This is my list of our top six most popular maple gifts. Holiday shopping can be a stressful task whether you go downtown or sit in your living room to surf the web. What do you get someone who has everything? The guy on your list? Your sister’s family? At the Carman Brook Farm we’ve made it easy to complete the shopping and spend your valuable time doing the stuff you really want to do. Once you find a consumable commodity like maple syrup, you can keep giving it year after year!
One thing you won’t have to worry about when you shop at our farm is that what you bought this week will be discounted next week. My other pet peeve about big retailers is only having 12 hours to make a buying decision on a product before it disappears or the price goes up tomorrow. We’re too busy getting the orders shipped and giving our customers the care needed to play the Black Friday/Cyber Monday game . Its simply Maple Madness here daily.
1. Family Basket
I want to start with the Family Basket. This basket is filled with maple goodies and food products that can be shared by the whole family, and I mean every child in the family will be happy. My husband and I raised 4 boys and I developed this basket because we received many food gifts that did nothing for holiday cheer. Most had an excessive amount of packaging and very little substance. Someone please tell me what I’m supposed to do with a 5 oz. can of blueberries, when I’m baking 3 dozen muffins? Or the package of chocolate cream candies with only 3 candies. Any gift that causes sibling rivalry over the holiday is not a welcomed treat. Why does the gift basket industry put all of their efforts into show?
Well that won’t happen with any gift set you purchase from the Carman Brook Farm. The Family Basket contains a lot of food items in a quantity that can be shared throughout the holiday festivities. A quart of maple syrup and a pound package of pancake mix are the star attractions. The half-pound box of maple candy has over 22 bite size pieces. The grownups can enjoy a pot of coffee and the kiddos have a full canister of the best cocoa from the Vermont Farm Girl. Maple Cream, honey, jam and peanut butter round out this basket in portions that will last longer than the holiday season. Of the 9 products, you have selection options on 6 items giving you a larger range of control over what is shipped.
There are a variety of baskets and box sets available at different price points listed on our website, but the main attraction is that all of them have an abundant amount of product with minimal packaging.
2. Gingerbread Man & Boy Bottles
Our Gingerbread Men and Boys are my personal favorites. Glass jars filled with Amber Rich Taste/Table Syrup. The Gingerbread Men are 8.45 oz. and sport a Santa cap. The Boys are 1.7 oz. and make cute little package toppers instead of bows, stocking stuffers or favors for your holiday party. Both are filled with Amber Rich Taste/Table Syrup. They’ll decorate a table at your holiday party and make a great door prize for some lucky guests. An affordable, fun and delicious gift for service providers like your hairdresser, mailman or teacher.
3. Christmas Tree Bottle
The same goes for the Christmas Tree Bottle. A festive glass bottle that’s fun on the breakfast table and can be refilled with maple syrup and enjoyed throughout the winter. This bottle has a flat side and can be engraved with a message for special events in quantities of 25 or more. If engraving is your intention, contact the sugarhouse as soon as possible.
There is no doubt that the most value comes when you purchase your maple syrup in plastic containers. Get another 10% off when combining any 6 items from our Vermont Maple Syrup page shipping to one address. In addition to the plastic containers there are many glass bottle options on this page that qualify for this buy six discount. You won’t be limited to the same size or style of containers or the grade of maple syrup. You decide how to mix and match to make a case. Once you hit 6, the savings continues on all the items in this category.
5. Maple Clubs
I’ve been blessed with being the recipient to Wine of the Month Clubs and the thing I liked the best was looking forward to and receiving a monthly gift long after the holidays were over. That is how The Carman Brook Farm Maple Clubs were developed. At this time, we offer 3 different maple clubs with 4 monthly mailings ranging in price from $76 to $157. Who doesn’t like looking forward to monthly packages of maple sweetness? Each club includes one each of the 4 grades of maple syrup. The largest club includes a Carman Brook Farm t-shirt, other maple products from our sugarhouse kitchen and a selection of Vermont Specialty Food products.
6. 4 Pack Maple Sampler
The final item that made this list is not one of our most popular holiday items. At least not yet. The 4 Pack Maple Samplers are 4 individual, 3.29 oz., bottles filled with the different grades of maple syrup. We’ve been marketing this in the sugarhouse and locally in retail stores and its selling like hotcakes! You can find this item under our Holiday Shopping page for a reduced price for a limited time.
I hope this list provides an answer to any questions and gives assistance in placing an order. As always, a real person will answer your phone call. If you get the machine we’re helping someone else or just not in the sugarhouse. Leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. An email is also a great way to get a quicker answer as I have more email access and will answer quick questions throughout the evenings and the early mornings.