A Few of Our Favorite Things: Gifts that Support the Coast

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Gifts that Support the Coast

In this installment of Our Favorite Things with Island Institute we are highlighting three unique Maine-made gifts to give the coastal Maine lover in your life. As you cross off your shopping lists consider gifting American Unagi's smoked eel filets, an Island Institute membership, or a gift from Archipelago, a one-of-a-kind art and gift gallery in Rockland, Maine. 

American Unagi

bagels with cream cheese and eel filet

For the foodie in your life, why not gift them some smoked eel?! Maine-based producer American Unagi is doing big things in the smoked fish space. As the country's only glass eel farm, they raise and sell locally sourced, responsibly raised eels that are sourced exclusively from Maine's well managed fishery.

American Unagi's smoked eel is extremely versatile and easy to use, as its smoked eel filets come fully prepared and ready to eat. We like using it in a bagel spread like you would any other smoked fish, in a cold smoked dip, or as a delightful smoky addition to your caesar salads. Check out our recipes here, and if you're looking for a deep dive on the fishery, check out the Island Institute's "From the Sea Up" podcast episode on American Unagi wherever you listen to podcasts. Order smoked eel fillets on our site or directly through American Unagi

Island Institute Gift Membership

Support Maine’s islands and coastal communities with a gift that gives back.
If the Maine coast is an important place for you or someone you love, consider giving the gift of an Island Institute membership, and be a part of supporting its vibrant future. The Island Institute works collaboratively to build community sustainability along Maine’s islands and coast and share solutions to tackle pressing challenges. From preserving Maine’s vital working waterfronts to helping communities gain access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet, the Island Institute works holistically on a variety of initiatives that are focused on building resilient economies, taking action on climate solutions, and fostering strong leadership to help Maine’s island and coastal communities thrive.


Find one-of-a-kind local gifts made by Maine’s artists and makers.
Maine is home to a vibrant creative economy and many talented artists and makers whose quality craftsmanship reflects the beauty and endurance of our coast. Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, is home to delightfully special and unique items made by more than 300+ talented creators right here in the Pine Tree State. Explore the brick and mortar in Rockland, Maine, or shop online to find a remarkable variety of art, pottery, jewelry, books, clothing, houseware, and other unique Maine gifts perfect for the holidays. The Archipelago team spends over 400 hours each year mentoring Mainers on running arts-based small businesses and has helped to advance the careers of more than 1,500 artists and makers since the store's opening in 2000.

Use code SHOPME and get 20% off your first online order through the end of December (does not include fine art).