• A Local {Hoboken + Jersey City} Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

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    There are so many wonderful ways to invest in the community, and shopping small this holiday season is one way to support local businesses throughout Hoboken and Jersey City. We assume you have to buy gifts either way, so why not kill two birds with one stone by making your purchases {for that special friend, loved one, or coworker} in our local shops.

    Here’s our list to get you thinking about the perfect gift for everyone {from various local vendors} to support small businesses in our area this holiday season:

    Jewelry

    Electric Picks Jewelry

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    @electricpicks

    • This shop concept started as a gift idea when the founder created a guitar pick bracelet for a friend, and in 2011, Electric Picks was born. Currently, the business has expanded to include necklaces, earrings, and new styles of bracelets and is carried in 250 retailers worldwide. The designs are inspired by vintage finds and using materials from travels all around the world {including Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, Morocco, Thailand, Paris, Capri, Monte Carlo, and India}. The mix of gemstones, fine metals, historic coins, and authentic guitar picks create looks that aspire to be as timeless as music – and not to mention loved by celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Vergara and Tara Lipinkski. Their most recent trunk show was at Alba in Hoboken —  so keep an eye out for future partnerships around town!

    Leismo Jewelry

    leismo jewelry

    @leismo_

    • With “less is more” in the name, this collection for minimal and delicate jewelry from different designers across the United States tells a unique story. The simple designs speak volumes with these dainty rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

    Love Locked

    love locked jersey city accessories

    @shoplovelocked

    • There are tables and tables of beautifully crafted goods from local artists — including custom wedding bands and gowns. Love Locked is certainly a treasure in the small nook of Jersey City! Beyond that, the shop boasts creations from 97 local artists {including 30 from Jersey City} to officialize that eclectic ‘something for everyone’ vibe.

    ME&EM For Good

    meandemforgood-jewelry

    @meandemforgood

    • ME&EM For Good is another local Hoboken brand that donates a portion of their proceeds back to making an impact. For each piece sold they donate to Tackle Kids Cancer, which Eli Manning {another Hoboken ex-resident} matches, quickly doubling the impact.  As an added bonus, all of their jewelry come packaged and ready to gift. They’ll be at our holiday market on the 17th!

    Noellery

    noellery jersey city boutique jewelry

    @shopnoellery

    • There’s always the ever-reliable Noellery, {with two convenient locations in both Jersey City and Hoboken} that is stocked with an abundance of jewelry and accessories along with home goods such as little bathroom signs, soaps, and soap dishes, and trinkets galore. There is always something to be found in the adorable never-ending assortment at Noellery.

    OurWholeHeart

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    @ourwholeheart

    • This collection of bracelets and necklaces of opal and Swarovski jewelry are handmade right in Hoboken! OurWholeHeart is a Hoboken-based brand for a cause and proud to donate a portion of the profits from any item with a heart back to Congenital Heart Defect Research. Whether a simple necklace or custom birthstone bracelet, there’s a little something for everyone — including supporting a good cause.

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    Clothing + Accessories

    Hazel Baby & Kids

    hazel kids baby boutique jersey city

    @hazelbabystore

    • Hazel Baby & Kids has everything a new mom or dad {or aunt/uncle…} could want for their new little one. Named after the owners’ great-grandmother, this family-friendly store is a trusted mommy-haven and a local shop you should support next time you’re in the area. And a great go-to for aunts and uncles, too.

    Kanibal & Co.

    kanibal and co jersey city tshirts local shop

    @shopkanibal

    • With the crazy amount of boutiques in the area, it’s really REALLY hard to find a place that differentiates itself amongst the competitors — but let us tell you: this is the place. Kanibal + Co. is the a clutch fix for what every busy gal needs: a calm oasis for a zen shopping experience, with a variety of brands and reasonable prices for everything and everyone {including men!}.

    Lo & Rae Swimwear

    lo and rae swim

    @loandraeswim

    • Bet you didn’t know that Lo and Rae Swimwear started in our neighboring community of Jersey City. This women-owned and run women’s swimwear company creates high-quality, affordable women’s swimwear in classic styles, with ultra-soft fabrics, and standout colors that never go out of style! They’re currently exploring a new line made of recycled, Italian fabric made right in NYC so gift-away for winter vacations and upcoming honeymoons.

    Margo Market

    margo market hoboken boutique

    @themargomarket

    • Margo Market is the most recent addition to the adorable locally-owned shops across Hoboken. As a previous manager of the Anthropologie, Maggie and her husband have opened up this new Hoboken boutique that is a self-described “lifestyle concept store” that features work from independent designers around the globe and promises to make ethically-sourced products a priority for its Hoboken shoppers.

