As enthusiastic supporters of the Shop Local Montclair campaign, we decided to go out today and see what $50 (or thereabouts) would buy. We found plenty of cool presents in downtown Montclair. Unfortunately, not too many shoppers. Here are some excellent ways to satisfy those on your list, and support your local downtown at the same time. Left, an old-fashioned metal egg timer, which is magnetic, for the retro-fanatic on your list. $14 at Little Cricket, 416 Bloomfield Ave.
Semplice, home to the Shop Local Montclair campaign, sells these antique finish “mercury glass look” votive holders, $6 to $10. Great for groupings.There’s also a wonderful brown serving tray in melamine by Kitsch for $25, and Nicky Mesiah’s world-famous toffee, including her “Credit Crunch,” in assorted sizes. Semplice, 465 Bloomfield Ave.
Over at Gifts at 16, formerly Irish & More, get these fair-trade Peruvian “glittens” (gloves and mittens), $25, which will keep you warm and able to iPhone all winter long. A serious gift mecca, with funny stitched pillows (“I’m not bossy. I just have better ideas!”) for $12.95, and beautiful ceramic vases from Peru and Nicaragua for $45. Gifts at 16, 16 Church St.
These beaded evening bags at Jafajems are actually $55, but we let them in because they’re so cute. Keeping to a stricter budget? Try the Envirosax, colorful shopping bags made of lightweight waterproof polyester, $10.95. Jafajems is at 2 Church St.
Sure you’re not going to be putting a sofa or a coffee table in anyone’s stocking. But even Hampton House has some affordably-priced gifts, like these frog bookends, $59. Hampton House, 467 Bloomfield Ave.
Among the cunning repurposed items at Go Lightly is this whimsical fork bracelet, $24. Go Lightly, 4 S. Fullerton. If you haven’t known what Go Lightly was all about, now’s the time to check it out. Gifts are made out of old vinyl, chopsticks and other familiar objects.