KEEP SHOPPING LOCAL: GREAT GIFT IDEAS – ‘KEEPERS’ FROM AREA STORES
It’s more fun to give than receive during the holidays, especially with these gift ideas – all $30 or less – courtesy of local stores…
Scarves, handbags, baby clothes, and more – Stitch Lane in Avon can monogram all of it. How about an embroidered burlap clutch bag with your love’s initials or monogrammed crisp linen dish towels? $28 and $10 each.
The area’s largest selection of organic wines are at Lush Wine and Spirits. The in-house experts recommend Predator Old Vine Zinfandel with aromas of chocolage bean, smoked bacon and baked berries, and Aichenberg Gruner Veltiner a dry fresh earthy sip with hits of apple and apricot. $19 and $14.
Vintage and handmade home decor items from the area’s largest architectural salvage store, Salvage Angel in Asbury Park. Items include french beaded flowers or a set of two silver deposit crystal perfume bottles. Visit the new 20,000 square foot showroom. $5 and $20.
The Dog Joint’s Zukes Skinny Bakes dog treats come in two and five calorie snacks. They are wheat, corn and soy free and made in the USA. There’s also a beautiful selection of nylon and leather collars. $8 treats, $17 leather collar.
There is a world of fun, vintage-branded gifts at Asbury Hardware for the crafter, handyman or artist. Starting at $2.
Men’s, women’s and children’s casualwear featuring new iconic images of Asbury Park, like PorkChop’s Octolady mural and architectural elements from Convention Hall. “You don’t have to be a tourist to love the imagery on these clothes,” said Scott Hamm. Shelter Home, $18 to $30.
Guys smelling nice is… nice, and easy at Foolish Ginger. The West Third Brand of scents for men is special and masculine. Vert Vetiver, Smoky Fig and Vintage Leather are the most popular bottles. For ladies, any of the Tokyo Milk fragrances are a sexy gift. $30 each.
First-quality, high-end women’s wear by designer Basler, at the monthly warehouse sales in Ocean Township. Sweaters, blouses and pants all priced at $30 or less; jackets $40 (retail $600 or more). December 26 and 27. Click the link for more info.
Vintage lunchboxes featuring Snoopy, Batman, Flinstones, 101 Dalmations and more from Flying Saucers are $19 each.
Mid-Century teak ice bucket and tongs with brass details from Junks not Junk. $25.
Glide’s own branded wool beanies in a variety of weaves for guys and girls are stylish and functional and approved by four-legged mascot Oliver. Starting at $19.
Scents of Sicily candles from Emporium at Ocean Grove light up rooms with scents and, err… candlelight. Fancy Goody Goody children’s slippers embellished with fall leaves by Bon Bon are a comfy gift. $30 each.
For the gourmet in your life, the Ocean Grove Cheese Shop has the difficult-to-find, smooth and tasty whole-grained King of Mustard by Mustard Pommery. Or Wild Hibiscus syrup to accent any bubbly cocktail. $16 and $10.
Salt interiors on Cookman Avenue has a lot of stylish gift ideas for homes including a “bundle” of 40 hors du vor sticks with seashells, four slate coasters and a large slate cheese plate. The indigo bone frames are especially beautiful too by Two’s Company. $25 each.
Ballerina Bling fleece-lined slippers are a best seller at the Comfort Zone this season. They come in red, pink, silver, gold and black sequins and make anyone feel like dancing. The store also has a full selection of Melissa & Doug children’s toys including Decorate Your Own horse, pet or dog. $15 and $8.