18 Christmas Gifts That Are Made on the Coast
The Maker: Sailormade
Sailormade was born out of the idea of staying close to the water mentally, even when life doesn’t permit you to be physically. To keep the feeling ever present, Sailormade starting creating jewelry and accessories made from materials that are inherently coastal.
The Gift: Nautical Bracelet
This natural rope bracelet is the perfect accessory for the sailor in your life. A simple nautical hook creates the closure for this everyday bracelet.
The Maker: Smithey Ironware
Charleston, South Carolina
Isaac Morton, Smithey Ironware’s founder, was inspired by vintage ironware in his woodshed and started gifting friends and family pieces that he would lovingly restore. Smithey Ironware’s skillets are now made in Charleston, where they start as raw castings and are shaped into beautiful skillets perfect for coastal cooking.
The Gift: Cast Iron Skillet
Smithey Ironware’s skillets feature a polished finish, an ergonomic handle, and two pour spouts. It also has holes on each side for hanging—it’s a piece to display!
The Maker: Lettermade
Malia Jacqueline developed a love for embroidered linens thanks to her grandmother and aunt. Lettermade is all about making gatherings with family and friends,whether it be a party, dinner, or just cocktail hour, a more special affair, and we’re totally on board with that.
The Gift: Palm Tree Embroidered Cocktail Napkins
Buy it: Lettermade Neon Palms, from $48
These pink palm trees are the sweetest way to give happy hour a chic edge. They also make a great hostess gift for the next time you’re headed to the beach to stay with a friend.
The Maker: Sara Fitz
York Harbor, Maine
Sara Fitz was raised along New England’s coast and takes inspiration from the beach for her stationary designs. Whether paying homage to the coast through a Nantucket basket or a retro swimsuit print, her charming illustrations make a sweet addition to any home.
The Gift: Preppy Watercolor Prints
These whimsical prints are done on cotton rag paper, and this threesome is a favorite of ours—perfect for a kid’s beach house bedroom or playroom.
The Maker: Saltura
Santa Barbara, California
A design studio located on the sunny coast of California, Saltura brings a cool California vibe to its t-shirts, board shorts, sunglasses, and hats. Whether heading to the beach or to breakfast via skateboard, these clothes are must-haves.
The Gift: Ocean-Hued Board Shorts
Constructed from two-way stretch polyester, this three-panel board short embodies California coastal cool with its muted blues and classic fit.
The Maker: J. Stark
Charleston, South Carolina
Erik Holmberg started J. Stark after spending a decade in a digital job wanting to create something tangible. J. Stark’s products are durable, classically designed, good-looking, and made in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Gift: Built-to-Last Bag
Buy it: J. Stark Franklin Tote Bag, $90
Made from heavyweight brushed twill, this bag boasts brass hardware and leather handles. It’s perfect for toting farmer’s market finds from town or wine to the beach.
The Maker: AE Ceramics
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Made in Maine, these ceramics are formed from porcelain stoneware using a wheel or a mold and finished with a glaze. Many of AE Ceramics’s pieces are inspired by the coast and make a perfect gift for the beach-loving entertainer.
The Gift: Oyster-Inspired Pottery
A beautiful shade of pearly periwinkle makes these oyster bowls a treasured find.
The Maker: Jessica Wertz Ceramics
Jessica Wertz works from her studio creating beautiful ceramics for the kitchen and home, plus a porcelain jewelry line. Her pieces are either thrown on a wheel or hand-built and then carved with etchings before they are glazed. Each piece is finished off in soothing beachy shades of whites and aquas.
The Gift: Turquoise Bud Vase
Buy it: Jessica Wertz Vase, $78
A beautiful blue is made modern with a funky design etched into a contrasting black. This is the perfect piece for a pop of color on a coffee table or in a bookshelf.
The Maker: Mythologia
Leather sandals from Greece are a must-have for any fashionista’s closet, and Mythologia’s sandals are some of the prettiest we’ve seen. Handmade by artisans on the island of Crete, each sandal is made to order with the highest quality materials and techniques.
