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. HUDSON PAPERIE on Washington Street has a beautiful selection of gifts and décor for the soon-to-be married, soon-to-be parents, and much more. Walking by, I noticed these monogrammed boards and had stop in. It is hard not to want everything in this store because it is so meticulously organized and curated. Once you have your gift, pick up a handcrafted card (I had to cap myself at 5) and gorgeous luxury wrapping paper from Marble & Vine. Their paper is actually treeless – created using recycled cotton, and will look fabulous on any present this year. **Mention this post at HUDSON PAPERIE for 15% off your purchase! (Every other day, use your Little Hoboken Hook-Up card for 10% off!)

For the boss(y) foodie:

If you haven’t already been to the GREEN PEAR CAFÉ, go immediately. This adorable and inviting eatery & coffee shop is run by a local family direct from Italy. While I would love to wrap up some of their insanely delicious crème espresso and give that to everyone on my list, their own line of handcrafted olive oils and vinegars is also a great gift. I love to give items that can’t be found anywhere else and the thick Balsamic Vinegar makes a great gift for a boss who doesn’t need another pen or paperweight. Gift baskets are also available, as well as custom cakes and more.

For the gift that keeps on giving:

Monthly subscription clubs are all over the internet now, but this one from the CHEESE+WINE STORE is a standout because it features delicious local items delivered monthly to the recipient’s (or your) door. Named the “Perfect Pairing Club”, monthly deliveries include seasonal or themed cheeses, a bottle of red, a bottle of white, crackers, and a narrative to help you understand the pairing. Basically, you will be able to host a wine & cheese tasting party like a pro when the deliveries are done. Stop in the store for other great gifts like fondue sets, cutting boards, and other specialty items. **Bonus: Get entered into a raffle with EVERY purchase each month to win a seat at their tasting events with your Little Hoboken Hook-Up card.

For the family member who needs to relax and rejuvenate:

While I think everyone can use a little relaxation and pampering, this gift idea is a favorite of mine because it is shareable. I’ll say that again. SHARE-A-BLE. Massage or facial packages at BODY BALANCE (right across from the PATH station) are convenient and shareable, meaning that if you buy a 4-pack for example, you can “gift” one or two and keep the rest. This especially comes in handy when you forget to buy your spouse a gift. Simply write out a card, call to book an appointment, and there you go – instant anniversary present. **Bonus: Get 60 Minute Massage and 60 Minute Facial $143, 90 Minute Massage and 60 Minute Facial $173, and 20% off regularly priced products every single day with your Little Hoboken Hook-Up card.

For the coloring-book crazed:

For a non-tech gift to a teenager, or to any Game of Thrones fan (see photo above), these ‘adult’ coloring books make great reasonably-priced gifts. Give them with a nice set of colored pencils for something extra. HUDSON COUNTY ART SUPPLY has locations in both midtown Hoboken and Jersey City. Stop by or go online for interesting gifts like swan-shaped pencil sharpeners and oversized canvases.

For father & son:

These adorable matching “daddy and me” hats from JUNIOR BABY HATTER make great gifts for the new father. The sophisticated caps for both men and children are made with love by a local mom in Weehawken. Check out her full line of products!

For the ornament obsessed:

If you’re like my mother, or have one like her, or know anyone like her, you will appreciate this. My mother can’t go anywhere on vacation without buying at least one Christmas ornament. She gives personalized ornaments for graduations, engagements, baby’s 1st bath, and basically everything under the sun. Therefore, I decided to do a little ornament roundup and list some of my favorite local places where you can buy one or design one!

All Things Bell ~ These beautiful mirrored ornaments can be personalized for both girl and boy.

Washington General Store ~ For your favorite Hobokenite! This shop is a top pick for gifts all year round

7 Fine Arts ~ “Make It, Take It” ornaments at 7 Fine Arts make heartfelt gifts for children or really anyone special to you. After walking into this warm and cozy art studio, I want to re-live my ceramic painting days as a child and bring a bunch of friends with me to design ornaments. Each ornament has a different price, along with the price of a 1-hour painting session. See their website for more information & schedules.

For the person who has everything:

For the person on your list who seems to have everything, and prefers to help those in need, consider making a donation on their behalf and presenting it in a pretty envelope or gift box. There are SO many great NJ-based charities and historical associations that need your support. Here are just a FEW that might not be on your radar yet:

TRUE Mentors of Hoboken

Aspiring Kindness

The Liberty Humane Society

The Rachel Coalition

Hoboken Historical Museum


(Now get out there and shop local!)

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Melissa is mom to an adorable little girl and a longtime Hoboken resident. She is a former teacher and school counselor who now spends her days taking advantage of all this city has to offer and sharing her experiences with you.