Forest creature-inspired gifts from At Home in the Heights

Since Thanksgiving Day (and eve, in many cases), holiday shoppers have been making a mad rush to the nearest malls, big box and discount stores, and outlet centers. Rather than follow the rest of the crowd this season, why not take this opportunity to visit the many wonderful local independent retailers, who offer everything from scented candles and Madmen-inspired barware to colorful poinsettias and men’s soaps and shaving creams? These retailers work meticulously to find a comprehensive selection of holiday gift items and offer the very best in customer service. Please make it a point to support these businesses. Your family, friends, hairdresser, dog sitter, and other gift recipients will thank you for it. Here is just a sampling of some local offerings:


A holiday arrangement from City Line Florist.

City Line Florist, 2978 Nichols Avenue, Trumbull

  • Flower arrangements and centerpieces
  • Wreaths, boxwood Christmas trees
  • Poinsettias in red, white, pink, or white with pink spots
  • Custom fruit and gourmet baskets, mason jar candles


Blue Star Bazaar, 237 Danbury Road, Wilton

  • Soy candles, boxed matches
  • Hand-knit mittens and fingerless gloves
  • Thirsty Boy hand-printed cotton flour sack tea towels with humorous sayings
  • Wood and felt stacking penguin toys by Janod

Ridgefield Equestrian Center, 258 North Street, Ridgefield

  • Gift certificates for lessons and training for children and adults

Helen Ainson, 1078 Post Road, Darien

  • Cascade handmade candles, cobbled granite beverage dispenser
  • Natural stone business card, sponge or toothpick/matchstick holders
  • Corkcicle Air wine chiller, aerator, pourer
  • True Brand dog wine bottle holder
  • True Brand citrus wine charms and Bruce wine stopper


    Madmen-inspired barware from Fleur De Lis Antiques and Design.

Turkey Ridge, One Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield

  • Hand-cut fieldstone food slabs
  • Lanterns, luminaries and votive holders
  • Holiday fragrance for the home
  • Decorative trays, wine decanters and casual barware
  • Cheese platters and serving pieces, salad servers

Benedict’s Home and Garden, 480 Purdy Hill Road, Monroe

  • Storey’s Guides books on raising chickens, gardening, etc.
  • Canning jars, pickling and salsa packets
  • Bird feeders, suet cakes, birdseed
    •Muck Boot Co. boots, deerskin and cowhide leather gloves


    Pillow and accessories from Browne & Co.

The Summer House, 107 Cherry Street, New Canaan

  • Backgammon set, Fig of Provence soap in glass bottle
  • Heritage tray in silver or gold and crystal handle
  • Board games made from sophisticated materials
  • Roasted chestnut, Twelve Nights, Joie de Noel,
    and holiday double wood wick candles in mercury glass

    Gifts from Pure Poetry.

    Gifts from Pure Poetry


Pure Poetry, 4244 Madison Avenue, Trumbull
“Peace, Love, and Sparkle” theme this holiday season

  • Locally made ornaments and gift cards
  • Mer Sea holiday tin travel candles
  • Rosy Rings holiday botanical wax sachets and room diffusers
  • Hester & Cook elegant holiday paper table setting placemats, guest cards.
  • Shiraleah cocktail shakers, throw pillows and hostess gifts
  • Bang candy and simple syrup hostess giftsHutton’s Fine Menswear, 15 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield
  • Flannel, fleece and terry cloth robes
  • Pajamas, sheepskin slippers
  • Lounging pants and tops in cotton blends
  • Hudson made soaps, shaving creams
  • Colognes form Dolce and Gabbana, John Varvatos and Zegna

Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield

  • Gift certificates
  • Tickets to upcoming shows, including: The Nutcracker, Judy Collins, Stephen Stills, Bare Naked Ladies, Dancing Broadway, Lyle Lovett, Howie Mandel, Kevin Nealon

Tickets to a show or concert would make for a great holiday gift from Ridgefield Playhouse.

