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14 Unique Local Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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The holidays are here and along with the lights, music and numerous holiday parties many of us are tasked with buying gifts... a lot of them... for friends, family and more. While some people are easy to shop for, others leave us scratching our heads and stressing out.

At WRP, we say "stress no more!" There are so many local businesses that offer delicious food, unique gifts, fun experiences and even the opportunity to relax (gasp!). Check out these gift ideas and remember that when you shop local you are impacting our economy and supporting people within our community. We think that in itself is truly a gift! 

An Experiential Gift

  • Ocean Fire Pottery in York, Maine: Check out their variety of classes and give that as a gift to the creative person on your list! For the not so creative, they have some beautiful pieces you can purchase.
  • Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York, Maine: Belly up to the bar for a monthly cocktail class and learn the tips and tricks of home bartending. Not only is it a fun gift to give someone, but you can also tag along! (Sidenote: Please check out our Meet the Wiggly Distillery blog post!

A Relaxing Gift 

  • Ameday Nails & Spa in York, Maine: Word has it they give a great massage, facial and mani/pedis. Be sure to check out their Spa Day Specials and consider a girls relaxation day or gift certificate. 
  • Liz Avery Massage in York, Maine: After the holidays are over a massage is well needed (and deserved). Pair a massage gift certificate with a bottle of wine from My Winey Sister or a gift certificate to grab a warm drink and pastry at The Central Bean and Bakery. (Bonus: Liz Avery is giving away a $10 gift card each time you purchase a massage gift card this holiday season.)

The Gift of Health

  • Village Classical Acupuncture in York, Maine: Give someone you care about a gift certificate here and they will feel rejuvenated, healthy and relaxed - all in one! 

Give Something Unique and Personal 

  • Tayla Mac in Kittery, Maine: This warm, yet hip, boutique is one of those places that you won't want to leave. Allow yourself some time to browse their eclectic collection and pick out some gifts that are sure to please so many people on your shopping list. (Bonus: Many of Tayla Mac's vendors are based out of Maine. This brings shopping local to a whole new level!)
  • The Daisy Trading Company in York, Maine: There is something for everyone at Daisy Trading! With two floors warmly filled with signs, furniture, unique gifts and more, you'll feel so at home that you won't want to leave. 
  • Hilton's Gifts and Decor in York, Maine: Classy rustic is the name of the game at Hilton's! Check them out for signs, wall art and other beautifully crafted wooden gifts. 
  • Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford, New Hampshire: Pick up a gift certificate good for their many products or one of their events (wouldn't wreath making be fun!?) or if you like to give a physical gift consider a nice floral arrangement, holiday decoration or bulbs/seeds for the snowbirds on your list!
  • York Flower Shop in York, Maine: Check out this full service shop for hostess gifts, floral arrangements or other unique gifts that will surely catch your eye. Not sure what to buy? Gift certificates are always a hit.
  • York Weekly Subscription: Buying a gift for a news junkie or perhaps someone new to the area? This is a great gift that will have them thinking of you every time they read the paper!

A Gift to Please Any Foodie

  • Lil's Cafe in Kittery, Maine: If the way to a person's heart is through food, a gift from Lil's Cafe is a sure fire way to get there fast! Pick up some sweet and savory nosh for an upcoming event or drop it off to a friend, family, client or teacher. 
  • Beach Pea Baking Co. in Kittery, Maine: If special is the name of the game then Beach Pea has you covered! Not only is their food a yummy treat, but they also offer daily specials including a soup of the day! Why not treat someone to one of the experiences mentioned above and then swing in for a meal sure to please any palate.
  • Stonewall Kitchen in York, Maine: Do we need to say more? ;-) Okay, we will. Stonewall Kitchen is the perfect place to grab a bite and pick up a gift (they have dozens of premade baskets and gift sets or you can put together your own!). If you are buying for a foodie or master chef (wannabes are welcome too) consider a gift certificate for one of their cooking classes. 

Where are you favorites places to shop and gifts to give? We'd love to know! 

Thank you to Troy Williams, Tristan Swanson, Maureen Hogan, Jordyn Koelker and Tamara Milliard for sharing (some) of their local favorites!

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full-service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 


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      Great list! My favorite place to shop in that area is The Shops at Cape Neddick. If you haven't been there you need to stop by. It is a boutique mall with 12 stores in an old restored barn. The owners of the different shops run the shops so someone knowledgeable is always there to greet and help you. They carry everything..... One stop shopping. Check them out. Happy holidays!

      Meet the Team: Maureen Hogan

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      We're excited to introduce you to Maureen Hogan, another one of our dedicated Realtors here at WRP! This sums up Maureen in a nutshell, "I love love love Real Estate.  Like taking a property in needs of some TLC and turning it into something amazing!"

