Holiday Gift Guide 2016

‘Tis the season. The holidays always seem to bring cheer. The first snow. All the sparkling lights. Gatherings with friends and family. It really is a special time of the year and should be celebrated. In our Holiday Gift Guide, you’ll find a bevy of gift ideas for everyone on your list at all price points.

Please take the opportunity this year to shop local. We have so many amazing small businesses here in the Upper Delaware Valley that need your support. One hand washes the other. By putting your hard-earned money into the local economy, it is returned to the community. According to an infographic by CustomMade, spending $100 at an independent business generates $68 in local economic activity, as opposed to $48 from a big-box retailer. Money spent at a local business generates 3.5 times more wealth for the local economy than money spent at a chain-owned business. Shopping local also has a big impact on the environment. The U.S. uses 11 billion gallons of fuel per year when it transports and ships products internationally. 

OK, enough with the depressing news.

One of the many places you can shop local is at The Velvet Maple in Honesdale, PA. The lifestyle shop curated by Alessandra Iavarone offers clothing, accessories, furniture and more. Alessandra took some photos of gift ideas from her shop. Check them out.

Writer Linda Drollinger explores some of our local bakeries: Beach Lake Bakery, Brandenburg Bakery and DeFilippis Bakery. Pick up your Thanksgiving pie or Christmas cookies at these wonderful options. Eating local is just as important as shopping local.

A photo spread of gift ideas has items for your parents, your partner, your kids and everyone in between. Local shopkeepers have handpicked what they think will make a great gift.

Laura Silverman shares her tips and ideas for throwing a great holiday party. Her biggest tip: don’t stress. Enjoy inviting friends and family into your home, knowing they’ll still love you if it’s not picture perfect. Laura also offers her exquisite recipes for a cocktail and an hors d’oeuvre.

Finally, a holiday events calendar will help you choose where to partake in the holiday fun.

Happy holidays!



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