The Gift: Greek Sandals
Buy it: Mythologia Sandals, from $150
Made with vegetable-tanned Italian leather, these sandals are simple, yet timeless. Each pair is handmade when ordered, so these are shoes that you can treasure forever.
The Maker: Sea Bags
These finds are as nautical as they come—Sea Bags takes old sails and repurposes them into fun totes and accessories for the home.
The Gift: Seafaring Wine Tote
Buy it: Sea Bags Nautical Wine Bags, $40
A rope and sail wine tote is just the way to deliver a bottle of wine to the next dinner party you’re attending!
The Maker: Docksmith
Talk about a productive beach walk! Docksmith combs the beaches of Maine and hand-selects pieces of driftwood that are then dried and reworked into a beautiful piece for the coolest, most naturally beautiful dock your iPhone has ever met.
The Gift: Driftwood Phone Charging Dock
Buy it: Docksmith Painted Dock, $68
Dressed up with a bit of white paint, this driftwood dock is the ideal piece for a sunroom, beach house kitchen, or playroom.
The Maker: 8knots
Shelter Island, New York
Born in the summer of 2009 on Shelter Island, 8knots's products are made with the coastal lifestyle in mind. From pestemals to table linens to an adorable soap on a rope, stock your beach house here in one stylish go.
The Gift: Bronze Bottle Opener
Buy it: 8knots Oyster Bottle Opener, $68
Formed from solid bronze in a lost-wax cast, this oyster shell bottle opener is the most nautical way to crack open a cold one on your next sunset cruise.
The Maker: LBK Studio
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Inspired by historical glass makers, cabinets of curiosities, and of course, the coast, Laura Kramer creates unique and stunning works of art in her studio located in a restored mill building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The Gift: Sea-Inspired Glass Bowls
These sweet bowls inspired by sea urchins come in a slew of fantastic colors, and they make the perfect holiday happy for your beach-combing buddy.
The Maker: Nell & Mary
Nell & Mary, based on the west coast, is known for fun textiles whose bright colors and playful patterns stand out in the crowd—talk about a winning combination!
The Gift: Fresh Vegetables Tea Towel
The finishing touch every beach house kitchen needs? One of these happy tea towels. They make a perfect hostess gift!
The Maker: Blakely Made
Charleston, South Carolina
Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, Blakely Little found her way to that sunny spot called Charleston where she finds inspiration in its marshlands, Lowcountry skies, and beautiful waters.
The Gift: Blakely Made Ornament
Buy it: Regatta Ornament, $38
We love the vibrant colors in this hand-painted ornament—hang a grouping on the tree to remind you of the beach this holiday season.
The Maker: Haptic Lab
Brooklyn, New York
Inspired by her mother’s loss of eyesight, Emily Fisher started making quilts as an academic experiment, but now sees them as a tool of sensation in our increasingly digital world. They are made with traditional craft techniques and lend a sense of whimsy to any space.
The Gift: Nantucket Quilt
Buy it: Haptic Lab Nantucket Quilt, $289
Each quilt, depicting different coastlines and islands, pays homage to a special seaside place and is entirely handmade.
The Maker: The Golden Cleat
Thousand Islands, New York
The Golden Cleat was started after Emilie Cardinaux felt the calling to leave Manhattan for the coastal retreat of Thousand Islands in upstate New York. Here, life by the water inspired her to create handmade products that mirror her passion for the coastal lifestyle.
The Gift: Nautical Throw Pillows
Pillows featuring vintage maps that are screen printed onto polyester fabrics (that can live either indoors or out!) are a favorite find. It is a sweet gift for friends and family that have a special connection to a specific stretch of coastline.
The Maker: Crab & Cleek
Known for their fun spin on the iconic canvas bag, Crab & Cleek takes a playful approach to seaside style. What better way to tote necessities to the beach and boat?
The Gift: Beachy Stockings
Buy it: Crab & Cleek Stocking, $30
Perfect for the holidays, these canvas stockings are a must for the beach house mantel—or the beach-lover who can’t spend the season on the coast.