SEASONAL SHIMMER: Maplewood’s Jennifer Walters Anstendig dubs the jewelry in her Alysian line “handcrafted chic with an independent streak,” including the semiprecious-stone Kaelin necklace, a statement-making choice for the holidays and beyond; $68 at General Store Cooperative, 1875 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, 973-250-6160, or alysiandesigns.com.
BIRD’S THE WORD: Bird and art lovers alike will have something to chirp about with an artisan birdhouse from Roberto Roque’s Plumas Avis Domus line, which uses salvaged wood and comes out of Perth Amboy; $85 at Artisan Spirit, 1317 Third Avenue, Spring Lake, 732-556-8400.
TAKE NOTE: Kids at heart who still love putting pen to paper will adore Lamb + Joy’s sweet teddy bear notecards, which are designed by Madison artist Rachel Pascarella and printed in Fairfield; $18 at Cambridge Street, 7 Waverly Place, Madison, 973-593-0073, or lambandjoy.com.
FLOWER POWER: Give the gift of everlasting flowers. Tara Kothari’s trinket dishes, made at her studio in Jersey City, feature hand-painted floral “fossils” (created when the pressed blooms she uses burn off in the kiln), plus fun phrases perfect for a pal or loved one; $28 at uncommongoods.com.
ON THE CASE: This Jersey City-made, leather and waxed-canvas briefcase from BillyKirk—which is run by brothers Chris and Kirk Bray—is a stylish pick for someone spending more time at the office than a home office these days; $725 at billykirk.com.
SERVING IN STYLE: The consummate host will find endless uses for WoodenStone’s walnut and epoxy-resin serving and cutting board, made in Long Valley by father-son woodworking team Terrence Hench and Zachary Hench; $175 at &Home, 54 Main Street (Suite 1), Chester, 908-921-134.Click here to leave a comment