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Hamptons Holiday Gift Guide

Originally Posted: November 29, 2006

Heather Buchanan

There are so many wonderful places to stop and shop in the Hamptons this holiday season. For the gardener, artist, future tennis pro, cigar afficianado, spa lover, and glamour girl - check out these great local places. Best yet, some offer wrapping and delivery servies!

Naturally luxurious at Naturopathica.

Red Horse Plaza, 74 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, 631-329-2525, www.naturopathica.com

Founder Barbara Close's commitment to seeking out the most effective natural ingredients for her full line of skin care and bath products, has spurred a loyal following. Along with their botanical healing properties these products also entice with their scent, made with pure aromatherapy oils like sensual sandalwood, relaxing lavender, or invigorating lemon verbena.

What hardworking gal wouldn't love the rose hydrolat, a hypnotic scented spray water which keeps skin hydrated and calm throughout the day ($28) or the crème cassis replenishment face cream meant to keep skin youthful ($85). You don't have to be a metrosexual male to appreciate the Men's Shave Kit which keeps men's skin smooth, soft, and irritation free ($94). Move over Old Spice, treat him to a Zesty Lime Shower Gel ($32).

Gift certificates to Naturopathica's spa services are always appreciated. Treat your loved one with chronic back or neck pain to the Master's Massage – 70 minutes of therapeutic treatment by a highly trained therapist (145). The products are available for sale at the spa and also online.

Gurney's Inn
290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, 631-668-2345, www.gurneys-inn.com

What would you think of waking up to not only the sound of the surf but a front row view of the ocean as you rest in bed with your morning coffee and await your Montauk Hot Stone Massage. Gurney's Inn in Montauk is offering a holiday weekend special which includes Ocean View Accommodations for two nights for two people, breakfast and a gourmet dinner for two each day, and use of the famous Sea Water Spa facilities which include an indoor salt water pool for $630. If stress is the modern day Kryptonite to love, this will put the Superman "S" back on your chest.

The full service inn also has a spa where you can check in for the day and enjoy their Jacuzzis, steam rooms and pool as well as a vast array of treatments like the Peppermint Sea Plunge or Ocean Radiance which use the bounty of the sea in scrubs and massages which will leave you imagining mermaids on distant shores. Treat someone special to a gift certificate complete with a spa menu so they can order their a la carte bit of bounty from the sea.

Topiaire Flower Shop is scent heaven.

Topiaire Flower Shop
51 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-287-3800

Wonderland has nothing on this floral utopia in Southampton. "If we could capture the aroma of this store in a bottle we'd be millionaires," they admit, and they're right. Along with a selection of exotic blooms like orchids, amaryllis, lilies, roses, gerber daisies, and peonies arranged in the most stunning manner, this oasis of sight and smell also carries a vast line of bath products and scented candles from the likes of L'Occitane, Claus, Miller et Bertaux, and Thymes.

They pride themselves on offering something beautiful for every price range and take as much care with the twenty dollar order as ones with many more zeros. And they deliver.

For the holidays, they have opened a separate store in back to house the winter wonderland of decorative holiday items from ornaments to candles to fragrant paper whites and house gifts.

White's Pharmacy
81 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-0082

Stocking stuffers galore! Everyone's favorite name brands can be found at this high end emporium of hair products, skin care, and bath items. The make up counter carries Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbie Brown, Clarins, Dior, and Shiseido. You can treat her to the sexiest lip gloss, self-tanner, or winter moisturizer. To tame that winter mane you can indulge in the best in hair care from Frederic Fekkai, Bumble and Bumble, Kerastase, Rene Furterer, and Paul Mitchell. They also carry a full line of Bliss products for face, body, and bath that smell good enough to eat.

Makers of sensational scents for men and women like Polo, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Annick Goutal, and the fabulous Amagansett originated Antonia's Flowers adorn the perfume and cologne counter. And whether you're heading for sun or the slopes, White's provides every type of sun block protection. You can even find gifts of books for kids.

Fiona's Closet

Stay cool this holiday season and send a little love to the new Mommy. Here you'll find trendy couture accessories for her and her bundle of joy. Or go for something sunggly like a blanket or sleeper.The Bayberry plaid hats are too sweet and the Noël Français Booties are as charming as it gets!

Get your gear at Flying Point Surf and Sport.

