Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list who can’t get enough of lobster? From the real thing to merch and accessories, we have the local lowdown on five unique Maine gifts for lobster lovers.

Ship It Live 

Maine Lobster Now, a respected live shipping company, catches locally sourced Maine lobster purchased directly from the boat which is humanely transported and stored. You can choose the exact date you want your lobster to be delivered to the recipient’s front door with the guarantee that it will be alive and fresh.  Their best seller is a two-pounder for $33.99 and if you buy $100 or more of product, they throw in free shipping. With instructions on how to prepare it to recipes, this is the ultimate Maine dish. Imagine their faces when they open their front door and see what they are having for dinner that night!

The Great Lobster Cookbook 

For the adventurous chef on your list, The Great Lobster Cookbook, written by Matt Dean Pettit, chef and owner of Rock Lobster Food Co., details more than 100 easy-to-follow lobster recipes. Today, with fresh Maine lobster so easily available, it no longer has to be a special occasion at a fancy restaurant. Sourcing from companies such as the one above, or even easier—buying fresh, cooked, picked lobster with direct shipping, such as from The Lobster Guy—this gift will inspire the cook in your life to attempt everything from the classic lobster roll to lobster eggs benny, lobster poutine, or even a mouthwatering recipe for Vanilla Bean Lobster Ice Cream.

Lobster Cracker 

Here’s a fun stocking stuffer that pairs well with the above two gifts: a Cuisinox lobster cracker tool, a practical implement to open hard and soft shell lobsters with ease. Also great for crab claws without wrecking the meat inside. And not only is it in a cute lobster claw shape, but it’s budget friendly.

Lobster Hat 

Wearing a live lobster upon your head is not recommended, but this gag gift is! And it’s the perfect accessory for your visit to the Maine Lobster Festival next year. This polyester fabric and polyurethane foam critter is $15, and fits comfortably on an adult.  This is sure to make any lobster enthusiast laugh out loud when this present is opened.

Official Maine Lobster Festival T-shirt 

Here’s another perfect gift to go with your lobster hat above: the official t-shirt of the Maine Lobster Festival in neon colors (men, women and youth sizes). Show your pride for Rockland—and to the hard-working men and women who lobster fish. Not only will your gift be appreciated, but your purchase also goes toward the next Maine Lobster Festival event and helps support our local communities through donations, community enhancement and scholarships. Win-win!

Love lobster? For more great blog posts on Maine’s most iconic crustacean, visit: Maine Lobster Festival.