GOOD Morning Wilton’s Gift Guide for Dads, Grads, Teachers, Drivers and Coaches

 

It’s gift-giving time for lots of people in your life. We asked Wilton for suggestions of great gifts for graduates, Father’s Day, teachers, bus drivers and coaches.

The Schoolhouse Restaurant, 34 Cannon Rd

schoolhouse farm to forkThe Schoolhouse at Cannondale has both gift certificates for the restaurant & Farm to Fork dinners held at Millstone Farm. They are currently selling tickets to the August 20 & 21 and Sept 17 & 18 Farm to Fork dinners. Tickets can be purchased at TimLaBantEvents.com. For gift certificates, call the restaurant to purchase at 203.834.8916 or stop by Wednesday-Sunday.

Class of 2017’s “Project 2017”

class_item_large_towelHere’s a great suggestion that’s not just for grads but for anyone in Wilton. Wrap someone in this luxurious, 100-percent cotton, oversized (35″ x 65″), Wilton Warrior navy terry towel. It’s the perfect towel for vacation, camp, or just the pool. It’s also a great gift-giving idea for teachers, coaches, birthdays and high school graduations. The cost is $30. Stop in to Signature Style (72 Old Ridgefield Rd.) or order online on the Class of 2017 website.

Blue Star Bazaar,148 Danbury Rd.

fathers day blue star bazaarBlue Star Bazaar owner Megan Abrahamsen suggests these gifts for Father’s Day:

Consider a great picture book to enjoy with Dad or Grandpa:  My Father Knows the Names of Things, by Jane Yolen, $15.99 or What Grandpas Do Best, by Laura Numeroff, $15.99 (bonus!  Flip this book over and the other side is What Grandmas Do Best).

How about a picture frame? This one (at left) holds a 4’’x 4’’ photo, in a masculine, neutral pattern (other sizes and patterns available), $30.

For days on the beach, this canvas backgammon game is perfect–it even rolls up and has a zipper pocket for the pieces (checkers game also available), $28.

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For Grads, Blue Star has some fun options too:

For Dorm Life, they have a cotton woven robe, $40, and pajama bottoms, $20.

To recall times with friends, old and new, these adorable picture frames, each holds a 4’’ x 4’’ photo, $35.

These fashionable scarves will look sharp on campus or snazzy in a new job; this silk/cashmere ombre scarf is $56. And for a great way to remind graduates of their true strength, Blue Star suggests these Message necklaces, $65 and $55 (for “Fierce” and “Home”).

BSB teacher gifts 2014Teachers and coaches aren’t left out at Blue Star:

For the cheese connoisseur, they have a stainless steel cheese tool set, $20. For outdoor entertaining, these melamine platters, $18, are dishwasher safe.

The store suggests its tote bags as well, good for carrying work during the school year or magazines during the summer; these reversible tote bags are $56. With this chalkboard frame, change the message to fit the photo or occasion, $20.

Finally, something just about every teacher may need this time of year–a kaleidoscope pattern corkscrew, $8.

Bon Appetit Cafe, 5 River Rd.

A perfect place to celebrate any occasion, Bon Appetit Cafe is a great spot for lunch or dinner and some specialty cocktails, desserts, entrees, etc.  Ask owners/chefs Lionel and Dominique about gift certificates too!

Farm to Basket, www.farmtobasket.com

farm to basketA new venture started by the Hoffman family right here in Wilton, Farm-to-Basket delivers farm fresh eggs and locally sourced and produced foods direct from local family farms to your table.  In addition to the farm fresh foods, they’ll include a customized recipe from a well-known local restaurant using the ingredients in your basket. AND…. they’ll even throw in a discount coupon for that restaurant.

Betts Buys, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd.

This charming shop inside the Historical Society has many handmade, local items for everyone on your list. Consider these:

 

Open House Gift Shop, 9 Center St.

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These handcrafted carving boards are made in Connecticut and can be ordered with different handles and monograms or logos.  Perfect for the grilling Dad!  They range in price from $40 for cheese boards to $130.

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s something for everyone at Open House, from great desk signs, starting at $10, and sailors croakies made by a 2007 Wilton High school grad, to paperweights featuring sports stadiums and Universities (from $48) and Vineyard Vines ties, Boxers, swim trunks and tees!

 

open house booksYou can’t go wrong with a good book. Open House has an array of sports books, grilling cookbooks and more.

 

 

Signature Style, 134 Old Ridgefield Rd.

Signature Style has a wide variety of items to choose from; pricing includes personalization on most gifts.

