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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: December 12, 2012

10 under $10: local gift ideas for guys

Holiday shopping can be costly. But after sourcing some great ideas from vendors at the various fairs over the past few weeks, I’ve rounded up 10 great gifts for guys all for 10 bucks or less. The best part? They’re all from local sellers! Here are my picks for every dude on your list.

Ship at Sea Journal, $8
You can’t go wrong with a gift from Ferdinand. This letter-pressed journal is great for jotting down notes, musings or some love sonnets perhaps.

Vintage slim tie, $8
Every man needs a slim tie in his repertoire. I love the selection from Tufted Thrift Mouse.

Field Guide to Portland Wildlife, $3
A handmade tongue-in-cheek zine that references all the wildlife in Portland, like the Prophecy Men and pigeons.

Knit Cap, $10
Keeps his noggin warm. And it’s machine washable!

Recycled ski wine holder, $10
This is so cool. It’s the perfect gift for any guy’s bachelor pad – or ski chalet. Just add a bottle of red.

Giclee print,  $8
A print by the one and only Kris Johnsen that doubles as his new year’s eve resolution.

Nautical keychain, $5
Now he can carry his truck keys in style with a macrame knotted key fob

Grit exfoliating soap, $6.50
Arguably the manliest soap on earth, made with ingredients like activated charcoal and organic apple cider vinegar.

Bottle opener, $10
Pop open a brewski with class with this handcrafted with a basswood handle finished in danish oil.

Gift card to CBD
Gift cards are not cop outs. They’re simply gifts he won’t have to return.

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