Flying Point Surf Co.
69 Main Street, Southampton, 631-287-0075

There is only word that comes to mind when you walk into this sports mecca – cool! And it's not just the weather – it's the gear from ski to surf. Slip into the perfect wetsuit for winter waves or the below zero gloves for the slopes. For the land lubber amaze your skateboarder with the gift of the Sector 9 ($180) newest wonder on wheels. And with the future so bright your dude or dudette will love the Ray Ban or Von Zipper shades in the most dazzling designs.

With brand names like Tommy Bahama, O'Neil, Element, and Billabong for men, women and kids you've got a one stop shop for outfitting the fitness fashion family. Luckily if it's south of the equator you're thinking about Flying Point keeps a full line of resort wear year round with flip flops, bathing suits, shorts, and tanks for the Big Kahuna.

Bravura Art and Objects
22 Nugent Street, Southampton, 631-259-2605, www.bravurastyle.com

Knowledgeable collectors and novices alike will enjoy the selection of art, furniture and decorative objects at the Bravura Gallery whether it's modern, antique, or tribal. They hand pick items from known artisans as well as support rising talents like Ryan Bollmann whose hand carved wooden furniture marries beautiful form to function.

Take a trip around the world choosing from the colorful Venetian Murano Glass, many with an aquatic motif, or highly collectible mid century white porcelain from Kaiser in Germany or African tribal sculptures, Russian paintings or nature photographs from Amagansett.

Vintage costume jewelry is a specialty with pieces from Hattie Carnegie, Sarah Coventry, and Trafari. They even have an extensive line of Amber including a stunning cross with the wood infraction included. And where else can you find a vintage aluminum Christmas tree? You can find original art and prints there are reasonable prices starting at $35 for a Mother of Pearl sea horse pin up to $35,000 if you're itching to spend that big bonus.

Mecox Gardens has somethign for every home.

Mecox Gardens
66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-329-9405 and County Road 39, Southampton, 631-287-5015, www.mecoxgardens.com

Carefully curated, the gifts of Mecox Gardens complement any home with chic sophisticated design from sofas to coasters. You can't go wrong with one of the fabulous decorative items which range from traditional to modern. The scented candle "Douglas Fir" from Archipelago is perfect to set the holiday mood or sample any of the Vie Luxe candles. Picture frames make a great gift and they have a large selection from leather to wood to lacquer and zebra skin. Design enthusiasts will also be delighted with one of the numerous coffee table art books which cover photography, interior design, architecture, gardening, and animals.

Elegance is the name of the game whether it's a gold edged leather bound desk note pad for $65, a Mondrian design cashmere throw for $1,000 or a pair of antique dark lacquered Chinese medicine cabinets for $16,000. Mecox Gardens has expanded to include locations in New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Chicago and now Dallas.

Hamptons Wine Club
Hampton Bays Wine & Spirits, 46 E. Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays, 631-728-8595, www.hamptonswineclub.com

Along with their in-store selection of wines and spirits in Hampton Bays, this establishment now offers a convenient online one stop shopping for holiday gifts so you can send personal or business gifts or just stock up for your own holiday gatherings. Wine educator and former sommelier of the "21" Club, Christopher Miller, is the content manager for the site and helps you navigate varietals from all over the world from Anglianicos to Zinfandels.

He makes suggestions on pairings with food, new offerings, and what's on special. His "picks" give you not only a description of the wine but a bit of history of the vineyard as well. You can also sign up for his monthly newsletter.

The Hamptons Wine Club offers free delivery for Eastern Suffolk locations for orders of $200 or more. Orders less than $200 will be charged $15 per order and all orders will be shipped next day ground and will take a minimum of 2 business days.

A bit of bling from Corwin's Jewelers.

Corwin's Main Street Jewelers
61 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-1980, www.corwinsjewelers.com

Five generations have defined bling before the rest of us even knew what it was. This family run business owns the building so they pass on the savings to the customer. But the best thing they pass on is their passion for jewelry. If you're thinking of popping the question this holiday season you might consider the 1.85 karat emerald cut platinum diamond engagement ring for $15,000 (I'd say yes!). If you just want to warm her up how about earrings from fabulous local designer Jill Lynn which will send you home with an original stunning creation for under $200.

Along with contemporary designs, Corwin carries a collection of estate jewelry with not only a historic pedigree but a discounted price. Lusting for 1850's Victorian 3.5 karat diamond earrings – yours for $1900? Or how about wild pearls where deep sea divers had to gather each one individually? This 15 year labor of love is looking for a new home at $5,000. And here's the bang to the bling – you receive a gift card of a value of 10% of your purchase towards your next one.

