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South County Local Gift Guide!

Posted by Emma Parker on December 2, 2020
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We’ve reached December!! You know what that means?? CHRISTMAS!!!!

For those of you that don’t know me that well, Christmas is my FAVORITE time of the year. I’ve always loved the season and the generosity that it brings, especially in South County!

In past Christmases, like a broken record, each year we would go to Farmer’s Daughter to get our tree and buy a few too many ornaments from their beautiful decorated greenhouses, make sure to stop by the Christmas fair at PeaceDale Elementary school, visit Wickford’s Festival of Lights and do some much needed window and gift shopping, enjoy Ladies Night (and lots of wine) on Main Street in Wakefield, and of course, spend lots of time with all our friends and family!

Not being able to celebrate most of these traditions has been a hard concept for me to swallow, as I know a lot of traditions throughout this year have been postponed or cancelled for all of us. While this year may look and feel different than those in the past, I think we can all find variations of these traditions or look at this year as an opportunity to start new ones!

As we approach the holiday season and the “season of giving”, one of my goals is to really be purposeful about my gifts. This year especially, it’s so easy (and safe) to click a few buttons and have all your gifts show up at your doorstep. While most of our gift ideas can come from large retailers like Amazon, Walmart, or Home Depot, I wanted to challenge myself and fully support local this year. Most, if not all of your gifts can be found at smaller, hometown retailers, so I wanted to give you guys a little guide of my favorite places to find those special gifts!

LOCAL LOVE GIFT GUIDE 2020:

1) Farmer’s Daughter, Kingston: my favorite place to find sweet ornaments and holiday decorations. I’ve always loved giving ornaments because I find them a sweet, thoughtful gift that can be used over and over and passed down for years to come!

2) Simple Pleasures, Charlestown: Looking for coastal and cozy home decor and kitchenware? This place has got you covered!

3) Shore Soap Co, Newport: The best local candles, bath scrubs, and soaps! Their scents are clean and refreshing and their travel-sized perfumes make the best stocking stuffers!

4) Matunuck Surf Shop, Matunuck: Living with a surf nut, I know exactly where to go for all the surfing needs. Wetsuits, boards, apparel, swimsuits and more!

5) Elle G, Wakefield: The CUTEST boutique! Looking for a sweet piece of jewelry or that perfect sweater for a friend? Stop into Elle G and fall in love, just like I do every time!

6) Jerrys Hardware, Narragansett: Your local hardware shop for power tools, grill/outdoor equipment, home improvement gifts, and anything else you may need for the handyman, or handy-woman, in your life!

7) Finishing Touches, Wakefield: I can’t think of a more thoughtful gift than a framed picture or painting! Jan is wonderful, so insightful and helpful when it comes to piecing together a framed picture!

8) Etsy, Everywhere: I know this isn’t a “local” business, but they are small businesses! I’ve ordered a lot of my gifts from Etsy this year and haven’t been disappointed with one! You can find almost anything handmade! I’ll give a little shoutout to MANGANOmade on Etsy – Katie is from Rhode Island and creates beautiful macrame pieces along with coastal shell ornaments and decor, so be sure to check her out!

9) Mack and Hound, Providence: This guy rocks my socks! He makes beautiful, handmade leather wallets, accessories, and bags! I LOVE my cardholder and earrings, which both make wonderful gifts!

10) TrekDog, RI: Need a new leash or collar for your special pup?? These guys are wonderful and make beautiful, strong gear for your best buddy! Before I even brought our new addition home, I customized a leash for him so he would be ready to go for his first walk!

These are just some of my favorite small business in Little Rhody, and ones that I have had the pleasure of getting to know the owners and creators over the years! I also wanted to add in that grab a gift card from one your favorite restaurants to give to a friend or family member to help them support local as well! There are so many great places to indulge, and a lot of them are struggling through COVID, so buying a simple gift card can mean a lot, and there is always the option of takeout to be safe!

This year has been tough on all of us, but we’re all in this together. People’s livelihoods, dreams, and goals are at stake and if there is anyway to help support them, I am here for it! Being creative is the name of the game this year, so why not try to be a little bit more creative with your holiday gifts as well?

Be kind, be generous and support local this year!

-Emma

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