ICYMI: Here’s Part 1. Let’s keep the gift inspo going!
The recycled sail cloth stockings were hung by the chimney with care! These hand-crafted stockings from Resails in Newport come in two sizes: regular and the XL. Have your name or initials stenciled on for an additional $15. $45+. Details.
Rhode Island’s own Air & Anchor was founded with the mission to remind you to make time for the small moments. I have this awesome “Evil Eye” adjustable bracelet with black crystal that is said to ward off any negative energy. And it’s just super cute. (Also available in silver.) $44. Details.
This says it all. Wooden Ships is one of my favorite family-owned and family-run brands. It was founded by Colombian-born designer Paola Buendia and the company takes an eco-friendly, no-waste approach, so all pieces are made-to-order. $124. Details.
I was first acquainted with local artist Vanessa Piche when I saw some of her shirts (I featured her here — and still adore my long sleeve nautical tee and sweatshirt) but check out her artwork and especially this print, depicting a scene we islanders know and love. If the vibe looks familiar it might be because her work can be seen in shows like House Of Cards and other productions. Tip: Save 15% by using code GRATEFUL. Starts at $35. Details.
Stocking stuffer alert! I’m grateful my friend Linda introduced me to Rhode Island-made LYT Skin Care. Each product is formulated with just a handful of natural, plant-based ingredients and new products come out with the seasons. I truly love the serum, moisturizer and masks I’ve used, but for a great item we ALL can use right now, check out the UNMASKED facial mist made with willow tree bark, aspen bark and coconut extract to keep your skin fresh under your face mask. $15. Details.
Can we talk about how precious this reversible kids cape is? Made by Newport-based artisan Anna Hattendorf under her PortLeFrej label, all of her unique, handmade capes evoke fun and a magical sense of play. The best thing about capes is it takes forever for little ones to outgrow them, so they can enjoy them for quite some time, and the reversible patterns make each cape a two for one! $55. Details.
Well, these two might just sum up 2020 perfectly. The sweatshirt boasts Gov. Raimondo’s pandemic catch phrase and the the t-shirt, well, enough said. Frog & Toad, one of my very favorite shops in Providence, is still offering curbside pick-up (the store hasn’t been open to walk-ins since the start of this mess). Tip: sign up for their newsletter for 10% off your order. Also, follow Frog & Toad on Twitter and IG for the entertainment factor. $22+. Details.
For the java addict in your life, from LULUSIMONSTUDIO. $15. Details.
From The Salty Babe Shop in Newport, how cute are these stocking stuffers? Satin pillowcase to preserve your lady’s locks overnight? Yes, please. Tip: sign up for their newsletter for 10% off your order. Details.
Newport artist Kristen Coates hand-selects items for a variety of awesome holiday bundles taking all of the guess work out of shopping. This medium gift set, for example, includes the Bellevue Avenue shop’s best sellers including a Newport Tree Lighting Candle, a puzzle, a paint kit, an adorable canister of popcorn, a box of decorative matches, a bar of chocolate
and a Kristen Coates painted ornament. Sets start at $50. Details.
Don’t we all need a little smooth sailing in 2021? Loving this body butter (for men and women) from Shore Soap Co. in Newport. The Thames Street shop is full of beautifully designed bath and body products which are almost – almost – too beautiful to use but they’re too good to pass up! $24. Details.
You gotta hand it to mend. in Newport’s Equality Square — not just for bringing an innovative workout to town for also for 1. creating awesome merch like the Champion sweatshirts, and 2. creating a new membership format via Patreon so you can take virtual classes anytime and enjoy unlimited access to their library of 80+ classes. Reminder that gift cards to any of our local fitness studios/gyms makes for an awesome gift as it’s the gift that keeps on giving and we need to support these local business owners as they have been hit hard with Covid capacity restrictions and shutdowns. mend. Patreon, $29/month. Details.
I mean, can you even? Leslie picks the BEST kids items for the Groovy Gator like these ultra-warm unicorn and rainbow hats (and we all could use more unicorns and rainbows in our lives). Call for details.
If you’re truly stumped at what to get someone, stop by P.S. Gear in Brick Market Place. Here’s why: you’ll either find the perfect something, or you’ll laugh your ass off which will at least lift your spirits. How great are there Four Oh One long-sleeve tees? Call 401-849-1204 or stop by Brick Market.
For the person who needs a little analog entertainment, check out this cool “Paint by Sticker” book for grown-ups and kids from Pleasant Surprise! It also comes in other editions like classic photographs. Call 401-846-1202 or stop by the shop in Brick Market Place.
Also from Pleasant Surprise, it’s some totally trippy animal trivia: Stoner Safari. This wildlife guessing game is called a “hotbox of 56 animals renamed by stoners.” Insert laughing emoji here. Call 401-846-1202 or stop by the shop in Brick Market Place.
Know someone who needs a not so subtle hint? Especially now when hand washing is one of 2020’s Top 5 activities? Stocking stuffer to the rescue! Other liquid hand soaps at Essential include “Lather Up a Better Personality” (harsh!), “Whatever,” “Wash Away Useless Meetings,” “Dog Saliva” (yikes!) and “Virus Who? Never Heard of Him.” From Essential in Brick Market Place. Call 401-846-1202 for details.