Chrysalis Gallery
2 Main Street Southampton, 631-287-1883

Specializing in realist and impressionist works, the Chrysalis Gallery showcases original paintings which would make a spectacular holiday gift. Whether it is the vanishing East End landscape or seascape or a vibrant still life or festive floral, you will find works by both emerging and established artists from down the block and around the globe. The gallery presents "smaller works at smaller prices" in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere so you can buy a hand painted Americana box for $99 or an original framed oil painting for $250. Larger works range up to $20,000 with many in the several thousand dollar range.

The only problem in shopping here is that once you view all the paintings you will want to bring home at least one for yourself.

Get creative at Follow Your Art.

Follow Your Art
59 Main Street, Southampton, 631-287-6187, www.fyasouthampton.com

Embrace your inner Picasso as you create a personalized gift at Follow Your Art where you can custom paint bowls, mugs, plates, or vases as well as tree ornaments or menorahs for the holidays. For the hourly fee of $10 for kids or $12 for adults plus the price of your pottery, you paint your masterpiece while the staff helps you with technique and colors.

Dads paint free on Sunday afternoons, and it's a great place for the kids to make gifts for their relatives. Adults turn it into a whole evening bringing their own wine and cheese. Just make sure you leave about 10 days before Christmas for them to fire up your piece and have it completed in time to be under the tree. Also, keep up with their calendar of special classes on Japanese sake sets, Moroccan tiles, and Italian vases.

Tennis East
73 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-9535
47 ½ Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-5881

We all love the little black dress but we also love the little white dress and all the power and competitive court spirit it implies. Tennis East even features the cutting edge moment, the little red dress by Fila ($82) which you could almost pair with pearls and sling backs and head out on the town. The next Venus might also appreciate the fashion tennis bags by Jetpac for $45. 'Tis the season, platform tennis season that is, so invest in the hottest Viking Oz platform tennis racquet for him for $130 or a cozy set of warm ups for winter weather. Tennis East is also happy to rent and demo the latest and greatest racquets so take one for a holiday test drive. Best yet they offer a sale through the holidays of 20 – 50 % off. Spread the luv.

DS Jones Company

Looking to add a little flair to your holiday outfits? Yu'll find plenty of hot handbag choices at DS Jones Company. From sequins to Mother of Pearl it will be special, just like her!

Lee Jewelers
42 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-7226

In celebration of Sag Harbor's local history where the Bulova Watch Factory operated for many years (the building is now being developed as condos) Lee Jewelers is offering a special "family discount" of 10% on each Bulova watch purchase. These fine timepieces start at $200 and range up to $1295 for the 14 karat gold and diamond version. Men's and women's styles are available.

Lee Elliot began his career as a metal smith making jewelry in Greenwich Village in the 60's and 70's, and his modern sensibility has kept his designs timeless. He will create sleek lined gold and platinum pendants, rings, and bracelets, incorporating precious and semi precious stones, and is favored for his original engagement rings and bands. His geometric shapes, such as the large link gold chain necklace and peace signs in hammered gold or diamonds, are very much in vogue.

It's a family affair in designers as well as his daughter and former wife also work with colorful stones to create vibrant jewelry pieces.

Dazzelle - sparkle at the holiday party.

47 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-8477

While they are known for their wide assortment of the famous quilted Barbour Coats, Dazzelle fills an important niche by offering an array of formal wear for women including gowns from $200 to $2,000 complete with evening bags, wraps and jewelry. The forgotten woman also has a friend in Dazzelle which has sizes from 4 to 24 and will even custom make knits to fit every figure.

Along with the right outfit for stepping out on the town they also carry numerous lines of sportswear for everyday in fabulous knits, wool and cashmere and an array of pretty nightwear which makes a great gift. Another big seller this year is their featherweight fur coats.

Hamptons Massage

Give the gift of health and relaxation this season! With locations in New York as well as the Hamptons, Kathy Abugel has been practicing massage for nearly 15 years. Tell your mother to relax and send her off to see Kathy for a Hot Stone, European, or Amma massage.

