GMW’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $20
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. On Tuesday, we’ll bring you fun things for under $50. Wednesday, it’s our day for a little more indulgence, with items $50 and up. Get ready to shop locally and gift away!
At under $20, Pura Vida Jewelry makes the perfect gifts for teens and tweens. These stylish, handcrafted bracelets in endless color combinations at Signature Style have everyone adding these to their lists. Signature Style is located at 72 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Wilton Class of 2024
The perfect stocking stuffers this year for anyone who bleeds Wilton Blue–Warrior branded shoelaces that come in a cute polly bag, for just $5.00, or a Warrior branded slim silicone iPhone wallet, also just $5.00. The sales of these items benefit the Class of 2024. Visit the Class of 2024 website to purchase.
Town Center Toys
Plus Plus Mini Maker Tubes–A building toy that develops fine motor skills, focus and creativity. One simple shape that connects in multiple ways to create colorful mosaics or 3D Shapes. These are designed and made in Denmark, BPA-free and phthalate-free and priced at $6.99 apiece. Town Center Toys is located at 5 River Rd. in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center.
Classically Cate is the newest shop in town with a wide variety of on trend products for everyone on your list! Whether you’re shopping for a hostess gift, Secret Santa present, stocking stuffer, the boutique carries a wide variety of products under $20 including: bath and beauty, candles, hair products, jewelry, novelty gifts, trinket dishes, makeup bags, and so much more! Buy online, choose pick up in store or free delivery in Wilton. Classically Cate is located at 21 River Rd. or online.
Candy is a dandy gift, for host, teachers, online news website editors (no pressure!) and Sweet Pierre‘s is the place to find the finest. For instance, there’s a Belgian Chocolate Santa ($18.95), assorted Italian (Sicilian) cookies in a tin (pistachio, almond, and chocolate orange) ($18.00), Neuhaus assorted bonbons in a holiday cracker ($17.95) and Sweet Jubilee decorated caramel pretzel rods ($10.95). Sweet Pierre’s is located at 5 River Rd. in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center.
By Lilla bracelets that double as hair ties come in a variety of colors and styles for everyone. Priced at two-for-$15, they’re great for style and function. B-Chic is located at 78 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Find the perfect stocking stuffer for the dog (or dog lover) in your life at Passage East Kennel’s gift shop! From adorable Starbarks Pupkin Spice Lattes (Slate’s favorite!) to ceramic mugs, gourmet biscuit tins, cute collars, books, and more, there’s something here for everypawdy. Gift Shop hours are from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 pm daily. Passage East is located at 499 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.
Wilton Historical Society
“Christmas in Connecticut” Tea Towel makes the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer! Whether used in the kitchen, on the table, or in the bar, these absorbent 100% cotton towels also make unique oversized napkins. Other designs are available, all for $12 each. Made in USA. Find this and other charming gifts at the Wilton Historical Society’s Betts Store Museum Shop. The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd.
Ambler Farm‘s Maple Syrup is harvested from sugar maple trees right here in Wilton, and makes a terrific hostess gift at $15 per bottle. 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.
Rodan + Fields
Rodan + Fields consultants Ashley Kineon and Diane Kuczo are offering several products as “GMW Gift Guide Specials.” Their Under $20 items make great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, a ‘little something thoughtful’ for a friend or neighbor, hostess, or grandparent. 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).
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-and-under gift to the Library? National Geographic’s Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Great Photography ($20), a purchase for the adult collection for digital photography and smartphone users.
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.
The Painted Cookie
Sweet Treats! The Painted Cookie offers assorted nut-free cookie favors, chocolate covered Oreos, and candy cane chocolate biscotti. Yum! The Painted Cookie is located at 196 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.
The Pilates Advantage
Give the gift of body lengthening and strengthening for just $19, for two Side Studio Classes at The Pilates Advantage. Visit The Pilates Advantage website for schedule information. The Pilates Advantage is located at 414 Olmstead Hill Rd.; to purchase, email or call the studio at 203-563-9100.
JoyRide Cycling Studio
Part of being fit is making sure you stay hydrated. One chic (and environmentally sound) way to do that is with the JoyRide water bottle for $16. JoyRide Cycling Studio is located at 3 Godfrey Pl.