Maine-Made Gift Guide 2009: Holiday Cards

Editor's note: Our shopping has already begun, and we're guessing yours has, too. To help make things a little easier, we'll feature a Maine product each day in our holiday gift guide through Dec. 24 (and we're talking all holidays, kids). If you have any suggestions for local favorites, please post a comment or e-mail us at

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and every year, we intend to send holiday cards. We've photographed our dogs in various stages of Christmasy cuteness. We've had custom photo cards printed up. We've even drawn little illustrations of our animals hanging out by the tree. But for whatever reason (procrastination, overambition, too little time), we never send them.

Maybe if we bought some of these, we would. Here's a round-up of our favorites for 2009. They're so good, nobody will mind if they arrive on Dec. 26. Or sometime in January.

Margaret's Cards: The artist Margaret Fellows White of Verona Island trained with Frank Hamabe (and it shows). Though she passed away in 2002, her legacy lives on in this line of greeting cards created by Rebecca Berry of Berry Marketing Solutions in Bucksport. Though there's nothing particularly seasonal about them, coastal Mainers will love them, and the palette is red and green enough to get by. Click here to learn more and order.

Pinecone + Chickadee cards: Sometimes, the holidays call for a cup — or five — of cheer. These great silkscreened cards from Pinecone + Chickadee of Portland, designed by husband-and-wife team Noah DeFilippis and Amy Teh, tell it like it is. Click here to order or for more information.

Fern House Studio cards: These playful holiday cards by artist Christina Heiniger of Lamoine have been our favorites for a few years now. They remind us of Matisse and candy, all rolled into one. In other words, they're artsy and sweet. Click here to order or for more information.

Love Dog Card Company: If you like Anne Taintor's vintage look and biting humor, you'll ADORE these fabulous cards designed by Liza Schilitz of Lincolnville. We love, love, love Love Dog. Click here to order or for more information.


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