Friday December 06, 2013 | 09:26 AM

This week I have posted a gift guide once a day. I hope they will help you with everyone who is on your list. Check out Monday’s post on gift ideas for your best friend here, Tuesday’s post for your significant other here, Wednesday’s post for your aspiring farmer or young animal lover here, and Thursday’s post for your sibling(s) here

Part #5: Your Co-Workers, Without Whom There Would be Less Laughter and Song

A tin of homemade cookies and the Mast Brothers Cookbook (check out the chapter on the Maine Coast), $35. For a sweet stocking stuffer, consider the Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate Bar with (Maine) Sea Salt, $10-12. 

The selection of pens at Rock Paper Scissors in Wiscasset, shows beauty and utility can exist in the same source, $8 – 100. While there, also consider a handmade ornament made of coffee filters. $24.

The Emergency Clown Nose, an over-the-counter solution to life’s stressful moments Created by professional clowns Rosie Cole & Lloyd Brant to promote their philosophy of healing through laughter, $5. 

Coax your coworkers get into homebrewing with the Roll & Brew kit from Design With Benefits. The Roll & Brew allows you to create an entirely undefined and unique beer style every time you brew. Just roll the dice and collect all the ingredients you need to put together a great beer. The dice algorithm was developed by brewer David Steinrueck, who studied under some of the world's most renowned brewmasters in Munich, Germany. Game includes:
16 oz pint glass, 13 colored dice (grain, hops, weight, time, yeast, random), instructions, lid / coaster. Made in:
 San Francisco, California. $28 Get $5 OFF any purchase: THEROOT.

Natural Cork Branch Coasters, a gift that will give back for years. Cork trees are pruned every year in the fall. These chunky coasters are slices of those pruned branches, now put to good use as a natural platform for pillar candles or cocktails. Due to the natural material, no two coasters are exactly alike. Made in Portugal, $15.00 each. 

Is it Happy Hour yet? It could be sooner and better by gifting a copy of An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails written by Orr Shtuhl and illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber. 

Depending on your coworkers’ interests; Storey Publishing’s series of books for country living - Survival Wisdom, Country Wisdom, and Natural Healing Wisdom. Available at Portland Trading Company in Portland, under $20. 

Let the awkwardness continue with a copy of The New York Times bestseller Awkward Family Holiday Photos, available at Hello Hello Books in Rockland. 

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.

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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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