and opening up opportunities for the future, into the New Year and beyond.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences – East Boothbay, Maine
Boothbay Region YMCA – Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Boys and Girls Club of Manchester – Manchester, New Hampshire
Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine – Maine (Locations in Portland and South Portland)
Bread & Roses – Lawrence, Massachusetts
Chewonki Foundation – Wiscasset, Maine
Cross Roads House – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine – Maine (Locations in Auburn and Hampden)
Good Will-Hinckley – Hinckley, Maine
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland – Portland, Maine
Herring Gut Learning Center – St. George, Maine
Keene Housing Kids Collaborative – Keene, New Hampshire
Kieve-Wavus Education – Nobleboro, Maine
MacDowell Colony – Peterborough, New Hampshire
Midcoast Habitat for Humanity – Rockport, Maine
Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program – Brunswick, Maine
Monadnock Humane Society – Swanzey, New Hampshire
Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter – Nashua, New Hampshire
NHSPCA – Stratham, New Hampshire
Riding to the Top – Windham, Maine
Saco Food Pantry – Saco, Maine
YWCA Cambridge – Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Farm Shares for Fresh Produce in 2020

Know someone who’s got the winter blues already? You can get them in the holiday spirit with the promise of fresh summertime vegetables. Follow this link to check our list of local CSA’s for farm shares. You can typically sign up in late winter/early spring, but a nice homemade certificate for the cost of a share, along with the promise that summer will come again is sure to warm their heart!

List of Solar-Powered CSAs and Farm Stands

 

Tasty Local Food and Beverages

You can’t go wrong with a gift that can be eaten (or sipped from a warm mug while watching the sun rise over snowy treetops and gleaming solar panels). For chocolate lovers, coffee addicts, even the cheese enthusiasts in your life, take a look at these local businesses making tasty solar-powered edibles, in many cases with local, sustainable ingredients. Best of all buying locally means minimizing as much as possible the carbon footprint to get that gift to you. They’ll be so happy they may even share.

Black Dinah Chocolatiers – Westbrook, Maine
Carpe Diem Coffee – North Berwick, Maine
Coffee by Design – Portland, Maine
GrandyOats – Hiram, Maine
Harbor Candy Shop – Ogunquit, ME
Kennebec Cheesery – Sidney, Maine
Scratch Baking Co. – South Portland, ME
Split Rock Distilling – Newcastle, Maine
Spring Day Creamery – Durham, Maine
White Heron Tea – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Wicked Joe Organic Coffees – Topsham, Maine
Winnipesaukee Chocolates – Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

 

Fine Solar Dining

Or give the gift of food, but with the added bonus of not having to clean up the kitchen! Try a gift card to one of these restaurants for delicious local food and drink. You’ll find some classic New England fare, alongside farm-to-table dining and brewing. Enjoy!

Bob’s Clam Hut – Maine (Locations in Kittery and Portland)
Buck’s Naked BBQ – Freeport, Maine
Deep Water Brewing/Arborvine Restaurant – Blue Hill, Maine
Gritty McDuff’s – Freeport, Maine
Saltwater Grille – South Portland, Maine
School House 1913 – Harpswell, Maine
Throwback Brewery – North Hampton, New Hampshire
Thurston’s Lobster Pound – Bernard, Maine
Woodstock Inn and Brewery – North Woodstock, New Hampshire

 

Solar-Powered Local Gifts

From locally-made jewelry to responsibly sourced clothes, to yarn for those who like to make their own, these are great gifts that you can wrap in a box – with recycled paper of course! You’ll even find tree-free holiday cards here so you can wish everyone you know Happy Holidays and a Sunny New Year without worrying about deforestation.

Andy’s Agway – Dayton, Maine
Ashley Furniture – New Hampshire (Locations in Manchester and Amherst)
Caravan Beads – Portland, Maine
Cool as a Moose – Maine (Locations in Portland, Brunswick and Bar Harbor)
Fedco Seeds – Clinton, Maine
Geiger/Farmers’ Almanac – Lewiston, Maine
Halcyon Yarn – Bath, Maine
Huston and Company – Arundel, Maine
Maine Art Hill – Kennebunk, Maine
Mexicali Blues – Maine (Locations in Bangor, Newcastle, Freeport, Raymond and Portland)
Modernist Pantry – Eliot, Maine
Morningstar Stone and Tile – Topsham, Maine
Peace Fleece – Harrisville, New Hampshire
Robert Mathews Custom Shoemaker – Deerfield, NH
Scenic Nursery – Raymond, New Hampshire
Shaw Contemporary Jewelry – Northeast Harbor, Maine
The HERB FARMacy – Salisbury, Massachusetts
Tree Free Greetings – Keene, New Hampshire

 

Earth Friendly New England Getaways

Perhaps a romantic weekend away is the perfect gift for you and your partner, or even a trip for the whole family. These inns throughout Maine and New Hampshire are all cutting carbon emissions with solar, so not only will you be happy to be away on a snowy New England vacation, the earth will be happy too!

Beachmere Inn – Ogunquit, Maine
Blake House Bed & Breakfast – Jackson, New Hampshire
Boothbay Harbor Inn – Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Camden Riverhouse Hotel – Camden, Maine
Carlson’s Lodge – Twin Mountain, New Hampshire
Cranmore Inn – North Conway, New Hampshire
Hyatt Place – Portland, Maine
Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast – Hallowell, Maine
Migis Lodge – South Casco, Maine
The Sunset Hill House – Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Tugboat Inn – Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Weatherby’s – Grand Lake Stream, Maine
White House Inn – Bangor, Maine

 

Membership and Learning

If there’s someone in your life that loves learning, nature, or conservation, why not give a membership to one of these amazing nonprofits? They’re helping keep our forests green, our oceans blue, and sharing their knowledge with others. Share that amazing gift with your loved ones!

Appalachian Mountain Club – ME, NH & MA
AVA Gallery and Art Center – Lebanon, New Hampshire
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Boothbay, Maine
Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) – Topsham, Maine
Great Works Regional Land Trust – Ogunquit, Maine
Maine Audubon – Falmouth, Maine
Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm – Lincoln, Massachusetts
Midcoast Conservancy – Edgecomb, Maine
Natural Resources Council of Maine – Augusta, Maine
The Nature Conservancy – ME, NH & MA
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve – Wells, Maine
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute – Falmouth, Massachusetts

 

We hope you’ll be able to use this guide to find earth-friendly gifts for everyone on your list. Happy (and sunny!) Holidays from the ReVision Team!

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