Not sure what to get your special friend, colleague or loved one? Give the gift that keeps on giving this season by shopping locally!
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.
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.
Hamptons Hand Poured
What’s better than a home that smells like your favorite place on Long Island? Hamptons Handpoured creates hand-poured soy candles. Each candle is inspired by a different village on the East End. hamptonshandpoured.com
Miss Amy’s Preserves
Fresh fruit preserves and honey made from local bee pollen is supposed to reduce your allergy symptoms and you can get it here, along with fresh fruit preserves, tapenades, mustard, and hot pepper spread, among homemade delights. Blue Point, missamy.com. $8-$28
Divine Self Rituals
The team at Divine Self Rituals creates homemade products using ingredients that draw on herbalism and holistic alternative practices that mitigate allergies. Divine Self Rituals, 145 Maple Ave., Rockville Centre, divineselfrituals.com $5-$60.
It’s always fun to get a Christmas ornament as a gift, but spicing up the idea is Christina’s World, which locally makes beautiful glass ornaments, such as unique limited edition Santas in Christina’s line, like the Fur Hat Santa, trimmed with real maribu, the Button Santa, from a forties button cover, and Windswept Santa, from a Russian paper mache ornament. 890 Lincoln Avenue Bohemia, christinasworld.com/wp/ $6.50-$85.
Barrier Brewing Co.
Shopping for a craft beer snob? The folks at Barrier Brewing Co. consistently wow even the most discerning of beer drinkers with their creative concoctions, which are frequently rotated. They also offer plenty of swag to choose from. 3001 New St a2, Oceanside, barrierbrewing.com $2-$40.
Long Island Wine
From Bedell Cellars to Wölffer Estate, there are dozens of local vineyards offering an impressively lengthy list of vintages and vino varieties. Show your love by driving out east for a bottle or case, or just head over to your local wine shop and make like you drove hours for the perfect gift. liwines.com Prices vary.
Don’t forget your four-legged friend! Barkfield Road has homemade dog treats and toys to put in your pup’s stocking this season. 3 Hewitt Sq., East Northport. barkfieldroad.com Prices vary.
Cozy Cocoon Swaddle
Not sure what to get that person on your list with a new bundle of joy? Try handmade swaddle blankets and wraps for newborns in sweet styles such as “Baby Bee,” “Baby Business” and “Big-Shot Baby.” 2475 Charles Ct., North Bellmore. cozycocoon.com $24.95-$49.95.
Charles Krypell Fine Jewelry
The Krypell team’s hands-on experience behind the scenes of their 45-year-old jewelry design and manufacturing firm has allowed them to fine-tune their message, product mix, and customer interaction to a level not attainable by the traditional jewelry store startup. 25 Northern Blvd, Greenvale, charleskrypell.com $75-$1 million.
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