5 Thrifty Things: Gifts Made in NJ Under $50

by Shoestring Editors
November 29, 2012 - 5:55pm

Forget bridge an tunnel reputations for a second because we're about to blow your mind with these 5 great gift ideas under $50 right made locally in the Garden State, curated for our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays.

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.

Hand-Knit Infinity Scarves

Cowl neck and infinity scarves are hot again for the third winter in a row, and we love these hand-knit versions from Laura in Fords (sold online in her Etsy shop, Babyarns) starting at $39.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Print

We've long had this fun Ship in a Bottle ($12) by Long Branch artist Kira Yustak on our Etsy favorites list, but when we found out she was donating 100% of the proceeds on sales of these prints to Hurricane Sandy relief, it was a no-brainer.

General Pencil Co.

Encourage their creative side with a set of pastel ($30) or drawing & sketching pencils ($12) from General's, handcrafted for more than 120 years in their factory right in Jersey City.


Jonathan Adler Tomes

Little-known fact: iconic modern designer and "sharp-witted cultural authority" Jonathan Adler is actually from Jersey. (Truth.) Scoop up his latest book, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life ($15), for every Pinterest-obsessed decorator on your list.


Heather Braun-Dahl Ceramics

A beautiful marriage of inspirations from the Arts & Crafts movement to mid-century modern Scandinavian prints, artist Heather Braun-Dahl creates bisqued, glazed pottery that's as pretty as it is practical — like this Herringbone Bottle Vase ($44).


Hillside Candies

A dentist's dream: naturally sweetened treats that are not only USDA certified organic, but they're dairy-free and gluten-free, too. Feel good about giving (and indulging in) these GoNaturally candies ($2.50 and up), made right in Hillside, NJ. Certified delicious.

Did we miss your favorite locally made products from New Jersey? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we'd love to add them to our shopping lists!

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Melissa Massello is an editor, start-up junkie, entrepreneur, Swapaholic, and lifelong New England girl. As a sustainable style expert, Melissa has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX news station affiliates around the country and in US News & World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, The Denver Post, The LA Times, The Dallas Morning News, MSN Money, and WalletPop, among other fine media outlets. Melissa currently lives with her husband and their Whippet mix in Somerville, Mass. -- "the Brooklyn of Boston" -- where they strive each day to save money, save the planet, and live the dream for less.
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