Last week I recommended you bypass the Holiday Shopping stress and pamper yourself in the Hamptons instead. But don’t you really want to do some shopping, too? Especially for the really special people in your life. And especially in a place as beautiful and relaxed as the East End of Long Island during the Holidays!
So here are some shopping tips to make your holidays sparkle.
Sparkling Wines for the Holiday Celebrations
Who says you have to wait until New Years Eve for the bubbly?
East End Fish Prints in MHI Owners Quarters
Local Artists make very special gifts!
- Ashawagh Hall @780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton) is hosting the 20th Annual By Hand Artisan's Holiday Gift Show on Saturday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday December 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On both days, local artisans will display their handmade goods, including fused glass, knits and felted wool, specialty yarn, sea glass, skincare, soaps, beaded bags, mosaics, wooden toys, original jewelry, homemade jams and more. For information, email email@example.com.
- The North Fork Art Collective and The Art Bus Project will host a Holiday Market @ Borghese Vineyard (17150 County Road 48, Cutchogue) on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Both days will boast an array of works from local artists and artisans, complimentary tours of The Art Bus Project, an exhibit on wheels, an interactive photo booth, Christmas crafts, a gift wrapping station, and more.
- East End Fish Prints (one of my personal favorites) is based in Montauk. Worth the trip (by appointment @ (631) 456-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or shop on their online store. Husband and wife team, Jim Goldberg & Annie Sessler live, fish, and create art together. Jim catches the fish (and makes really cool custom surfboards) and Annie makes the prints employing the revered age old Japanese craft tradition of Gyotaku. Using this nature printing technique with water soluble, non-toxic inks and freshly caught fish, they make original hand made relief prints on recycled, vintage and new natural and synthetic fabrics. After the print is made the fish is then prepared in any number of delicious ways to be shared and eaten by family and friends.
- Hamptons Handpoured if you are into candles (or need the perfect holiday hostess gift) these 100% Soy Candles are Handcrafted in the Heart of the Hamptons. On Etsy since 2015 with 5-Star reviews!
Just a quick reminder - from Sylvia’s Holiday Happenings in the Hamptons blog - The Last Minute Holiday Bazaar @ Guild Hall on Saturday December 22nd, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. What could be better than a last minute array of local arts and crafts to fill all your holiday stockings?
Carissa’s Pie - Courtesy of Edible East End
And don’t forget to pick up fresh seafood, produce, breads and the very best pies on your way home!
- Stuart's Seafood Market @ 41 Oak Lane, Amagansett (631) 267-6700. Charlotte and Bruce Sasso purvey the very freshest seafood available anywhere! Since the 1950s, the local fishermen, lobstermen, scallopers and clammers have been dropping off their catch at Stuart’s - fresh from the boat. They are happy to pack it for your trip home - and you might want to grab some fish cakes or other freshly prepared foods for the ride!
- Balsam Farms - You know - this is Carolyn’s first stop for local produce!
- The Farm Stand @ 293 Town Ln, Amagansett (632) 267-5635 will be open (weather permitting) Friday, Saturday & Sunday through December 23rd,
- The Montauk Market @ 662 Montauk Highway, Montauk (next to the IGA) (631) 238-5119 will be open (weather permitting) Friday, Saturday & Sunday through December 23rd,
- Carissa’s Bakery @ 68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton (631) 527-5996. From crusty country breads to the most beautiful pies and cakes ever, Carissa’s Bakery has made headlines (and waiting lines) since she opened her East Hampton bakery in 2017. And it smells heavenly, too!
- Tate’s Bake Shop @ 43 North Sea Road, Southampton (631) 283-9830. If you are driving through Southampton on your way home, be sure to stop at Tate’s for some really tasty pies, coffee cakes, cookies, dessert bars and so much more. Try not to arrive hungry!
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
Why not take the ferries across Shelter Island to Greenport and drive home via the North Fork?
You get to enjoy beautiful views from on the water, pick up some more Sparkling Wines on the way, and cut your own Christmas Tree!
- Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm and Christmas Store @ 30105 Main Street - Cutchogue, NY 11935 Tel: 631-734-8641
- Family owned since 1979 on approximately 23 acres of farmland
- “Choose your own tree and cut it”
- Free Hay Rides, live deer, pony rides, hot chocolate and cider
- Amazing 2,500+ square ft Gift Shop with handmade wreaths, blankets, kissing balls, pillows and swags, a large selection of ribbons, bows - and decorators to create custom pieces just for you. Plus a wide selection of gifts and ornaments, as well as candles and decorations.
- Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm @ 20685 Main Rd., Mattituck, NY 11952 Tel: 631-298-4619 or 631-298-4118
- Fresh Christmas Trees, from 4’ to 9’ tall: cut your own, fresh cut, potted, or balled
- Snack Bar (with local oysters!) and Wine Tastings
- Christmas Carols
- 14-minute train rides
- Santa will be there to take pictures with you and go over your wish list
- And for the freshest locally grown Poinsettias, Wreaths, Roping, Bouquets, Centerpieces and Gift Baskets for all of your holiday needs - stop by Gabrielsen’s Country Farm @ 200 Herricks Lane in Jamesport (631) 722-3259.
I hope you brought a really big sleigh to transport all these goodies home. Or maybe you should refer back to Gary’s 6 Days of Christmas Shopping in the Hamptons blog, and let our elves (and FedEx) do it all for you!!!
Here is a lovely Hamptons Holiday History tale from Edible East End to get you in the spirit: Of Fruit Cakes, Suet Puddings and Cream Fondants: Memories of Christmas on the East End.
And may dreams of sugarplums dance in your head. We hope to see you soon!