Very Jersey holiday gift ideas: Some of NJ’s ‘favorite things’
Thought you were making a dent in holiday shopping, but that list keeps growing? Here's a roundup of some very Jersey gifts. From stocking stuffers to larger items, consider these some of New Jersey's favorite things. (Oprah's got nothing on us!)
1. 'Jersey' scents from Trenton Makes Candle Co.
Trenton Makes Candle Co launched in August, to celebrate the great state of New Jersey. Scents like Cranberry Bog, Jersey Girl, Late Night Diner, Jersey Strong and Garden State are a hip way to pay tribute whether within the 21 counties or sending back with a college student after winter break. ($15 each at Etsy)
2. Wawa onesie
For the newest Jersey addition- start 'em young, with a Wawa onesie! (Baby not provided, of course.) Fill out a basket for the new parents with Wawa coffee... lots of coffee. ($13 at Wawa.com)
3. Wawa travel coffee mug
These Wawa Tervis mugs are sold in individual stores. When you're looking to add onto a gift card, it's an easy solution. ($15 each in Wawa stores, where available)
4. "Home is Where the Pork Roll Is” sign
Jen Killeen creates art prints out of Monmouth County. A cute addition to any NJ rooted kitchen. ($27 at Etsy)
5. Taylor Ham vs Pork Roll Retro Boxing T Shirt
A fun take on the ageless battle between north and south Jersey, Taylor Ham and Pork Roll. ($18 & up at Etsy)
6. "Once A Jersey Girl, Always A Jersey Girl" ornament
This ornament is handmade & painted, perfect for the former NJ resident (or current college student) who's determined never to lose her roots. ($15 at Etsy)
7. New Jersey state ring
Silver Sculptor (based in Jersey City) has a beautiful offering of gifts that combine two passions for many Jersey women: jewelry and state pride. There's also cuff-link and necklace options. ($45 at Etsy)
8. NJ Thin Blue Line wood flag sign
A thoughtful gift for any law enforcement family, or proud supporter. Each piece is handmade out of Woodbury. ($40 at Etsy)
9. Unionville Vineyard Sweet Treat Gift Box
Want to give a sophisticated gift that will put any fist-pumping NJ stereotypes to rest? This Hunterdon County winery has just the thing. Two bottles of Unionville wine, a jar of local honey from Milford, apple perserves from Princeton and chocolate bark created in Stockton. ($65 for standard box at UnionvilleVineyard.com)
This microbrewery in Cherry Hill is in the business of crafting beer & some Jersey Shore folklore. Their version of a VIP club (for a year) involves early purchase windows and other perks, plus lots of cool swag for the NJ brew aficionado in your life. ($100 at Forgotten Boardwalk)
11. Stocking stuffer: Pork Roll Enamel Pin
YardsalePress in Westfield has a subtle way to put some Jersey in your day. ($8 at Etsy)
12. Stocking stuffer: NJ Beer Cap Magnets 3 pack
Upcycled beer cap magnets (nodding to Flying Fish , Riverhorse and Beach Haus) from Murrays Bar Supplies in Williamstown add flair to any fridge, file cabinet, tool caddy or other metal spot. ($5 for three at Etsy)
13. Stocking stuffer: 'I Heart NJ Pizza' sticker
Brutalsquid in Parsippany knows NJ residents wear our pizza-snobbery with honor. ($3 at Etsy)
Proud Jersey Girl Erin Vogt’s first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee. A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.
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