    Mint Market

    mint market inside jersey city hoboken

    @mintmarket

    • Mint Market’s founder has curated a stylized collection of unique finds in both locations of Mint Market in Hoboken and Jersey City and loves providing for our little area of ‘go-getter’ women –  quoted from the owner herself. Did you know Mint Market also provides free shipping for online orders over $50? Time to get gifting for the trendy woman {or women} in your life. PS: Mention HOBOKENGIRL for 10% off your purchase in-store.

    Oran Boutique

    oran boutique hoboken

    @oranapparel

    • Looking for menswear? With a shortage of men’s shopping locations in Hoboken, Oran is the perfect find for the leading man in your life {+ they have 2 locations in town}. Not to mention, they’re free shipping over $100 if you can’t get to the store this holiday season.

    Charley and Hudson

    charley and hudson hoboken jersey city

    @charleyandhudson

    If there’s a Hoboken or Jersey City lover on your list  — Charley and Hudon’s tees will make anyone’s holiday. Their newest design of the Clam Broth House in Hoboken {pictured above} is sure to impress the Mile Square history buffs.

    Shop Jay Elle

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    @shop_jayelle
    @jay__elle

    • Shop Jay Elle is a small online boutique based out of Jersey City that sells women’s contemporary clothing. This budget-conscious business is ideal for young women seeking contemporary finds — since all items are priced $75 and under {say hello to a happy wallet} without sacrificing style, comfort, and quality.

    The Roost Outpost

    the roost outpost hoboken

    @theroostoutpost

    • A more recent addition to Mile Square, The Roost also carries a variety of menswear {and also enjoy a delicious specialty cup o’ joe while shopping from their on-site coffee bar} as well as a variety of shaving tools and leather goods.

    Vee Sunnies

    vee sunnies sunglasses

    @veesunniesbrand

    • Vee Sunnies is not only an eyewear company that focuses on fashion but also values giving back to the community by making a charity donation to a different organization every month.

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    Sweets + Treats

    Hola Granola

    hola granola

    @holagranola11

    • Hola Granola uses homemade ingredients that should be in granola… like oats, nuts, spices… not fake sugar or additives that you find in other brands. The crunchy bunches are used on top of yogurt, cereal, ice cream, or even by the handful. Hola Granola comes in different flavors and sizes to make a great holiday gift, especially since it is only sold in small batches so it’s guaranteed fresh and delicious!

    Sweet Treats by Noelle

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    @sweettreatsbynoelle

    • With small beginnings as a local Etsy shop, Sweet Treats by Noelle recently launched a website where they sell cookies and a variety of other treats, all available for shipping or local deliveries throughout Hudson County.

    Sugarsuckle

    sugarsuckle hoboken cookie gift box

    • Sugarsuckle is a Hoboken-based custom bakery that creates everything from custom cakes to cupcakes to cookies and beyond. A decorated sugar cookie gift box is the perfect way to say “thank you” to someone special this year. Their gift boxes will be at our holiday market this year!

    For the Home

    Hometown Hello

    hoboken hello etsy ornaments

    @hometownhello

    • It’s not easy to work a 9-5 office job and also run a successful business. This creative hobby turned adorable handcrafted ornament shop is run out of a Hoboken apartment as a side hustle. Fun fact: the stain used on the wood is actually a homemade mixture of organic coffee and cocoa.

    Grande Gifts

    hoboken ornaments grande gifts etsy

    Grande Gifts Etsy is a local online shop made by local resident Erin Celletti. There, she’ll customize anything your heart could desire {as well as offering a bunch of super cute local ornaments for Hoboken + JC residents}. PS: Our limited edition Hoboken Girl ornaments are made by Grande Gifts and will be available at the Hoboken Holiday Market!

    Vintage Glitter Shop

    vintage glitter shop

    @vintageglittershop

    • These adorable hand-painted mason jars popped up on Etsy in 2015 and shop owner, Paula just keeps creating new designs. Some products are event available in local boutiques and stores so you can have it in your hands instantly – versus shipping worldwide {!!!} from the Etsy shop.

    Washington General Store

    washington general store hoboken ornaments

    @washingtongeneral

    • As the winner of the Hoboken Girl’s “Best Gift Spot” and Little Hoboken’s “Favorite Boutique for Gift Shopping” we’d be remiss not to mention Washington General Store as a must-visit in our Holiday gift guide. Did you catch their post on Instagram with the ‘booze balls’ ornaments? Shop for every person on your list in one visit – and yes, free gift wrapping!

