One of the great ways to support local businesses is by buying locally during the holiday season. Invest in the community via these amazing small-owned businesses in Hoboken and Jersey City because they definitely brought the heat to this chilly season! We’ve curated a list of gift ideas that can all be bought locally for anyone on your holiday gift list from home decor to self-care products and everything in between.
DIY Mason Jar Craft Cocktail from Living Room
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This party in a jar is the perfect stocking stuffer for that aspiring mixologist in your life. The craft cocktail is teed up, all that it needs is water added. It comes in several varieties including Brunch Punch, Old Fashioned, Hot Toddy, and Hibiscus Ginger Lemon.
Aloe Plant from PLNTD
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An aloe plant contains health compounds that are said to help accelerate the healing of wounds, treat sores, improve skin lower sugar levels, and much more. It also happens to have a chic design that can add a classic minimalist touch to one’s home. It’s also fairly simple to take care of, so non-plant parents, fret not.
Healing Crystals from The Co.
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This lifestyle boutique has a plethora of healing crystals in different shapes and sizes in stock from agate to rose quartz to amethyst – there’s something for everyone and every purpose. While shopping, Erica, the owner, offers aura and tarot readings – it could be the perfect thing to top off the holiday shopping.
Charcoal Soap Bar from Lucky HoneyBee
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Most of the apothecary goods from this shop are made in-house, including this classic soap which is crafted using moisture-rich oils in the hot-process soap-making method. Charcoal is purifying, pulling toxins out of your body while gently exfoliating, the makers at Lucky Honey Bee blend the activated bamboo charcoal into the recipe until it’s smooth, so no gritty surprises. It’s packaged in an eco-friendly cotton pouch.
Lotus Blue Mirror Sunglasses from Vira Sun
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This Hoboken-based sunglass brand has endless styles to choose from that are both functional and trendy. The Lotus blue mirror pair has beechwood arms, a sleek shield lens, a clear polycarbonate frame, and includes the word “Namasté” is engraved on the inside right arm.
Double Dipped Clay Cylinder Vases from Washington General
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These neutral-colored vases have major So-Cal vibes and would make a great addition to any room with warm tones. A single flower or two, perhaps a dried one from Mela Fleurs on Washington Street would be the perfect touch to these beauties.
CBD Tincture from The Green Room
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Because full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabis plant compounds, it may have a more potent effect than pure CBD, according to Medical News Today. This tincture is said to help with muscle spasm relief, anti-anxiety, pain relief, and more. This is made with full-spectrum hemp oil, MCT Oil, hemp seed oil, natural vanilla terpene, and stevia. The Green Room team is very knowledgeable and can answer any questions and products.
Ceramic Wall Climber from UNJUMBOLD
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Internationally-known artist Ancizar Marin has created colorful sculptures for years. His collection of miniature climbers, koi fish, bicyclists, and winter athletes has become his signature artwork., one of these colorful climbers might be a great addition to the personal collection of the art lover.
Abel Golden Neroli Fragrance from ONE/SOL
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This Abel Golden Neroli fragrance is described as a citrus floral that opens with a neroli and matcha tea accord, a rich Jasmin sambac, petitgrain, and ylang-ylang heart, and a soft santal base. This is one of many fragrances that ONE/SOL has in stock that range in brand, scent, and price. Others include Memo African Leather and Hermetica Jade888.
Jersey City Sweatshirt With Skull Design from Kanibal & Co.
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This unisex slim-fit hoodie sweatshirt has a vintage-inspired design and has the look and feel of a well-worn basic. It’s made of heathered black fabric with cream-colored font and has split-pouch pockets. Think –WFH, airplane fit, or on the way to the gym.
Charcoal Candle + Diffuser Gift Set from Wicked Scents
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This limited-edition charcoal set pairs a soy-blend candle, reed diffuser, and a wick trimmer for the ultimate fragrance experience in the home. One of Apotheke’s best-selling scents, it fills rooms with cedarwood and sandalwood combined with notes of smokey amber and oud in a broody, full-bodied fragrance. It has a 60–70 hour approximate burn time.
