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Connecticut Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Until you are that extraordinary one who for months ponders the proper vacation items for your loved ones and mates, you doubtless might use some concepts proper about now. Effectively, you have come to the appropriate place! We spent all yr scouring our state for excellent items to go well with many tastes, from outdoorsy to indoorsy, sensible to sentimental, learning-loving to fun-loving, and every little thing in between. And in contrast to different vacation present guides, our picks have a notable Nutmeg State vibe with many both made in Connecticut, offered right here or themed to our state. So take pleasure in our vacation present to you!

Swirling Glitter Water Tree 

Courtesy of Mellow Monkey

Swirling Glitter Water Tree — Soothing glitter gently flows like snow on this tree-shaped, lighted water lantern. Acrylic; accessible in silver or gold. $49.99, RAZ. Mellow Monkey

Monarch Butterfly Ornament

Monarch Butterfly Decoration

Courtesy of Outdated World Christmas

Monarch Butterfly Decoration The actual factor can be in Mexico, however you may cling this hand-painted, glass-blown decoration out of your tree this winter. $24.99, Outdated World Christmas. The Historic Christmas Barn, Wilton.

Connecticut Melamine Platter

Connecticut Melamine Platter

Courtesy of Galleyware

Connecticut Melamine Platter A whimsical depiction of the Nutmeg State highlighting main cities and vacationer points of interest. $32, Galleyware. Blue Star Bazaar, Wilton.

Odonata Box Files

Odonata Field Recordsdata

Courtesy of OKA

Odonata Field Recordsdata Handmade from canvas and wooden, these three organizing recordsdata match inside one another and are perfect for desks and shelving. $75, OKA, Westport.

Frida Guest Towels

Frida Visitor Towels

Courtesy of Bella Notte Linens

Frida Visitor Towel —  That includes scallops of cotton lace trim, these garment-dyed, linen towels can be found in 19 colours. $117, Bella Notte Linens. The Linen Store, New Canaan.

Keepsake Box 

Memento Field 

Courtesy of MineHill Woodworks

Memento Field —  Features a detachable lid, choose artwork papers, black walnut trim, and a cherry hardwood backside. $65, MineHill Woodworks. Brookfield Craft Heart.

Dammit Dolls

Dammit Dolls

Courtesy of Completely Superior Items

Dammit Dolls —  Overlook a stress ball, these cloth dolls are constructed to face up to numerous slamming in opposition to any floor. $13.95, Dammit Dolls. Completely Superior Items, Guilford.

Lavender Wand

Lavender Wand

Courtesy of Lyric Hill Farm

Lavender Wand —  Handwoven from actual lavender, these wands launch the candy scent of lavender when the bulb is gently squeezed. $12, Lyric Hill Farm, Granby.

Funny Blue Bird

Humorous Blue Fowl

Courtesy of Spectrum Artwork Gallery and Retailer

Humorous Blue Fowl —  Constructed from fused glass, this suave piece received’t fly the coop. $22, Thomas O’Connell. Spectrum Artwork Gallery and Retailer, Centerbrook. spectrumanytime.com

Custom Recipe Plate

Customized Recipe Plate

Courtesy of ArtSmith

Customized Recipe Plate —  Handwritten recipes and photographs are fired onto pottery to make a souvenir that’s each lovely and purposeful. $45 and up, ArtSmith, Somers.

Woven Baskets

Woven Baskets

Courtesy of Artistic Coop

Woven Basket —  Constructed from seagrass and topped with leather-based handles. $18.95 and up (three sizes), Artistic Coop. Black Swan Hearth Fireplace & Residence, Newtown.

Gear Hooks

Gear Hooks

Courtesy of City Wooden and Metal

Gear Hooks —  Hold coats, purses, hats, canine leashes and extra, from these tow hooks, which have random classic numbered brass tags. Set of three, $60; set of 5, $85, City Wooden and Metal, Hamden.

