Last Minute Gift Guide
Exotic Gifts from Bali Thai Imports

Exotic Gifts from Bali Thai Imports

Bali Thai Imports at 360 Sniffens Lane, Stratford, offers a selection of items to fill your home — and your closets. “We import from northern Thailand and Bali, Indonesia,” said Michael Ross, owner. “It’s very unusual,” he said of the items in the store. “It’s items you won’t find anywhere else.” From vases to bowls...

Last-minute shopping for the holidays

It’s Dec. 22 and you’ve just barely made it through half of your holiday shopping list. The panic may have set in that you just don’t have enough time to get everything done. This is a common scenario around the holidays. Shoppers have the best intentions to get their gifts early, but whether because of...
Gifting Pretty

Gifting Pretty

LUSH your loved ones this Christmas

LUSH is a “fresh, handmade cosmetics” company, that invents products from fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics. The company believes in buying ingredients only from companies that do not conduct or commission tests on animals and in testing its products on humans. All products are made fresh by hand, using little...
Clean Design At Glass House Design Store

Clean Design At Glass House Design Store

The Glass House Design Store, located at 199 Elm St. in New Canaan in the Glass House Visitor’s Center, was recently renovated and is featuring new products and gifts that make for one-of-a-kind and/or unique Christmas presents for children and adults alike. During December, the store is open Saturdays from 10-5, Monday through Friday by...
Give the gift of 'made in Connecticut'

Give the gift of ‘made in Connecticut’

Treat your friends and loved ones both near and far to a made-in-Connecticut Christmas gift this year. There are hundreds of products created and sold in the Nutmeg State. From Wiffle Balls to Pez to homemade lotions and potions, toys to tools, and from jewelry to chocolates, one can choose from many items, sold both...
The ‘Twice Baked Twins’ offer dessert gifts

The ‘Twice Baked Twins’ offer dessert gifts

Judy Vig and Joy Paoletti — also known as the Twice Baked Twins — share their love of cooking through television appearances, newspaper columns and just whenever they have a chance. They are making it easier to eat, as they do this holiday season with their ForkFulla and 2 Bite Delite Biscotti, which have recently...
Creative gifts for kids from the Glass House design store

Creative gifts for kids from the Glass House design store

The Philip Johnson Glass House Design Store in New Canaan is a source for creative and architectural children’s gifts this gift-giving season. The budding architect can produce early designs using the Tegu’s magnetic building system and Lego’s Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. Go modern with children’s furniture, including Little Bert, the replica of...
Healthy holidays: A party survival guide

Healthy holidays: A party survival guide

Abiding to a healthy nutritional plan can be challenging, but eating most meals at home makes it more manageable. Buying the right foods, counting calories and cooking your own meals are steadfast strategies to keep pounds at bay. But, what do you do when the busy holiday season fills your social calendar? Being surrounded by...
The season of jolly can lead to holiday blues

The season of jolly can lead to holiday blues

With the arrival of the season’s major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year’s, there is an unspoken expectation of unlimited cheer, unlimited entertaining and limitless budgets. Family and visitors arrive for quality time together whether you like them or not! Holidays can be wonderful, but we can all agree they are very stressful...
Entrepreneur designs fireside benches

Entrepreneur designs fireside benches

Home is where the hearth is, as the saying goes, and New Canaan retired banker turned entrepreneur Peter Hovey has created new ways to entice us to sit by the fire, bringing family and friends together by designing a line of fireside benches called “Club Fenders,” a name that harks back to the 18th and...
Think twice before giving pets as holiday gifts

Think twice before giving pets as holiday gifts

Many people consider pets great holiday gifts. But in spite of their popularity as presents, pets do not always make the most appropriate holiday gift. Giving a pet as a present seems like a great idea, but shoppers might want to give it more consideration before giving a gift that is such a considerable responsibility....
New ideas for the Host or Hostess

New ideas for the Host or Hostess

Entertaining is part of the holiday season when hosts and hostesses open their homes to many friends and family to celebrate a time of giving and togetherness. Gifts for the host and/or hostess can show appreciation to the men and women who go above and beyond. A hostess gift can be as simple or as...