There are less than 20 shopping days to go before Christmas. If you’re anything like me, you still have a bunch of names on your list to buy for this year. Sure, you can grab a gift card or send something on Amazon, but your giftees and your community would appreciate it if you finished your shopping locally. Staten Island is jam-packed with small businesses that offer fantastic products that your loved ones will enjoy! Just like we’ve done in previous years, This Way on Bay has compiled a list of small businesses that you can patronize this holiday season. You’re welcome:
Suprise and delight your family with a visit from Santa Claus himself, delivering holiday bagels for your family to enjoy! This unique gift is sure to create memories that will last forever. As heard on 94.7 New York’s Country Radio, Holiday Helpings has been selling out and then adding new dates regularly. Book your visit soon!
Call for more info: 718-987-2319
Gift Cards/Certificates for Staten Island Restaurants
I know, this is a broad suggestion, but it’s a time-tested one. The last couple of years have been difficult for Staten Island’s restaurant community, so consider supporting our community and giving the gift of great food! Restaurants like The Richmond and Vinum on Bay Street, Mexican Cantina on Victory, Marina Cafe in Great Kills, and many others offer gift cards or certificates that any giftee would enjoy!
Beans and Leaves Cafe
A staple on Forest Avenue, Beans and Leaves Cafe is best known for serving up delicious cups of coffee. What you might not know is that B&L is stocked with fantastic gift options like mug wraps, mixed breakfast pastry trays, gift boxes, & mason jars of coffee!
422 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301
Lee Sims Chocolate
Lee Sims has been offering tasty treats to Staten Islanders for decades. If you’ve got a picky giftee that has a sweet tooth, you’re sure to find the perfect gift from this chocolatier.
422 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY 10314
The Chocolate Suite
If you’re looking for chocolate on the South Shore, The Chocolate Suite is a boutique shop in Tottenville offering chocolate and candy gifts. Baskets, platters, and other assortments. This family-owned business can also make custom chocolate products for your events and parties.
7321 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307
Beezy Bees Honey
Speaking of Staten Island sweets, Beezey Bees produces “the best harvested local honey in the tri-state area.” according to their Facebook page. What foodie in your life wouldn’t love some of the freshest honey that can be found on the east coast!
3773D Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
Stella’s Secret Door Boutique
The fashion lovers on your list will love Stella’s which offers the latest in fashion. Located in Pleasant Plains of Staten Island N.Y. this boutique offers everything from handbags and scarves, to Eveningwear and jeans.
6228 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, NY 10309
Hey Viv! Retro Clothing
Hey Viv! Retro Clothing sells Hand-picked classic vintage-inspired separates and accessories that will enhance any professional or casual wardrobe. This year Viv is selling at Cottage Row Curiosities – over 3 Dates in December 2021.
Daniela’s Creative Closet
For something a little more personalized, Daniela’s offers custom-made tumblers, gifts, shirts, ornaments, and other items specific to your giftee!
NYCrafts and the City
NYCrafts and the City shows our little island some serious love, with some of the best Staten-specific gifts and products that we’ve ever seen. Check out these handmade gifts, crafts, and fun stuff from Staten Island!
Dock Street Shop
Staten Island’s longest-running music venue recently launched its own online store that features apparel, stickers, and more from some of the now record company’s musical acts as well as items nostalgic for the different branding for the rock clubs you know and love.
Rick Meyer’s Private Cocktail Lessons
Rick Meyer is a Michelin-trained Mixologist and hospitality specialist. He offers private classes, bottled cocktails to-go, custom cocktails, Private events, and more! He works for Danny Meyer (CEO of Shake Shack and Union Square Hospitality Group). If you’re looking for more of an “experience-based” gift, this might be the one for you!
E-Mail Rick – 17RickMeyer@Gmail.com
Call Rick: 919-332-2557
Custom Paintings by Elle
Elle is a painter known for her live-wedding painting services, though she also creates sentimental paintings, ornaments, and pet portraits that make fantastic holiday gifts!
Photoshoots by Dave Giordano
A family portrait or photos of your kids are gifts that will remain a family treasure for years! Dave Giordano is a Staten Island-based photographer who specializes in portraits but also photographs events like weddings or concerts. There’s still time to book a shoot or plan one in the future as a gift!
Stephy’s Sassy Creations
This Instagram-based small business offers beautiful holiday gift baskets as well as cake towers, diamond dust canvases, and other personalized items for any occasion!
For this post, I solicited local businesses with great holiday gifts on Facebook in the “STATEN ISLAND Neighbors” Facebook Group. If you’re a member of that group, you can find a lot more gift suggestions in the comments of my post, here.
Chris is a communications professional with a passion for pop culture, media, and all things creative. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a specialization in Media Studies and has experience in running a pop-culture website, freelance writing, coaching, and speaking engagements. He has worked behind the scenes on music albums and co-founded a boutique web design and marketing firm. He is also an amateur photographer and musician. He is always looking for the next exciting project to dive into.