Found Around Town: Holiday Gifts

November 24, 2011
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Here’s to a joyful, not stressful, season of giving  

by Julie Davis   

There’s nothing dreamier than the holiday season: White lights glistening in the night, snow gently kissing the limbs of trees, and the sound of Silver Bells humming softly from every store front. And then there’s shopping.

For some, searching for the perfect gift makes the season anything but dreamy. Throw in a crowded mall and long lines, and it’s an utter nightmare. To save you from transforming into Ebenezer Scrooge, we’ve done a bit of the legwork. Here, a few wonderful finds to make your spirits—and those you shop for—exceptionally bright.

Chip and dip bowl by Judi Tavill

Pots of Love

Fashion designer turned pottery artisan Judi Tavill of Rumson throws her heart and soul into every exquisite creation. From stunning chip and dip bowls to structural vases, every piece in her impressive collection is sure to light anyone’s fire.


Wine purse, Red Ginger Home, Red Bank

Fine Wine 

Wine lovers will raise their glass to this sleek carrier, equipped with a traditional waiter style corkscrew. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns—from a shimmering metallic red to this iconic plaid.




Leather iPad Carrier, Ink Papery, Sea Bright

The iPad continues to be a top seller, and is expected maintain its elite status through the holiday season

. For those receiving one (or those who already own the device), this chic sleeve is a perfect add on. It’s available in an assortment of leathers and colors, and can be monogrammed for a more personal touch.

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Gentlemen’s Club 

Northshore Menswear, Sea Bright

Step inside this menswear institution to find everything for the dapper gentlemen—from blazers to ties to fedoras. Buy this entire look—an unconstructed moleskin sports coat with a wool herringbone leather-trimmed vest—or shop for individual items that best suit his style.


Starry Nights 

Hanging Star Lanterns, Bain's Outdoor Living, Rumson

Give them the sky. This luminous glass lantern creates the most celestial atmosphere—inside or out. Simply hang, light and enjoy the magic of a glistening starry night.

Hanging Star Lanterns, Bain’s Outdoor Living, Rumson


Vox Thread Stingray Harley Clutch, Cocotay, Sea Bright

Clutch Worthy 

Any woman worth her Birkin knows a fashionable clutch when she sees one. This stylish evening bag, designed by Alicia Reinersten (formerly of Little Silver and now of Spring Lake), is made with beautiful embossed leather and embellished with impeccable detailing. It’s a gift any handbag aficionado is sure to hold tight.

Julie Knight Classic Barware Collection from Rumson China & Glass, Rumson

Bar Scene 

For the friend or family member who loves to entertain, this set has everything they need to play bartender. Uniquely designed with crushed mother of pearl and mosaic accents, they’ll want to keep it out on the counter long after the bar is closed.


Jonathan Adler Studded Charade Frame from Shelter Home, Asbury Park

Picture Perfect 

You simply can’t go wrong with a picture frame. This one by designer Jonathan Adler—porcelain white with studded detailing—is a portrait of the perfect gift.



Stewart/Stand Stainless Steel Wallet from Esoterica, Red Bank

Wallet of Steel 

Sleek, slim and made from stainless steel, this wallet protects from RFDI (radio frequency identification)—a technology that enables wireless pick-pocketing, leaving your credit card information fully exposed. It’s a safe bet for any dad, brother or uncle who commutes or travels.

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Sondra Robert Faux Fur Tote from Esoterica, Red Bank

Carry All 

The gift to get every mom—this luxurious faux fur tote is incredibly practical. She can carry every essential (from her iPhone and iPad to diapers and wipes) and look exceptionally stylish at the same time.



Virginia Johnson Polar Bear Scarf (more styles available), from Glow, Shrewsbury

Wrap Star

The scarf has become a wardrobe essential, not to mention the finishing touch to any great outfit. Drape all the women you know in this fashionable Virginia Johnson design—it’s the ideal one-size-fits-all gift.



Olga Berg Clutches from Le Papillon, Rumson

Luxe Be A Lady 

She’ll make a dazzling entrance at every holiday party with these sparkling bejeweled bags. Each one is as glamorous as the next, and includes a hidden shoulder chain and plenty of space for her primping essentials.

Olga Berg Clutches, Le Papillon, Rumson




Red Ginger Home
48 Broad St., Red Bank
(732) 345-1000  

Shelter Home
704 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park
(732) 774-7790  

1080 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright
(732) 708-1010

Northshore Menswear
1080 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright
(732) 842-9909  

The Grove at Shrewsbury
567 Broad St., Shrewsbury
(732) 747-2262  

Esoterica Ltd.
80 Broad Street #6, Red Bank
(enter on Monmouth Street)
(732) 758-1008

Le Papillon
7 West River Rd., Rumson

Rumson China & Glass
125 East River Rd., Rumson
(888) 800-0020  

Ink Papery (inside Cocotay)
1080 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright

Bain’s Outdoor Living
125 East River Rd., Rumson
(732) 530-3210  

Judi Tavill Ceramics
(732) 539-7009  

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