Festive and affordable holiday shopping is all wrapped up compliments of our area’s great local businesses.

“The stores here are manageable and the merchandise comes with the individual touch of the owners,” said John Ercole, shopping with his sister on Black Friday.  “Year after year, the people on my list appreciate the gifts from Shelter Home, Foolish Ginger and all the local stores.”

Twenty gifts under $20, plus wrapping services from a pro…

For kids, digital is soooo 2010.  Vinyl records are back again – the newer and hipper generation loves the rough sound, classic music as well as the album art.  Albums from Lou Reed, Radiohead, David Bowie and The Clash are some of the most collectible.  Shore Antiques has an entire room dedicated to records for $3 to $5 each.

The vintage local beach badge hand towels from Cottage Home in Ocean Grove elegantly add a summer vibe to any interior.  Designed by a local artist, the complete beach line including note cards and pillows is beautiful.  Hand towels, $19 each.

Robert Legere Home is a holiday wonderland and sure to have a gift for every stylish friend.  Like a set of Wirework gold dove votives with faux pearl accents for $20.

Comfort Zone in Ocean Grove is a one-stop shop for holiday gifts.  Jack Black Beard Lube provides an exceptional shave.  The fraiser fir votive candles with Sandalwood will be a welcome gift.  $18 and $14.

Forget Amazon, Words bookstore features all the hot authors and titles including “Wreck this Journal” by Keri Smith and “Fault of Our Stars” by John Green, $15 and $18.

Gallery 13 has a huge selection of dynamic photographs of the area as well as beautiful close-ups of flower blooms starting at $20.

Fluted glass candy bowl with lid and engraved rose pattern from Monmouth Antiques Shop, $20.

Everything in Eyes of the World is fair trade from third world countries.  The Kati Cup ceramic brewing system (pictured below) brews one generous cup of tea and comes in five beautiful colors, $15.

This ceramic tumbler with integrated stainless steel infuser, makes brewing loose tea by the cup simple.

Ugly dolls are a pretty perfect gift for the design-conscious.  Shelter Home has a Babo + Cookie ceramic salt and pepper set for $11.

Drawing sets for the creatively inclined or curious from RebeARTh Art Supply.  One set, curated by the pro’s includes a hard bound 110 sheet sketch book, archival ink pens and two paint markers.  Sets begin at $15.

Vintage local images on high quality cotton t-shirts including “Casino Skating Palace” (pictured below) from the Wood Shop for the hipster on your list.  $15.

T-shirts inspired by iconic local images and designed by local artists available at the Wood Shop.

Give friends the gift of great yoga with Asbury Park resident yoga Serena Soffer.  During the month of December at Inlet Yoga buy one class for $15, get one class free (mention The Coaster).

Foolish Ginger’s iron dragonfly wall hook is a stylish way to hang snow covered coats. $12.

Recycled Pals organic finger puppets and storybook from Patricia’s Boutique are completely adorable at $19 for both.

The Dawg Joint has everything cute and soft for your furry four-legged friend.  Toys and treats start at $3.

Kim Brittingham will wrap your gifts for $1 each.

Kim Brittingham will perfectly wrap your gifts for $1 each.  Call her to arrange a drop-off time.

The ShowRoom is open in a brand new space which is as much of a must-see as the art-house films on the new three screens.  Two tickets, $18.

Hands-down the best latte in Monmouth County is at Café Volan on Bangs Avenue.  Two-latte stocking-stuffer gift certificate, $8.

Dan Gurrera’s Downtown Cookie Co. online bakery is treating taste buds with holiday stuffing cookies plus all the classics.  Highlighted as “The Best” in “New York Magazine” and many other outlets.  $18 for a one pound box of “minis.”

Finally, wrap it all up quickly with Ocean Grove resident Kim Brittingham.  Drop off your gifts and favorite wrapping paper and Brittingham will impeccably wrap everything for $1 per gift ($2 for any oversized or unusual shape gift).  Call to arrange a drop-off time 732.807-3897.

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