Lunar Eclipse Clock

Lunar Eclipse Clock

Courtesy of Nic and the Newfie

Lunar Eclipse Clock —  Constructed from reclaimed redwood from outdated wine barrels from Pennsylvania and salvaged white cedar from the Nice Dismal Swamp. $38, Nic and the Newfie, Guilford.

Gatsby Billiard Fixture

Gatsby Billiard Fixture

Courtesy of Encore Billiards & Gameroom

Gatsby Billiard Fixture —  With a Tiffany-style, stained-glass show, this four-light fixture provides classic character. $895, Z-Lite. Encore Billiards & Gameroom, Milford.

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Peace and Dove Ceramic Kiddush Cup

Peace and Dove Ceramic Kiddush Cup

Courtesy of Chai Fashionable

Peace and Dove Ceramic Kiddush Cup —  Handcrafted ceramic by Chai Fashionable, a design studio in Cape City, South Africa. $75, Chai Fashionable. Peace Love Mild

Wonderland Christmas Mugs

Wonderland Christmas Mugs

Courtesy of Simpson & Vail

Wonderland Christmas Mugs —  Constructed from bone china, and embody wintry scenes with a snowman and a classic automobile. $9.50 every, Simpson & Vail

Pot de Creme Hummingbird Feeder

Pot de Creme Hummingbird Feeder

Courtesy of Par-a-sol

Pot de Creme Hummingbird Feeder — Constructed from recycled glass with two perches for hummingbirds to feed. $42.99, Par-a-sol. The Bowerbird, Outdated Lyme.

Ceramic Bell

Ceramic Bell

Courtesy of The Hen’s Nest Gallery

Ceramic Bell — Excessive fired, made to appear to be steel, and can be utilized outside. $750, Frank Kara. The Hen’s Nest Gallery, Washington.

Rainbow Pakkawood Spurtle

Rainbow Pakkawood Spurtle

Courtesy of The Spice and Tea Alternate

Rainbow Pakkawood Spurtle — This laminated hardwood utensil is right for scooping, stirring and scraping edges of jars, pots and pans. $13.99, Wilshire Industries. The Spice and Tea Alternate, Guilford and Mystic.

Oil Menorah

Oil Menorah

Courtesy of Apeloig Assortment

Oil Menorah — Transforms into a trendy flower vase to be loved year-round. Accessible in 5 translucent shades: blue, white, smoke, burgundy and multicolor. $410, Apeloig Assortment.

Artwork, Provides and Books

The Glass House Coloring Book
The Glass Home Coloring GuideCourtesy of Pointed Leaf Press

The Glass Home Coloring Guide — Expertise Philip Johnson’s modernist residence in New Canaan with three dozen black-and-white illustrations, every with the photograph that impressed it. $34.95, Pointed Leaf Press. The Glass Home, New Canaan.

Goldfaber Color Pencil Tin

Goldfaber Colour Pencil Tin

Courtesy of Faber-Castell

Goldfaber Color Pencil Tin  — Wonderful lightfastness, vibrant shade, and extremely pigmented for fast sketches, energetic hatching and extra. $34, Faber-Castell. Jerry’s Artarama

Many Queens Tarot Cards

Many Queens Tarot Playing cards

Courtesy of Lettie Jane Illustration

Many Queens Tarot Playing cards — Created to assist outline a extra inclusive definition of femininity, magnificence and physique picture. $50, Lettie Jane Illustration. Mountain Hole Crystals, Waterford.

Animals Washi Tape

Animals Washi Tape

Courtesy of Block21Prints

Animals Washi Tape — Constructed from rice paper and that includes enjoyable designs, and can be utilized for journals, artworks, playing cards and extra crafting functions. $5–$5.25, Block21Prints, Unionville.

