Have you been slacking on your Santa duties? Still need to wrap up the final days of Hanukkah? The Current is here to help.
We asked local merchants to select one unique item they are offering this holiday season and explain a bit about why they liked them. Here are their responses.
WHAT IS IT? Hand-painted Marblehead themed ornaments: Abbot Hall, Chandler Hovey Lighthouse and the Bell Buoy
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Scribe Paper & Gift, 84 Washington St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Anyone who has a Christmas tree and loves Marblehead
WHY DO YOU LOVE IT? Because local artist Emma Garfield (EDG ART), who grew up here, paints them—and they are STUNNING! Only available at Scribe Paper & Gift.
COST: $40 each
—Submitted by Grace Cole
WHAT ARE THEY? J.O.J. Frost Coasters, a set of four full-color coasters featuring different scenes from J.O.J. Frost’s iconic paintings of Marblehead
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St.
WHO ARE THEY FOR? Anyone who appreciates Marblehead history, folk art, and J.O.J. Frost.
WHY DO YOU LIKE THEM? Frost’s artwork is so bright and lively, and each detail tells a story of Marblehead’s history.
—Submitted by Lauren McCormack
WHAT IS IT? Gift certificate for professional organizing
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Make Peace with Organizing, 19 Columbia Road
WHO IS IT FOR? Female, working mom, seniors who are downsizing
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? Rachel and her team provide customized organizing solutions for home, business and life aimed at decluttering, enhancing productivity and creating a peaceful, confident and calm environment.
COST: $240 for three hours of professional organizing
—Submitted by Rachel Carlino-Dangora
WHAT IS IT? Custom-designed Marblehead icons beach towels
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Discover Marblehead, 2 Pickett St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Great gift for beach, boat and Marblehead lovers
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? We love these towels because they were designed by local artist (and friend) Stephanie Krauss Verdun, and they include some of our favorite Marblehead icons.
—Submitted by Melissa Stacey
WHAT IS IT? FORM 01945 gift card
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? FORM 01945, 14 Bessom St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Anyone!
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? We like this because you can inspire someone to create healthy habits by finding ways to move their body, find community, and gain strength!
COST: Minimum of $24
—Submitted by Kelly Lorenz
WHAT IS IT? Serving tray, walnut and epoxy, with handles and food-safe oil finish.
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Michael Weiss Designs, 10 Tioga Way
WHO IS IT FOR? Wedding gift. Custom inscription, hand engraving
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? Distinctive. Our unique design—shape, trim, handle.
COST: Serving tray $275; custom hand engraving, $50 to $100
—Submitted by Michael Weiss
WHAT IS IT? The Dinner Club: a booklet containing (12) $20 gift certificates, one for each month of 2023
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St.
WHO IS IT FOR? A great gift for the foodies in your life, or just buy one for yourself!
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? This guarantees a visit to The Landing at least once a month for the year. Enjoy great food and views with tremendous hospitality.
COST: $100 (a $240 value)
—Submitted by Robert Simonelli
WHAT IS IT? Holiday Sugar Plum Santa Claus figurine
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Hestia Creations, 13 Hawkes St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Santa Claus collectors and those who would like a jolly Santa at any age.
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? This festive Santa Claus figurine is decorated in traditional red Santa outfit adorned with Christmas candies, gingerbread house and Christmas pudding.
—Submitted by Joanne D’Alessandro
WHAT IS IT? Wooden oyster shucking kit
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Little Harbor Lobster Company, 3 Beacon St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Oyster lovers!
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? Makes oyster shucking easy!
—Submitted by Bryn Samuel
WHAT IS IT? Introduction to sailing, summer 2023. Give the gift of sailing with a two-hour sail around Marblehead for two people. Do you have a friend or loved on who ever wanted to try out sailing or has simply wanted to get out on the water? In this two-hour adventure, we’ll take you out for a sail aboard Satori, our 22-foot keelboat, where we’ll provide light instruction on how to sail with great views of Marblehead from the water!
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Satori Sailing, 20 Bassett St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Age target: Adults over 18, male/female, anyone with a sense of adventure who has an interest in getting out on the water!
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? We think this is a unique gift idea—it’s an experience that will be so memorable and fun, and it’s something that the gift giver and receiver can look forward to happening all winter!
—Submitted by James Ashton
WHAT IS IT? “M is for Marblehead” children’s picture book. It is an alphabet book that uses playful rhymes and exciting illustrations to help children learn the ABCs and explore Marblehead.
