There's No Place Like Shopping Local for the Holidays!
November 20, 2020
2020 was a year that started off with so much hope, happiness, and potential for so many. Captions like “It’s the Roaring Twenties again!” “2020 is going to be MY year, I can feel it!” and “Ready for the best year ever!” flooded Instagram and Facebook feeds on the first day of what has turned out to be an extremely long year. When the lockdown and quarantines first began back in March it was especially a struggle for folks living and working at and around the Delaware Beaches, an area that depends on its hospitality and unique small businesses to thrive. As restaurants and retailers closed their doors for the lockdown, many people turned to online shopping like Amazon and big box stores like Walmart to stave off boredom, putting further strain on local businesses trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, this time of year is full of a magical buzz and mixed feelings of warmth and stress brought on by the impending holiday season. A warmth that seems to be lacking this year. If you miss the “good old days” of a Norman Rockwell Christmas let this be the year you bring it back by shopping local this holiday season. Need a little inspiration? Here are some local businesses ready to get you started on your holiday shopping list.
You can’t talk holiday shopping without a little Christmas Spirit. While open year round, the holiday season is this Rehoboth staple’s time to shine brighter than the star on the top of the tree. Christmas Spirit has been in business since the late ‘70s and continues to deliver holiday cheer on Rehoboth Avenue. If you’re having trouble getting into your holiday shopping, make this local business your first stop. With at least twenty seven themed trees and collectables you’re bound to find something that sparks the warmth of cherished memories brought about by the Christmas season. Wee Forest Folk, Willow Tree, December Diamonds, Christopher Radko, and Old World Christmas are just a few of the types of collectables you’ll find here. If you’re an ornament collector, or are shopping for one, you’re bound to find some lifetime favorites at Christmas Spirit. Get more information on their Facebook Page
Christmas Spirit Ornaments- Photo by Leah Rizzo
The Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor
Does somebody on your list love the relaxing scent of lavender? Essential oils? How about cooking with unique ingredients? Soaps, lotions, and body butters? Then the Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor are a great place for you to hit for gifts and stocking stuffers. Not only is it a beautiful spot to visit in person, especially in the warmer months with the bee and butterfly house, farm, and lavender fields, but they have a vast online selection of products as well. Skincare and relaxation needs can be met with salt scrubs, body butters, lotions, and handmade soaps. Beard, massage, and essential oils make great gifts too. If it’s a kitchen miracle worker you’re shopping for this holiday season, The Lavender Fields has a wide selection of teas, spices, and incredibly unique culinary products for someone who likes to cook, or someone who wants to try cooking with lavender. You can check out all the Lavender Fields has to offer on their website: https://www.lavenderfieldsde.com/the-farm/ and stay up to date with their inventory by checking their Facebook Page
Gift Sets at Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor- Photo Provided with permission by
Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor
Perhaps you and your special someone honeymooned in Kilkenny, a thriving crafts industry in the heart of medieval Ireland, or the trip you and a friend took to Galway and the Aran Islands has a permanent place in your soul. Maybe your father emigrated from Belfast and shares his history with you and the rest your family. If Ireland has a special place in the heart of you or a loved one, Irish Rose in Milford is a must stop shop this holiday season. A favorite at the annual Bug and Bud festival and the only Irish shop between Wilmington and Fenwick, The Irish Rose has a beautiful variety of Irish gifts. With Celtic boxes, figurines, hats, glassware, accessories, and more, the Irish Rose Gift Shop is stocked with a beautiful collection of Irish culture and the touching history and story of Eugenia Sparks and her late husband Tom make this the Hallmark movie of small local businesses. You’ll find it on North Walnut Street in Milford, and you can read Eugenia and Tom’s story and check out some of the items they have at Irish Rose Gift Shop on their website: http://www.irishrosegiftshop.com or stay current with their latest products on their Facebook Page
Men's Hats at Irish Rose Gift Shop- Photo by Leah Rizzo
If it’s a DIYer you’re shopping for this holiday season, check out Jayne’s Reliable in Dagsboro. They are a family owned business lucky enough to truly live their dream, and serving you is their top priority. Feel good about your home improvement or staging projects with unique pieces that will really pull your room together with an effortless mastery of the shabby chic or farmhouse feel. Shop furniture and accessories for home and garden, Vintage, reclaimed, architectural salvage, local art, and DIY paint. Maybe your boxes filled with loving Christmas traditions and decorations need some new pieces, or maybe you’re looking to start your own collection this year. It will only take a quick scroll through the Jayne’s Reliable Facebook Page photos to feel inspired to create something like you’re on an HGTV show, whether you’re fixing up a house or simply looking for ways to spruce up a room or garden, you’re sure to find something (or more likely many things) that you’ll love at Jayne’s Reliable. You can find more information and their hours on their website: https://www.jaynesreliable.com
Christmas Brooches at Jayne's Reliable- Photo Provided with permission by Jayne's Reliable
