Gifts for $50 and Under (Mostly)

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 3:08pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

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.

votives.jpg 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.

glittens.jpg 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.

beaded%20bags.jpg 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.

frogs.jpgSure 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.

fork%20bracelets.jpg 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.


  1. POSTED BY Nellie  |  December 16, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

    Thank you…I’ve gotten some ideas here!

  2. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  December 16, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

    My husband will be thrilled when he gets his egg timer.

  3. POSTED BY Generically named Mike  |  December 16, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

    Everything is the perfect gift for someone. I think the kitchen timer is pretty cool looking and would make for an awesome stocking stuffer.
    Try the Envirosax, colorful shopping bags made of lightweight waterproof polyester
    Is it recycled polyester? I wouldn’t want to buy an enviro-someting if it used new petrolium products in its making.

  4. POSTED BY complainerpuss  |  December 16, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

    Personally, if my wife gave me an egg timer as a holiday gift, I probably couldn’t help but take it the wrong way.

  5. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  December 16, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

    I’m not joking – my husband is an amazing cook and the one thing we don’t have is a timer, we use the one on the stove.

  6. POSTED BY cathar  |  December 16, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

    To whom does one give a polyester shopping bag, even one that’s waterproof?
    As for the “glittens,” they remind me of the sort of garb the “Deaniacs” wore in NH for canvassing some years ago. Regrettably, too, for this one, Phish does not play outdoor concerts in really cold weather.
    And a serving tray made out of melamine? Haven’t we had enough problems with melamine lately? Though melamine dinnerware is an authentic Jersey product, most of it was once made in Boonton. (And no one else recalls that ALF came from the planet “Melmac?”)

  7. POSTED BY crank  |  December 16, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

    Personally, if my wife gave me an egg timer as a holiday gift, I probably couldn’t help but take it the wrong way.

    “Now honey, we’re going to cuddle till the bell rings!”

  8. POSTED BY Pokey  |  December 16, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

    (or you better wait till the bell rings before you’re done)
    Funny Alf gets mentioned as just today while going through some boxes dragged out of the deeper recesses, there was an Alf. I have no recollection of the toy’s origin (if it had been a Mork…).
    It’s actually better than the show ever was, it’s soft and furry, has a chef’s hat and an apron that says “cookin’ with Alf” and it’s also a hand puppet.
    Beside its ambiguous origins, it has the original tag shaped like a stock pot with a Burger King logo on it. If that’s what they used to give with a kids meal times certainly have changed.

  9. POSTED BY jimmytown  |  December 16, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    No egg timer? There are usually timers on microwaves, and they go higher than 55minutes. Just a suggestion

  10. POSTED BY your neighbor  |  December 16, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    Pokey, I sense a re-gift coming on!

  11. POSTED BY appletony  |  December 16, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

    Also: Copabananas = stocking stuffer madness!!!

  12. POSTED BY plarson  |  December 16, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

    Hey how about my store I have lots of 10.00 gifts!Fun TOO!
    creative Endeavors
    shop local montclair

  13. POSTED BY Gentle Reader  |  December 16, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

    I would love to shop local — but don’t get home until 7:30 pm at the earliest — and everything is always closed.
    Except for CVS, of course.
    Does anyone know if there will be extended holiday hours in town ?

  14. POSTED BY plarson  |  December 17, 2008 @ 7:52 am

    we are open late till christmas
    10-10 pm
    sunday 12-5
    creative endeavors
    575 bloomfield ave

  15. POSTED BY lisabells  |  December 17, 2008 @ 8:26 am

    I went to Creative Endeavors the day after Thanksgiving. The shop keeper was charming and I got a bag full of fun, funky stocking stuffers for my friends and sisters. I also bought the votive holders at Semplice that are pictured above. They are gorgeous!

  16. POSTED BY complainerpuss  |  December 17, 2008 @ 9:57 am

    Looks like $50 and under can buy you just about anything in downtown Montclair.

  17. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  December 17, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    Interesting complainerpuss. It doesn’t mention massages for women.

  18. POSTED BY Spicoli  |  December 17, 2008 @ 10:35 am

    Envirosax? Sounds like the name for an environmentally friendly porn movie.
    Envirosex – Low Carbon, High Emissions

  19. POSTED BY walleroo  |  December 17, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    Does jerseygurl want one?

  20. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  December 17, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    I’d love an envirosex and a massage.

  21. POSTED BY walleroo  |  December 17, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    I have a cancellation for Friday at 7 pm. I do not take insurance.

  22. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  December 17, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    Cash deal Walleroo?

  23. POSTED BY nosy_girl  |  December 17, 2008 @ 11:42 am

    I got a beautiful box of truffles for my manager and little treats for my coworkers at The Chocolate Path. Took a chance on passing by on Monday. The owner informed me that they are indeed open every day until Xmas.

  24. POSTED BY cathar  |  December 17, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

    I suspect that walleroo has had many, many such “cancellations” in his life, jerseygurl. Bear that in mind before you make an appointment (in Samarra?) with him.

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