Want to keep those dollars in the local economy this holiday season? Here's a round-up of some of the best gifts around, hand-selected by Collingswood small business owners.
There's something in here for everyone at prices that are affordable, and many retailers have opted to offer them a special discount price for Patch readers.
Business owners, if we've missed any, get them over to us at email@example.com, and we'll update this story throughout the coming days—which means that you shoppers should keep checking back to see what's next!
Vintage Girl Scout/Brownie Jewelry ($13-$20)
What's the perfect stocking-stuffer for the woman who is a guiding influence on your life? How about some vintage jewelry from Frugal Resale? These necklaces and charm bracelets are a winning way to put a smile on her face, and you can't beat the price. Call 856-858-0700 for more info.
Parisian Photo Calendars ($20-$22.50)
Globetrotter Lesley Sico's Etsy shop retails photographs from her travels to France, Italy, and beyond, but her best-selling items this time of year are photo calendars featuring the sights of Paris.
"Everyone needs a calendar come January 1st, and mine bring a little bit of European style to your home," she wrote to Patch. Tweet Lesley for more info: @xoxolesley.
BONUS: Use code PATCH for free shipping (or hand-delivery before Christmas for Collingswood residents!)
Table Topics Conversation Starters ($25)
Looking for something to break the ice with party guests this holiday? Grab one of seven different Table Topics boxes from ExtraordinaryED in each. Circulate the question at hand, or pass out cards to different guests; either way, you're bound to get 'em talking! Call 856-833-9372 for more info.
BONUS: Mention that you heard about ExtraordinaryED on Patch and save 20% on all Table Topics products.
Handmade Jewelry ($28-35)
Devon Winfree's Earthen Treasures includes handmade jewelry constructed of natural and found objects. Take a look at her dichroic glass pendant with matching beads made from seed, glass, horn and bone. Not quite your taste? She will produce commission pieces or customize her jewelry, adding or removing elements to suit your style. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macro Flower Photography ($35-185)
Sunshine Urbaniak's work hangs in the Bellagio in Vegas, at Grooveground in Collingswood (until January 11), and everywhere in between. Shop online at Sunography, and you can bring her beautiful artwork home for the holidays. For more info, call 856-942-4842.
Cutting Boards and Pottery ($20-200)
Cyndi Zippilli said when she opened The American Table that her mission was to feature as many American-made retail goods as possible, and she has a few that are made by local artists.
These include cutting boards by local woodworkers Dave Potts of Lumberton and Lou Marquet of Collingswood and pottery made by Collingswood resident Eric Wolff (which also appears in gift packages at Blue Moon). Wolff's work is also available through his website, Mud and Fire. Call The American Table for more info at: 856-240-1224.
Hand-Crocheted Afghan ($31)
Fishlegs Vintage is the Etsy shop of Collingswood resident Lori Fischer, and it's full of vintage goodies, like this hand-crocheted, rainbow-colored afghan. It's in great condition, and measures 52 inches by 64 inches. A warm gift!
Everything in the shop is available to be shipped or for local pickup right in Collingswood. For more info, e-mail: email@example.com.
BONUS: Use code COLLINGSWOOD at checkout to remove shipping charges for local pickup. Lori will contact buyers with pickup info.
Home Brewery Sessions ($100)
Got a family member who wants to dabble in the waters of brewmastery but hasn't yet dipped a toe in? For $100 (plus the cost of ingredients), you can buy them an afternoon of learning how to brew any of a large selection of beer styles.
Rob Burrough of the Burrough Brewery can guide buyers through the entire process, bottling it when it's ready. The yield is about two cases of your very own beer to take home, share and enjoy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
BONUS: Mention Collingswood Patch and get 15% off the brewing session! Collingswood Cash accepted!
iPhone Repairs ($110-180)
Are you working with a broken iPhone because you don't have the cash to shell out for a new one, or don't want to get locked into another phone contract? Call your friends at fixmybrokeniphone.com and get back on track.
Packages range from around $110 to $180; the higher-priced packages include Otterbox cases, screen protectors, and other peripherals. Most repairs can be done within an hour; either drop off your phone or the experts there will come to you. Call or text 856-942-1008 or e-mail: fixit@fixmybrokeniPhone.com.
Multimedia Services (Rates Vary)
You've probably seen some of Mike Tribulas' work on Patch, including his winning entry in the "I Love Classic Towns" photo contest. Why not hire him to provide your full-service media needs?
Milestone Media offers photography, audio-visual, video editing, Internet advertising and motion graphics services. Mike will shoot anything and everything, from commercial products to family portraits, events, interiors, musicians, and headshots. Reach out to Mike on Facebook for more info.
BONUS: Take a whopping 30% off all services offered by Milestone Media in January 2013 when you mention Patch.