December has arrived, which means the holiday season is in full swing. Many are putting up Christmas trees and holiday decorations — which means it’s also time to start thinking about the best gifts to get for every person on your list. To help you find the perfect presents for your parents, friends, partners, and more, we’ve curated a list of local gift ideas that can be bought locally. Read on to browse our picks for local holiday gift shopping in Hoboken and Jersey City this year.
‘Mama’ Bracelet From Get Jeweled | Online
Get Jeweled is an online shop and Hoboken-based brand that sells 14-karat gold jewelry. The products include everything from classic pieces to statement pieces with pops of color. For Mom, we like the cute gold ball bracelet that spells out ‘Mama’ in colorful gems. It’s on-trend and perfect for the mom who loves to accessorize.
You Are a Great Mom Candle from Living Room | 227 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
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It’s never a bad idea to remind Mom how much she means to you — and with these lush candles, she’ll think of you every time she catches the scent of this thoughtful gift. The simple, white packaging makes this gift a great addition to any home.
Bath Bomb Set from Wicked Scents | 163 2nd Street, Hoboken
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These all-natural bath bombs will ensure Mom gets the end-of-day wind down she deserves. There are five varieties available: lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, mint, and grapefruit. Our guess is, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
A Flannel from Oran Apparel | 1026 Washington Street + 1102 Washington Street, Hoboken
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A flannel shirt is an excellent way to help jazz up Dad’s wardrobe. Whether he’s styling an outfit for a sports game or a nicer outfit for dining out, Oran Apparel has Dad (and you) covered. Click here to browse the options.
Watch From W. Kodak Jewelers | 1123 Hudson Street, Hoboken
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A new watch is always a good way to upgrade your dad’s accessories. W. Kodak Jewelers in Hoboken has a large selection of watches for every dad, as well as top-tier brands to choose from like Cartier, Rolex, and Movado.
For a Partner
A Pair of Shoes | Multiple Locations
You really can’t go wrong with a pair of shoes for your loved one — whether it’s a pair of athletic sneakers for the adventures you’ll go on together or a stylish pair of slides to elevate a date night outfit. Below are two Hudson County shops with a slew of footwear options for any style/variety/taste.
A Print from Noun New York | Online
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Amanda Giuffre is a Hoboken resident who draws her favorite spots around Hoboken + NYC. From the Hoboken Terminal to McSwiggin’s and beyond, nearly every Hoboken landmark can be accounted for in Amanda’s collection — choose a spot that’s special for you and your partner and this present will be a romantic hit.
For the Fashionista
Panther Gloss Pink Mirror Sunglasses from Vira Sun | Online
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This Hoboken-based sunglass brand has endless styles to choose from that are both functional and trendy. The Panther pink mirror pair has zebrawood arms, cat-shaped lenses, and a polycarbonate frame, and includes the brand name engraved on the inside right arm.
Cast Vintage Necklace from Electric Picks | Online
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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 and revived what’s been lost charms, tokens, coins, and keys.
For the Traveler
Jersey City Tote from The Lucky Honeybee | 487 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City
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Totes are the perfect mid-size travel bags, and with this adorable JC one from The Lucky Honeybee, your world traveler will always have a piece of home with them. These bags tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to grab one while you can.
Moleskine Traveller’s Journal from Paper Source | 501 Washington Street, Hoboken
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This journal is structured to record before and after every journey, from weekend getaways to trips abroad. Novice and seasoned travelers alike will love cataloging the things they see, do, and experience as they create a unique paper archive of the world.
For the Pets
Dog Bandana from UNJUMBOLD | 257 1st Street, Hoboken
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Nothing like some plaid for your pup during the holidays. You can match this adorable bandana from UNJUMBOLD with your own set of plaid PJs, or let your good boy/girl steal the show.
Pet Accessories Rivington Rose | Online
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Even if you don’t have a dog, you might find yourself wanting to buy this bright Sunflower clip. Designed to attach to most dog collars with a custom-made metal clip, Rivington Rose created these felt flowers to add a touch of whimsy to an average collar. In addition to these fun pet accessories, she also designs wedding bouquets and boutonnieres that will last forever.
For a Coworker
Locally-Roasted Coffee from a Hoboken or Jersey City Coffee Shop | Various Locations
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Show gratitude to a coworker by fuelling them with these perky pick-me-ups. Many of the local coffee shops in the area roast their own coffee, making it truly fresh for patrons, and sell the coffee grains or beans 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.
