GMW’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Over $50
GOOD things come to those who wait, and today is our final day of GOOD Morning Wilton‘s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! All this week we’ve featured a collection of really GOOD items from fabulous Wilton businesses, entrepreneurs, artisans and amazing non-profit organizations. There is something for everyone on your list and best of all, this is your ultimate guide to shopping local.
Hidden Gem Travel
Imagine having a family bucket list travel plan you custom designed together…
The Wanderlist Travel Portfolio is a one-of-a-kind, personalized holiday gift that brings your family together in an entertaining activity, combining the allure of Netflix-style technology with a priceless opportunity for family bonding and memory-making.
Hidden Gem Travel has created a custom GOOD Morning Wilton Holiday 2019 Package Wanderlist® Travel Portfolio:
- Your family travel portfolio in two formats–virtual and an elegant coffee table book
- Holiday gift packaging – a gift certificate and personalized video message.
- One year access to the Wanderlist portal; it’s the world at your fingertips!
- Waived professional planning fee for one bucket list trip in the portfolio (includes Hidden Gem Travel Consulting concierge service)
- Referral bonus – share with another family who purchases a Wanderlist travel portfolio and receive a second coffee table book or professional planning for a second trip.
Mention GOOD Morning Wilton to receive over 50% off the retail price on the GOOD Morning Wilton Holiday 2019 package. GOOD Morning Wilton Holiday 2019 package pricing: $500 for a traveling group/family up to eight people ($65 per person/8 people). (Retail value $1,500).
Interested? Check out the online brochure and then schedule a complimentary Wanderlist consultation with Wilton resident Susan Wilton (visit the website, reach out via email, or call/text 203.247.3396.
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 over-$50 gift to the Library? A donation that will enable the Children’s Library to purchase this Magnetic Wood Train Set ($100).
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.
Camo couture is the hotting thing right now, and any stylish Wiltonian will be wowed to get a pair of Camouflage denim jeans from Hudson Jeans ($195) from B-Chic, Wilton’s award-winning denim mecca. B-Chic is located at 78 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Sweet Pierre’s owner Nancy Saxe will customize gift baskets to include a variety of treats: chocolates, candies, caramels, cookies, etc. (with a 2-3 day lead time). That’s how to wow a client, friend, family member–anyone, really! Prices start at $50-$100, and up. Sweet Pierre’s is located at 5 River Rd. in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center.
Rodan & Fields
Rodan + Fields consultants Ashley Kineon and Diane Kuczo are offering several products as “GMW Gift Guide Specials.” The over-$50 items are great for a wife, sister, girlfriend, 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).
JoyRide Cycling Studio
Working out makes you feel good–and so does looking good when you work out. JoyRide Cycling Studio helps you give the gift of both. Among their plentiful stylish workout gear, there’s this JoyRide-branded tank, at $56. JoyRide Cycling Studio is located at 3 Godfrey Pl.
The Painted Cookie
The Painted Cookie offers large platters of decorated cookies and their Nut Free Gingerbread house with icing and nut free candies. The Painted Cookie is located at 196 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.
Town Center Toys
This beautiful wooden Cosmic Rocket Set from Tender Leaf Toys is a great imaginative toy for creating interest in space and astronomy while role playing, and it’s perfect for ages 3-and-up. Wilton’s new toy store, Town Center Toys, has it for $69.99. Town Center Toys is located at 5 River Rd. in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center.
Looking treat yourself or someone on your list to a luxe gift? Classically Cate carries youthful overnight bags, travel jewelry cases, sophisticated duffle bags, elegant jewelry, and trendy sunglasses. The store’s featured jewelry brand, LUV AJ, is a great way to add some sparkle to your look this holiday season and is worn by celebrities like Beyonce, Hailey Baldwin, Gigi Hadid, and Cara Delevigne. Cate also offers Quay Australia Sunglasses, with styles by JLo, Chrissy Teigen, Jaclyn Hill and Desi Perkins. Come in to see other selections (not shown) including vegan leather diaper bags, on-the-go changing kits, beach totes, and vegan leather totes. Classically Cate is located at 21 River Rd. or online.
Wilton Historical Society
Give a gift of hand-made folk art for the holidays! This striking tavern sign, charmingly hand-painted by Maryland artist Kristin Helberg, features two lively horses and bold color. It measures approximately 6 1/2″ H x 30″ L, and is signed by the artist. ($185). More tavern signs and vinegar-painted boxes by Kristin Helberg are available. The Betts Store Museum Shop at 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..