Dermage Spa, 475 Danbury Road

dermage spaMassages and treatments are a frequent Mother’s Day gift; why not turn the tables for dad? The Dermage Spa suggests a variety of packages for Dads (and Grads too!):

The “Daddy O’ Package”: Treat Dad to a fabulous one hour Facial. If Dad hasn’t had one yet he has absolutely no idea how relaxing and rejuvenating a men’s facial can be, then we’ll truly spoil Dad with a decadent 90 min. Swedish Massage. We guarantee he’ll return home a new man, floating on air. 2.5 hours $255

The “Distinguished Gentleman Package”:  Dad will begin his two hour journey with a European Gentleman’s Facial which includes steam, extractions and a thorough exfoliation. Then we’ll indulge Dad with a full body sea salt exfoliation followed by our hand applied full body tanning treatment. A day at the spa even George Hamilton would envy. 2 hours $210

Rejuvenating 90 min. Deep Tissue Massage:  Every Man needs a Massage, it’s almost a rite of passage, especially for a Dad who participates in sports with his children. He’s worked hard all year long, give Dad 90 minutes of pure decadence and relaxation with a Dermage Rejuvenating Deep Tissue Massage. 90 minutes $165

The Cap and Gown Package:  A one hour sumptuous hot stone massage, followed by a scrub and bronze, and finally a custom facial. A well-deserved three hour reward for their achievements. 3 hours $320

The Graduate Package:  A classic 90 minute deep tissue massage for the sports-minded student, followed with a Dermage European facial. A two hour package even Mrs. Robinson would desire.  2 hours $265

The “Tassle Worth The Hassle” Package:  A 30 minute deep pore cleansing facial, perfect for teen skin, followed by a 40 minute head, neck and back massage. A little over an hour of indulgence. 85 minutes $160

 

 

Heavenly Bites, Order custom orders from the Heavenly Bites Website

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Wilton-made Heavenly Bites make great gifts for dads and grads, teachers, bus drivers and coaches–really anyone!

These decadent bites of cake covered in sumptuous frosting are the ultimate indulgence without the guilt.  Also perfect for hostess gifts, showers and parties.

Heavenly Bites’ signature flavors — Devil’s Food, Red Velvet, Carrot Cake and Lemon — are available in the frozen food sections at The Village Market and Caraluzzi’s Market in Wilton, as well as through special order on the Heavenly Bites Website.

Prices:
6 piece  – $15
12 piece – $24
18 piece – $38
24 piece – $47
Platter (48 pieces) – $96

The Painted Cookie, 196 Danbury Rd.

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The Painted Cookie has both pre-made and custom made cookies in an assortment of wrapped favors, platters and gift baskets. Favors cost between $4-6, gift baskets and platters start at $25.

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Just Own it Now! (JOIN), Can be purchased on the JOIN Website

JOINTwo Wilton moms have started JOIN, a brand of inspirational apparel for girls and women of all ages. It stands for ‘Just Own It Now.’ What a cute gift to send your graduate off with, a simple reminder that they were born to be awesome! JOIN’s, one-of-a-kind, sterling silver necklace, $42. Free shipping in Wilton.

 

 

Chou Chou, 21 River Rd.

Chou Chou has some great gift ideas for everyone:

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Emergency kits for teachers, $18:  26 different goodies to keep your sanity in the classroom – everything from stain removers (hello, grape jelly!) to hair elastics to gold stars.

 

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Colorful scarves, $29-$39:  Tons of different colors – everyone loves scarves and everyone loves the under $40 price point!

 

 

star fish cuff

 

Perfect for the summer, these Starfish cuffs are only $29.

 

 

 

These Phone charging Wristlets are chou chou wristlet 4perfect for going out, the removable battery inside charges an iPhone three times! They come in LOTS of different colors, and they’re also great for travel.  $119

 

 

 

 

 

chou chou longchamp

 

These Longchamp sacs are a Classic, no matter what age! They come in a range of sizes and colors, including $52 for the little pouches up to $145 for the book tote. Chou Chou has the spring colors on sale right now too!

 

 

chou chou CZ studs

 

Here’s an idea that’s perfect for an 8th grade graduation gift:  These CZ Studs earring sets are available at Petite Chou Chou, 5 River Rd. for $18.

 

chou chou dad glasses

 

These Ray Bans are a perfect gift for dads, and Chou Chou carries all the classic wayfarer and aviator styles as well as some super cool carbon frame polarized glasses!  $119-$249

 

 

 

 

Your Stories Ink

your stories ink dad YOUR Stories Ink gradWe LOVE this unique and incredibly personal gift. Give the gift of your family stories.

