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About the Christmas Spirit® Shop

The Christmas Spirit® Shop currently operates as a Website only business from its Bar Harbor fulfillment center. In early 2020, it closed its storefront location in downtown Bar Harbor with the sale of its business building, so owners Beverly and Pete Bono could semi-retire after 30 years.

In a November 5, 2018 award, HouseBeautiful.com rated The Christmas Spirit® Shop the best holiday decor store in Maine. We're proud to be the best Christmas Shop in Maine, and proud to be Bar Harbor's Christmas Shop. We're as unique as our island resort village on the rock-bound coast of Maine. Since 1990, our family business has brought happiness to customers around the world by providing refreshingly different, all-American-made, personalized gifts that:

  • Rekindle holiday memories
  • Celebrate life experiences
  • Preserve family traditions
  • Capture the spirit of Christmas

Celebrate Our 30th Anniversary With Us

It's our 30th anniversary as an all-American, made-in-USA Christmas Shop, and we're celebrating by taking you into the workshops of our merry Maine artists in a video series now playing on our Website. We invite you to play the videos. See our artists' skills, feel their spirit, and wonder at their work. From the Navigation Bar on any page of our Website, simply click on "Videos & Artists at Work" next to a tiny TV symbol directly under "Personalized Christmas Ornaments" or "More Gifts". Here you can watch how handmade Christmas ornaments and hand carved Santas are hand crafted in the USA by our local artists.

Watch and listen to three professional Maine craft artists as they entertain you with their hands-on skills in three separate videos. Watch Brian, a Maine woodcarver, make hand carved Santas from old wooden lobster buoys, once used by local lobstermen as flotation markers for their lobster traps. Watch Horace, a Maine scroll saw artist, craft hand cut wooden ornaments from planks of maple hardwood. Watch Jana, a Maine glass artist, create hand formed and hand blown glass ornaments from rods of crystal glass.

All three videos were filmed inside the workshops of each Maine artist, where you get a variety of sights and sounds of the artist at work using his or her tools of the trade. Brian wields his mallet, chisels and knife as he carves Santas from old wooden lobster buoys. Horace orchestrates his scroll saw, feeding its tiny blade, adjusting its tension, and guiding it with precision as he cuts intricate designs into wooden angel ornaments and wooden lighthouse ornaments. Jana juggles rods of crystal glass over an open flame as she skillfully forms a green glass hummingbird ornament, a clear glass lobster trap ornament (complete with red glass lobster), and a colorful glass hot air balloon.

We invite you to come and celebrate our 30th anniversary with us as we continue to work with over 100 American artists - like Brian, Horace, and Jana in the videos. They supply the Christmas Spirit® Website with thousands of high-quality, hand-crafted items, so you get a one-of-a-kind gift for yourself or your gift recipients.

The Bonos' "Christmas Spirit®" Story

Our shop is the culmination of our individual experiences as well as our life together. Before we met, we each expressed our creativity through drawing and painting, always admiring the work of professional artists. Because Christmas is our favorite time of year, we were married on Christmas Eve. Together we spent our vacations in historic New England, hunting for that special Christmas shop reminiscent of one-of-a-kind American craftsmanship.

We felt the most thoughtful, personal gifts to share with others at Christmas were ones that were hand-made by professional American craft artists. However, we became more and more frustrated with the lack of selection, and the increasing number of imported, mass-produced merchandise. In 1990, after two decades of corporate life, we quit our city jobs, moved to Bar Harbor, Maine (our favorite vacation spot), and opened that special Christmas shop we had never found. Our shop is dedicated to those who want to capture the Spirit of Christmas with a uniquely hand-crafted gift, made in the USA.

The Christmas Spirit® Mission Statement

Our Mission at Christmas Spirit® is to bring happiness to our customers by providing unique products and personalized services that:

  • Rekindle holiday memories
  • Celebrate life experiences
  • Preserve family traditions
  • Capture the spirit of Christmas

Our Customers are the source of our spirit. They:

  • Are our first priority and deserve our full attention
  • Are welcome and special to us
  • Are why we are here
  • Are listened to for better ideas

Our Employees are spirited. They:

  • Are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful
  • Are professional and take pride in servicing our customers
  • Are important and are listened to for better ideas
  • Are fairly compensated on an individual and group performance basis

Our Products are unique. They:

  • Are all handcrafted in MAINE/USA by gifted American artists
  • Are often customized for each individual customer
  • Follow our high standards for quality
  • Are backed by our "Make the customer happy" mission

Our Services are personalized. They:

  • Enhance the uniqueness of our products
  • Increase the happiness of our customers
  • Make it easy for our customers to do business with us
  • Are designed to answer, "Yes, we can!" to most customer requests

Our Business reflects our lifestyle. It:

  • Is family owned and operated by local residents who love Christmas and Maine
  • Is neighborly with area business people and artists who make our products
  • Contributes to its community and is ethical in its business practices
  • Makes a sound profit to make our business better for customers and employees


Christmas Spirit® Shop
PO Box 90
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609-0090
Phone: 1-800-242-2913 or 207-288-8168
E-mail: thebonos@christmasspiritshop.com


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