If you want to branch out in your gift giving this year, consider giving a gift from the forest.

Skilled woodworkers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York turn out a variety of beautiful, useful, fun and durable products from the region’s forests. Each item is made by a local artist or manufacturer from the renewable resources of the forest. These gifts speak of tradition, creativity, and lasting quality, plus you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your purchase is supporting the forest economy in our region.

The variety of gift ideas is endless: wooden trains, ornaments, pirate swords, drumsticks, golf tees, board games, coasters, tie racks, balance boards, puzzles, travel mugs, grilling pellets and planks, chess sets, canoes and kayaks, yo-yos, boat paddles, picture and art frames, teething rings, lazy susans, baskets, personalized items, cutting boards, serving bowls, utensils, carved artwork, rulers, rocking chairs, salt and pepper mills, rolling pins, wine stoppers, bread boxes, spice racks, wine racks, pot racks, and knife blocks.

Woodworkers make furniture of every kind, from foldable gems like the classic director’s chair and tray tables, to sturdy outdoor tables and chairs, to heirloom quality coffee tables, dressers, bookcases, desks, dining tables, chairs and beds. And for the really-hard-to-shop for, maybe a gift certificate for custom cabinetry, specialty lumber or a woodworking class!

It’s impossible to make a comprehensive list of sources, so please consider the following as suggestions to get you started:

Toys, Games & Music (for all ages)

House Items

Outdoor Recreation

Cooking & Entertaining


Items to personalize

Wood & Woodworking

These fine wood product makers—and many, many more like them—are an important part of the economy in the Northern Forest. We hope you’ll find something wonderful from the forest to give as a gift this year. To learn about how the Center supports wood products innovation and skill development for woodworkers, please visit our website.

Donations to the Center make an excellent gift as well and support our wood products and other programs as well! The Center is a nonprofit organization--your donation is tax deductible and we greatly appreciate your support!