LH Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

We know that finding the perfect gift can often be tough and the shopping online and in malls can be so overwhelming, so why bother? How about shopping local!? Our "Mile Square" town has the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

For your air-plant loving friend:

Give a gorgeous upcycled gift this year from REHABULOUS GLASS STUDIOS located in the Monroe Center. These classic wine bottles have been revamped for that terrarium vibe you’ve been going for, but don’t have time to actually create. Bottles can be purchased alone, or with a starter kit complete with succulents, soil, and decorative rocks, as shown here. Check out more options here, including whiskey bottle planters, candles, dishes, and more.

For the foodie in your life who likes to eat AND cook:

A ‘Parisian Comfort Food’ class at HUDSON TABLE. This gift is perfect for your foodie friend or the reluctant chef in your house! Located in uptown Hoboken, Hudson Table is a sleek and modern cooking studio offering a wide array of group, private, and even kids classes. Bring a bottle of your favorite French red, and spend 3 hours creating (and eating) 5 delicious courses. Check out their schedule for other unique offerings like “Italian Christmas Dinner” and “Mommy & Me: Eat the Rainbow Cooking Class”.

For the (big) kid in your life:

Iconic buildings turned into 3D puzzles will keep that mechanical engineer in your life busy for a few hours. Reminiscent of both Legos and old-school puzzles, these hybrid models feature nano blocks which are extremely small and for older children only. For the kids, Mudpuppy glow-in-the-dark puzzles make perfect gifts and have tons of educational benefits! All puzzles, as well as wooden toys, stuffed animals, and of course BOOKS are available at LITTLE CITY BOOKS in Hoboken.

When you need a one-of-a-kind gift:

These beautiful vintage menorahs caught my eye while perusing antiques at MODERN RETRO FINDS the other day. This downtown Hoboken shop is full of unique, funky, and nostalgic finds. In addition to their eclectic mix of menorahs, you can find gift-worthy gems like vases, tea sets, and more.

For The Coffee Enthusiast:

A stovetop espresso maker, bag of freshly ground coffee, & a cute mug make a great gift for the caffeine addict. EMPIRE COFFEE & TEA CO. is a Hoboken staple and makes gift giving (especially last minute) so easy. In this cozy shop, you will find at least five different brands of espresso makers, French presses, coffee bean grinders, tea infusers, and more. With an expansive selection of coffee beans, they carry cheeky mugs, gourmet chocolate, spreads & other delicious extras. The Ninjabread Cookie Kit guaranteed for a few laughs at your holiday cookie exchange!

For something lacy and (not so) sweet:

Trendy chokers and lacy bodysuits from MINT MARKET are a little bit nice and a little bit naughty. Located on First Street, this downtown shop has tons of amazing finds for the fashionista in your life… or for yourself. In addition to their beautiful jewelry, be sure to check out their sparkly party dresses, shoes, clutches, and even some vintage luxury bags. **Bonus: Get 10% off in-store or online every day with your Little Hoboken Hook-Up card.

For your out-of-town relatives:

Everyone deserves to try some Jersey tomatoes in some way, shape or form. HOBOKEN FARMS marinara sauce (I’m sorry – GRAVY if you’re Italian) is the real deal and has won numerous awards including “Top Pick in the Country” from the Wall Street Journal. While the company has since expanded out of Hoboken, the business started right here in town and remains a local favorite.

For the IPA All-Star:

OK, so we’re not reinventing the wheel here; we’re suggesting you buy your favorite beer drinker beer. BUT, this isn’t just another trendy new microbrewery – 902 BREWING CO. started right here in Hoboken on 902 Washington Street. Today, they sell their brews all over NJ & NY, with many local bars serving it as well. Give that cerveza-loving someone a gift they will actually appreciate – like the “Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken” American Pale Ale. Pick up a pack at Garden Wine & Liquor Store, Cork Wines & Spirits, or several other retailers in Hoboken and Jersey City.

For the girl who needs her Checkers to match her chaise lounge:

When you need a unique gift for the hostess, or a fun housewarming present that won't kill their decor, stop by SWIFT-MORRIS INTERIORS in uptown Hoboken for these decorative games. Game nights have made a comeback in recent years, and these beauties can stay out on display, instead of stuffed in the back of a closet. SWIFT-MORRIS is well known for their interior design business, but it's also a great stop for high-end gifts like silver frames, serveware, agate bookends, and Maileg toys for kids.

For the puppy parents:

I am in love with these original, hilarious, and actually super helpful boxes from HAPPY BOX. These local Hoboken girls started their business back in college with “Break-Up” baskets and continue to create unique boxes that make awesome gifts. This puppy box is perfect for someone who just added a new addition to their family. Order a box online or stop by a local retailer like Hudson Paperie to see more. **Bonus: Get 10% off in-store every day with your Little Hoboken Hook-Up card.

For the hostess who doesn’t need another cutting board:

I am obsessed with these adorable sugar cookies from BAKING MAMA on Hudson Street. These cookies are the perfect sweet treat to say thank you to someone or just brighten up their day! If you’re looking to give a bit more, pair them with these adorable custom plates from SCHWING SHOP. Made by another local Hoboken girl, SCHWING SHOP designs dreamy marbled mugs, coasters, and more. **Bonus: Get 5% off in-store at Baking Mama every day with your Little Hoboken Hook-Up card.

For your uncle who will never switch to streaming:

These record label coasters from TUNES are such an easy and fun gift for all of the vinyl lovers in your life. You can mix and match and therefore buy as many or as few as you’d like. While TUNES is a well-known new and used record store, they have so much more than just music. Look out for posters, books, and more unique gift ideas like superhero bobble heads and a very crass men’s sock collection.

For “your friend”:

You know who I’m really good at shopping for? Myself. This newer downtown boutique is fitting for those times when you’re shopping for a friend, but let’s be real… yourself. NOELLERY has gorgeous jewelry and is now the place I go to when I need a specific piece to match an outfit. Apart from jewelry, NOELLERY is selling trendy winter hats and accessories and carries other great gifts like art prints, coin purses, and elaborate handmade soap bars that are wayyy too pretty to use. Locations in Hoboken and Jersey City. **Bonus: Get 15% off in-store every day with your LH Hook-Up card.

For the mom with a fancy camera:

Does someone you know have a fancy high-tech camera, but have NO idea how to use it? With photography classes from BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPH, all she needs to do is show up with her dSLR! Several different classes are offered, but we like “Monday Morning Moms” because babies are allowed to join the party too! This 11-week class takes place in the Monroe Center, but private sessions are available as well.

For the newly betrothed:

It can be really hard to find something heartwarming and unique for a newly engaged couple that isn’t cheesy or impractical. <