The Local Gift-a-palooza continues! We are thrilled to bring you Day Two of this year’s GOOD Morning Wilton Holiday Gift Guide! We love pulling together a collection of really GOOD items from Wilton’s fabulous, local brick-and-mortar retailers, merchants, independent entrepreneurs, and our amazing Wilton non-profit organizations. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list and best of all, this is your ultimate guide to shopping local.
Today, we feature gifts that come in at under $50. Wednesday, it’s our day for a little more luxury, with items over $50. Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Guide to Holiday Gifts Under $20. Get ready to shop and gift away!
The Painted Cookie
Everyone has a sweet tooth, and The Painted Cookie has lots of ways to give a gift for any sweets lover. From the always popular Color-A-Cookie Set to a Snowman Mug filled with chocolate covered Oreos, a small cookie platter or a Gingerbread Man decorating kit, you’ve got lots of delicious gift options. The Painted Cookie is located at 196 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.
For the aspiring crafter on your gift list the Enriched Stitch has Beginner Needlepoint Kits ($50), which include a hand-painted canvas, threads and instruction to make a family heirloom. The Enriched Stitch is located at 196 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.
The Pilates Advantage
Giving the gift of health and wellness is the gift that keeps on giving. The Pilates Advantage offers two Main Studio Reformer/Tower Classes for $50. Feel challenged by the unique design of the spring-loaded machines! Leave your workout feeling stress free, totally stretched out and energized. The Pilates Advantage is located at 414 Olmstead Hill Rd.; to purchase, email or call the studio at 203-563-9100.
Mona Sze is a local artist and Wilton resident who creates unique hand stitched dolls. Her current collection of holiday dolls and mermaids can be found at Local Soul in Wilton center, and Mona welcomes custom orders–for example gymnasts, soccer players, cheerleaders, or any other special request. Price point is $28 each. To purchase and/or special order, visit Local Soul (90 Old Ridgefield Rd.) on the lower level in the back of the Barringer Building; or message Mona Sze on Facebook.
Local business woman, Wilton resident Joanna Buchanan, has curated a line of luxe, seasonal accessories, holiday decor and gifts. Her collection of beautifully curated products combine vintage sophistication and glamour. Joanna’s unique products, quality, and exceptional service make her eponymous website the perfect place to explore for gift ideas this holiday season.
Buchanan’s signature sparkle bee hanging ornament incorporates over 100 clear crystal and opal colored stones and is priced at $38. “Opal is one my favorite stones right now – beautiful milky shine. It doesn’t get more sophisticated than this!!!! They are the ultimate in Christmas sparkle! (Dimensions: 2″ x 2″ x 1″; Packaged in an organza bag, ready for gifting.)
Town Center Toys
Catan Junior is a fun, family game from the popular Catan Series. Players become pirates tasked with building their hideouts, using tactical and strategic thinking. The game is priced at $27.99 at Town Center Toys and suggested for children ages 6-9 years, although the game can be enjoyed by adults and young children alike. Town Center Toys is located at 5 River Rd. in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center.
JoyRide Cycling Studio
Gift cards are always a gift that work for anyone–so too for anyone who wants to get in touch with their inner fierce fitness fiend. JoyRide Cycling Studio gift cards in any denomination can be used by recipients toward some of the best exercise classes around as well as very stylish workout gear. JoyRide Cycling Studio is located at 3 Godfrey Pl.
Classically Cate is the one stop shop for all your holiday gift giving needs–and not just for teens, tweens and VSCO girls. The boutique offers a large selection of unique accessories including Katie Loxton vegan leather handbags and wallets, Sonix phone cases, Capri Blue Candles, baby gifts, Quay Australia Blue Light Glasses, and stylish jewelry as just a few suggestions. Beauty lovers will love the luxe beauty line, Coola, and for the truly unique, so many items can be customized. Still can’t decide, Cate offers complimentary gift consultations, call or text 203.216.3795 to schedule one today. Classically Cate is located at 21 River Rd. or online.
Passage East Kennels
Every dog has its day, and you can make sure it’s the best one ever with this Gift Certificate for a day of fun at Passage East! This $31 pass includes a full day of fresh air and fun with doggy friends, plus 30 minutes of one-on-one time with a staff member–and a frozen, peanut-butter stuffed Kong. With a regular retail value of $51, this gift is a wonderful idea for anyone interested in exploring the many benefits of dog daycare or who just wants to treat a furry friend to a special day out. Never been to Passage East before? A first visit is always free, so save this for the next time you’re back! Passage East is located at 499 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.
Wilton Historical Society
Birdhouses–or functional folk art? Either way, these Wilton Historical Society Betts Store–exclusives are lovingly made one at a time by Dick Bellefeuille in Minnesota. He uses distressed, found wood, foraged birch bark, dried mushrooms, smooth agates and other bits of natural materials to create tiny avaian homes for our feathered friends. Each one is slightly different from the next–it’s fun to pick the one that is exactly right for you! The birdhouses range from $35-$40-and up. The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd., and is open Tuesday-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays, 12-4 p.m..
Rodan + Fields
Rodan + Fields consultants Ashley Kineon and Diane Kuczo are offering several products as “GMW Gift Guide Specials.” The $20-$50 items are great for a sister, best friend, parent, grandparent, daughter, niece, aunts, teens–that checks a lot of people off the list! All items are discounted up to 10% (discounted pricing expires Dec. 10 and is for GMW readers only. Not valid with any other offer.) To purchase, email Ashley Kineon or Diane Kuczo or visit their websites (Kineon or Kuczo).
A different “Wilton Ornament” is available each year, exclusively at Signature Style. This year’s ornament features local landmark favorites ($36). Signature Style is located at 72 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Wilton Class of 2024
Know anyone in the Class of 2024–or anyone related to anyone in the Class of 2024? They’ll love these Warrior t-shirts, and knowing that the gift goes toward helping fundraise for, you guessed it, the Class of 2024. They’re $20 apiece and can be purchased on the Class of 2024 website.
So many stylish, of-the-moment items at B-Chic! How to choose? Start with this, a thermal embroidered top by Lucky Brand for $49.50. B-Chic is located at 78 Old Ridgefield Rd.
When you want a gift to impress and make someone’s mouth water at the same time, nothing beats an assortment of Bridgewater Chocolates, boxed and beautifully presented. The various boxes include milk and dark chocolate, including their toffees, caramels and Pecan and Almond Törtéls. These Connecticut-made gourmet confections are carried exclusively in a small handful of stores, including Wilton’s own Sweet Pierre’s, at $28 for the 10 piece collection and $49 for the 19 piece box. Sweet Pierre’s is located at 5 River Rd. in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center.
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 Wilton Library’s 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.
A perfect $20-$50 gift to the Library? Funding the purchase of the DVD The Opera House–Making the New Met ($35), for the library’s DVD collection.
Shoppers also are reminded of Wilton Library’s Holiday Book Sale in which bargains in all price ranges can be found on a daily basis.
The Giving Tree, Giving Gelt and Holiday Book Sale run through Dec. 29. The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Ambler Farm ornaments are just perfect for the traditionalist. These beautifully painted images of the iconic Ambler Farm white carriage barn or red barn are $20 apiece. Available for purchase at Ambler Farm’s Green Sale, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or email the farm. Ambler Farm is located at 257 Hurlbutt St.