Present –wise, the holidays can tend to get a little confusing. Gift cards are all the rage for those you don’t know who to buy for, but why not get that person something truly unique, made by some cool Brooklyn people? Here are a few ideas to get your holiday juices flowing!
1.) Holiday Trio Salt Water Taffy & Snow Mint Salt Water Taffy by Salty Road
You’re last minute shopping for your company Christmas party and all of a sudden, you forgot you were the one responsible for dessert. Don’t fret; Salty Road is here to save the day! The handy Holiday Trio pack comes with our favorite holiday flavors – Eggnog, Peppermint, and Bergamot. And as if that weren’t enough, Salty Road truly outdid themselves with their Snow Mint Taffy as well. Your work friends will thank you for the sweet and salty goodness.
2.) Coal Bath Bombs by Lovewild Design
This set of bath bombs is perfect for your friends who have a toddler that never wants to take a bath. You know, the one that keep screaming every time they hear a drop of water. Luckily, these bath bombs from Lovewild Design don’t smell of coal – they’re actually lavender scented. Tell your friends to sit Mr. Naughty down in the tub, as he watches the cool bomb fizzle in the water.
3.) Christmas Tree and Spiked Apple Cider Candles by Brooklyn Candle Studio
So your partner couldn’t get a real Christmas tree this year because the people selling them on the sidewalk wanted $80-$100. We’ve got the solution for you with the Christmas Tree Candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio. Light this piney candle as you two trim your fake pink tree from Target and your studio apartment will have the holiday scent it’s been missing.
For an added bonus, burn the Spiked Apple Cider Candle from BCS with a cup of your own Sailor Jerry cider. You’re rockin’ the holidays, Brooklyn style.
4.) Water Tower, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Brooklyn Bridge Ornaments by Brooklyn Rehab
If your family is like mine, your dad will save all the ornaments you made in elementary school. If you want to replace them with new memories, bring Brooklyn Rehab’s NY Landmark Ornaments home for the holidays. You and your fam can talk about the time you guys walked the Brooklyn Bridge, or went to the top of the Empire State building!
5.) Bitters Sampler by Cecil & Merl
If you have a regular bartender that you love, who also takes a drink or two off of your bill, send them a lil bit of love. This gift set of four bitters (Cucumber, Cherry, Apricot, Lemon Ginger) from Cecil & Merl is the perfect gift for them. Hey, maybe you guys can open them at the bar and test them out!
6.) Holiday Sweet Box by The Good Batch
If you’re not going home for the holidays, the worst thing you might be missing are your mom’s homemade cookies. To help ease the pain, The Good Batch has you covered. Dive into this pack of 20 hearty cookies, in GB’s signature flavors, Brown Butter Salty, Oat Chocolate Chunk, and Ginger Molasses plus two new flavors for the holidays - Double Chocolate Chunk and White Chocolate Almond Cranberry. Its totally acceptable to eat these as you play the burning Yule Log on your flat screen TV.
7.) Mini Pack of Caramels by Spoonable
The Spoonable Mini Pack is perfect for your foodie family member who watches endless episodes of Top Chef. If you want to help them up their food game, send this sampler of six mini caramels their way. Some unique goodies in this bunch include the Flowery Lavender caramel, the Chewy Sesame caramel and the old-fashioned Brooklyn Butterscotch.
8.) Chestnut Fusilli by Sfoglini Pasta
Not all chestnuts are roasted on an open fire. Enter the Chestnut Fusilli from Sfoglini Pasta. This pasta is a great gift for your friend who wants to take the pasta making class at The Brooklyn Kitchen. When the Chestnut Fusilli is made to their liking, tell them to toss the pasta in some EVOO and shave some Parmigiano Reggiano on top. The shaved cheese will almost look like snow!
9.) Holiday Card Sets by Nic Studios, Pepper Press, and Papersheep
Sending a holiday card has almost become an annual chore that I dread. If you’re like me and are tired of the boring “Happy Holidays!” cards with snowflakes scattered all over them, try something unique from Nic Studios, Pepper Press, and Papersheep. Each set of cards is distinctly made through eco-friendly letterpresses, with a rad design on the cover. Send your grandparents PP’s “Greetings From Brooklyn” featuring a textured map, or Nic’s “’Tis The Season” card.
10.) Cutting Boards, Bread Boards, Knife Racks, and Wooden Shot Glasses by Brooklyn Butcher Blocks
So you found yourself spending the holidays with a friend who just moved into a new apartment. Not only do you need the perfect housewarming gift, but you also need the perfect holiday gift. You’re in luck, because Brooklyn Butcher Blocks is here to the holiday rescue. Brooklyn Butcher Block’s Long Grain Cutting Boards and Bread Boards are perfect for future entertaining and cooking, and their wooden magnetic Knife Racks are both useful and stylish. And if you guys are looking to take shots of Jim Bean while sipping some carton eggnog from the local bodega, BBB’s wooden shot glasses are a great choice.
And one extra gift for good luck:
Humbug Candy Bar by Liddabit Sweets
If one of your friends/family/co-workers is a really big candy snob who loathes Reese’s Peanut Butter Christmas Trees, try pushing Liddabit Sweet’s Humbug Candy Bars their way. This cocoa sablé cookie is topped with creamy, pepperminty dark chocolate ganache, and the whole deal is sprinkled with crushed organic candy canes. Now let’s see your Grinchy candy bar lover put on a big smile!