Eames Classic Designs Jigsaw Puzzle 

Eames Basic Designs Jigsaw Puzzle 

Courtesy of Necker’s Toyland

Eames Basic Designs Jigsaw Puzzle — This 1,000-piece Ravensburger puzzle is a masterful montage of Charles and Ray Eames’ mid-century trendy design. $25.98, Necker’s Toyland, Simsbury.

LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V

LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V

Courtesy of The LEGO Retailer

LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V — Shoot for the moon with this majestic, meter-high brick mannequin with 1,969 items (get it?). $119.99, The LEGO Group. The LEGO® Retailer, West Hartford, Danbury.

New Wave Palette

New Wave Palette

Cameron Paynter/New Wave Fantastic Artwork Merchandise

New Wave Palette — With a three-point ergonomic design completed in a pure nonporous stain, this board is able to take all colours. $54.95, New Wave Fantastic Artwork Merchandise. De Gerenday’s Fantastic Artwork Supplies and Curiosities, Lyme Academy of Fantastic Arts, Outdated Lyme.

Stamp Bugs Stamp Kit

Stamp Bugs Stamp Equipment

Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

Stamp Bugs Stamp Equipment — Contains 25 wood-backed rubber stamps and all method of buggy bits to create your favourite bugs. $24.95, Princeton Architectural Press. Sammy + Nat, Ridgefield.

Classic Paperbacks Notebook

Basic Paperbacks Pocket book

Courtesy of The Mark Twain Retailer

Basic Paperbacks Pocket book — This lined journal options artist Richard Baker’s work of classic paperback books from Emily Dickinson to Herman Melville. $18.95, The Mark Twain Retailer, Hartford.

The Street Photography Challenge: 50 Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Reinvent Your Photography

The Avenue Images Problem: 50 Suggestions, Tips and Concepts to Reinvent Your Images

Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

The Avenue Images Problem: 50 Suggestions, Tips and Concepts to Reinvent Your Images — A boxed set of fifty playing cards, every giving photographers a immediate or thought for capturing nice pictures in on a regular basis environments. By David Gibson. $16.99, Laurence King Publishing. Barnes & Noble.

Bookshelf Books

Thinking 101: How to Reason Better to Live Better

Pondering 101: How one can Cause Higher to Stay Higher

Courtesy of Macmillan

Pondering 101: How one can Cause Higher to Stay Higher — Native psychologist Woo-kyoung Ahn provides methods to reply to the challenges we face as people and in society at giant. $28.99, Macmillan. River Bend Bookshop, Glastonbury.

Seasons of the Striper: Pursuing the Great American Gamefish

Seasons of the Striper: Pursuing the Nice American Gamefish

Courtesy of Rizzoli New York

Seasons of the Striper — Lifelong fisherman and creator Invoice Sisson takes us on a journey to fish the best striped bass waters alongside the Atlantic coast. $55, Rizzoli New York. RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison. 

Graduate Hotels

Graduate Inns

Courtesy of Rizzoli New York

Graduate Inns — A photograph assortment of boutique motels in faculty cities, together with New Haven, designed to evoke the glory days of faculty tradition. $55, Rizzoli New York. RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison.

50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life: Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper

50 Methods To Draw Your Lovely Odd Life: Sensible Classes in Pencil and Paper

Courtesy of Workman Publishing Firm

50 Methods To Draw Your Lovely Odd Life: Sensible Classes in Pencil and Paper — Circulation journal illustrators share strategies to show the creatively curious how to attract. $24.95, Workman Publishing Firm. New Britain Museum of American Artwork Museum Retailer, New Britain.

Little ?–zil

Little ?–zil

Courtesy of Adelaide Books

Little Özil — Supreme for newbie readers, this guide options Mustafa, a toddler of immigrants, who makes use of his religion, household and soccer abilities to beat prejudice. By Lewis J. Beilman. $17.60, Adelaide Books.

