The holidays are a great time to support your local businesses. Think about the places that you love and that contribute a real sense of community to your neighborhood – now more than ever, these stores need you to patronize them so they can stay in business and keep providing their unique products and services. We’ve seen too many great places close down in the wake of COVID so now is the time to spend your gifting dollars at those very special places that make NJ the great place to live in and raise a family.
Here are some of our top picks for everyone on your list!
For the Kids
Tons of Toys
64 Main St., Madison
315 Franklin Ave., Wykoff
This friendly neighborhood toy store will put you in the holiday spirit. Shop for all things Disney, Marvel, Lego and Nerf to name a few at this popular store with more locations across the Garden State!
Just Kidding Around
507 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
This neighborhood independent toy store is focused on engaging children in unique ways. The store boasts a carefully curated selection of toys and games – the Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit ($34.99) lets your child be creative!
190 Rock Rd., Glen Rock
The Grow-Cery is not a food store but a cleverly named shop filled with children’s items. The shop carries toys and crafts that are geared towards learning and development.
Pumpkin and Bean
55 North Dean St., Englewood
Established in 2005, Pumpkin and Bean is a children’s specialty boutique with an extensive collection of unique baby and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories.
A Little Whimsy
136 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield
A children’s store and gift shop featuring original graphic tees and adorable apparel.
432 Main St., Metuchen
A unique store featuring toys, games, models, puzzles, handicrafts, decor and more!
Food & Drink
The Gingered Peach
2 Gordon St., Lawrence
With baked good made from scratch, there’s a reason people line up for this local bakery. Place your order for Christmas and don’t forget to try one of the gooey cinnamon buns because you deserve a treat too!
Oak Hill Farms
177 Stillwell Rd., Holmdel
You’d bee crazy to miss out on the different varieties of honey from Oak Hill Farms’ apiaries. From raw-wildflower honey to creamed honey or even honey dippers your sweet tooth will be satisfied. The Honey Cocktail Gift Set ($25.) features a jar of hot honey and a cocktail jigger.
Louisa’s Chocolate Bar
106 Jackson St., Cape May
The tiny jewel of a chocolate shop sells artisan chocolate bars and caramels. The amazing selection from all over the country will surprise you and delight any chocoholic on your list.
26 Chestnut St., Ridgewood
Opened in early 2020, on Chestnut street in Ridgewood, NJ, Spicer’s Naturals offers a variety of over 60 teas, more than 100 spices, herbs, blends, peppers and salts from around the world.
Three Daughters Baking Co.
General Store Marketplace, 1875 Springfield Ave, Maplewood
Three Daughters Baking Co is owned and operated by pastry chef Erica Leahy. Her amazing cakes and delicious fruit pies can’t be passed up.
12 N Dean St, Englewood
Chef and owner Miriam Gitelman’s products are made with the finest natural ingredients, including Fair Trade, Organic, and Non-GMO chocolate and are certified kosher.
300 Witherspoon St., Princeton
From home furniture to gifts and accessories this store will elevate your décor. Unique finds like this embroidered NJ pillow ($196) exemplify their keen focus on artisan crafts.
58 Main St., Chester
From old doors to unique lighting and mirrors, this store has many beautiful items to warm up your home. If something like a laundry sign on a vintage ironing board is up your alley, you need to check it out!
32 Mechanic St., Red Bank
This shop has a curated selection of upholstered pieces, case goods, lighting, home accessories and vintage finds. This gift box for him checks all the boxes for the special man on your list.
Just Jersey Goods
163 South Street Morristown
Co-owners Paul Miller and Tina Bologna created Just Jersey to celebrate the natural beauty, diversity, culture, grit and attitude of the Garden State. You’ll be supporting homegrown makers when you purchase awesome gifts like these zip code coasters ($14.99).
MADE at the Park
216 Godwin Ave., Midland Park
The incredible shop does custom furniture and can take an old piece from drab to fab. They also sell unique home accents and DIY kits.
The Farmhouse Store
221 East Broad St., Westfield
This family business features home furnishings featuring handmade reclaimed barn wood furniture, American-made upholstery, rugs, lighting and so much more.
Junction Boutique Gift Shop
79 Leonardville Rd Suite A, Belford
A collaboration of talented Jersey Artisans located under one roof in the heart of Belford. Take home a piece of coastal NJ made by a local artist.
For You (and them)
Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison St. Princeton
This fun boutique offers a highly edited selection of women’s fashion. This snake sweatshirt ($122) with matching joggers ($140) will keep you comfy and looking great well into the winter.
Tipica El Quetzal
33 W. Broad Street, Hopewell
You’ll find the most beautiful Guatemalan clothing and shoes for sale at this popular neighborhood store.
Occasionette Goods & Gifts
724 Haddon Ave., Collingswood
Whether you’re in search of a curated self-care gift box, Jellycat stuffed animals for the kids or just the cutest holiday cards like this Holiday Vibes card ($5.50) this store is your one-stop shop!