Open House Gift Shop, 9 Center Street, Wilton

  • Byers’ Choice Carolers, Furry Friends and German Smokers
  • Thymes Frasier Fir candles, diffusers, room sprays and soaps
  • Michel Design trays, candles, soaps
  • Kitchen towels, potholders, melamine cookie platters
  • Rockflowerpaper round holiday trays and matching coasters

Darien Sport Shop, 1127 Post Road, Darien

  • Starboard Planks teak and holly board
  • Fringe Studios Pink Gatsby candles
  • Iscream Plush sleeping bags, blankets and pillows

    Woodmarket Unfinished Wood Furniture, 16 Main St., Monroe
  • Rocking chairs
  • Benches for storage and seating
  • Wicker baskets, magazine tables
  • Step stools, urn stands, cubby coat racks
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    Children’s table and chairs from Woodmarket Unfinished Wood Furniture

Signature Style, 72 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton

  • Archipelago soy candles
  • Faux fur and sherpa throws
  • Personalized pillows, custom frames
  • Monogrammed wine and beer glasses
  • Bottle openers, cutting boards
  • Acrylic ice buckets, trays and glasses
  • Needlepoint and collage coasters, glass hurricanes with candles

The Loft at Bissell’s, 23 Governor Street, Ridgefield

  • Arte Italica handcrafted serving pieces
  • Simon Pearce handblown glass
  • Mariposa servers, napkin holders, coasters
  • Agraria Home home fragrances, candles, diffusers, bath soaps

Palmer’s Darien, 264 Heights Road, Darien

  • Robin Reed Christmas crackers, Frazier Fir candles
  • Emile Henri bakeware, Monogram wine stoppers
  • Plants, pottery, scented candles
  • Fiorantina studded ponchos, RAZ musical TVs
  • Gift baskets, gourmet cupcakes and pastries


    Pajamas from Brooks Brothers

Jones Family Farms, 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton

  • White, red, rosé, fruit, and dessert wines
  • Gift certificates for cooking classes
  • Christmas trees, handmade crafts and ornaments
  • Fresh wreaths, handmade garland

Browne & Co., 865 Boston Post Road, Darien

  • Thymes Frasier Fir collection of aromatic candles
  • Chandler 4 Corners hand-hooked wool pillows
  • Christmas trees and holiday decorations
  • Bottle openers, wine stoppers, key rings, and money clips with maps of Darien, Rowayton, and Nantucket  
  • Nest fragrances, S’well water bottles

Fleur De Lis Antiques and Design, 4 Long Ridge Road, Redding

  • Mid-century modern Curtis Jere brutalist sculpture
  • Hans Wegner teak credenza
  • Vintage chocolate brown Lenox champagne glass set
  • Madmen glass set by George Briard, French bergères
  • Frank Gehry lamps (corrugated cardboard lamps)

A gift from the Glass House Design Store

The Glass House Design Store, 199 Elm Street, New Canaan

  • Red Krenit bowls, Glass House snow globe, black dots cake plate
  • Punto cake plate and bowl, Eva Zeisel vases
  • The Lily candlestick, pair or single, Adrej Urem architectural candles
  • Yayoi Kusama tote bag, brass paperclip paperweight

Brooks Brothers, 987 Boston Post Road, Darien

  • Supima robe in navy and white
  • Wrinkle-resistant chambray robe and oxford pajamas
  • Women’s cotton long-sleeve pajama set
  • Women’s terry cloth robe

Juliska, 465 Canal Street, Stamford

  • Reindeer Games ruby ceramic party plates
  • Winter Frolic ruby tree-shaped platter
  • Firenze Noel ruby cocktail plate set
  • Hugo carafe and two stemless red wine glass gift set
  • Sparkle dove silver glitter napkin ring set


    Decorative trees from Open House Gifts

The Dock Shop, 15 Tokeneke Road, Darien, 609 Riverside Avenue, Westport

  • Tide clocks, porthole clocks, mirrors, and ships bells
  • Melamine dishes, bowls and serving trays
  • Wooden cutting boards, silver-plated ice buckets, nautical-themed frames

Maple Row Farm, 229 Stepney Road, Easton
“For the landscaper in your life”

  • White oak whiskey barrels, planters, wall hangers
  • Western saddle steel hose hanger
  • Terra pots, trays, planters
  • Mulch, firewood, grass seed
  • Christmas trees

At Home in the Heights, 300 Heights Road, Darien

  • Envelope pillows, seasonal pillows
  • Monogrammed makeup bags, pillows, and throws
  • Cocktail napkins, scented candles
  • Dishes and mugs with animal motifs
  • Chris Mouse super-soft stuffed animal


    Backgammon set from The Summer House


BellaHome, 90 Danbury Road, Ridgefield
•Cozy throws, mirrors, decorative trays

  • Framed art and cards by local artists
  • Candles, gift books, furniture, lighting


Plasko’s Farm, 670 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull
“Gifts for the foodie!”

  • Fresh produce, fruit pies and breads
  • Jams, jellies and spreads
  • Apple cider, ice cream


    Glittery bird napkin ring from Juliska




    Birdfeeder from Benedict’s Garden





    Towels from Blue Star Bazaar


    Cozy throws from Signature Style