Meals + Alcohol

The Christmas Movie Cookbook: Recipes from Your Favorite Holiday Films

The Christmas Film Cookbook: Recipes from Your Favourite Vacation Movies

Courtesy of Simon Ingredient

The Christmas Film Cookbook: Recipes from Your Favourite Vacation Movies — Greater than 65 recipes impressed by every little thing from Christmas Trip to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. By Julia Rutland. $21.99, Simon Ingredient.

Preppy Kitchen: Recipes for Seasonal Dishes and Simple Pleasures

Preppy Kitchen: Recipes for Seasonal Dishes and Easy Pleasures

Courtesy of Simon Ingredient

Preppy Kitchen: Recipes for Seasonal Dishes and Easy Pleasures — Preppy Kitchen creator John Kanell delivers his fan-favorite recipes and baked items. $32.50, Simon Ingredient.

Custom Holiday Gift Baskets

Customized Vacation Reward Baskets

Our Inexperienced Home, Courtesy of

Customized Vacation Reward Baskets — Make your personal present basket with many choices. Pictured: Develop a Christmas tree package, soy candle, cinnamon pine cone, apple fritter Soberdough combine, pure maple syrup. $50 and up. Our Inexperienced Home, Sandy Hook.

Pink Pepperberry and Star Anise

Pink Pepperberry and Star Anise

The Spice & Tea Alternate

Pink Pepperberry and Star Anise — Pink pepperberry comes from the baies rose plant in Brazil, and has a sweet-hot taste with an unique edge. 1 oz. $7.89, 4 oz. $29.99, 0.9-oz. shaker $11.99. Star anise is the dried, star-shaped fruit of a small Asian evergreen tree with a powerful licorice taste. 1 oz. $6.29, 4 oz. $23.89. The Spice and Tea Alternate, Guilford and Mystic.

BUDMO! Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen 

BUDMO! Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen 

Courtesy of Rizzoli New York

BUDMO! Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen — “Cheers!” in Ukrainian, Budmo! Is a recent strategy to conventional Japanese European delicacies. By Anna Voloshyna. $39.95, Rizzoli New York. RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison.



Courtesy of Rizzoli New York

Avocadomania: All the pieces About Avocados from Aztec Delicacy to Superfood: Recipes, Skincare, Lore, & Extra — This cookbook from the avocado’s native Mexico celebrates the beloved fruit. By Déborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena. $39.95, Rizzoli New York. Elm Avenue Books, New Canaan.

Hazelnut Toffee Bites

Hazelnut Toffee Bites

Courtesy of Bridgewater Chocolate

Hazelnut Toffee Bites: These bite-size, buttery toffee items are coated in chocolate and roasted chopped hazelnuts. Milk or darkish chocolate. 8 oz. $17.95, Bridgewater Chocolate. Candy Pierre’s, Wilton; Bantam Bread, Bantam.

 The Honey Connoisseur Tasting Kit

 The Honey Connoisseur Tasting Equipment

Courtesy of Purple Bee Honey

The Honey Connoisseur Tasting Equipment — A deluxe present field stuffed with 12 honeys produced from 12 totally different botanical sources. $75, Purple Bee Honey, Weston.

Litchfield Distillery Bottled Cocktail Gift Box

Litchfield Distillery Bottled Cocktail Reward Field

Courtesy of Litchfield Distillery

Litchfield Distillery Bottled Cocktail Reward Field — Decide three small-batch, ready-to-drink varieties (quaint, Manhattan, cosmopolitan and espresso martini) to create a custom-made present set. $84.95, Litchfield Distillery, Litchfield.

The Original Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark

The Authentic Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

The Authentic Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark — Crafted utilizing Guittard chocolate and triple-distilled peppermint oil and completed with peppermint sweet items. $29.85, Williams Sonoma.

The Gracious Connoisseur



Courtesy of The Gracious Connoisseur

Hatch chile pesto with inexperienced roasted peppers, garlic, cilantro and onions. Roasted pink pepper artichoke tapenade with candy pink bell peppers, onions, parsley and additional virgin olive oil. Balsamic caramelized onion unfold with balsamic vinegar, sugar and a mix of spices. $11.75 every, The Gracious Connoisseur, Bridgewater.

