Shopping local this year is pretty crucial considering the economic toll Maine businesses and artisans have experienced during the year of COVID-19.  What better way to shop locally and keep your safe distance than shopping online.

There are many Maine-based artisans on the selling platform, Etsy, and it's a great way to shop locally and support the Maine economy in the process.

Etsy is a web platform that allows artists, crafters and all-around hustlers to create a profile and sell online to anyone all over the world.  You can search for their location if you want to be sure to buy from a local artisan or crafter.  There are also many categories that you can search through that includes holiday specific items or even personalized items, perfect for your holiday shopping.

There is plenty of variety to choose from from Maine artisans on the Etsy platform and some extremely creative, one-of-a-kind items to purchase that will make every holiday gift special.  From whittled bird ornaments to products made from raw materials from the sea and land to special Maine-made and Maine-inspired teas, these products are sure to not only bring a sense of Maine to someone near or far but also support Maine-based sellers in the process.

The sellers are from all over the State of Maine, including Greenville, Casco, Harrington, Brewer, and Bucksport.  You can search Etsy for artisans that are inland, along the coast and everywhere in between.  Here are a few we found with some outstanding products that we wanted to bring to you.

Consider shopping from these 11 Maine-based Etsy sellers this holiday season and keep your money local while shopping online.

11 Maine Etsy Seller's Making Maine-Made Products