Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local

Less than one week until Christmas. Continuing on with more local items on locals’ holiday wish lists for your last minute shopping!

We hope these gift ideas inspire you!

Liz George has visions of post holiday relaxing and practical gifts:


“I would love some Dolly Moo bath bombs,  Dolce Federica chocolates (photo above from FB), and a good bottle of red wine. I’m hooked on the truffle salt from Olive That and More and want to keep up my Monday morning workout routine, so a 10-class pass for cycling at 3Sixty would help! I love starting the New Year with some new pretty pairs of earrings from Valley Girl in Upper Montclair or D’Moni in Watchung Plaza. A gift certificate to Parlor Hair Studios and The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield would be great, too!

I, Georgette Gilmore, have decided that the gift I want most this Christmas is a gift certificate to Yoga Mechanics so I can get back to doing something I truly enjoy and makes me feel stronger and healthier. (It’s my New Year’s resolution for 2016) I haven’t taken a class at the studio yet, but it seems like the perfect place for me.

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Rachel Crampsey, owner of Montclair Bread Co. has a few things on her wish list:

Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local

  • I’d love some new SmartWool socks from Fleet Feet to keep my toes warm when I’m running!
  • Also, Lululemon has a great new line of reflective running gear (hats, mittens & pants) that are great for running in the dark. Are you sensing a theme here?
  • Not really a gift wish but a holiday dinner wish for seafood from Gus & Co. Seafood — maybe a Lobster Roll to keep me charged for holiday shopping!
  • And, as always – LOVE the gift certificates from Jinx Proof because no holiday is complete without a new tattoo!


Chris Napierala doesn’t have specific items picked out, but he does know where he would like his gifts from:

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  • When we were looking to move from NYC seven years ago, the Montclair Book Center was one of the things that convinced me that this might be the right place. A great independent book store with great stock, knowledgeable staff, great place to browse and buy, and they’ll order it for you if they don’t have it on hand. And it has a nice vinyl/CD section.
  • I’m not a jewelry aficionado, have a hard time figuring what someone might like, but Andrea Panico’s architectural designs from Pico struck me the first time I saw them. Sleek, distinctive, clever, just cool as hell. Great little second-floor studio downtown.
  • Something for the walls. Mary at 73 See Gallery reliably exhibits local artists who are pushing themselves. No paintings of pears on a table. Worth stopping in to see if there’s something that fits your aesthetic. Doesn’t hurt that the space is a de facto community center for local kids and hosts talks on issues of the day.