10 Modern Classic Gifts for All Your Favorite People


We’ve got great local gifts for everyone on your list. Most are designed or made locally.

This year, we’re aiming to keep the season filled with as much fun and sparkle as possible, and that means decreasing the stress of holiday shopping. To that end, we’ve curated a list of unique, local gifts that the people on your list probably haven’t seen before. Most are made or designed by locals; all have classic East Coast sensibility and a certain modern flair. So take a break from browsing big-box aisles, and click away from Amazon Prime – now everyone on your list can be your favorite person to shop for.


1. Emory & Olive bunny pillow

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This Hunt Slonem bunny pillow from Emory & Olive makes a sweet gift for the glamour-loving gal.

Trust us when we tell you that the decor-obsessed lady in your life wants an Emory & Olive pillow to hop out of a box and into her living room this year. Handmade by local boutique owner Kistina Richards and her mom, these fanciful puffs of joy are made from upholstery fabric printed with acclaimed artist Hunt Slonem’s famous bunny brushstrokes. We love this square, decorative pillow with fox fur poms (at top), but if hot pink’s not your thing, multiple other sizes are available in an array of punchy colors with various accoutrements from Kristina’s namesame boutique. As if we didn’t already want her editing our closets, now we want Kristina styling our couches, too.


2. Darya Maiale Cashmere Sweater for Toci

The cashmere options at Toci come from the finest suppliers around the world, but this gorgeous pullover is locally knit by hand from the finest Loro Piana yarns. It’s double collar and extra-long sleeves are the ultimate in cozy; modern detailing makes it the perfect update on the classic cable look. One brush of the fingers over this super-soft sweater – or any of the other clothing and accessories at Toci – and you’ll want to take something home for yourself, too.


3. Farmaesthetics Vassar Rose collection

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If you could give someone the gift of perfect skin for the holidays, wouldn’t you? The new Vassar Rose at-home facial regimen from the natural-beauty pioneers at Farmaesthetics delivers a gentle, effective alternative to microdermabrasion with ingredients that exfoliate, hydrate, and result in a beautiful glow. Various ingredients include pink rose petal powder, ultrafine volcanic pumice powder, and various silky oils that will tighten, brighten, and delight.


4. Lotuff Leather Working tote

Made in Providence, Lotuff Leather bags are timeless classics. With gorgeous proportions, these vegetable tanned beauties are filled with fine details that add up to serious integrity, quality, and longevity. We love the unisex Working tote for it’s versatility, durability, and timeless good looks. Like all Lotuff bags, it features hand-tied knot wraps, perfectly painted edges, and looks that get better with age. The lucky guy or gal who gets one this year will want keep it forever, so we recommend the monogrammed version.


5. Bristol Looms blanket

From Bristol Looms‘ studio overlooking Bristol Harbor, artisan Maya Tavares weaves gorgeous blankets and throws on a traditional handloom. Soft and plush, they’re perfect for curling up on the couch or hunkering down in bed all winter long. Find her blankets – plus other style and home accessories – on Etsy, or at the Foundry Artists Association holiday show in Pawtucket on various dates this month.


6. Rhode Trip Photography Vintage Polaroid Transfers

Rhode Island–based photographer Paul Davis works with vintage advertisements and Rhode Island icons to create fine art pieces with nostalgic appeal. With his Polaroid Transfers, he creates prints from Polaroid photographs then frames them in hangers once used to develop darkroom negatives. Food and drink are of particular interest to Davis, who captures favorites like Del’s Lemonade, Narragansett beer, and and Awful Awfuls with an old-timely feel that resonates today. Davis’s work, which sells under the moniker Rhode Trip Photography, is available at the Newport Art Museum gift shop.


7. Summer Ties port and starboard bow tie

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It’s just plain convenient that the colors of port and starboard are also perfect for the holidays. Tuck this adorable anchor bow tie from Summer Ties into any guy’s stocking for a little seasonal fun. Miniature versions are also available, so your big and little dude’s can be a nautical match at any party. Not a bow tie guy? No problem. The pattern comes in a necktie, too.


8. CK Bradley Huckins vest

A refreshing riff on the classic duffel coat, the Huckins vest is the one your giftee will be wearing all winter long. Under a coat, around the house, or après ski, this CK Bradley down vest is versatile, cute, and warm. Accented with wooden toggles, it’s a slim-fit puffer that she’ll love for years to come.


9. Charles Eliot Sriracha Dog Leash

Sriracha dog leash Know someone who needs a little something to spice up those winter walks with Rover? This Sriracha lead from Charles Eliot should do the trick. All of the dog accessories from this new company are made in Rhode Island, and the brand was co-founded by a native – whose adorable dogs (and brand ambassadors) were also born in the Ocean State. Whether you’re shopping for a precious poodle or a goofy golden, there’s a collar and leash combo here to compliment any pet’s personality.


10. The Rope Co. basket

Made in Maine from the same rope used by lobstermen from Canada to Florida, The Rope Co.’s baskets scream coastal cool without being anything close to cliché. They’re perfect for those in need of a little extra organization in any interior or exterior space. A selction is available locally at Island Garden Shop in Portsmouth.

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Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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