Local shopping, quality products and home-grown businesses all in one place and just in time for the holidays. What could be better? A gift guide, of course! The Needham Winter Marketplace is a great way to get ahead on your holiday shopping list, and this gift guide will help you plan your shopping trip so that you can make the most of your visit.
Women in Your Life (Sisters and Best Friends)
Beautycounter’s Lip Sheers are bestsellers for this clean cosmetics company. Twig is my sister’s favorite shade for everyday wear.
|“look at me :-)” by Rosemarie Voegtli|
B-Buckled’s sparkly belt, made with elastic to change the look of a simple black dress, is an ingenious solution to the “too many parties, not enough outfits” problem of the season.
Hamilton Grace offers gorgeous, hand-made jewelry like its medium-stone drop earrings. This is the perfect pair for my statement–piece–loving best friend!
Other Women in Your Life (Daughters, Nieces, Tweens and Teens That You Love)
Rebeccah J’s leather bracelets are a great addition to your favorite girl’s jewelry box — not too edgy, but not too subtle either!
Do you know any kids who are missing camp or who are just looking for some cozy and cute winter wear? Camp Headquarters has you covered, with adorable PJs, lounge pants, hoodies and other items adorned with cheeky prints. I am getting my niece the doughnut print pajama pants!
|Stella & Dot table display by Ricki Benjamin|
Try the Stella & Dot pave wishing bracelet for a teenager you love. It is classy enough to steal for yourself, and the delicate setting is perfect for any girl.
Parents and Grandparents
Hughes Photography offers portrait sessions for families, and the photographer knows how to work with kids, so the pictures turn out perfect. You can surprise your in-laws with a portrait of the grandkids or gather the whole clan for a photo shoot for the ages!
If you want to honor your parents with an adorable memento, you can go to The Kids’ Place to personally decorate a serving platter, and even use your kids’ own hand prints. This is a gift they can actually use when you celebrate special occasions together!
|“Wibble, wobble” by tiffany terry|
Men (Husbands, Fathers, Brothers)
Golfers will love the golf carry-all and travelers will appreciate the tie case, both by R. Scott and featured by Ame & Lulu.
My husband has sensitive skin that reacts to a lot of products. I am thinking of buying him Rodan + Fields’ sensitive skin treatment from its Soothe line this Christmas.
My dad likes to throw everything in the dishwasher, which results in a fair number of rusted or warped kitchen utensils. I might take pity on him and pick up the Cutco can opener for his stocking. It’s a dishwasher safe, ergonomically designed can opener with a lifetime guarantee that makes me feel like even he can’t break it.
Your Friend with a New Baby
Barre3 offers amazing classes that are perfect to build up the core of a woman recovering from pregnancy (and to de-stress moms and kid-free women, alike)!
|“training” by teammarche|
The Artful Educator features stimulating and gorgeous alphabet wall art, while Inklings creates delightful pillows for a nursery or kid’s room as well as personalized note cards (I am itching for the watercolor baseball design).
How I wish I had known about myBibzy when my twin droolers (and spit-up champs) were born two years ago. Its onesies with built-in three layer bibs minimize laundry and outfit changes and streamline life when you need it the most.
The Younger Set (Kids under 10 Years Old)
Needham’s new toy store and meeting spot, Architrave, has high-quality wooden trains and accessories that are a must-have for any growing collection.
Books about empowerment from Inspire Our Kids are sure to bring out the good cheer in our little ones. I am also planning to scoop up the Yoga Pretzels card deck for my aspiring yogi first-grader and the Tales from Old Ireland book with accompanying CD for our endless hours in the minivan, both from Barefoot Books.
|“Eagerly” by mliu92|
Ribbon Candy‘s DIY necklace and bracelet kits are the perfect gift for your creative boy or girl, especially during the winter months when crafts are the ticket to getting through your day!
Treat your daughter to Madley‘s coordinating mother-daughter necklace sets. My daughter and I have the red and white plaid set for the holidays, and I have my eye on the Hailey for an elegant all-seasons alternative. The Evie is perfect for anyone who cannot wait until summer! Also, there is now a new offering for moms and their boys — matching necklaces and ties.
|Madley’s accessories for kids, designed to match with Mom, also look good on their own.|
Gracious Hosts of All of Those Holiday Parties and Family Gatherings
I have given Zinnia Designs‘ simple but brilliant zip code dish as a coin or key receptacle. Perennial Designs‘ gorgeous flower arrangements never grow old and are the perfect addition to any host’s table or entryway. I am coveting Westborough Wick’s Home for the Holidays candle, always hand-dipped in a mason jar for a classic, rustic look and scent.
About the Author
Joanna Noon is a Brookline native who loves living in Needham with her husband and five children. She worked in education before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Joanna is a longtime member of Parent Talk and is excited to serve on the Parent Talk Board as Membership Co-Chair.