Does your Dad tell great stories you’d love to preserve for future generations?

Do you want to capture the story of your Grad — or your hopes and dreams for them — as they head into the next chapter?

By commissioning a personal narrative from Your Stories Ink , you can be sure your words will live on forever between the pages of a personalized, professionally produced book. Thoughts, photos, and pages of love!

Wilton’s Karen Sackowitz brings her interviewing and writing skills of a seasoned journalist and the patience of an engaged and compassionate listener. She will create a custom package to help you preserve the stories; capture the memories, hopes and dreams; or create a unique tribute for someone about to graduate, get married, retire, or mark another milestone.

Contact her at 978.697.3845 or karen@karensackowitz.com to get started!

 

Wilton Hardware, 21 River Rd.

Wilton Hardware sounds like a perfect place to shop for dad on Father’s Day, but they’ve got great ideas for grads, teachers and coaches too.

40 pc. Tool Kit

 

This 40-piece tool bag is $30.99. Everyone could use one of these in their home.

 

 

 

Bean Toss Game

 

Why not a bean bag toss game? It’s $46.99.

 

 

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This could be even more classic than a tie–a Weber grill. Wilton Hardware has the E-310 for $499.

 

Coffee Maker

 

 

 

 

This Black & Decker coffee maker is $22.99.

 

 

 

Geroge Forman Grill

 

 

A man who names ALL of his kids after him? Sounds like he’s king of the dads. His namesake George Foreman grill is available for $35.99.

 

 

Bella & Co., 26 Cannon Rd.

coordinates necklace

 

These beautiful “Coordinates Necklace” is hand stamped with the latitude and longitude coordinates of Wilton, CT.   What a graceful, simple reminder of a special place.  Choose from different charms–Anchor, Heart or Pearl.  Hand made in Maine. $58.99 Less 20% off the month of June.

 

 

 

make your own flag

 

 

Make a personalized flag with these colorful initial squares:  any name, initials, or a college name. The possibilities are endless! $4 each flag

 

cufflinks

 

These “Tokens & Icons” sterling silver cufflinks are made with genuine Major League game-played baseballs. Each Cufflink includes the team name and MLB hologram with ID number to guarantee authenticity.  Enter the ID number at MLB.com to view the ball’s history including the teams played, game date, and location. You’ll know exactly when and where your balls were played! Makes the ideal gift for the baseball enthusiast. Bella & Co also has game used bat bottle openers, wallets, and pens; teams in-stock include the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets. $70 to $150 with 30% off the month of June.

quotable book

Quotable Wisdom Books from all different authors: Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs and more make great teacher gifts, $9.95 each.

 

quotable cards

 

Quotable Quote Cards come in a myriad of inspirational saying and quotes.  Write a personal note and then frame it!  Frames come in white and black can be hung or placed on a desk. Card $2.95 Frame $9.95

 

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Bella & Co. has a huge selection of witty and inspirational box saying signs. They range in price from $5.95 to $35.99.

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Yankee, Buy online at the Southern Yankee Website

coffee cuff

 

Southern Yankee recommends one of its upcycled products, a “coffee cuff,’ made from an actual cuff of a dress shirt and lined with flannel. Each is one-of-a-kind, $5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Hilburn, Lisa Lombardi, Stylist

j hilburnWe recently profiled Wilton’s Lisa Lombardi, a stylist for the menswear line, J. Hilburn. She has great gift ideas, think about a custom dress shirt done for work or play, jeans, polos, shorts, witty cuff links, a nice belt or travel bag. Gift certificates are always the right size and can be picked up or delivered immediately. Email lisa.lombardi@jhilburnpartner.com and/or check out her website for more fantastic ideas!

 

 

Arbonne Skin Care, Michelle Klink

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Arbonne is a skincare line that is pure, safe and free of mineral oil, parabens and other toxins. Consultant Michele Klink suggests a custom Arbonne gift basket for your Grad or Teacher. Prices range from $25 and up. Add items from Arbonne’s anti-aging, sensitive skin, men’s and acne lines as well as cosmetics to customize any basket.

 

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Or, there’s Arbonne’s “End-of-School Special,” a perfectly priced teacher gift combo of Mini Sea Salt Scub and Lotion in either “Awaken” (citrus) or “Unwind” (lavender) $12 each or Lotion only available $6. It’s gift wrapped and ready to give!

Contact Michele at klinkarbonne@gmail.com