Holiday Gift Guide 9

Need the Perfect Gift? Shop Local

Looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season? Here are some great ideas from locally owned businesses. #shoplocal

For Him

Whether it’s gifts for the businessman or the outdoors enthusiast in your life, it can be tricky to find something perfect. We’ve found local places with great gifts that will fit the bill, including from a local craftsman Paul Cunningham, from Leatherhead in Glen Rock who makes amazing leather sporting goods. New baseball mitt anyone?

Business Backpack: Briefcases are starting to become a thing of the past and backpacks, perfect for business or travel, are filling the void. Get him a Tumi Nellis Backpack in leather from Jekyll & Hide, Ridgewood, $595.

Rugby Ball: If he played rugby in his early years or always loved the game, these rugby balls are made locally and would make a unique gift. One-of-a-kind baseballs, baseball gloves and footballs are also available. The Angus Rugby ball is hand-made from Leather Head Sports in Glen Rock, $150.

Snow Tubing: Experience gifts are sometimes the most memorable and this one is both local and, well, fun. Get out and enjoy the snow at Camp Gaw Mountain. $26 for two hours.

Waterproof Jacket: For outdoor winter shoveling, chopping wood or a brisk hike try this great looking Barbour Men’s Irvine Waterproof Jacket at Ramsey Outdoor, $279.


For Her

The mom, sister, wife or friend in your life wants to be pampered—trust us—whether it’s at a spa, shopping or with a night out. We’ve come up with some sure-fire ideas that will fit perfectly. Give her the best of all worlds; she won’t be disappointed.

Shoes: Tucked away off of Ridgewood Avenue in downtown, this small but packed shop has a variety of seasonal shoes and handbags. Known for their outstanding personalized service, she won’t be disappointed.  Gardiner & Co. in Ridgewood. 201.447.0910

Pamper Her: Mani’s and pedi’s are fine, but facials and sea salt scrubs are better. Get her a gift certificate to a local spa and she’ll be elated. The Fountain Spa, Ramsey. Avaya Rebirth, Ridgewood.;

Dining Out: With so many amazing restaurants opening in Northwest Bergen County, it won’t be hard to pick a few to try together this winter. Start with three date nights: Saddle River Inn, No. 12 in Ridgewood and Varka in Ramsey.

Claddagh Pendant: The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol that represents love, loyalty and friendship. What better way to show her your appreciation this holiday? Sterling silver, 1 3/4 inches tall, from Carrick Mor in Glen Rock, $125.95.


For the Kids:

When you get your kids’ holiday lists, it’s super easy to go online and be done shopping in 15 minutes. This year, how about searching out some of our area’s excellent shopping spots for teens and younger kids? We’re willing to bet that really cool art classes at One River School of Art and Design and rock climbing lessons at Gravity Vault aren’t even on their lists. Shhhh…..

Baseball: If you have a baseball enthusiast in the house, a player or a fan, these hand-made balls will delight. This unique Chromexcel Lemon Ball is from Leather Head Sports in Glen Rock, $40.

Gifts Galore: Shop local this year for board games, science kits and crafts for your youngsters. Learning Express in Ridgewood has them all and much more.

Art Lessons: Bring out your kids’ creative side with art and digital classes offered for both kids and teens at One River School of Art and Design in Allendale.

Climb: Everyone wants to climb the walls when winter sets in, so how about taking the kids to an indoor rock gym so they can learn it the safe way? Sign your kids up for a 6-week class, ages 7-13. The Gravity Vault, Upper Saddle River. $199.