By Tara Smith
There’s no such thing as last-minute when you shop local independent businesses in Kennett Square. No matter how many shopping days are left, you have plenty of time to find one-of-a-kind and thoughtful gifts, have them beautifully gift wrapped, and know that your purchases support the local community, economy, artisans, and the environment. That’s a lot of things to check off your list, but since time has a way of slowing down in a small town you’ll probably still have time for a chai latte from Talula’s Table, a craft-brewed beer, or a meal at one of Kennett Square’s many fine restaurants.
From fun and budget-friendly to beautiful works of art, here are 10 uniquely Kennett holiday gift ideas:
- Christmas in Kennett Square Tea—What better way to savor the holiday spirit than over a cup of hot tea? Pop in to Robinson’s Tea Shop for a fragrant sample of this limited edition black and green tea blend with apple and cinnamon. All teas are available in tea bags or loose and are packaged in pretty bags perfect for gifting. Christmas in Kennett Square is available only over the holidays and only at Mrs. Robinson’s.
- Art—The December show at Square Pear Gallery is, fittingly, called “Wrap it Up” and features original paintings, pottery, and jewelry perfect for gifting. Find work from 29 different artists in a variety of media, including Peter Saenger’s contemporary black and white porcelain teapots and vases, silver jewelry by Diana Eldreth, and miniature paintings by Kathryn E. Noska.
- Spring Flowers—The best mid-winter gift ever might just be a spring flower share from The Farm at Oxford. Find details at WorKS, where 20 independent makers and dealers deliver everything from bench-made jewelry and bags to home décor, vintage clothing, and flowers.
- For-Good Goods—Clean Slate Goods and STATE & UNION both focus on fair-trade and for-good products that tell a story and help to transform lives and communities. STATE & UNION, where sustainable style meets philanthropy, carries apparel, bags, and accessories from brands committed to quality and responsibility including Red Wing and United by Blue. The newly opened Clean Slate Goods offers a range of bags, jewelry, soap, candles, and more—all handmade by talented artisans who receive a fair wage as they work to bring themselves and their families out of circumstances including poverty, addiction, incarceration, and prostitution.
- Build Your Own Walking Triceratops—For the kids in your life or even for the kid in you, pop in to Penny Lane Emporium for a magical selection of gifts that require kids to unplug from technology and engage in hands-on activities. In addition to the triceratops, top picks include a crash test lab, lip balm and lotion bar kit, table air hockey, and jewelry-making kits. While you’re there, don’t forget to post your letters to Santa in the mailbox outside!
- Vintage—Two newly opened women-owned boutiques, TEXTILE and MILOU, both offer a curated selection of MILOU features apparel and accessories ranging from vintage and gently worn to artisanal and handmade as well as natural beauty products and a fun selection of gifts and cards. TEXTILE features contemporary clothing lines and accessories, many by Philadelphia-based women designers, as well as hand-selected vintage items.
- Magnolia Wreaths, Garlands, and Bouquets—Marché brings these fresh cuts from a family farm in North Carolina. They stay green for your holiday and age beautifully to golden hues, lasting up to five years. Another unique find at Marché is sustainably farmed, luxury crafted Alicia Adams Alpaca capes, sweaters, hats, gloves, menswear, and home accessories. Alpaca is incredibly warm, non-pilling, and drapes with style.
- Not Just Any Chocolate—Clean Slate Goods is now carrying Double Spiral Chocolate, locally made in Ardentown, Delaware with organic ingredients sourced by direct or fair trade. Philter’s selection of bean-to-bar craft chocolates and confections is chosen with the true chocolate lover in mind. Philter also stocks a variety of seasonally sourced single-origin and thoughtfully blended coffees. Brewing gear for those looking to up their home coffee game includes burr grinders and manual brewing devices.
- Mushrooms—A visit to the Mushroom Capital of the World wouldn’t be complete without stopping in at The Mushroom Cap or The Woodlands at Phillips for some fresh-picked Kennett Square mushrooms, gourmet items, and fun (and sometimes punny!) mushroom-themed gifts.
- Celebrate 19348—Find Kennett-themed gifts and apparel designed by local artisans at shops including Trail Creek Outfitters, Maura Grace Boutique, and STATE & UNION.