Holiday Shopping Is a Breeze at These Rhode Island Shops
The ideal presents, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah and Secret Santa gifts can be found at these local small businesses and on their websites.
This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.
The holidays are one of the best times to show a loved one just how much you know and appreciate them. The ideal presents, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah and Secret Santa gifts can be found at these local shops, which are filled with unique items that are perfect for every family member, friend or significant other.
Sweet Twist is offering some sweet deals with the Countdown to Closing Sale as it is shutting its doors for good. All items are marked down from forty to eighty percent off (chocolate and candy are twenty percent off), with a long list of gift categories: jewelry, handbags, clothing, bath and body and more. All seasonal décor is fifty percent off, so spruce up your home with some Christmas spirit while you’re there.
How to visit: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Details: 5707 Post Rd., East Greenwich, 401-885-7579, sweettwist.com
The rule is that Rhode Island natives must own at least one cup, mug or shot glass with the iconic anchor on it, or any item representing our small but mighty state. Perhaps the scent of Rhode Island will do the trick: a Del’s candle can make any house feel more like a home. Discover more gifts on Rhody Craft’s website or in the store.
How to visit: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fashionistas should add a new thing or two to their wardrobe every once in a while. Help them amp up their closet by getting them a Fjällräven Kånken Mini Backpack, a Free People Marci Jumpsuit or some Amano Studio Desert Moon Earrings for Christmas to get them ready for the next socially-distanced gathering. Shop more vintage and handmade items at the Queen of Hearts and Modern Love stores, or check out the store’s distinctive style online.
How to visit: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Coffee lovers would appreciate a fully stocked cabinet of the Coffee Exchange’s quality coffee. Decide on a light, medium or dark roasted blend, or choose from the French, Vienna, American, Espresso or Full City roasts for the true coffee aficionado. Coffee brewers, cappuccino machines and more are available as well. Order the coffee beans online, or pick them up at their store window.
How to visit: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Details: 207 Wickenden St., Providence, 401-273-1198, thecoffeeexchange.com
Wheel-thrown ceramic coffee mugs, vases and spoon rests would make a nice addition to anyone’s kitchen. Ceramic and handmade items from Nasseramics Functional Pottery are molded with careful craftsmanship, and finished with a smooth coating of paint and glaze. Purchase a piece of pottery for your parents or siblings, and maybe even one for yourself. Ceramic Christmas ornaments are also available.
How to get it: Send a message via email, or search through Nasseramics’ Etsy and main website.
Everything face and body can be found and purchased from the vegan and handcrafted Soulita Soap: from rose water to beard oil and ultra healing shea butter. Redefine that special someone’s skincare routine, and explore all the products here. Five percent of the profits from orders go toward the Bloom Where You’re Planted Scholarship.
How to get it: Contact Soulita Soap via phone, email or the website.
What’s better than having a family portrait on the wall? Having a family portrait on a coffee table. These durable one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture are multifunctional, so when you need it, you can remove it from the wall and turn it into the designated table or tray, with no tools necessary. Choose between ordering a table, tray or coaster set displaying beautiful artwork, or a personalized photo of your family or significant other. Send any photo to My Méz, and the local business will then custom-create your vision.
How to get it: Call, email or check out the My Méz website and order products online.
MXR Cocktail Kits
Bartending at home just got a little more professional with Michael Silva’s MXR Cocktail Kits. This gift would be a hit for those who want to learn how to create foolproof, handcrafted cocktails at home. The Vodka Box with cinnamon and peach (Just Peachy and Farmer’s Pick), the Tequila Box with jalapeno syrup and grapefruit juice, (After Hours and Paloma), and the Whiskey Box with cinnamon and lemon juice (Your Love is On Fire an Whiskey Sour) are all available. Just add your own spirits.
How to get it: Email MXR Cocktails or shop online for the convenient kits.
A bottle or three of rosé, chardonnay or pinot Grigio are thoughtful gifts any wine lover would appreciate. Especially if there’s a personal touch to it. Order a customizable wine bottle from Newport Vineyards and choose from more than a dozen holiday templates, where you can pick which special photo you want to add, along with a short but sweet message. Place an order here. Gift cards from Newport Vineyards are also ideal for family members; they can be used at the Newport Vineyards winery, the Marketplace at Newport Vineyards, Brix Restaurant and Taproot Brewing Co. Order it here and have it mailed to your home.
How to visit: Sunday to Tuesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Details: 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, 401-848-5161, newportvineyards.com
Custom-made gift boxes from Stock Culinary Goods are hassle-free and filled with necessary kitchen tools and local food items for every home cook and food connoisseur. Search through their new products, Stock favorites, cookbooks, homeware, groceries and everything in between. Order online and pick it up in store, or visit the store and shop in person.
How to visit: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Details: 756 Hope St., 401-521-0101, stockculinarygoods.com
A candle or body wash scented like Warm Sand or Endless Summer from Shore Soap Co. is enough to momentarily take you back to the beach during summertime. You can also gift some Christmas cheer with the seasonal Jack Frost candle, body lotion, liquid and bar soap. Body scrubs, body butter and body oil are some of the many skincare products Shore Soap Co. carries, so explore the extensive collection here.
How to visit: Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Details: 302 Thames St., Newport, 401-846-0305, shoresoapco.com
Entrepreneur Stefanie Mnayarji is from Rhode Island and her business, Luxxie Boston, creates luxurious intimates like comfortable camis, robes and slips that are perfect for loungewear and can be dressed up to wear outside the home, too. Slips and camis are made with washable silk and come with built-in support that flatters. Pair a cami with jeans or leggings and a sweater or blazer to bring it from night to day, or from day to night.
Pets are a part of the family, too. Have the furry friends and their owner make a fashion statement together with matching charms and necklaces from Lulubell Bijoux. Shop jewelry, collars and sleek pet charms, or the luxurious bundles; choose between the Collar (red or ivory) and Pet Charm Bundle or the Jewelry (necklace or bracelet) and Pet Charm Bundle. View the products here.
The vibrant or calming colors on any piece of work done by Acrylic Poured Obsessed is as fun to look at as it is to use. Gift these artistic items to someone who adds color to your world. Scroll through the mugs, bowls, jewelry and more on the Facebook page. You can also ask for a custom color and size for certain items.
Noon has a little bit of everything including jewelry, body products and homeware. Purchase one from each category to make a gift basket for that special someone: a handmade sea wave necklace, a grapefruit and white peach scented candle and a sandalwood and rose sugar scrub. Order online, or visit the store.
How to visit: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.