      If you ever get the chance to meet Maureen, you will instantly love her energy and sense of humor! Maureen grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts and then moved to Dunstable where she lived from the mid-eighties through 2013, before moving to York to pursue real estate. Prior to her career as a Realtor, Maureen was a Software Engineer at OAG Flightview and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). She's been married to her husband Andy Riebs (who she met while interviewing him for a position at DEC) for over 33 years!


      What are you listening to or reading these days?

      I only read is MLS these days. I like yelling at our new Alexa to play a variety of music – mostly classic rock with some jazz thrown in.

      What is the weirdest job you ever had?

      I am kind of boring, no weird jobs – I was a playground instructor in Lowell, a floor supervisor at Hit and Miss, a bank teller, a campaign manager and a software engineer.

      If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

      News anchor. When I was a kid (years ago, before there were any women new anchors) that is what I wanted to be! A female Walter Cronkite!!

      You just stepped outside and found a winning scratch ticket for $5 million dollars. What would you do?

      Not much different than what I am doing now.  I would talk to our financial advisor about managing it. Andy would have the option to retire if he wanted to.

      What inspires you?

      Strong, principled people.

      What’s your favorite food?

      Soup, of all kinds!

      Please tell us your favorite quote. 

      "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why.  I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? " - Robert Kennedy


      What is one thing you love most about the area?

      Having moved here full-time from MA 4+ years ago, the pace of life – it is just not as fast paced as MA. Also, York is just such a beautiful town – when I drive through the village and harbor, particularly at Christmas time, I just can’t believe that we live here!

      What’s an insider tip for tourists that only locals would know?

      In the summer, take 103 from Kittery to York, as Rte 1 becomes a parking lot on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.  The Yorkwise card – gives you discounts at local stores and proceeds from its purchase go towards a drug and alcohol free graduation night for YHS Seniors. The food is good and pretty reasonable at the cafeteria at York Hospital.

      Name some of your favorite restaurants and stores.  

      Frankie & Johnny'sThe Union Bluff, The Central Restaurant & Bar, York River Landing, Eldredge Lumber & Hardware, Stonewall Kitchen, Sue’s Seafood, Nancy's Cafe & Catering, Rick's Restaurant, Norma's Restaurant

      Do you have a favorite nonprofit you’d like to share?

      Doctors Without Borders


      What led you to work in the real estate industry? 

      I have always, always, always loved looking at houses and going to open houses. I have been a real estate junkie for years.  When we moved here full time, I commuted into Cambridge for 6 months to my engineering job and just did not have the cycles to get started with my newly minted RE agent, so I took the plunge, gave up that career and started a new one!

      Why Williams Realty Partners?

      Because when I met Troy [Williams] 5+ years ago (when I was still an engineer), I said to him “You will have your own agency some day and I am going to work for you." He was our agent on both buying and selling and was fantastic.  I strive to provide the same level of service to my clients.

      What’s your favorite home design trend these days? 

      One story living – for us Baby Boomers!

      Okay, give us your tips! We want to hear them!

      Home buyers: Don't rush. You will know when you have found the right one!

      Home seller: Declutter, declutter, declutter. Price it right. 

      Someone thinking of selling their home: While the spring is busy, homes are sold every month of the year, so don't stress about when to put it on the market. 

      We hope you enjoyed getting to know Maureen! If you'd like to get in touch with her, here's her info:

      (207) 361-7248 - Email - Website - Facebook 

      Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.



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        10 Rainy Day Activities for York Beach and Southern Maine

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        1. Be a Foodie: Visit Stonewall Kitchen or have a progressive dinner by enjoying appetizers at one restaurant, dinner at another and completing the evening at a third eatery for dessert and cocktails.

        2. Shop Til’ You Drop: Take a ride to the Kittery Outlets, Freeport Village Station or head to Ogunquit or Kennebunkport to find something unique!

        3. Raise a Glass!: Visit SoMe Brewery or the Wiggly Bridge Distillery for some spirits and new friends.

        4. Unleash Your Inner History Buff: Check out Old York or the USS Albacore for a daily dose of culture and a history lesson.

        5. Take in a Show: Visit the Ogunquit Playhouse for live theater or go to a cinema to watch the latest “it” movie.

        6. Game Time Fun: Grab your quarters and head to Fun-O-Rama, Wonder Mountain Fun Park or Palace Playland Arcade. Want to up your ante? Take a drive to the Oxford Casino for some adult fun.

        7. Release The Nerd Inside You: Go to the Seacoast Science Center and learn a few things, while having fun. Pocket protector not required.

        8. Put on Your Explorer Hat: Get in the car and drive. Stop whenever something catches your fancy. The seacoast still looks beautiful in the rain… and who knows, you may even catch a rainbow!

        9. Hostess with the Mostess: Invite friends to come over and host a theme night complete with games, food and even costumes (if you are feeling wild and crazy)! 

        10. Homebody for the Day: Don’t feel like leaving the house? Then don’t bother! Curl up with a good book, try a new recipe, binge watch a television series or login to Pinterest and try a craft that you pinned. 

        Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.


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