This year, as in years previous in Loxley-land, we’ve committed to shopping small and local. It’s helped us be more mindful in how and where we spend our dollars in an effort to revitalize and support our community and it’s economy, as well as other small communities and economies like our own. New England’s a sweet little region to be part of, full of creative, passionate people doing some pretty wonderful things with their hands and hearts. In the spirit of taking a stand to support all the beautiful maker magic happening around us and in other cities and places we love, we took some time to gather together a few awesome makers we’ve grown to know and admire to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Our hope is that we can help inspire you to share our love for all things local, creative, and handmade with those near and dear to you for the Holidays. Enjoy shopping small during this beautiful season of giving, Cheers!
1. For the one that is forever cold, Salem Style
Cozy, soft, and oh so on-trend, Salem Style’s sleek collection of meticulously hand crocheted hats and scarves will be one gift you’ll hesitate to give away. Made with love in Salem, MA with the softest, vegan yarn you’ll ever touch, anyone would love to rock this statement pom-pom Winter Island hat all season long.
2. For the one whose nap game is on point, Cinder + Salt
Specializing in eco-friendly design, Cinder & Salt of Middletown, CT has a slew of fun, modern screen printed apparel for every body. This ultra-soft, high-low hem, scoop neck tee will be an instant treasure in anyone’s loungewear collection, gearing them up to get their nap on.
3. For the one loving all things avocado, Fuzz E Food
These felted mini-treats crafted by the incredibly talented Kerri of FuzzEFood out of East Hampton, MA will complete any eclectic foodie’s holiday tree. Whether you’re shopping for avocado toast fiends, guacamole aficionados, or maybe a different food obsession, she’s got tons of cute, snack-sized ornaments to suit any craving.
4. For the one that lives for boozy brunching, Gaypin’ via Strange Ways
Whether you have a standing brunch date or can only get together every once in a while, these little accessories by Gaypin’ via Strange Ways of New Haven, CT will help broadcast to the world your mutual support for one of the most sacred things in life, a lazy Sunday spent catching up with friends over brunch, mimosas mandatory.
5. For the one with the ever-expanding wardrobe, VintanthroModern
This gorgeous two-piece skirt set from Vintanthromodern of New Haven, CT will be a truly sweet addition to any fashion visionary’s stash. The 80s have never looked better so who wouldn’t love the versatility these perfectly trendy pastel stripes provide. Dress it up, dress it down, mix n match, count us in!Vintanthromodern
6. For the one with great skin whose mantra is “Treat Yo’ Self”, Florapothecarie
Florapothecarie’s luxurious line of handmade, natural & vegan skincare is THE answer for healing comfort through another harsh New England winter. Made by the brilliant Sami Jo in central CT, this particular set will cleanse, rejuvenate, and give a goddess-like glow, but also help to justify carving out that oh-so needed self-care time.
7. For the one that never knows what day it is, Tait Design Co.
We ventured out of New England for this one, but the stunningly timeless products by the Tait Design Co. of Detroit, MI really got us excited for gifting. Designed and produced by hand with 100% American made components to support local manufacturing economies, this perpetual calendar will look on point in any home or office, year after year.
8. For the one who dresses their kids better than you dress yourself, Mermaids & Milkweed
Honestly, we’re jealous these organic kids clothes handmade by Mermaids & Milkweed out of Southeastern CT don’t come in grown-up sizes. Everything feels so soft and comfy, little adventurers will feel ready to take on the world in these adorable rompers, pants, and hats in sweet and modern fabrics any momma or daddy would love.
9. For the one that likes their coffee black like your soul...Perkatory Roasters
This delightfully punk rock coffee shop & roast house in Middletown CT provides dreadfully delicious drinks, beans, and merch for the coffee lover in your life. Whether or not your loved one flirts with the dark side, their coffee black-like-their-soul, they’ll love the full bodied awesomeness Perkatory is brewing.
10. For the one that’s always hungry, and maybe a bit of a foodie, El Pollo Guapo
Stop in to local rotisserie El Pollo Guapo’s Wethersfield, Glastonbury, or Hartford, CT locations for a tasty bite, gift card, or some cheeky “Eat Birds” apparel. This growing Hartford County favorite eatery crafts hot, juicy birds and all the fixings with delectable Central American flavors that’ll delight even the snobbiest of foodie palates. Handsome chicken, indeed. #guapoaf
11. For the one with a savvy sweet tooth & likes to share, NoRA Cupcakes
Now a neighborhood staple North of Rapallo Ave in Middletown CT, NoRA Cupcakes has helped revitalize the area with innovative confections and passionate community spirit. Stop in to gift a dozen of your favorite sweet treats, grab a gift card, or order a whole cake all for yourself. Whatever sugar plums you might have dancing in your head, they’ll be happy to serve all your holiday baked good needs.
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12. For the one that’s one succulent shy of having their own personal home-jungle, Nightshift Ceramics
Handmade by ceramic artist Robyn in her Toronto studio, this awesome little stoneware planter glazed in a speckled, creamy white evokes a perfect amount of organic whimsy just right for any home decor scheme. Just stop in to your local garden center, pick up a little cactus to pop in there, and you’ve got a holiday host gift ready to go.
13. For the one that always makes time for the outdoors, Mudpuppy Ceramic Studio
Always with a soft spot for wind chimes, we found these sleek and modern stoneware chimes from Denver, CO & we just had to share. Hung outside in a little cluster, these make sweet and soulful little sounds, connecting with all the good earthy things around you. Just as beautiful as an indoor sculpture piece, this versatile chain will be a great addition to any home or garden.
14. For the one with earrings for every outfit, and then some, Sparklefarm
We’re loving just about everything coming out of Sparklefarm’s New Haven studio, but designer Erin really caught our eye with these perfectly airy geometric beauties. So simple but elegant and easy to pair with any style, these will surely be a statement piece anyone would be excited to unwrap this holiday.
15. For the one that’s got a crystal for everything that ails them, Huck & Co.
Perfect for your favorite crystal lover, these meditative intention bracelets and mala beads made by Huck & Co. of Hebron, CT are created with hand selected semi-precious stones collected from travels around the world. They’ve got just about any stone combo you can imagine, from quartz to aventurine and everything in between, good vibes are here to stay.
16. For the one who knows the best Ramen spot nearby, Vincent Trinidad Art via Society6
This exquisite print from Manila freelance illustrator Vincent Trinidad makes us think of joyfully slurping up some warm spicy noodles with friends. In this, the ultimate season of joy and whatnot, we’re sure you’ve got a friend with a fierce love for ramen who’d love to rock this art in their own kitchen, and then maybe go out to satisfy that building ramen crave.
17. For the one who just wants their house to smell nice, Loxley and Leaf (Hey thats us!)
Our brand new Rosewood Neroli Essential Oil candle blend is subtle, gorgeously balanced between top and bottom notes, floral and soothing. It has instantly captured our hearts and minds, and is becoming a fan favorite just as quickly. This one makes a perfect hostess gift for any party you're going to find yourself at this holiday season, or a brilliant addition to a bedroom or living space!