We had lots of fun scouring the North Fork and Shelter Island for the most inspired, practical, and/or can’t-live-without items to fulfill your gift-giving desires. From stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind instant heirlooms, here are our favorites. (Note: Do call sources or check their websites for hours.) And don’t forget to visit our local historical societies and museums—their gift shops are brimming with great finds.
The Simple Three by Giant combines old-school charm with modern features that include a lightweight aluminum frame, comfy saddle, go-anywhere balloon tires, and easy-as-pie gearing options. $494.99 Country Time Cycle, 6955 Main Rd., Mattituck; (631) 298-8700; ctcycle.com
Handmade for the young (and young at heart) by Cutchogue designer Treva Elwood. $39 White Flower Farmhouse, 53995 Main St., Southold; (631) 765-2353; firstname.lastname@example.org
LED DOG COLLAR AND LEASH
The Nightlight LED collar ($32.99) and leash ($49.99) by 4 Paws Tech are water-resistant and as easy to charge as a cellphone. And keep your pooch dry with a weather-ready coat (not shown) like the Whistler Zip Line Version 2.0 by RC Pet Products, with its water-resistant nylon shell, fleece lining, harness access zipper, and reflective stripe. $46.99 Harbor Pet, 120 Main St., Greenport; (631) 477-1518; harbor-pet.com
Weather-resistant, hand-crafted canvas bag with “double-needle” stitching for strength and longevity; 18 x 14 x 9 inches. $156 Wm. J. Mills & Co. (estab. 1880), 74100 Rt. 25, Greenport; (631) 477-1500; millscanvas.com
Open Hearth heavy-duty leather gloves that are handy for wood stoves as well. $12.99 Orlowski True Value, 320 Love Lane, Mattituck; (631) 298-8420; orlowskihardware.com
Stoneware with oxide glaze, handmade by Jessica Hengen, Sugar Loaf, New York. $52 each The Weathered Barn, 41 Front St., Greenport; (631) 477-6811; theweatheredbarngreenport.com
This playful set of dominoes by the Brooklyn design firm Fredericks & Mae replaces the classic dots with silk-screened maritime signal flags used to communicate numbers 0 through 6 instead of “diver down” or “keep clear.” $38 Phoebe & Belle, 37070 Main Rd., Cutchogue; (631) 765-5120; phoebeandbelle.com
Porcelain or ceramic oyster plates, which usually include a round sauce well, have been prized since the mid-1800s, when the oyster harvest was at its peak. Collectors today will find a varied inventory of styles and manufacturers at the Old Orchard Farm Store. $20 to $600 Old Orchard Farm Store, 1240 Village Ln., Orient; (631) 323-8083; oldorchardfarmstore.com
The natural shape and delicate veining of pine cones and leaves from various trees is preserved and coated with 24k gold, silver, or iridescent copper. From $16.99 Shade Trees Nursery, 1875 Main Rd., Jamesport; (631) 722-4041; shadetreesnursery.com
Made from felted upcycled wool sweaters by Northland Woolens, each mitten is lined with soft fleece and has a 100% wool cuff knit on antique knitting machines. $40 8 Hands Farm, 4735 Cox Ln., Cutchogue; (631) 533-2768; 8handsfarm.com
No more chapped hands! Honeysuckle, honey almond, and mango are among the handcrafted soaps made from the 8 Hands Farm’s own lard.
When grown on a single-stem trunk and shaped into a glossy-leafed sphere, the ancient herb called myrtle makes an elegant topiary. From $35 Clarke’s Garden & Home, 416 Main St., Greenport; (631) 477-6770; clarkesgarden.com
JACK’S ORIGINAL BUOY SWING
Mike Anglin, co-proprietor of Jack’s Marine, turns teardrop-shaped inflatable polyvinyl mooring buoys (15 inches in diameter) into smooth (no leg burns!), bouncy tree swings. Call for more information. About $110 Jack’s Marine, 188 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island Heights; (631) 749-0114; truevalue.com/jackstruevaluemarine
Blossom Meadow’s hand-poured beeswax crayons, which are easy for little hands to grasp, are made from 100 percent beeswax from the farm’s hives and high-quality, nontoxic artist pigments. $15.99 for set of 4 Blossom Meadow Farm/Coffee Pot Cellars, 31855 Main Rd., Cutchogue; (631) 765-8929; blossommeadow.com
The hand-poured soy-wax candles at Birch & Main are made from all-natural ingredients and packed into a mason jar. Scents like Mistletoe and Fraser Fir fill a room with a holiday ambience, but are subtle enough not to be overwhelming. $18 Birch & Main, The Shoppes at Eastwind, 5768 Route 25A, Suite V2, Wading River; (631) 886-2053 birchmaincandle.com
All are available at Burton’s Books, 43 Front St., Greenport, (631) 477-1161
N is for North Fork
By Katelyn Knapp
The 30-page softcover book, self-published by Southold photographer Katelyn Knapp, gives young children an opportunity to work on their ABCs while also learning about some of the region’s best places for families to visit. $25, katelynknapp.com.
The Fisherman’s Wife
By Stephanie Villani and Kevin Bay
The cookbook-memoir hybrid recounts the story of Alex and Stephanie Villani of Mattituck who have been running Blue Moon Fish for almost 30 years. $25.
Greenport: The Right Place at the Wrong Time,
By Roselle Borrelli
A story that weaves the author’s paranormal experience in her own Greenport home with historical accounts of 19th and early 20th century happenings in the village based mostly on a compilation of facts found in local newspaper archives. $17.95.