Doug & Besim's Fine Cigars & Tobacco
46 Job's Lane, Southampton, 631-287-9230

A cigar is not just a cigar. Doug & Besim's carries the finest lines including Davidoff (one of only 300 world wide licensed vendors), Zino Platinum, and Padron Serie where you can buy cigars from $4 to $40 individually or by the case. Like wines, the seasons affect the crops and how each manufacturer ages the tobacco can create distinct flavors and characteristics for example Dominicans are milder and Nicaraguans are stronger.

Luckily their knowledgeable staff will help you choose the best one for your honored man or, yes they smoke them too, woman. Or she may have a secret love of their clove cigarettes.

Pipes and pipe tobacco are also featured as well as all the accoutrements like humidor boxes which range from $70 to $750 for the authentic sting ray skin cover as well as S.T. Dupont lighters from $165 and up which have an extended wear as well as slick exterior. Collectible beer steins round out the offerings.

Sweet treats at Double Rainbow.

Double Rainbow
760 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, 631-726-2582

Santa's Hamptons workshop is clearly based in Double Rainbow where everything on the kids' wish list can be found. Time honored classic toys like Lego and Playmobil have planes, trains, and automobiles to build and play with alongside Breyer model horses and Gund stuffed animals. Board games like Candyland and Monopoly sit alongside jigsaw puzzles and model cars. The little girl who's wild for Hello Kitty will be thrilled with the signature pink backpack or nail polish set.

Art supplies for painting and coloring and making ceramics are also great gifts. Adults will savor the extensive line of Godiva chocolates in their gold gift boxes and Double Rainbow will also create custom gift baskets with those and other candies. Also keep them in mind for their selection of greeting cards.

Whitmore's Nursery and Garden Center
26 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, 631-267-3182

Need to get in the holiday spirit? Pick up a decorated wreath, boughs of holly, or Christmas tree from petite to grande, including living trees that you can then plant from Whitmore's Garden Center. Choose from Poinsettias, fragrant Paper Whites, or Amaryllis for gifts and peruse their large selection of ceramic pots and stone sculpture. They can also make a custom bouquet or centerpiece to serve as a perfect hostess gift.

You can also give the gift of life, of plant life. At a whopping 70% now is the time to procure plants, shrubs, and tress that will give repeat pleasure as it blooms each spring and summer in your honor.

Simply lovely at Simply French.

Simply French
18 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-5115, www.simplyfrenchgifts.com

Experience a slice of Provence when you enter this boutique which carries French linens, lamps, sconces, and antiques, as well as table top and desk items, frames, soaps, and candles. Owner Lynn Buoniconti also designs a very popular jewelry line with pearls and colored stones. Bonne nuit takes on new meaning as you cozy up in these soft hued quilts and bed linens. Monogramming is also available on the linens as well as on pashmina scarves, a great personalized gift idea (it takes 7 to 10 days.) A baby's corner presents precious gift for the petites' room as well. Design books offer ways to develop the French flair in your own home or apartment.

In the back of the shop you will find P.W. Zak Antiques (631-283-0778) which adds American and English Antiques into the French mix. Vintage ornaments, some fashioned into colorful wreaths add holiday cheer and make a wonderful hostess gift. Beautiful china pieces, silver, pitchers, linens and decorative items each bring a bit of history to their honored place under the tree.

Rose Jewelers
57 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-5757

If you had the money to hire a personal shopper to scan the globe for the best and brightest jewelry designers, you would end up with what Rose Jewelers has assembled in their Southampton store. The gentleman in your life would appreciate the sterling silver Dorfman key ring, pen, cufflinks, or money clip or perhaps an authentic Swiss Army knife while your teenage girl would flip for the colorful resin enamel rings, bracelets and necklaces from Angelique de Paris which can be worn separately or layered together.

Aside from the journey diamond, fresh water pearls, or the popular yellow gold your gal might like Mona Tanner's delicately hand crafted 18 karat gold pieces or one of the fabulous and original Debbie Brooks crystal collection handbags which have seen the inside of the Oscar nominee gift bags. The matching enameled card holder is available for a mere $59 and makes a great gift.

You can also choose from fine crystal clocks, vases, candlesticks as well as sterling silver decorative items and fine baby gifts. If you purchase an item from the Lynn Chase fine china collection a portion of the sale goes to her wildlife preservation foundation.

The name of the Rose is also watches with Rolexes, Invictas, Baume and Merciers and Philip Steins which integrate Teslar technology which works with the body's electromagnetic field to promote calmness and relaxation.

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