The Local Lore: Holiday Gift Ideas From Close to Home

Written and Photographed by Jennifer Colosimo

Every year anxiety builds when choosing the perfect gifts to give everyone on your personal nice lists. Luckily, with the slew of creative talent we’ve got close to home, you can wrap up unique items that don’t require long lines, early mornings or last minute haggling. Through hours of inspired Etsy searches, tempting visits to local boutiques and a lot of input from those with high hopes for the giving season, we rounded up some of our favorites and packaged them perfectly for you to consider. The only thing left is deciding which ones to buy first. Happy jumpstart to the holidays!

Manly Must-Haves
GG-Men-1-JenniferColosimo-1Clockwise from top right: Striplings Jerky, available at Rumson Gifts, $8.50 at; Personalized Wine Stoppers by OliviLove, $7 each at; Intuition Fountain Pen by Faber-Castell, $425 at; Stainless Steel Bar Shaker available at Rumson Gifts, $36; 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill by BLACK+DECKER, $80; Office Sign available at Rumson Gifts, $14; Scented Soaps by The Beer Soap Company, $7 each, at; Nectar Bow Tie by Brackish Bow Ties, $165 at; Paper and Ribbon provided by Paper Source,

Feminine Fortunes

GG-Ladies-3-JenniferColosimo-1Headbands by BANDED, starting at $10 at; Emerald Green Hinge Bracelet, $300 at; Classic Gold Link Bracelet by Molly Jane Designs, $108; Tree of Life Pendant handmade by BrandiDandiDesigns, $50 at; Readers by ICU Eyewear, $24 each at; Midnight Black Druzy Necklace by Molly Jane Designs, $300; Platinum Glass Knot available at Rumson Gifts, $35 at; Salt available at Rumson Gifts, $48. Paper and Ribbon provided by Paper Source,

Wrapping for Wee Ones

GG-Kids-1-1-1Build-Your-Own Robot Doll by 2dancingdogs, $65,; Girls Personalized Spa Sleepover Party Velour Robe, $42.50,; Ninja Turtle and Minion Hat by The 207 Collection, $30 each at; The Wilder Forever Blanket by Swell Forever, $65,; Bracelet Set by Lauren Alleyne Collection, $26 at; Brumby Baby Rocker by The Brumby Chair Co., $395 at; Paper and Ribbon provided by Paper Source,

Need more last minute gift ideas? We’ve got them!