Looking for that unique gift for that special someone this holiday season?  Here are great samples of the unique, quality products that you can get right here in Bennington, Vermont.  Remember to shop small and support our local merchants!


Their pottery is durable, functional and beautiful. Bennington Potters has been making local pottery for 68 years and even have some of their pottery featured in the White House. 


They are a sought after tourist destination and are an integral part of the local community. They have a variety of options for gifts this holiday season and they even have a slick “2016 Gift Idea Almanac”.

Here are several items to peak your interest! Whether you’re grabbing a cup of coffee with your mom on a cold winter morning, or setting the main course for a Christmas Eve Dinner, here are three great options all available at Bennington Potters.

This country store is filled with Vermont food products, maple syrup and a Norman Rockwell exhibit. The Sugar Shack makes their own Maple Syrup, with samples daily. They have a large variety of Vermont tee shirts, sweatshirts, and souvenirs as well as a bakery where they make fresh baked pies, maple frosted sugar cookies, and their famous homemade cider donuts. If you’re looking to surprise your loved ones with a breakfast in bed, Sugar Shack has tons of deals on breakfast bundles and more. One of Sugar Shack’s premiere bundles is named “Taste of Vermont”. It includes ½ pint of pure VT maple syrup, a 24oz (1 1/2 LBS.) bag of buttermilk pancake mix, and a 4 oz jar of jam.



The local bookshop is a quaint spot that sits on Main Street in downtown Bennington. If you are looking for a unique gift on a budget they keep a box of unedited author's copies free for people to sample. It also is the place to go for local Bennington authors, or books written about Bennington. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life they recommend the book packages option which comes in 6 month or 12 month subscriptions.


For instance, their bestseller fiction novel subscription. Each month for 6 months the Bookshop will send you a hardcover fiction bestseller of their choosing, and if you’d like to surprise a loved one, you can even have them gift-wrap the books. And that’s a wrap on the Bookshop gift offerings - be sure to check out their website (click here) to find the perfect read for your loved one.


Based right on Main street, Bringing You Vermont is your one stop shop for all of your “Vermont Made” needs. The family run business is all about offering the best Vermont products available and they do this by exploring the state to find unique,
quality items made by those people that the world needs to see. They feature Vermont made products such as soaps, cleaning products, baby products, bath accessories, candles, aromatherapy air fresheners, baked good mixes, dips & mixes, jams, jellies & preserves, snacks, maple products, savory sauces & mustards, jewelry, games, wooden toys, household items, things for your pet, educational Items, and much more.


The quality of Vermont Wooden Blocks is what draws its uniqueness. Lincoln Logs meets Jenga meets functional furniture (wait, what?), as these classic wooden blocks are as limitless as a child’s imagination. Handcrafted by owner Bob Pinsonneault in his basement workshop; these products are popping up everywhere from the Welcome Center, to area child care facilities, to Knapp’s toy section on Main Street, and even getting a whole show on the award winning CAT-TV produced “Bennington Made” starring none other than Bennington Chamber Executive Director Matt Harrington.

The unique furniture and toys, can become essential in your home decorating, but also in teaching young kids to use their hands, and mold their young minds! Here are several great examples now go explore more here!


Their hand-knit hats, and booties, are the perfect gift, for the little one in your life, and the unique one-of-a-kind nature makes this gift standout.


The third annual Holiday Variety Show December 17th @ 7pm will be hosted by the Oldcastle Theatre Company. Oldcastle Theatre Company is a true company actors, writers, directors, and designers who work together to create a style that will grab the attention of the audience for more than just one show. Oldcastle has produced over
300 shows and is in its 45th season. This gift idea is an chance for you and your loved ones to experience a night of escapism at the finest theatre in Vermont. Flex passes can get you 5 punches for $150. Good for any performance, and 5 punches for $140 ONLY good for matinees. However, if you want to come to an evening performance, you can pay a nominal fee at the door to upgrade on a show to show basis. The unique gift is perfect for the night out with a loved one; Dinner and a show for 2 at either Pangea Fine Dining, or Mount Anthony Country Club. The cost of this personalized dining and theatre experience is just 86.50 per person  (pricing based on 2 people beverages, tax, & gratuity not included) Please note: This package is not available for Sunday performances. Check out more here!