Throw Blanket From Duman Home | 118 Washington Street, Hoboken
The Sferra Celine Throw from Duman Home comes in a pastel green color with a pastel yellow fringe on the edges. Blankets are always a cozy gift and will liven up your coworker’s space for the days they WFH. A more neutral option from this bed, bath, decor, and gift shop includes a brown color with cream-colored fringe.
For the Artistic Friend
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We love a good DIY project, especially when it involves tie-dye. This kit from Tipsy Tie Dye includes eight pre-filled applicator bottles, soda ash, rubber bands, and two sets of gloves. All your artistic loved one needs is a white clothing item and some artistic vision.
Gift Certificate to Blue Skies Pottery | 720 Monroe Street #C414, Hoboken
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Blue Skies Pottery is relatively new to the Hoboken scene, but the pottery studio at 720 Monroe Street has already become a favorite amongst locals. There are a variety of adult and kid-friendly courses available at the studio where guests can work towards building their own ceramic creations. The gift certificate can be applied to any of their courses.
For the “Don’t Get Me Anything” Friend
Aloe Plant from PLNTD | 16 Erie Street, Jersey City
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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 anyone’s home. It’s also fairly simple to take care of, so non-plant parents, fret not.
A New Book from a Local Bookstore
Little City Books, Symposia Bookstore, and Word Bookstore all have 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. HG pro tip: Instead of buying books from a large online retailer, many local bookstores allow you to order books online and have them delivered right to your local shop. Shopping small with the convenience of buying online is a win-win in our book.
For the Athlete
Class Pack to Jane DO
Jane DO was created by former Radio City Rockettes Jacey Lambros and Danielle DeAngelo in an effort to create a fitness experience that is just as fun as it is rigorous and challenging. The fitness studio offers a variety of class packs, ranging from 1 class for $28 to 10 classes for $260. The athlete in your life will love this unique and challenging workout option.
Gift Card to The Gravity Vault | 1423 Clinton Street, Hoboken
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If your athlete is the adventurous type, a class or casual climb at The Gravity Vault in Hoboken will fit the bill. In addition to gifting a gift card, you can also sign up for a selection of special climbs including a Top Rope Belay Certification class, Cliff Hangers, and more.
For the Sports Fan
Vintage Sports Apparel from Vintage on 1st | 257 1st Street, Hoboken
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For throwback graphic tees, sweatshirts, or a snapback hat that would go perfectly with his wardrobe, shop at Vintage on 1st. One of our top picks is an item from the sports sweatshirt collection. These sweatshirts are truly unique and one-of-a-kind; leaving your friends asking, “Where’d you get that?”
Rent Out a Golf Simulator at Play! Hoboken | 1012 Grand Street, Hoboken
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When it comes to golf simulators, you don’t even have to worry about the chilly winter weather. Play! Hoboken has golf simulators that you can rent out in 1-4 hour increments. One bay can fit up to five golfers, and reservations are encouraged, but not required.
For the Proud New Jerseyan
Jersey City Sweatshirt With Skull Design from Kanibal & Co. | 197 Montgomery Street, Jersey City
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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.
Hoboken Tic-Tac-Toe Board from Hometown Hello | Online
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Truly something we didn’t know we needed — a Hoboken-themed wooden tic-tac-toe board. The game pieces have two designs: the Hoboken H and a line drawing of the Hoboken Terminal. The board has Hometown Hello’s signature earthy + minimalist design that easily fits in with any holiday-themed decor, but can also be left out all year long.
For the Foodie
Personalized Recipe Cutting Board from Washington General Store | 509 Washington Street, Hoboken
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Perfect for the foodie (or chef) in your life, all you need is a handwritten version of a beloved recipe. Whether it’s a recipe passed down in the family, or a classic you can’t go wrong with serving up, this bamboo board is both sentimental and practical. Personalization takes 48 hours.
Apple Cider Doughnut Baking Kit from Kanibal + Co. | 197 Montgomery Street, Jersey City
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‘Tis the season for apple cider doughnuts — and now, the foodie in your life can perfect their own version of the sweet treat. The kit includes baking mix and cinnamon sugar. There are also doughnut pans available for purchase, though those must be bought separately. Plus, you’ll (hopefully) get to try them out, which is a gift for you, too.