Wilderlove is filled with handmade and vintage goods sourced by owners, Rachael and Sonya, and select vendors. They offer two floors of rooms filled with treasures for you to explore. And you can enjoy all of this fueled by Amity Coffee Roasters, located on the first floor. Eye catching antique and vintage pieces such as a handwritten music book from 1911, books, toys, and more are just a small sample of the beautiful collection you’ll find at WilderLove in Greenwood. Wilderlove is filled with handmade and vintage goods sourced by owners, The jewelry is especially appealing to fans of the Boho chic look. Beautiful earrings that range from dainty to statement pieces, arm cuffs that will make you feel like an ethereal princess, and an eclectic selection of rings made from spoons that stack nicely with set of gemstone and midi rings you already have. When it comes to vintage clothing, they have few pieces from Jeanne d’Arc if it’s vintage lace and feminine silhouettes you’re after. You’ll also find some iconic 80s denim to rock if high-waisted jeans are more your style. Run by two women, who also happen to be best friends, you’re sure to be able to find a special gift for that hard to shop for friend or family member, or someone who loves to collect unique, vintage, or antique pieces. For hours, gift cards, or some online shopping, check out their website: https://wilderlovestore.square.site or their Facebook
WilderLove- Photo Provided with permission by Wilder Love
Brush Factory on Kings
Brush Factory on Kings in Lewes is another great spot to shop for DIYers after that beach cottage feel for their homes. They have a stunning selection of fusion paints that any fixer upper fan on your list is going to love to have for their refurbishing projects. If the room you’re working on is mostly finished, and you’re just looking for a couple of finishing touches and pieces of beach themed décor, Brush Factory on Kings is the spot to look for rustic furniture and beautiful pieces of art to give your room a professionally decorated feel. They showcase local artists and vendors in the area truly representing locals supporting locals. They’re not limited to furniture and paint, you’ll find home goods, clothing, and more. You can check out a selection of products they have for sale online, but the best way to experience a store like Brush Factory on Kings is to visit in person, because the unique and unusual finds for your home or garden change every day. They are open every day from 10-5. Take a look at their website: https://www.thebrushfactoryonkings.com or stay current with their Facebook Page
Brush Factory on King's- Photo by Leah Rizzo
The Olive Orchard Tasting Room
Got a foodie on your list? Never underestimate the power of a gourmet gift basket. The Olive Orchard Tasting Room at First Street Station in Downtown Rehoboth, has a delicious selection of premium olive oils from around the world. Every six months they alternate between Northern and Southern hemispheres to bring the most recent harvest and freshest tasting products to your kitchen. They also sell a variety of jams, chutneys, balsamic, pesto, aioli, and so much more. They offer customizable gift boxes that not only look elegant, but can also be packed with single, double and triple box options of gourmet gifts. Gift cards and gift packs are also available. To check out their mouth-watering selection of goods, online shopping, hours, and information check their website: http://www.theoliveorchard.online or their Facebook page
Olive Orchard Tasting Room- Photo by Leah Rizzo
Gemstones not only look beautiful, but many of them have various meanings and spiritual associations as well that can make them meaningful gifts. The Stoneworks Lapidary in Rehoboth has quite a collection of rocks, fossils, minerals, jewelry, gifts, Himalayan salts, and more that are great for collectors of the natural world. From loose tumbled stones to beautiful sculptures you can’t help but be mesmerized by the products Stoneworks Lapidary has to offer. When you purchase the loose stones, they will give you little cards with information about the spiritual qualities are associated with each one which can be a fun feature for children and adults alike. You’ll find unique and meaningful jewelry, fascinating fossils, and plenty of stand out statement pieces for the home at their store location in downtown Rehoboth or on their Etsy Store. You can also stay up to date with all they have to offer by checking their Facebook Page as well.
Vintage Violet Chic Boutique
If the cottage aesthetic makes you swoon you won’t find more romantic, shabby chic, coastal, garden, or European inspired décor or styles like you will at Vintage Violet Boutique. You’ll find a charming collection clothing and accessories, bath and body, Jewelry, teas, gifts, and more at their Lewes store. If its furniture or a DIY project you are after, check out their space in the “Shore Marketplace” in Lewes. If the cottage aesthetic makes you swoon you won’t find more romantic, shabby chic, coastal, garden, or European inspired décor like you will at Vintage Violet Boutique. The collection showcases unique crafted products and art, designed and handmade in the USA by local artists and creators, many of whom are women. The collection also features products that are Jeanne d’Arc Living’s designer clothes that are a dream for lovers of vintage lace styles that are both feminine and modest. Shop their collections online on their website: https://vintagevioletchicboutique.com or stay up to date with their Facebook and Instagram pages as well.
Vintage Violet Boutique- Photo by Leah Rizzo
BLUVintage Boutique in Lewes is the perfect place for the people that achieve the “I just woke up like this” look with minimal effort. Coastal to country style with a laid back luxury feel. Their collection includes a range of T-shirts, sweaters, denim, shoes, scarves, hats, jewelry and accessories a variety of colors and sizes so you are bound to find something you love. Not only does BLUVintage have adorable style, but hey have the most adorable security guard as well. Larry the Security Cat, who started his days as a scared and upset stray, has now become a loving friendly boy with over 8,000 followers on Instagram. Both BLUVintage and Larry are coming out with their own T-shirt lines that they are extremely excited to share, and by the start of the new year they are looking to start a men’s clothing line as well. BLUVintage donates a portion of their proceeds to charities that help animals in need, so you shop not only for yourself, but for animals in need while you’re there. Shop online on their website: https://shopbluvintage.com or get first view of new items on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
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