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November 24, 2021

Shop Online AND Local With These Holiday Picks

From luxe chocolates to theater tickets, here are a bunch of ideas for your loved ones (& yourself!).

Handcarved Dishes from Local Stone

Earth Crow Goods soap dish does not seem like a consequential item until you’ve seen the likes of Earth Crow Goods. These exquisite vessels have just the right look for a Shoreline home. Organic and elemental, the shallow bowls and dishes are hand-drilled using rocks found on local beaches.

https://www.earthcrow.com

Windsor and Woodwork Charcuterie Boxes 

I love that Annie Carl uses the word generational to describe the furniture her dad, Joe Carl, makes. What started as a hobby has turned into a substantial side hustle, crafting authentic Windsor chairs by hand that will last for a lifetime (or several). For the holidays consider these beautiful dove-tailed pie or charcuterie boxes! See these beauties in person at the Chester Holiday Extravaganza at the Chester Meeting house on 12/4.

https://www.instagram.com/windsorsandwoodwork/

Cedar Grove Woodturning

Wooden Bowls, cutting boards, and kitchen tools turned from trees fallen on wood-carver Ted Rahmann’s Farm Sustainable and reclaimed! 

https://www.cedargrovewoodturning.com

Sweet Seidner’s Bake Shop

Yes, sweet Seidner’s ship their incredible chocolate chip, oatmeal, chocolate crackle (and more) cookies all over the U.S. but you may not know they have some Jewish treats like rugelach, honey cake and Hanukah cookies, too! 

https://sweetseidners.com

M&W Coastal Goods

We love the seaside inspired packages that … puts together filled with all manner of goodies like body butters, bath bombs, sea salt,  even wine gummies! Pick your package or order up a custom one. The wrapping alone will make your giftee happy. 

https://www.shopmwcoastalgoods.com/s/shop

A Year of Art

Artist Angie Fahlstrom’s miniature masterpieces are available by giclee print, notecard packs and also this fantastic calendar of scenes from Lyme and Old Lyme.

https://www.perennialdesigns.net/?page_id=6153

Nutmeg & Honey

This newish Connecticut biz curates locally crafted goodies, packs them in a chic signature box, and ships them to your loved one. Featuring treats from some of our favorite makers, including Fascia’s Chocolates (the sea salt caramels are bananas!), Lamothe’s Sugar House, Florapothecarie, Savor Cookies, and more, you can choose from a variety of themed boxes. Enjoy free shipping for purchases over $75, from Thanksgiving Thursday through Cyber Monday. use promo code BLACKFRIDAYFREESHIP.

https://www.nutmeghoney.com

ATY Confections

Adam Young, award winning baker (Food Network’s BEST BAKER IN AMERICA in 2018 Sift in Mystic) has expanded his prodigious talents to luxe chocolates and these stunning boxes of sweet morsels can be shipped nationwide. (While you’re at it, get a bag of their crazy granola for yourself). 

https://www.atyconfections.com/adamtyoung

Sankow’s Wooly Sox & Blankets

https://www.etsy.com/listing/647135111/sheep-socks-100-natural-wool-unisex-size?ref=shop_home_active_1

Learn to Knit! 

Beginners to intermediates will love these kits of hats, scarves, baby blankets and more!
Bundle Knit Kit: https://smokeandslate.com/products/beginner-bundle

 

Learn blacksmithing, pottery, fiber arts, macrame and so much more with a gift certificate for workshops or classes at The Guilford Art Center.

Gift the artist in your life Continuing Education classes in Life Drawing, Oil Painting, Printmaking and more at Lyme Academy.

 

Shop and do good!

Creations in Madison employs individuals with disabilities and all purchases support th inclusion of people with disabilities in our communities. Lots of great gift ideas to choose from here, but I especially love this soapstone Menorah! https://www.creationsmadison.com/soapstone-black-menorah.html

 

Support the arts! For your artsy friends, how about a membership at:

Florence Griswold Museum or Lyman Allyn Museum

Or

Tickets to Goodspeed, The Kate, Ivoryton Playhouse or The Garde!

 

And our go-tos every year:

Ashlawn Farm Coffee

Mar.Floral Gift Subscriptions

Fatstone Farm Maple Syrup

Whole Harmony Local Teas

Lavender Eye Pillow from Lavender Pond Farms


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