It really is the most wonderful time of the year, and PrincetonScoop is proud to present our local holiday wish list.
Creating family memories with an outing to the theater or a holiday tea are great ways to kick off the season. Delight kids of all ages with a special toy or game. Looking for a gift for her? How about some pampering, a new walk-in closet, or something great from the India Hicks collection? He might like something cool from Sourland Cycles or a fine wine or three. Need a hostess gift? We’ve got you covered. The hard-to-shop-for in-laws….check! And after all is said and done a day (or two) away at a special little local inn might be just what the doctor ordered.
Read on for our local picks to knock out that shopping list and breathe a little easier this holiday season!
Amy Karyn Home carries unique and distinctive items for gift giving this holiday season. From antique pottery to original art, you are sure to find a special gift for the hard to please person on your list. Stop by to see our holiday collections & pick up a hostess gift for that special occasion. Don’t miss our Annual Holiday Sale Thursday Nov. 30th – Sat. Dec. 2nd. We look forward to seeing you! 38 East Broad St, Hopewell NJ (609) 945-0791 www.amykaryn.com or follow on Instagram.
Who wouldn’t love a closet redesign as a holiday gift? No project too big or too small, from the simplest reach-in to more complex spaces. Closet Factory designs custom spaces from closets to pantries, home offices, garages, mudrooms and more! Call for a complimentary consultation from this locally owned business and enjoy a great home improvement in the New Year. www.closetfactory.com 908-322-8270
The Princeton Porcelain Bowl has been Made Exclusively for Hamilton Jewelers. The inside of The Princeton Bowl shows the Battle of Princeton. The inside rim says: “The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty.” The outside of the bowl displays: Fitzrandolph Gate, Morven House, Lower Pyne Building, the home of Albert Einstein, Drumthwacket and Nassau Hall. 6 inch round base sold separately, $60.00. www.hamiltonjewelers.com/products/Princeton-Porcelain-Bowl-Exclusively-for-Hamilton-Jewelers.html
India Hicks: A hint of luxury, a touch of British heritage, and a fresh perspective on island life. Exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty, handbags, jewelry, scarves, and fragrance are sold through networks of entrepreneurial women, creating a more meaningful shopping experience. Lisa Smukler, an experienced personal stylist will style you and guide your selections from the gorgeous Collections. https://www.indiahicks.com/rep/lisasmukler
Give the gift of time this year. Time away from the kids, time away from work, time away from the day to day demands of modern day life. Give someone special an overnight stay at the Inn at Glencairn, a renovated Georgian B&B conveniently nestled between Princeton and Lawrenceville. Step back to the early 1700s in the Great Room, with its original beamed ceiling and cooking fireplace, enjoy a glass of wine and a chat by the fire in the Parlor, or binge watch something good in your private, individually appointed guest room! Call 609.497.1737 www.innatglencairn.com or stop by to purchase a Holiday Gift Certificate
Celebrate the Holidays at Kelsey Theatre with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…, & The Nutcracker. Gift Certificates available for upcoming shows West Side Story, Twentieth Century, Fiddler on the Roof, Honk, Moon Over Buffalo, Spring Awakening & more, or Kids Classics The Cat in The Hat, Goldilocks & The 3 Bears & Junie B. Jones. 609-570-3333 www.kelseytheatre.net
This holiday season, follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future in A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre Center! Share the happiness of Dickens’ perennial masterpiece and join us in celebrating this holiday tradition with your friends and entire family. Dec 5 – 31 only! https://goo.gl/nwevaF
Everyone wants a little black box this holiday season. Choose from one of their coveted spa packages or create your own – the MetropolisGift Card is available in any denomination. Receive an additional $30 Metropolis Gift Card when you purchase $200 or more. Sending a gift from out of town? Gift cards can be purchased online and delivered via email or text! metropolisspasalon.com/gift-certificates-2
Morven Museum & Garden Wednesday Tea & Tour: Tea is served at 1 p.m. in Morven’s Garden Room overlooking the Colonial Revival Garden and includes sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit, and sweets. A docent-led museum tour accompanies tea at either 12 or 2 p.m. Call (609) 924-8144 ext. 103 and mention the PrincetonScoop Holiday Wish List to receive member pricing of $18 per person (reg $22) in 2018. http://morven.org/events/event/wednesday-tea-tour/
Holiday gifting made easy: the Princeton Corkscrew‘s Holiday Terroir Case is 12 bottles of exceptional wine, curated by Laurent & his team. Packed and ready to gift, the case comes with a guide that offers tasting notes and pairing suggestions for each bottle. A perfect gift for clients, coworkers, hostesses, or any wine lover! PS: Shop the store’s selection on their new appand sign up for their weekly newsletters to get the inside scoop on every wine sale and tasting event! www.princetoncorkscrew.com/wine-collections
May your Holiday be merry & deliciously catered at Rats Restaurant & Grounds for Sculpture.Combining delicious cuisine, unparalleled presentation and stellar service, STARR Catering Group at Rat’s Restaurant & Grounds For Sculpture, re-invents the traditional holiday gathering, creating a one-of-a-kind sensory experience unlike any other. www.ratsrestaurant.com 609 584-7800
Jersey’s own Van Dessel. Gear from Gore, Endura, Specialized, Giant and many more. Gift ideas from $10- titanium tire levers and cycling Santa ornaments to great winter jackets and gloves. And if the friendly staff can’t come up with something perfect, pick up a gift certificate. Sourland Cycles, 53 E. Broad St. Hopewell, NJ 609-333-8553 www.sourlandcycles.com
Undertaking a reconstructive or cosmetic procedure is a great gift to give, and requires careful thought and consideration. Offering the full range of body, face and breast procedures, Dr. Gary A. Tuma is a double board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience at a large Philadelphia practice and university hospital. You’ll receive big city care in a comfortable and convenient community setting. Call 609-537-7000 or visit plasticsurgeryofnj.com to learn more.
Shopping for your own little elves this season? Twirl Toy Shop at 10 N. Main Street in Pennington has you covered. Stocked with a thoughtfully curated selection of quality toys for kids of all ages. Check out their new STEM loft, full of games, robotics, and building sets. Hard to please tween? They’ve got an array of fun and age appropriate goodies sure to elicit an ‘OMG’ this holiday season! They’ll even wrap your gifts for FREE – – now that’s holiday magic! Follow them on Instagram or Facebook! www.twirltoyshop.com