Great gifts for friends and frienemys alike, for under $20.  All found within our very own TMZ (three-mile zone). 

1.  “Hug” ceramic salt and pepper shakers: $19 (Etc.)

2.  Six sparkly handmade sandstone coasters: $20 (Posh Den)

3.  Teak Rubix Cube: $15 (Posh Den)

4.  Fantastic hand-blown and cast Holiday ornaments: $16 (Hot Sand)

5.  Trinity Church Cookbook – 181 yummy recipes by family and friends of Trinity: $15 (Trinity Church)

6.  Elegant fair trade cotton Batik print handbags: $20 (Organic Style)

7.  California Baby all-natural, safe and fun baby products with therapeutic natural oils.  Endorsed emphatically by my nine-month old godson, Drew: $6 to $18 (Organic Style)

8.  Jack Black men’s superior grooming products for the perfect shave: $5 to $14 (Style Rocket)

9.  Paul Frank’s “Department of Forestry” boxer briefs: $20 (Style Rocket)

10.  Sexy T-shirts printed using the Gyotaku process: $20 (Lightly Salted)

11.  Middle Kingdom mini porcelain vases in linen wrapped boxes: $15 (Shelter Home)

12.  Hot enamel tea kettle in various vibrant colors: $19.95 (Flying Saucers)

13.  Vintage home accessories: $.10 to $10 (ReStore thrift store)

14.  Gift baskets for dogs featuring freshly baked treats and a holiday toy: $18.99 (Asbury Bark)

15.  Hand-crafted wood ornaments featuring various dog breeds: $17.99 (Asbury Bark)

16.  One-of-a-kind edible chocolate boxes created by owner, Donna Harrison: $7.50 (Wish You Were Here)

17.  “The Story of Asbury Park: The Record of Progress and Achievement 1916 to 1931” – a reprint of a rare book published in 1931: $10 (Asbury Park Historical Society)

18.  “Postcard History Series” – 200 postcards recount the history of our city: $19.99 (Historical Society)

19.  2009 Friends of Deal Lake desk calendar featuring images by Wanamassa photographer Bob Jaroszewski.  Benefits FODL: $10 (Organic Style) 

20.  401 varieties of the best candy around $1 to $14.99 (Candyteria)

Briefly:  Continue your sparkly holiday spirit with Marj Conn’s Provincetown Fringe Festival at the Stephen Crane House Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 6 and 7), “Holiday Lights and Sips of Cheer,” featuring material written by Eleanor Roosevelt, Truman Capote and a first-hand account of the World War I Christmas Truce, the meaning of Kwanzaa candles and a humorous Chanukah story. 

If you have never been to the wonderful Stephen Crane House, Marj’s production is a great introduction.  Proceeds benefit Greyhound Rescue.  Show times and reservations: 732.807.4052.

Under the loving guidance and dedication of Frank D’Allesandro, Stephen Crane’s home is your respite for thought-provoking, dynamic and fun, culturally significant events – from cinema to plays.  I always leave feeling better because I went.

Walking into the home you feel as if you are visiting your favorite relative’s home.  The intimate setting is comfortable, the people welcoming and the conversation engaging.