Flavored Olive Oil

Flavored Olive Oil

Courtesy of Millpress Imports

Flavored Olive Oil — Condimento Tradizionale is a standard, 18-year-aged balsamic from Modena Italy. Tuscan Herb is infused with a mix of Italian herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. $11 every, Millpress Imports. Nutmeg Olive Oil, New Milford.

Single-Origin Asoprosierra Coffee

Single-Origin Asoprosierra Espresso

Courtesy of Grace Farms

Single-Origin Asoprosierra Espresso — Grown and harvested by the Asoprosierra Girls’s Collective in Colombia, this fair-trade espresso brings shiny notes of chocolate. All gross sales go to ending compelled labor worldwide. $14, Grace Farms, New Canaan.


Peach Blossom Czech Glass Ring 

Peach Blossom Czech Glass Ring 

Courtesy of Verdilune

Peach Blossom Czech Glass Ring — Constructed from a pale peachy-pink classic Czech glass button and set in a sterling silver scalloped bezel. Sized to order. $110, Verdilune, Bristol.

Rainbow Sea Glass Bracelet

Rainbow Sea Glass Bracelet

Courtesy of Sea Glass Designs

Rainbow Sea Glass Bracelet — Sterling silver with 16 multi-colored items of aqua, pink, lavender and seafoam inexperienced sea glass with mint-colored freshwater pearls and coloured beads. $160, Sea Glass Designs, Niantic; Silver Papillon, Mystic.

Amethyst Hoop Earrings

Amethyst Hoop Earrings

Courtesy of Lydia Tucci

Amethyst Hoop Earrings — Pure rose-cut gems set in sterling silver. $120, Lydia Tucci, Wilton.

Erté La Duchesse double-sided necklace

Erté La Duchesse double-sided necklace

Courtesy of Evocateur

Erté La Duchesse double-sided necklace — The entrance of the pendant depicts a lady with Roman-inspired curls, and the again shows Erté’s distinctive signature. 22K gold leaf. $378, Evocateur. Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers, Fairfield; Cellini Jewelers, Orange.

Insect Brooches

Insect Brooches

Courtesy of Trovalore

Insect Brooches — Handmade and embroidered with glass beads, sequins and coiled wires, and accessible as a tiger moth, beaded blue dragonfly, and a blue banded bee. $68 every, Trovalore. The Blue Dodo, Hamden.

Sunrise moonstone & pearl bracelet

Dawn moonstone & pearl bracelet

Courtesy of Carrie Whelan Designs

SUNRISE moonstone & pearl bracelet — A gilded freshwater pearl dangles from this shimmering moonstone stretch bracelet. $48, Carrie Whelan Designs, North Haven.


Pink Pastel Comb

Pink Pastel Comb

Courtesy of AERIN

Giant Pink Pastel Comb — Made in Italy in a wide-toothed type that detangles and smooths hair. $35, AERIN. Saks Fifth Avenue, Stamford.

Gin & Rosewater Hand Cream

Gin & Rosewater Hand Cream

Courtesy of TokyoMilk

Gin & Rosewater Hand Cream — With extracts of Japanese inexperienced tea and moisture-rich shea butter. 2.3 oz. $22, TokyoMilk. Idiom Boutique, New Haven.

Argan Avocado Face + Body Oil

Argan Avocado Face + Physique Oil

Courtesy of Treefort Naturals

Argan Avocado Face + Physique Oil — A light-weight mix of plant-based oils, made in small batches in Colchester. $20, Treefort Naturals, Colchester.

Shave Set

Shave Set

Courtesy of Spiral Arts Studio

Shave Set — Features a multicolored ceramic bowl and shave brush comprised of badger hair. $58, Spiral Arts Studio. Isankofa, Willimantic.

