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We had so much fun trawling for modern finds from Connecticut for our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays, and like good whaling captains we've got a hull stoked to the decking with gifts under $50, all made in Connecticut.
Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you'll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets!
Silhouette Spiked Heart Bangles
We're in deep water with these cuffs from modern scrimshander Jessica Kagan Cushman because we want them all. From her studio in Georgetown, CT, Kagan Cushman sells her jewelry and handbag designs in stores like Henri Bendel and Bergdorfs, but you can pick up one of these modern scrimshaw bangles for just $55 on sale.
J. Press Neckwear
We know, we know: no guys want ties for Christmas. Well, not unless they're ties from J. Press, anyway. For 110 years, this ultimate house of preppy sartorialism has been outfitting the Ivy League elite from their New Haven flagship, and now your guy can rock a bowtie, too. Not just any tie, though: the best, with the J. Press anniversary collection, starting at just over $50.
Sophie & Lili Custom Rag Dolls
As children of the 70s and 80s, we fondly remember having Holly Hobby rag dolls and personalized Sesame Street books, where our names were inserted into the story along with our favorite characters. Which is why we're (more than) slightly obsessed with these custom canvas dolls ($35) made by Jennifer Vallez in Hartford. Choose your favorite kid's characteristics to from Jennifer's illustrations to be digitally printed on the canvas front, the dolls are then backed by new or vintage printed fabrics. Play time!
Celia Landman Salt Cellar
As appropriately elegant set on a table in Greenwich as it would be on a patio in Mystic, this sea urchin-inspired salt cellar designed by Celia Landman ($40) has us daydreaming of summer days on the shore — and is way too pretty for just any salt. (We suggest some nice smoked versions from Salt Traders in Maine.)
FOR THE HOST
Terrain Geode Wine Stopper
Handmade in Westport of Brazilian agate and frosted glass, this geode wine stopper from Terrain ($29.95) is sure to get you invited back next year. And the year after. (Especially when it accompanies some local vino from Jonathan Edwards winery in Stonington.)
Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Connecticut? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we'd love to add them to our shopping lists!
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Photos: Courtesy, various retailers.