Face Wash from Pholk Beauty
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Pholk Beauty, a Jersey City-based brand, has received recognition from top publications like Allure and Refinery29 for a reason – these products are amazing. Daily Detox Face Wash is good for oily/acne-prone skin. Its non-pore-clogging, South African Kalahari watermelon seed oil dissolves sebum while the gentle soap cleanses away acne-causing bacteria. The Glow Replenish = BUH-BYE dull skin.
Cast Vintage Necklace from Electric Picks
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There’s a reason A-list celebs like Gabrielle Union, Sofia Vergara, and Olivia Munn rock pieces from Electric Picks – it. doesn’t. miss. One of the most unique collections the brand offers is Cast Vintage which is made up of actual vintage materials that are hand-picked and cast from their original forms. The team has curated what’s been lost charms, tokens, coins, keys and revived them.
A New Book from a Local Bookstore
Little City Books, Symposia Bookstore, and Word Bookstore all have very impressive collections in stock at all times. From locally-authored novels to hard-to-find biographies to sections that highlight POC, these three shops have it all. One never knows what gem they’ll stumble upon when walking up and down the aisles.
Wavy Concrete Tray from Every Clay Studio
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Every Clay Studio in Hoboken specializes in handmade clay-based home decor from vases to catch-all trays and more – all with a modern design. The concrete tray is perfect for displaying/holding jewelry, accessories, keys, candles, skincare products – anything small enough to fit in it. It might just be the simple piece to complete a coffee table or credenza.
Locally-Roasted Coffee from a Hoboken or Jersey City Coffee Shop
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Many of the local coffee shops in the area roast their own coffee, making it truly fresh for patrons as well as sell the coffee grains for those who want to make their own coffee at home. Some of the shops include Empire Coffee, Kobrick Coffee Co., Jefferson’s Coffee, City of Saints, Hidden Grounds Coffee, Modcup Coffee Company, The Little Local, and many more.
Watercolor Landscape Painting from Ling Chen Art
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This Jersey City-based artist specializes in stunning watercolor landscapes of Jersey City and Hoboken. From capturing iconic landmarks to popular small businesses, she has quite the collection for customers to choose from. Shop the prints via her Etsy store.
Hoboken Tree Ornament from Hometown Hello
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Decorate the tree with some local pride made by Hometown Hello. With several Hoboken-inspired ornament designs to choose from, there’s something for everyone. All of the ornaments have that earthy, minimalist design to them that easily fits in with any holiday-themed decor.
Customized Brooch from Lala Beads
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Customize a pin brooch for yourself or a loved one from this handmade jewelry brand based in Hoboken. There are hundreds of fun charms to choose from that represent every type of personality. Since each item is hand-crafted, there’s no end to the combinations available. Using the available charms and working with the artisan, shoppers can pick the arrangements that best match their gift recipients’ personalities.
Stackable Bracelet from Get Jeweled
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All about a beautiful stack, Get Jeweled, a Hoboken-based brand, hand-creates stackable bracelets of all styles. Think of it as a one-stop bracelet destination. From classic 14K gold to more colorful pieces, these jewels will take you from day to night. The best part is that they are customizable, so each one can be as one-of-a-kind as the recipient
Upcycled Cork Coasters from Live Life Uncorked
This is an unexpected and new way to save and display special wine corks and even beer caps. These customizable coasters are great for that sentimental person in your life – we all have one! But the artisan doesn’t stop at just coasters, she makes all kinds of fun home accessories with these pieces that are shippable via her Etsy page.
Plant Hanger from Ewiasi
After picking up your new plants from PLNTD and Tia Planta, a fun planter is in order – why not a hanging one? The fabric hanging plant holders come in different fabrics, colors, and lengths. The Jersey City-based artisan also sources handmade baskets through an initiative in Rwanda that trains young women marginalized by poverty to learn artisan weaving skills along with entrepreneurship and life skills.
Hello From Hoboken Tote from Chriska North Street
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This cotton canvas tote bag depicts classic Hoboken spots that were hand-drawn using watercolor and ink pen on cotton paper prior to being printed on the canvas. The artist, Hoboken local Chrika North Street, has been a mainstay at the Main Street Pops events with these popular totes that feature Lackawanna Station, East LA, Elysian Cafe, Court Street, and more. There are framed prints of other Hoboken businesses and landscapes which can also be purchased via the website.