By Kate Devine
There is no better feeling than giving a loved one a holiday gift that will bring them joy. For those excited to find that perfect something but feeling a bit stumped, The Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar has what you need! This weekend a new roster of vendors will set up shop in Convention Hall. Skip the mall and visit the Holiday Bazaar, support our creative community, and score unique and thoughtful gifts that will keep your loved ones talking all year long!
Here's a few suggestions to get your shopping started. Check out our recent #MeetTheMakerAP posts to get to know vendors, and for more gifting inspiration.
Each of these vendors will be in Convention Hall this Saturday or Sunday. See our schedule of vendors here.
Ashley McFarland Art
Highlands, New Jersey-based artist Ashley McFarland will be offering an assortment of illustrations and mixed media paintings with nautical themes, in addition to handmade holiday cards and ornaments. These hand painted, wooden New Jerseys will make any local's eyes light up.
In search of a vintage-inspired favor to wow the host of a holiday party? Carrousel Collective designs and handcrafts festive paper goods, plush dolls and holiday ephemera. Think vintage carnival prizes, psychedelic characters, and novel trinkets that have been elevated to obsession-worthy status. They will also be offering vintage holiday ornaments. They're an awesome early-in-the-season gift for your party-throwing friend with fabulous taste.
Content and Company
Husband and wife team John and Courtney Achilli salvage unwanted materials, then repurpose them as upcycled treasures. This Saturday, Content and Company will offer unique home decor like cutting boards, clocks, candle holders, custom furniture; gifts for everyone at all price points. All pieces are made from locally sourced, salvaged New Jersey wood. For the cooking enthusiast with an eye for quality materials, look for their speciality handmade cutting boards!
For your world traveling friend with an eye for bohemian designs, a piece from the Global Elective collection is just the thing. She'll feel like she just returned from another adventure abroad, minus the jetlag. Owner Natalie Jesionka works with Burmese artisans and weavers on the Thai-Burma border to design scarves, boho bags, baby toys, journals, clutches, and accessories. She also collaborates with small start ups in Guatemala to make scarves from foot looms and natural dyes. All products are ethically made- artisans make a solid livelihood, complete the work on their own terms, and have a community buy in.
Find lovingly made, environmentally conscious stocking stuffers while supporting your local farmer and beekeeper. Farmer Meg will offer farm-crafted goat's milk soaps, udder balm, beeswax candles, seasonal farm grown wreathes, in addition to gift baskets! All natural, small batch products like these are a thoughtful and luxurious gift.
Julia Passafiume Design
Julia Passafiume creates handmade, organic and sustainably sourced kids and baby clothes, for the little ones on your gift list. The fabrics and patterns in her collection will make you swoon. They are bright, adorable, and expertly made. Every piece will make memorable outfit choice for the mini ones in the family.
Norse is a collection of functional and decorative ceramic objects handmade by Lauren Shoemaker. Each pot and bowl is a one of a kind beauty. Pick up a gorgeous ceramic piece as a timeless gift, they'll be at the bazaar on Sunday!
Stella + Stosh
The fashionista you're shopping for will adore the handmade pieces by Stella + Stosh. Their line of kimonos, ponchos, faux fur scarves, and cowls has a bohemian edge and feminine feel. Picking clothes for others can be tricky! But you can't go wrong gifting Stella + Stosh.
Warmth Soy Candle Co.
There is no better way to cozy up a room than with the glow of a hand crafted soy wax candle. Everyone savors a beautifully scented candle as a holiday gift. Warmth Soy Candle Co. also uses lead-free cotton for wicks and use phthalate-free essential and perfume oil blends.