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Book is available at Mud Puddle Toys, Marblehead Mercantile, Shubie’s, Abbot Hall Gift Shop, and Sweetwater Trading Co., garrettcallahan.com
WHO IS IT FOR? Children of any age can enjoy the book, but specifically ages 1-8. It’s also a great gift for grandparents or friends/family members that love Marblehead!
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? The book is a fun and playful way to explore more of Marblehead and engage more with the town! It helps children learn more about where they live or love to visit while also encouraging them to learn the alphabet using places they might see every day.
COST: It is available online for $29.99, but the price varies at the different stores in town.
—Submitted by Garrett Callahan
WHAT IS IT? Fluff and Tuff Holiday Mouse dog toy
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Worldlypets, 112 Pleasant St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Dogs
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? Durable, adorable, and a good squeaker
—Submitted by Diane True
WHAT IS IT? Marblehead Massachusetts long-sleeve T-shirt
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Marblehead Mercantile, 132 Washington St.
WHO IS IT FOR? This shirt comes in adult sizes ranging from small to 3X-large, offers a variety of different colors, and is designed with a relaxed fit and twill-taped neck and shoulders for extra durability.
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? This shirt features our classic compass design printed on Comfort Colors long-sleeve tees, made from 100 percent cotton, pre-washed fabric, which allows the shirts to stay true-to-size and become softer with each wash. The shirts’ color palette features soft yet rich colors, which provide a vintage look that will remain for the life of the garment.
—Submitted by Abby Schalck
WHAT IS IT? Gift card sale and discount on products
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Dayles European Skin Care & Med Spa, 261 Washington St.
WHO IS IT FOR? Men, women, and children, usually ages from 10 and up
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? Gift cards are great for any occasion
COST: $10 and up
—Submitted by Dayle Ciampa
WHAT IS IT? 13×10 wood-framed Marblehead photograph
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Fred Marco Photography, 264 Washington St.
WHO IS IT FOR? All ‘Headers who love their town!
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? It will bring MHD lovers joy all year round.
—Submitted by Fred Marco
WHAT IS IT? Buddie Bud Vases
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St.
WHO IS IT FOR? All ages
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? Buddie Bud Vases are the perfect hostess gift! Each Buddie is handmade in Marblehead and has a unique personality sure to bring a smile to every face.
—Submitted by Xhazzie Kindle
WHAT IS IT? Gift tickets to a 2023 Me&Thee concert
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Me&Thee Music, 28 Mugford St.
WHO IS IT FOR? For anyone who loves the best in live music
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? Me&Thee tickets support musicians, builds community and helps this 53-year tradition to continue!
COST: From $25; student tickets are just $10.
—Submitted by Anthony Silva
WHAT IS IT? Mittens made in Marblehead from recycled sweaters. Each pair unique.
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Bus Stop, 85 Washington St.
WHO ARE THEY FOR? All ages love these.
WHY DO YOU LIKE THEM? Love that they’re locally made from recycled materials.
—Submitted by Kathy Bruin
WHAT IS IT? Shard Mug
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Brass ‘N Bounty (Shiplights), 70 Front St.
WHO IS IT FOR? You name it! This Marblehead-inspired mug is perfect for all ages and genders.
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? I drink my morning coffee every morning in one; there’s just something special about them. It’s my go-to gift idea to both Marbleheaders and visitors!
—Submitted by Alicia Dermody
WHAT IS IT? Pop the Bubbly acrylic trays
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Living Swell Marblehead, 34 Atlantic Ave., Suite C
WHO IS IT FOR? 21-plus, for the entertaining crowd
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? These cool acrylic trays are useful and stylish, display in style!
COST: $185 for large w/handles (11 inches x 11 inches), $85 for small (6.5 inches by 9.5 inches)
—Submitted by Donna King
WHAT IS IT? Larimar pear shaped pendant with a sterling silver chain.
WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Boston Designer Jewelry Imports, 4 Nashua Ave.
WHO IS IT FOR? Female, mid-30s to 60 years old, wanting to dress up an outfit or dress down with a pair of jeans. A “wow” piece that you need to take another look.
WHY DO YOU LIKE IT? It’s a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Larimar is a rare stone and can only be found one place in the world, the Dominican Republic. The sea blue color reminds you of the ocean.
—Submitted by Christine Lucas