The holidays are nearly here! Read on for four places to get last-minute gifts that have special meaning for locals. And the best part is, they’ve all teamed up one way or another, including a shop run by a group of volunteers, brother-and-sister business owners, an entrepreneur helping teens learn business, and a husband-and-wife duo outfitting little ones.
Fairfield’s Women Exchange: As a volunteer-run shop, the Fairfield’s Women Exchange donates proceeds to charities that support the well-being of women and children. One charity they support most is Emerge, which supports women and families that come from abusive homes. Their nonprofit shop includes items ranging from children’s clothing and toys to antiques and specialty foods. Pick up some hand-knit sweaters for your little baby, shop for Kissy Kissy products or grab a colorful tote for all your shopping, while also supporting a good cause. thefairfieldexchange.com
The Two Oh Three: Want a way to show your Connecticut pride? Brother-sister duo Roscoe and Tory Brown show their state spirit through their brand, The Two Oh Three. Launching in 2014, it represents the love residents feel for their home. From wooden home ornaments and doormats, featuring the outline of our state, to comfortable sweaters and stylish hats, these siblings think of it all. Deck out your little one in a “Born in the 203” onesie to show their hometown roots. thetwoohthree.com
Park City Honey: Beekeeper Alexandra Wallace-Currie has been teaching kids in Bridgeport the skill of beekeeping for years. As her honey-based confections and foods gained popularity through local farmers’ markets, Alexandra decided to open Park City Honey. The store not only sells honey, but serves as a deli too. When she took over this deli, she employed kids she had been working with for five years. She continues to teach 7-12 year olds beekeeping, while advising 16-20 year olds how to cook, sell and market products in her store. The Trio Gift Basket is the perfect combination of honey-based treats for a holiday gift. parkcityhoney.net
Gells Belts: Founded by the Perkins, the husband-and-wife duo wanted to share their love for sharp looks and philanthropy, which led them to Gells. What’s the piece of attire that “gells” your look together? Belts, of course. These belts feature anchors, American flags and so much more. You can also opt for solid colors like navy blue and hunter green. The Perkins stay true to their commitment to philanthropy since 5% of each belt purchased is donated to a partner charity, including Blue Ocean Society, the National Canine Cancer Foundation, Arthritis National Research Foundation, Thanks USA and Breast Cancer Alliance. For the perfect gift, pick up one of their most popular designs, such as the Ready for Some Football belt for your little MVP. gells.org