Better Brow Powder and Brush

Higher Forehead Powder and Brush

Courtesy of TuSay

Higher Forehead Powder and Brush — Finely milled powder can be utilized moist or dry. Accessible in 4 shades. The comb bristles are beveled to help placement and distribution of shade. Powder: $26; brush: $14, TuSay. Pilar BLLaC Magnificence Studio

Little Bee Body Salve

Little Bee Physique Salve

Courtesy of Little Bee of Connecticut

Little Bee Physique Salve — A mix of pure oils and pure beeswax to assuage and situation pores and skin. $13 every, Little Bee of Connecticut, Southbury.

Matte Red Red Rose Lipstick

Matte Purple Purple Rose Lipstick

Courtesy of The Luu Face Co.

Matte Purple Purple Rose Lipstick — Extremely pigmented, long-lasting and infused with Vitamin E. Paraben- and gluten-free. $18 every, The Lulu Face Co., Litchfield.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Extraordinary Moments Holiday Set 

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Extraordinary Moments Vacation Set 

Courtesy of Lancôme

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Extraordinary Moments Vacation Set — With notes of vanilla and iris, this perfume set consists of eau de parfum spray, eau de parfum purse spray, and est belle physique lotion. $105, Lancôme. Macy’s.

Life & Equipment

Knit Home Beanie

Knit Residence Beanie

Courtesy of The Two Oh Three

Knit Residence Beanie — Cuffed, one hundred pc cotton yarn, and accessible in two patterns. $29.50, The Two Oh Three, Fairfield.

Custom monogrammed clogs

Customized monogrammed clogs

Courtesy of

Customized monogrammed clogs — These high-heel clogs are available in varied leather-based, suede and felt colours, in addition to heel heights and materials. $160-plus, Tessa Clogs. Nantucket Monogram, New Canaan.

Collegiate Zip Pouches

Collegiate Zip Pouches

Courtesy of catstudio

Collegiate Zip Pouches — That includes a woven design, and preferrred for money and bank cards, keys, cosmetics and extra. $35, catstudio. Splurge, Greenwich.

Slim Card Holder

Slim Card Holder

Courtesy of Blackkat Leather-based

Slim Card Holder — Constructed from actual leather-based, and that includes two card slots and a bigger pocket for extra playing cards or a number of payments. $40, Blackkat Leather-based, Chester.

Celtic Weave Hair Stick 

Celtic Weave Hair Stick 

Courtesy of Mystic Knotwork

Celtic Weave Hair Stick — Sporting a Celtic weave knot made with cotton hard-laid wire. $10, Mystic Knotwork, Mystic.

Van Gogh Starry Night Sheer Scarf

Van Gogh Starry Evening Sheer Scarf

Courtesy of Galleria

Van Gogh Starry Evening Sheer Scarf — That includes the grasp’s most iconic work, this gentle scarf is comprised of polyester. $30, Galleria. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Artwork, Hartford.

Hampton Black Beaded Evening Clutch Bag

Hampton Black Beaded Night Clutch Bag

Courtesy of Navy Jane

Hampton Black Beaded Night Clutch Bag — This foldover clutch has pearl-shaped beads, and is lined and backed in black canvas. $76, designed by Navy Jane, made in India.



Courtesy of Unusual Methods

Patches — An assortment of embroidered patches allow you to ship a message:Guide Smeller $6.99, Frog & Toad Press; Preserve Going $10.99, Tradition Flock; In Nature We Belief $7.99, Tradition Flock;LGBTQ+ Resist Fist $7.99, gaypin’. Unusual Methods, New Haven. strange-ways.com

Big Copper Belt Buckle

Massive Copper Belt Buckle

Courtesy of Blupit Jewellery

Massive Copper Belt Buckle — Royston ribbon turquoise stone set in repurposed copper with a cool blue inexperienced patina. $875, Blupit Jewellery, Clinton.

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