A Few of Our Favorite Things: Gifts that Support the Coast

Island Institute
Posted 2021-12-10

This week, we’re once again teaming up with Luke’s Lobster to share some of our favorite things about Maine with you.

Maine’s pristine coastlines, harbors, and working waterfronts are part of both our state’s character and economy. We depend on the ocean for its resources and the inspiration and opportunity it provides artists, visitors, local entrepreneurs, and people who make their living on the water. If you’re looking for an outside-of-the-box gift this holiday season, check out some of these uniquely Maine ideas that support the sustainability of the coast and the communities that call it home. 

American UNAGI

Delicious and sustainable Maine seafood shipped directly to your doorstep.

For the foodie in your life, why not gift them some smoked eel?! Maine-based producer American Unagi is doing big things in the smoked fish space. As the country’s only glass eel farm, they raise and sell locally sourced, responsibly raised eels sourced exclusively from Maine’s well-managed fishery. American Unagi’s smoked eel is extremely versatile and easy to use, as its smoked eel filets come fully prepared and ready to eat. We like using it in a bagel spread like you would any other smoked fish, in a cold smoked dip, or as a delightful smoky addition to your Caesar salads (find recipes here). And if you’re looking to learn a little more about the fishery, check out our “From the Sea Up” podcast episode on American Unagi and explore the whole series on sustainable seafood in Maine. Order smoked eel fillet on the Luke’s Lobster website or directly through American Unagi.


Support Maine’s island and coastal communities with a gift that gives back.

If the Maine coast is an important place for you or someone you love, consider giving the gift of an Island Institute membership, and be a part of supporting its vibrant future. Thanks to the commitment of many dedicated community partners and supporters, we work collaboratively to build community sustainability along Maine’s islands and coast and share solutions to tackle pressing challenges. From preserving Maine’s vital working waterfronts to helping communities gain access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet, we work holistically on a variety of initiatives that are focused on building resilient economies, taking action on climate solutions, and fostering strong leadership to help Maine’s island and coastal communities thrive.


Find one-of-a-kind local gifts made by Maine artists and makers.

Maine is home to a vibrant creative economy and many talented artists and makers whose quality craftsmanship reflects the beauty and endurance of our coast. Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, is home to delightfully special and unique items made by more than 300+ talented creators right here in the Pine Tree State. Explore the brick-and-mortar in Rockland or shop online to find a remarkable variety of art, pottery, jewelry, books, clothing, housewares, and other unique Maine gifts perfect for the holidays. The Archipelago team spends over 400 hours each year mentoring Mainers on running arts-based small businesses and has helped advance the careers of more than 1,500 artists and makers since the store’s opening in 2000. Use code SHOPME for 20% off your first online order through 12/31/21 (excludes fine art; can’t be combined with other offers).


Interested in reading more from this series? Check out all of the posts from “A Few of Our Favorite Things” here on our blog.