The Boston Globe - Gift Guide

November 29, 2017

The Boston Globe -  Gift Guide

In this season of giving, why not give friends and family a little (or big) something that’s made here in our region, by a local pair of hands? We chose items we deemed fun, clever, and useful, and gave bonus points for stuff with a story behind it. (We’re writers, after all!) Here are just a few of the items that made us crack a smile — not an easy thing to achieve in this contentious election year. Hope they spark some joy in you, too.

Lobster rope doormats

When the laws changed regarding lobster float rope, Maine lobstermen suddenly had piles of colorful line that wasn’t useful. Voila — the recycled lobster rope doormat. The idea is, if this material can withstand years of being hauled in and out of the ocean, it will hold up to foot traffic, kids, and dogs, on your porch or patio. Several companies make these mats, but we’re partial to the wide variety of lively stripe combinations (each named for a Maine town) sold by Stern Lines. They work with 24 different Maine lobstermen to make the mats, using only repurposed rope. Their lobster rope coasters ($19) add a coastal vibe to any home or apartment. Mats are 19 by 30 inches; $44; available at the Brass Lyon, 36 Market Square, Newburyport; www.mainelobstermats.com.