It’s time for merry-making and the ho-ho-holidays, and we’ve gathered some pretty great gift ideas from the merchants in Stonington Borough. We encourage you to shop small this holiday season, support your local businesses and buy from people you know!
A star is born
The Sunday dress from Smiling Button is the perfect party dress for your little one…and it’s made right here in New England. There’s also the “Letter from Santa Kit” for $30. Post your letter by December 15th and Mr. Claus himself will respond! Available at Bluebird Day Kids, 149 Water Street.
Deck the halls and stuff your stocking
Carolyn Yost Estate Estate Jewelry & Stonington Antiques etc. has a selection of decorations and the best stocking stuffer ever — the Skin So Soft Wintersoft Collection with babassu oil, Shea butter and vitamin E.148 Water Street.
Celebrate and decorate!
Whether you need to decorate your house or embellish your gifts with something extra special, check out the Stonington COMO Thrift Shop at 45 Cutler Street. They’ve got a great selection of ornaments and wreaths.
Kiss the cook
There are so many incredible gift options at the Borough’s newest kitchen / market The COQ &CO., it’s hard to narrow it down to one. But nothing beats a great cookbook. 147 Water Street.
Warm and fuzzy
The Hungry Palette has a fun selection of wool-fleece hats and mittens, hand-knitted in Nepal. They’re also fair trade. $23.50 for hats, $19.50 for mittens. 105 Water Street.
What every coffee lover wants
REALLY GOOD COFFEE of course. Social Coffee Roastery has your gift waiting for you: a bag of espresso and two espresso cups. $25. There are also gift cards available. 117 Water Street.
Pom poms and cashmere
Girly girls love soft, furry things and Tucci Design has the prettiest cashmere blend and faux fur pom pom scarves and ponchos that are soft AND furry! There a number of colors to choose from and they’re all so gorgeous it’s hard to decide. 120 Water Street.
Also part of Stonington Borough is the American Velvet Mill at 22 Bayview Avenue. The “Mill” as locals call it, is a thriving community of artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses. There’s art, unique crafts, fitness classes and health and healing services. If you can’t find a great gift (which would be impossible), there are a lot of businesses that offer gift certificates - great for stocking stuffers!