’Tis the season to give! Not sure what to get your special friend, colleague or loved one? Give the gift that keeps on giving this season by shopping local!
When you shop local, you’re making a positive difference by helping small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive and thus the community at large. A lot of heart goes into locally made products, too, which makes gifting these items that much more special.
Need suggestions? We got you covered!
Oyster Bay Brewing Co.
Cheers! Treat your bestie to a unique ale or lager in-house or gift a six-pack, growler, souvenir pint glasses, t-shirt and more from Oyster Bay Brewing Co., where high-quality beer meets a breeze of nostalgia, embracing the nautical history of the Gold Coast, too. Beers are crafted locally and carried throughout Long Island pubs and restaurants. 36 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay. oysterbaybrewing.com $5-$45.
The Chef’s Table Long Island
Feed the belly and the soul this holiday season with home-cooked meals delivered to your door! Prepared by a Long Island chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America, The Chef’s Table Long Island offers hot and cold entrees, rice bowls, soup/salad combos. Serves West Islip and surrounding communities, Babylon, Bay Shore, Brightwaters. 516-241-4504. Facebook.com/TheChefsTableLI $70-$85.
Penny & Cooper
Take your senses to a winter wonderland at Penny & Cooper. Find great gifts like soaps, lotions, home sprays and bath balms that look good enough to eat and are so elegantly wrapped for that special someone. All-natural products, many of which are locally produced. The “Historical Collection” soy candles feature scenes of Northport that date back as early as the late 1800s. 154 Main Street, Northport. Facebook.com/public/Penny-Cooper $4-$100.
Em and Liz
Think pink and treat the young supergirl princess in your life to some sparkly girl-powered gifts by Em and Liz. Themed, monthly surprise girlie gift subscription items designed to foster creative, imaginative play and self-expression help girls experience and prolong the magic of girlhood month after month. emandliz.com $25-$255 plus shipping depending on delivery plan.
The Catbird Seat
Nestled in Sayville, this affordable community art gallery is supplied and supported by talented Long Island artists. In addition to paintings, discover sterling silver jewelry, woodworking, and pottery plus home decor, pillows, and furniture. Give an “experience gift” with a certificate for an art class, geared for kids and adults of all levels. 18 Main St, Sayville. thecatbirdseat.us $4-$1,000.
Enjoy Long Island-made products, edible and non-edible, through locaLI bred’s curated gift boxes and online marketplace. Each box features the company’s brownie and blondie bars and supports at least 10 local businesses across Long Island, from artists to jam makers, spice blenders to candle makers, and more. Subscription services and delivery available. localibred.com $50-$225.
Raleigh’s Poultry Farm
Kick it old school this holiday season! Shop local, eat local and gift local with Raleigh’s Poultry Farm. Bring their farm to your loved one’s table with organic poultry, fresh eggs, baked items, beef, eggs and wild salmon. 335 Old Indian Head Rd., Kings Park. raleighsfarm.com Prices vary.
What was initially started as a small personalized sticker company by two best friends from college is now a source for a fantastic gift and party experience. Personalize water bottles, large trays, handbags, accessories, buckets, statement piece(s) for your home. Customize napkins, cups or favors.preciousscripts.com $20-$150.
Make happy dreams come true with dream catchers adorned with magical crystals, dried flowers from local flower shops, and whimsical ribbons. Fancy up a newborn with beautiful, floral headbands. Wine stoppers embellished with gemstones like rose quartz or amethyst are perfect for any wine aficionado! makeemjellie.etsy.com $8.95-$60.
Warm up this holiday season with Nuna Knits. Farm meets fashion with the manufacturing of responsibly harvested and local yarns and products including knitted socks and garments. Specialty items include felted soaps. 50 East Main Street, Riverhead. nunaknits.com $28-$300.