Vineyard stocking stuffers, last minute gifts


With your last opportunity to shop for Christmas being tomorrow afternoon (remember most stores close early) I figured some of you might need some help filling the stockings and finding those last minute gifts for unexpected guests.

Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury is a fabulous resource for all the stockings in your family. They have: Kid’s toys, cute kitchen treats for the family cook, tools for the fix-it, and the unusual for the funny one in the family. Who knows, you might even find several more gifts that just had to make it under your tree.

Sheila Allen Styles on Main Street in Edgartown has always been a gift hot spot for the fashion forward female with everything in the store being $25 or less. With their 50 percent off storewide sale, it is a must see today. You can choose some amazing costume jewelry to fill stockings, or jazz up the packaging and toss it under the tree. Add in a few pashmina’s and a couple of purses or bags to ensure you have a gift on the fly for any unexpected needs.

Nautilus Jewelry & Gifts on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs has adorable household decorations and jewelry to assist you this holiday season. For the thoughtful and thought-provoking gift, head down the street to Sanctuary for the best selection. Next door at The Lazy Frog you can find everything you need for that playful person in your life. Find a board game to while away the winter or outfit someone with a complete set of Frisbee Golf Disks to keep them moving.

Vineyard Haven will not be left out. With helpful stores such as Mardell’s, Rainy Day, the Vineyard Artisans seasonal shops, Brickman’s, Mix, Off Main, and The Green Room (to name a few), you can get a lot done. For a personalized, handpicked selection don’t forget Citrine and all of the beautiful beads, or the Beach House for the most amazing smell-a-riffics for the house or body.

Still not sure what to get? You can never go wrong with a gift certificate. Islanders always love Island gift certificates, especially ones that might let them consume some yummies in the tummies. Coffee lovers will enjoy a coffee mug with a matching gift certificate from one of our fabulous coffee shops such as Mocha Mott’s, Black Dog, Beetlebung, Dippin Donuts, Humphrey’s, or Espresso Love. A working person will appreciate lunch out with a certificate to a favorite spot. Many quick food spots have specials when buying gift certificates such as Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven and Edgartown Pizza. Both offer an additional $10 on a $50 gift purchase or $20 on a $100 gift, plus Edgartown Pizza also offers an additional $7 on a $30 gift purchase (gift certificates can be split up) and they will be open for both lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve.

Entertainment can also be had in the certificate form. Edgartown Cinemas offers a free weekday admission ticket for every $30 gift certificate purchase (offer good through December 31). Who doesn’t love a gift for yourself when giving to others? Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven always has their frequent buyer program, while Edgartown Books is another great venue that is currently offering a 20 percent off holiday sale with plenty of knowledgeable staff to help choose the perfect book.

Good luck in the final hours of shopping and remember to keep in sight the most important part of the holiday — enjoying time with your family and friends. Merry Christmas.