Maine Advice is a semi regular column where we find Mainers to answer your Maine questions (and we weight in ourselves). This week’s guest is Carrie Jones. Carrie Jones is a New York Times and Internationally bestselling novelist, writing coach, and podcaster.  An award-winning newspaper editor and journalist, she’s also a content writer and photographer… Read More


  We’ve been trying to think with Gift MDI how we can reward our customers this important time of year. What makes us unique is that we are NOT a coupon based site. Businesses are not forced to discount their products to offer them. Actually, we want all businesses to get 100% of the money… Read More


Social media is a great way to join a community. Like most small towns, MDI has some active Facebook pages related to different aspects of the community. Here are a few you might want to join: Where To Buy On MDI Full disclosure: we started this one. We found in terms of what we needed… Read More


This is a counterpart to our previous blog of a guide to those wanting to know more about the cruise ships docking in Bar Harbor. If you don’t want to interact with the cruise ship and passengers, this post is your guide for how to avoid the cruise ship scene. Understand the schedule and amount… Read More


There’s places to hike besides Acadia National Park? You bet and we covered them in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Today our final post about hikes you can do near Acadia National Park without being in it. The Kinglet Trail at the Alycon Center Location: Seal Cove The Alycon Center is a… Read More


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