Who let the cats in? Passage East did!
Passage East is now inviting felines to take a vacation at the kennel’s new Cat Cottage, conveniently located on the adjacent property just south on Danbury Road. With nooks and perches for hiding and nesting, soothing music, calming Feliway diffusers and a private, cats-only atmosphere, a getaway at the Cat Cottage makes the purrfect holiday present for your cat or a cat parent you know. To celebrate its Grand Opening, gift certificates for two nights of boarding range from $50-$105 (depending on accommodation size) and include a bonus 3rd night free!
Give the gift of a Perfect Fit for the Holidays!
Whether it’s learning to swim, participating in a team sport, or enjoying a challenging group fitness workout, there are so many ways a Wilton Family YMCA gift card can help someone you care about exercise their potential. There is no better way to show someone you care, than to give them something that helps them gain confidence, feel stronger and have a lot of fun while doing so.
YMCA gift cards:
- can be purchased at the Wilton Family YMCA
- are available in the amount of your choice
- can be redeemed for any program, service or membership
- are great gifts for families and kids
- is a great jump start for any New Year’s resolutions
Stop by and get your gift certificate today! The Wilton Family YMCA is located at 404 Danbury Rd., or visit the Wilton YMCA website.
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.
No bar cart is complete without Buchanan’s Snowflake metal cocktail straws–the perfect gift for someone who has everything ($76). Re-use over and over again for cocktails, hot toddies or hot chocolate even. Save the oceans and avoid the landfills stylishly! Made from food-grade stainless steel with a zinc, brass and glass snowflake (hand wash only). The set of four straws comes with a cleaning bush and packaged in a gift box.
The Pilates Advantage
Giving the gift of health and wellness is the gift that keeps on giving. Treat yourself to the entire The Pilates Advantage Experience! A $200 package includes two private classes, one Main Studio Reformer/Tower Class and one Side Studio Class. In your private lesson, learn about your body’s compensating movement patterns that cause pain and injury. Properly align your spine by strengthening your entire body and of course your core. The Pilates Advantage is located at 414 Olmstead Hill Rd.; to purchase, email or call the studio at 203-563-9100.
Local artist Emmy Starr is drawn to simple designs made with classic sterling silver and timeless gemstomes. She incorporates lovely stones in graceful designs that are comfortable and easy to wear for a day at work, weekend date night, or night out with friends. Emmy’s jewelry creations provide a subtle compliment to a woman’s individual beauty. An array of designs and price points are available on her website and are also sold at Local Soul in Wilton Center (90 Old Ridgefield Rd. on the lower level in the back of the Barringer Building). Emmy offers local delivery on website orders and shoppers can save on shipping at checkout with the code FREESHIP. Gift cards are available to purchase on the website.
On the wish-list of every influencer and style blogger we’ve seen, these vegan messenger bags at Signature Style are a must-have for easy and stylish carrying. The are available in multiple sizes and colors and can even be personalized. A colorful guitar strap is interchangeable and adds to the trend-setting look. Signature Style is located at 72 Old Ridgefield Rd.
A firm believer in aromatherapy and the healing energies of stones, Cynthia Alexander has been creating exquisite, bejeweled, lavender-filled silk pillows since 1999. Over the years, lavender scented accessories have been added to the design line, including shoe trees, eye pillows, eye masks and meditation pillows. Cynthia also creates her exclusive collection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets using precious and semi-precious stones. What’s more, she also designs an extensive line of necklace charms, which can be slid on her gold-filled chains and semi-precious strands.
Cynthia Alexander creations can be found on her website and at her 5th Annual Holiday Market at Wilton’s Old Town Hall, which takes place on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 7 from 12-5 p.m.. Old Town Hall is located across from the Congregational Church at 70 Ridgefield Rd.; parking is behind Old Town Hall, off Belden Hill Rd. at 2 Belden Hill Ln.
Woodcock Nature Center
Adopting an ambassador animal from Woodcock Nature Center makes a unique gift for animal lovers of all ages. Gift options start at only $25 and include a color photo and letter from your animal. Gifts starting at $75 also include a personal fact sheet and an official Certificate of Adoption. Adopt at $150 and enjoy a unique private meet-and-greet with your animal. Birds of prey adoptions start at $500 and include all of the above and an unforgettable animal meet-and-greet. Woodcock spends over $10,000 each year to care for its animals so this is certainly a gift that makes a difference!
Visit the Woodcock Nature Center website to learn more about adopting an animal.