Monday December 02, 2013 | 08:50 AM

All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Up first, best friends.

Part #1: Your Outdoorsy Best Friend Who Gets Up at 5 to Milk the Cows.

A home cooked meal, handwritten note or homemade gift (whether a scarf or a box of cookies) are always the best place to start. Stocking stuffers like a donation in their name to a charity (e.g. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) or an ornament (check out these hand-blown glass ones for under $30 on Etsy) can be every bit as special as a big elegantly wrapped box.

Super comfortable footwear to slip into. Look no further than Maine’s own L.L. Bean. For men Bean’s Wicked Good Scuff III and women the Wicked Good Moccasins, $69.

A subscription to Margaret Rizzo’s unique postcard mail art. Each month, a piece of original mail art will be sent to the person of your choice. From her perch in Midcoast Maine, Rizzo creates mail art from special prints, vintage ephemera and other found materials. A piece will be sent out every week or every other week, for as many months as you like, depending on which option you choose:
Option #1: 
A piece of mail art sent every week for one month
 4 pieces, $22 per month including postage
Option #2: 
A piece of mail art sent every other week for one month 2 pieces, $12 per month including postage
Email Rizzo at for more information and to sign someone up for a subscription.

Einkorn Hull Chai Tea from the Heritage Grain Conservancy, $26 – 1 lb package. Maybe you saw them at the Common Ground Country Fair this year? Pair with a thermos, for hot beverages, $23. 

Barbour fingerless lambswool gloves, $27. 


2 Note Perfumery in Portland has something for everyone. Ladies – Mano Salve, for calloused milking hands, $18. Men - Beard Oil, for the shrubby winter beard, $36. For all Bath Salts, $15-45.

Burlap throw/comforter/all-around good blanket to keep on hand, with buffalo plaid trim from South Street Linen, $239. 

A Sea Bag. Made in Portland. For weekend getaways The Tanbark Duffel, $225. For the everyday The Woolrich Tote, $150. **Take advantage of their Cyber Monday special: buy one tote, get 50% off any item you choose plus free shipping. Only valid on Monday, December 2 (today).

2013 subscription to a magazine you think he/she would like., $10-20

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Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog,

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