Shop Local - Last Minute Gift Ideas
Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Need a last minute gift but also want to shop local? I've rounded up some awesome New England based small businesses for you and there's still time to order for the holidays!
The Local Rhody is a lifestyle brand that was created for anyone who has a love for Rhode Island. Whether you're buying for someone who lives in Rhode Island full time, visits throughout the year, or has moved but still has a love for Little Rhody, The Local Rhody offers a variety of gifts from koozies to blankets. Check out this adorable mug below (anyone recognize that lighthouse? Think Goat Island!) as well as the Little Local section and the crew neck sweatshirts. All items are made to order so if you want it shipped in time for the holidays, place your orders by end of day tomorrow, 12/9!
For those on your list who love coffee, check out Woodshed Roasting Company, located in Laconia, New Hampshire. Woodshed roasts specialty coffee, sourcing coffee from around the world and they strive to deliver the best, freshest coffee to their customers. Woodshed Roasting Company offers free shipping for first time customers - everything is roasted to order and shipped within 3 business days of ordering. Kevin Groleau, the owner, recommends trying out the following: Medium Roast: Lakehouse Blend, Dark Roast: Espresso Blend, and Flavored Coffee: Rainforest Crunch
Headquartered in Wickford Village, Gooseneck Vineyards is a family owned business that proudly produces wines from all over the globe. Walking into the shop you are immediately greeted with a sweet scent, beautiful decor, and a variety of bottles of wine to taste in the shop or purchase. It's the perfect place to buy some wine and merchandise if you're looking for a gift this holiday season!
I came across Salt Shimmer Artistry on Instagram and instantly loved all the products. Salt Shimmer is owned by Rachele Milordi, who grew up on the North Shore and went to college at the University of Rhode Island. Her love for the ocean is the inspiration behind all of her pieces. The ring dishes, serving boards, and Disney inspired ornaments are some of my favorite from her shop. If you still need a gift, she'll be launching a re-stock of products to purchase on December 11th.
While many may be familiar with the historic Lenox Hotel located on Boylston Street in Boston, you might be surprised to learn that they sell local goods. Their signature lobby scent home spray has the most amazing smell of lemongrass and green tea scent and will take you right back to the signature scent of their lobby. The spray is hand made by a hotel employee who makes the scent right in the hotel's basement. You can also purchase this scent in a candle as well. The deadline to order for Christmas delivery is 12/18.
If you need a stocking stuffer for kids, one of my friends, Nicole Kupstas, just recently started making her own personalized alphabet crayons as gifts in her new business called Melted by NMK. I got a set for Ryder and can't wait to see his face on Christmas! Nicole is still taking orders for Christmas until December 14th- direct message her on Instagram if you're interested in purchasing.
For those who need a gift for their furry friends, check out Doggy Danas, a small business that makes dog bandanas. Established in 2018, all bandanas are made in Wethersfield, CT. $1 from each bandana sold is donated to the CT Humane Society.
One of my friends from my hometown, Alyssa Silva, has created her own small shop and everything is adorable. I love her art prints and especially the "see good, do good, drink good coffee" t-shirt.
Growing up in Cumberland, Rhode Island, I've always loved visiting With Heart and Soul, a family owned and operated boutique which offers a large selection of jewelry, clothing, home, wedding and baby accessories. Katie, the owner, and every person who works there is so friendly and helpful, making it such a pleasant experience each time you visit. My mom recently stopped in and purchased Stonewall Bloody Mary Mix which we got to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Gifts like this make With Heart and Soul such a great place for all your gifts, whether it's a piece of jewelry, a baby gift, or some nice stocking stuffers. They offer curbside pickup, local delivery, and online shipping.