This semi-occasional column is written by Nicole Ouellette, a former advice columnist. Here are our local, Maine-related situations this week: Dear Gift MDI, I’m on a non-profit board with a total know it all… who doesn’t know anything. He talks at length at meetings but it’s clear he didn’t read the materials sent out before… Read More


Whether you live on MDI or just visit us a lot, it can be sometimes nice to have an adventure in the form of a day trip. Day trips mean you can keep your home base and maybe see a little something you weren’t planning on. We are going to feature regular day trip destinations… Read More


If you’ve ever traveled around MDI, you know that gas stations/convenience stores are a nice part of the local landscape. They are typically locally owned and you can count on certain things being there: gas, ready made food like chips and soda, as well as more homemade or warmer options like freshly brewed coffee or… Read More


It’s hard to believe our little ecommerce site launched a year ago! It feels like both much longer and much shorter time period than that! I had a bunch of people tell me this was a terrible idea but I just knew if people had an easy way to buy online, they would buy local… Read More


I can’t believe I’m coming up on ten years living on MDI year round. It took me awhile but I’ve figured out how to make a life here (lots of trial and error, honestly). Here are a few things I’ve learned. Truth #1: Most people are underemployed, we are making a lifestyle choice. Probably the… Read More


Maine Advice is going to be a monthly feature on GiftMDI.com featuring Nicole Ouellette (former advice columnist who misses the gig) and a guest columnist. This month’s columnist is Betsy Arntzen, a licensed massage therapist with a practice in Ellsworth, Maine. She works at the University of Maine and serves as the secretary for the… Read More


Mount Desert Island is a place a lot of people visit to have a great time. And whether you’re into craft beers on a laid back afternoon or cocktails at a giant party (or something in between), here are the top five regular events where you can raise a glass (or two). First Friday Art… Read More


When I first moved here, I joked that everyone seemed to be making jewelry. People on this island are pretty artistic, and a great way to remember your trip (instead of buying a cheesy t-shirt) is to get yourself a nice piece of jewelry. Here are some places you can check out. (I’ve tried to… Read More


If you’ve been on MDI year round, you may have gotten clever about figuring out ‘what’s open’ but to those of you who haven’t, here is a way you can figure out what’s open (until I become a millionaire and my extra money funds the development of the What’s Open On MDI app): Bar Harbor… Read More