Now that we’ve all had our hefty share of pie, it’s officially shopping time. We’ve rounded up some Brooklyn-made ideas to get you started. Most importantly, shop local this holiday season. It’s actually fun, and our small businesses will thank you.
Cookie gift box – Whimsy & Spice, $25-48
Includes assortments of heavenly treats such as their Chocolate orange cardamom shortbread cookies, Hazelnut whisky sandwich cookies, Espresso brownies with dulce de leche… Yum! They ship nationwide through their website.
Thin leather wallet – TM1985, $38.25
This sturdy little wallet packs the essentials in style. Available at their Etsy store.
3-pack gift basket – The Jam Stand, $20
The hardworking girls behind The Jam Stand got hit by Sandy, but they’re back in action with their signature artisanal flavors: Drunken Monkey, Razzy Gabby & a Side of Jalapeño, You’re My Boy BLUE-berry Bourbon and Sweet WINO-nion. Choose three, or get three jars of the same one! Find them online or at retailers like The Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg or By Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens.
Boat bowl – Beth Bolgla, $75
This multitasking serving bowl and lots more will be available at Beth Bolgla’s open studio during December 15-16 (689 Sackett Street). You can find other pieces at her online store.
DIY terrarium kit – Twig, starting at $25
Make it your own! Available at the Twig studio in Gowanus or through their site.
3-ingredient body scrub – SW Basics, $22
Yes, seriously, only three: demerara sugar, organic extra-virgin coconut oil and organic shredded coconut. Sounds delicious! Available online.
Slouchy hat – Rocks & Salt, $54
This lovely hat is as warm and cozy as it gets. The color makes me think of pumpkin pie. Wool & rayon. Lots more available at Rocks & Salt store.
Wood cuff – May Furniture Co, $65
Handmade to order. This one is made from walnut wood, they also have ebony and maple. Available on Etsy.
Soap bar pack – Meow Meow Tweet, $24
Choose from six handcrafted options: Lavender Lemon, Grapefruit Mint, Rosemary Lime & Cornmeal, Fennel Orange, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Charcoal, Tangerine, Basil & Poppyseed. Available online. You can also find them at By Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Tea Towel – Claudia Pearson, $16
Brighten somebody’s kitchen with this Brooklyn-pride tea towel by illustrator Claudia Pearson. Available at her Etsy store.
Argyle knit circle scarf – Alex Silva, $100
Available at Alex’s Etsy store, along with more beautiful color combinations.
DIY pot holder kit – Brooklyn Assembly, $25
Great for beginner crafters. No sewing machine needed! Available at their Etsy store along with other cool DIY kits.
And if all else fails or you’re really pressed for time, head to a favorite local restaurant, coffee shop or beauty parlor and ask for a gift certificate. Happy shopping!