Category Archives: Gifts + Products

Articles focused on special and unique products for you or your friends.

November 26

EXPERT PICKS THE BEST WINE, CRAFT BEER & MORE FOR HOLIDAY 2014: READ HERE

The Rudolph of Mixology reveals his top libation selections for the holidays…

December 12

TECH THE HALLS: JAWBONE UP & 23 AND ME – HEALTHY HOLIDAY GIFTS 2013

For the person in your life who is not interested in a $125 four-pound designer chocolate truffle reindeer, may I suggest a gift that morphs the latest in technology and wellness? Both the Jawbone and 23 & Me will ensure a healthy and happy new year.

December 05

20 GREAT GIFTS UNDER $20: SHOP LOCAL!

The Coaster’s annual gift guide featuring great gifts from local small businesses for $20 or less – and many are much less. Handmade local city and town beach badge wood ornaments.  Soy candles from 1803 Candles in a Kerr Mason jar burn for 90 hours and are some of the best-ever smelling, like limited edition […]

December 06

GREAT GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

Gifts that give back to our local community as well as warm the hearts of the recipients.  What could be better than that? “No Rules, Just Write” book from Big Brothers Big Sisters The book is a collaborative effort between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, Words! book store, and Story Tellers […]

November 29

SHOP LOCAL: 20 GIFTS UNDER $20

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 […]

May 17

A WORK OF WEARABLE ART: SWEET JOEY’S $300 JEANS

From work to play, jeans are the area’s every-season fashion staple. Sweet Joey’s, a select vintage men’s and women’s clothing and accessories store on Bangs Avenue, has become the ultimate resource for the best in custom-made denim for New York City stylistas as well as everyday jean junkies. I spoke with “Sweet” Joey Pisch and […]

December 15

“ONE OF A KIND HOLIDAY GIFTS”: HOTEL TIDES FINE CRAFTS SALE SUNDAY

Hotel Tides and the Monmouth County Arts Council join creative forces Sunday with their first holiday art and fine crafts sale. The sale will feature the work of area artists and craftspeople including art glass by Yvonne Yaar, miniatures and wearable art by Vicky Culver, note cards by Lisa Marie O’Connell, pottery by Eileen Kornbluh, […]

December 08

THREE GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK LOCALLY & AROUND THE WORLD

It is nice to give and get fantastic gifts during the holidays.  It is even nicer when the smile on a recipient’s face is outweighed by the greater good a gift does.  Three gifts that give back both locally and around the world: “Carpenter’s Gift” book from Habitat for Humanity International Did you know that after […]