    WORD Bookstore

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    @wordbookstores

    • WORD Bookstore in Jersey City is a gifting oasis of spunky meets vintage finds. The variety of goods, from mugs and coloring books to full-on non-fictional reads, allows visitors to indulge in whatever piques their interest — and there is no short supply of brain stimulants — including caffeine, due to their full-service coffee shop at the back of the store.

    Katie Pea Studio 

    katie pea studio jersey city etsy

    @katiepeastudio

    Katie Pea Studio is a Jersey City-based Etsy shop that sells the most adorable illustrations and stationery. From cards to paintings for the home and maps like the one above — these items are unique and are sure to make great gifts.

    The Lucky Honeybee 

    the lucky honey bee

    @theluckyhoneybee

    For the candle or soap lovers in your life — The Lucky Honey Bee creates artisan candles and soaps made in small batches in Jersey City. Ditch the large candle companies this year and shop small — we promise these candles smell just as good {or even better!}.

    Cameo Nouveau

    cameo nouveau barcart gifts

    @cameonouveau

    This Jersey City-based online shop features clothing, accessories, and things for the home. For the person on your list that loves their bar cart — Cameo Nouveau has plenty of bar accessories {pictured above}.

    Relax + Rewind

    A spa gift card is always a win when it comes to gifting, find more local spas in Hoboken and nearby cities on HobokenGirl.com {including SoJo Spa in Edgewater, Om.Life in Jersey City and EC Beauty Studio in Hoboken}.

    Health in Hands Spa

    health in hands massage hoboken

    @healthinhands

    • Health in Hands offers Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Prenatal Massage, and Foot Reflexology Massage. Leyla, the amazing owner of Health in Hands, has curated and trained a team of therapists who are equipped to handle all sorts of knots and injuries — all while helping achieve the most relaxing state. 

    Kigh CBD

    kigh cbd oil

    @KighCBD

    • Kigh CBD was created in hopes to help family, friends and even fur babies who suffer from different mental illness, pains, stress, and addiction. Kigh CBD is an all-natural way to treat different symptoms with a quick and easy online order straight to your door

    Rosebud CBD Oil

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    • CBD oil may offer a range of benefits, including reducing pain and inflammation. Rosebud CBD oil is one of the local vendors that will be featured at our upcoming Hoboken Holiday Market and has unique products such as hot cocoa and marshmallows infused with CBD {limited time only!}.

    Unique Finds

    DressWeights

    dress weights

    @DressWeights // @DressStrong

    • After a rooftop mishap, the idea for Dress Weights was born. This literal weight holds down your dress and is essential for any skirt-loving city-dweller, who will never again have to think about the wind before getting dressed.

    Travel Whyte

    travel whyte sheets

    @travelwhyte

    • Although hotels can be very glamorous {think: room service, fluffy pillows, robes, and slippers} they are also constantly in rotation by different visitors {and sometimes unwelcome ones}. Hotel rooms are presumably cleaned daily, but this is how Travel Whyte came to be. Travel Whyte is an organic, fairtrade certified 300TC personal travel sheet and THE perfect gift for any frequent traveler. Its small size makes it easy to throw in a carry and it’s even usable onboard long flights.

    Gift Packages

    Can’t decide on one gift? You don’t have to!

    Happy Box Store

    happy box store hoboken holidays

    @happyboxstore

    • Meet the modern day gift basket made locally by two Hoboken sisters: Happy Box is an easy way to gift fun and custom care packages for all kinds of occasions {including the holidays} with a few clicks. This “Build a Box” is always free shipping {for every order in the US} and are constantly adding new trinkets to their selections: for a bride, bestie, or even boyfriend. Happy Box partners with social and mission-based brands for the products in their boxes, including female entrepreneurs and small business all over the world — giving customers a valuable feel-good shopping experience.

    Looking for more ways to support local businesses? Be sure to check out our comprehensive list of Jersey City and Hoboken stores to explore!

    Don’t forget to shop our Hoboken Girl Holiday Market on Monday, December 17th!

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    Genna moved to Hoboken upon graduating from the University of Tennessee to start her Marketing career at HGTV, and is most currently at The Knot in downtown Manhattan. To Genna, there's nothing better than cheering on UT football, soaking in warm sunny weather on her balcony, and watching starry-skied movies on Pier 13. You may have spotted Genna as a customer associate at Anthropologie ...that is, when she's not doing Hot Yoga or punching bags at CKO! Most days, you can find Genna circling the Mile Square on an early morning run or attempting to justify her shopping habits along Washington Street.


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