What a fun time of year! Gift giving is just as good for the giver as it is for the recipient, and shopping locally is a gift that keeps on giving to even more people, as it benefits mom-and-pop shops, your friends and neighbors who work locally, and the local economy. There are so many people we have on our gift list–family and friends, co-workers, teachers, service providers, and more–we’d better get started early!
Today we launch the first installment of this year’s GOOD Morning Wilton Holiday Gift Guide! We’ve pulled together a collection of really GOOD items from our fabulous, local businesses and amazing Wilton non-profit organizations. There is something for everyone on your list and best of all, this is your ultimate guide to shopping local.
First up, we feature gifts that cost less than $20. Tomorrow we’ll bring you fun things for under $50. Friday, it’s our day for a little more indulgence, with items $50 and up. Get ready to shop and gift away!
This Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals Body Gift Set is only $10 at Renaissance Beauty and contains four bath bombs made with organic and natural ingredients. Each bath bomb is two ounces and is paraben, sulfate, phthalate and cruelty-free. Scents included: Burnt Vanilla Sugar, Candy Cane Lane, Under the Mistletoe, and Winter Wonderland.
Renaissance Beauty is located at 134 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Shop local and support the Farm! After picking up your holiday greens at Ambler Farm, be sure to check out Ambler Farm-branded ski hats, for only $15. This item and more are available for purchase at the Greens Sale on Saturdays, Dec. 1 and 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and again on Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ambler Farm is located at 257 Hurlbutt St.
Blue Star Bazaar
Each year, Blue Star Bazaar offers a unique, handmade Wilton ornament. This year’s ornament is a ceramic house imprinted with a welcoming wreath. At $15, these ornaments are great for teachers, newcomers, hostess gifts, or anyone else with ties to Wilton.
Blue Star Bazaar is located at 237 Danbury Rd.
Massage Green Spa
Massage Green Spa has exactly what the travelers on your list need this year: the Image Facial Products Merry & Bright Collection. This set, priced at $19, includes travel-size versions of Image’s Vital C Favorites: Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Anti-Aging Serum, Hydrating Enzyme Masque, Repair Creme, and Prevention + Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30.
Massage Green Spa is owned by Wilton resident Rob Tobias, and is located at 542 Westport Rd., Norwalk in the Bed Bath & Beyond plaza.
Wilton Historical Society
Like a soap and washcloth all in one, Fiat Luxe Felted Soap is wrapped in colorful wool felt for a lovely marbled look and gentle exfoliating feel. It is handmade in California using only natural ingredients and scented with botanically derived essential oils for a lovely aroma. The soft wool felt is domestically sourced and has naturally occurring anti-fungal properties. The felt shrinks along with the soap as you use it and will retain its freshness as long as you give it a quick squeeze to remove excess water. Once the soap inside is gone, you can make a small slit in the felt and re-stuff it with odds and ends from other bars. How cool is that?
$18 at the Betts Store Museum Shop at the Wilton Historical Society.
The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd.
Open House Gift Shop
The adorable “Every Time a Bell Rings, an Angel Gets their Wings” ornament from Open House will be the perfect addition to this year’s Christmas tree. At only $12, it’s the perfect memento for the Christmas holiday.
Open House Gift Shop is located at 9 Center Street.
Grab a Pelican Snow Runner Sled made for any age in either blue or red and enjoy snow days outside with your little ones. Outdoor Sports Center has a wide variety of sleds that are both lightweight and sturdy for your children to use year after year. These Pelican Sleds are $14.99.
Outdoor Sports is located at 80 Danbury Rd.
The Mixologie Tiny Try Me Kit includes 10 tiny vials of roll-on perfumes to mix ‘n match or wear on their own. Available at Signature Style for $19.
Signature Style is located at 72 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Indulge a sweet tooth with Hammond’s Art Candy for Hanukkah or Hammond’s Hard Candies, available in two varieties: Mini Ribbon and Traditional Art. Available at Sweet Pierre’s for just $7.95 per bag.
Sweet Pierre’s is located at 5 River Rd., in Wilton River Park.
The Painted Cookie
Looking for something delicious for under $20? The Painted Cookie offers 100% nut-free assorted favors for Hanukkah & Christmas, Color-A-Cookie Sets, Chocolate-Covered Oreos, and Gift Cards that are sure to delight all this holiday season.
The Painted Cookie is located at 196 Danbury Road.
The Pilates Advantage
Give the gift of Lengthening & Strengthening for just $19 with two Lower Studio Classes at The Pilates Advantage. Please visit the Pilates Advantage website for the class schedule.
The Pilates Advantage is located at 444 Danbury Rd.
Wilton Library’s Giving Tree is an annual tradition that stands bright in the gallery each year at this time. The tree is a Wish List of items/materials/programs that the library would like to bring into the collection or provide to the community. Patrons simply pick the item on the special “ornament,” bring it to the circulation desk and pay for it. The item can be purchased in honor or in memory of someone, or to commemorate a special occasion. A lovely gift card is given to the purchaser, who in turn can give it to the person or family being honored. Where possible, a bookplate will be placed on the selected item to highlight the honoree. The item chosen for each category is a representation of what is currently on the tree. Items may go quickly but there are many choices in each category if the first request is not available.
In addition to the Giving Tree, shoppers may wish to take the opportunity to purchase Giving Gelt, thereby giving a donation to the library for an item that will be purchased for the Children’s Library. Acknowledgements of the donations will be handled in the same fashion as the Giving Tree.
Items under $20 are represented by a $15 DVD – The Real Story: Saving Private Ryan, which will be purchased for the Wilton Library’s DVD collection with a Giving Tree donation.
Shoppers are also reminded of Wilton Library’s Holiday Book Sale, during which bargains in all price ranges can be found on a daily basis. The Giving Tree, Giving Gelt and Holiday Book Sale run through Jan. 2, 2019.
The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.