About the Guide


The Experience Maine Gift Guide is a curated collection whose mission is twofold:

  1. To promote the quality and variety of experiential gifts available in Maine, and

  2. To help Mainers and those who love them find the perfect Maine experience for absolutely everyone on their list.

Here’s why we created the Guide.

1. We love local!

Maine is home to a wealth of incredible and varied experience providers. However, this hidden second half of the local gift economy isn’t garnering the same holiday buzz as our product-related companies are. And, until now, it’s been hard for shoppers to figure out what their options are if they want to give an experience-based gift. The Experience Maine Gift Guide helps shoppers find unique experiences while still enabling them to support local businesses.

2. Science says so.

Studies show that experiential gifts create more happiness for both the recipient and the giver. Spending on experiences feels like a great use of money, and we’re starting to be conscious of its value as a culture. In fact, spending on experiences and live events is growing 70% faster than total US spending. Experience gifts also create deeper feelings of connection between the giver and the recipient.

This is where you come in.

This holiday season, include Maine experiences in your shopping plans. You’ll support local businesses while giving adventures, relaxation, skills, or challenges individually tailored to each of your recipients.

And we don’t blame you at all if you also give the gift of coming along with to try these experiences out for yourself!

Happy holidays, friends.

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