81 Broad St, Keyport
This fun local gift shop features upcycled furniture, original artwork, clothing, jewelry and a nice selection of artisan accessories. Be sure to check out the seasonal tea bar and outside deck.
23 Broadway, Denville
For gifts, jewelry, clothing and accessories that give back and empower women, look no further than Sisters. Launched in 2013 by sisters Meg and Cait, you’ll find the perfect present here like this jingle bell bottle set ($22) which features a bell opener and an ornate stopper (drink recipes included!).
Katie Diamond Jewelry
570 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood
This woman owned and operated small business is eager to assist you with all of your shopping needs from engagement rings and wedding bands to demi-fine jewelry and elevated gifts. What they are known most for is their amazing jewelry redesign business.
Apricot Lane Boutique
111 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
From comfy and cozy loungewear and soft sweaters to chic dresses this special boutique has it all!
10 S. Broad St., Ridgewood
716 Washington St., Hoboken
380 Springfield Ave., Summit
166 South St., Morristown
Launched in 2013 by stylist and buyer Jeanna Palumbo alba has evolved into one of New Jersey’s top shopping destinations, With multiple locations, this boutique has a very loyal following for good reason!
Hunt & Orchard
146 Westwood Ave., Westwood
Owner/designer Michel Bezoza was one of our featured mompreneurs of the year! Her store offers both edge and affordability with a focus on her love of art, music and fashion.
211 Bellevue Ave., Montclair
A lifestyle boutique with gorgeous gifts and fabulous necessities – there’s definitely something for everyone!
Main Street Cottage
678 Bloomfield Ave., Verona
A small gift shop offering seasonal items, unique gifts and home decor. All gifts are wrapped while you wait.
Running Co. of Haddonfield
121 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield
An independent and locally owned specialty running company from runners who love helping others meet and discover their running goals.
98 Baker St., Maplewood
Meus is a home and lifestyle shop that helps you surround yourself with what makes your mind, body and soul happy.
140 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield
Meraki (may-rah-kee) means to do something with soul, creativity or love; to put a piece of yourself into your work. They sell affordable and unique home decor, gift and plants.
Kelly’s A Touch of Ireland
5 S. Broadway, Pitman
Proprietors Mary and Judith Miller are well known suppliers of Irish imports, including gifts, food, clothing and jewelry.
Fairest of Them All
3 N. New York Rd. Ste 28, Galloway
A boutique located in Historic Smithville Village specializing in eco-friendly products featuring handmade jewelry, handbags and clothing.
My Sister’s Jewelry Box
905 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette
There’s no better place to find gorgeous things then in your sister’s room – or at this store! You’ll find jewelry, accessories, giftware and clothing at affordable prices year-round.
111 Central Avenue, Westfield
Founder/CEO Jude Connally Zimmerman (who is from NJ!) started her clothing store so women could find relevant, super-flattering and always appropriate options to tackle the day, no matter what’s on her agenda.
Asbury Park Fun House
704 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
This place is known as “the Boardwalk shop of fun.” From t-shirts to items by local artists, think of it as a souvenir shop for locals.
Pretty Pink Rooster
115 Morristown Rd., Ste A, Bernardsville
The Pretty Pink Rooster is a female-owned, Bernardsville neighborhood boutique offering gifts, accessories and clothing featuring a hand-curated selection of looks from on-trend to classic and glam.
26 Bridge St., Lambertville
This store is known for its eclectic selection of beads from all over the world. They also have some lovely Italian scissors that are perfect for cutting textiles or paper or using for a beading project.
201 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown
A curated collection of eco-friendly, handmade and fair-trade goods. Owner Sarah’s philosophy is, you can buy a lovely pair of earrings, or you can buy a lovely pair of earrings that supports an artist or foundation in need.
179 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood
This amazing bookstore engaging readers of all ages and interests and welcomes patrons and employees with autism.
123 Newark Ave. Jersey City
These independent community bookstores with locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City are known for offering the best book picks to their loyal customers.
Little City Books
100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken
This local bookstore has a great selection and a super knowledgeable staff ready to help you choose your next great read. For the kids, there’s the Little City Children’s Book Annex. Check out their book recommendations for the holidays
The Curious Reader
229 Rock Rd., Glen Rock
Described by customers as a great little store with a wide selection of books, you’re sure to find something here that would make a great gift for a young reader.
Woof Gang Bakery
1121 NJ-34 Suite Q Aberdeen
57 W Allendale Avenue Allendale
732 US-202 S Suite 130 Bridgewater
270 Route 206 S Chester
2 South Avenue W Cranford
234 E. Ridgewood Avenue Ridgewood
Woof Gang offers the very best in pet care by providing quality products and grooming with a service-oriented approach. Each location is a neighborhood store committed to the well-being, health and happiness of pets.
318 Springfield Ave., Summit
Owners Nikki and Sue are wonderful and have a commitment to (and knowledge of) the best quality, organic, natural pet food. Be sure to pick up the Chicken Chips when you stop in.