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slides: Gift Guide 2012: Last-Minute RI Christmas Gifts

Monday, December 24, 2012


You've got 24 hours? Don't worry. We've got you covered with great local ideas that you can snap up today, from food and wine to smart grabs at your local drug store. Santa's got nothing on you.


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It's the perfect gift for any girl or woman on your list, and they've never been hotter. Drop in to the closest Alex & Ani Rhode Island store and take advantage of holiday specials, support local causes, or just grab her birthstone. Don't miss out on the new Electro Disco collection, with stackable sets of 4 bangles for $158. Simpler bangles start at $24.

For more great gift ideas for her, check out these special picks.

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There is never a bad time to bring a bottle of wine, whether it's to honor your hostess, please your father-in-law, or thank a fellow workmate for a great year together.

Rhode Island has fantastic wine stores that will get you set up with something special that matches your pricepoint. Check out The Savory Grape in East Greenwich, Grapes & Grains in Barrington, Eno Fine Wines and Campus Fine Wines in Providence, and Newport Wine Cellar in Newport. Some like Bottles Fine Wine, in Providence, even deliver!

For 6 great reds to serve with Christmas Dinner, go here.

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A good book

Giving a book is always a great gift for any age, but sometimes you're stumped trying to figure out what they're interested in.

Solve your dilemma with Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas, Sal Lizard's memoir of playing Santa Claus for the last 20 years in malls, parades and hospitals. Perfect for any reader of any age.

Available at Books On the Square in Providence, among other booksellers.

For more books for gifts handpicked by local bookstores, go here.

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Coffee syrup

Does anything say Merry Christmas in Rhode Island more than coffee syrup? How about an all-natural, cold-brewed, no-artificial-flavorings-or-colorings coffee syrup, from Dave's Coffee?

The home store in Charlestown is staying open from 6am 'til 6pm on Christmas Eve (today!) to serve all your last-minute gift needs, so head on over. Don't overlook the vanilla coffee syrup. You're welcome.

$10.99 for single bottle, $21 for a two-pack.

Dave's Coffee, 5193 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, RI. 401-322-0006.

For more classic RI gifts, go here.

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Awesome hat

You can never have too many hats, and with crochet being the "it" craft, these crazy-wonderful hats by Donna Gilbert are go-to winners.

Gilbert, who lives in Cumberland, is just one of the many local artists featured at Small Circle, a community-based arts retailer on Wickenden Street in Providence's Fox Point. You'll walk out with a perfect gift, whether it's this topper or not.

Small Circle, 464 Wickenden St, Providence.

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Something for Fido

Any dog lover on your list is going to be delighted to see a bag of locally-made Jack's Dog Snacks on their tree. They also make great stocking stuffers. Head over to Jack's new spot in Cranston and pick up Jack's biscuit mix, which makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen chicken and garlic bones for the lucky pup that gets to feast on them. Comes with step-by-step instructions and a medium-size bone-shaped cookie cutter. You can also order all kinds of great treats online, here.

Mix $11.95. Jack's Snacks, 1860 Broad Street, Cranston. 401-467-2601.

Get more great locally-made and sold gifts for dog lovers, here.

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Gourmet oil

Olive oil is the hottest thing in artisan food these days, and Rhode Island has two fantastic stores where you can custom-design bottles of specialty oils, or combine treats for gourmet gift baskets. Delight the food-lover on your list with one of these beautiful bottles.

In Newport at Virgin & Aged, choose from dozens of gourmet flavors to create a custom gift basket that your foodie will obsess over, including Persian Lime, Fig, Tuscan Herb, Red Apple, and even Butter. In Providence at Olive del Mondo, draw fresh olive oils and vinegars on tap in their charming store, and you've got a winning gift. 

For 21 more gifts for Food Lovers, check out these ideas here.

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Personalized phone case

Got photos you know they love? Hop online with CVS and create a custom case for their cellphone or tablet. The whole process takes literally just minutes. $34.99.

For more great last-minute grabs, CVS is a go-to. Consider Burt's Bees Head to Toe Kit for her ($12.99),  Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift Eau de Parfum: for that hard-to-shop-for teen girl on your list ($24.74), a Tower Stereo System for any young guy who still needs a gift ($79.99). For littler ones, you can grab a Discovery Kids Exploration Laptop ($19.99) or Robofish: $9.99.

For more drugstore beauty ideas, go here.

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Beautiful candlesticks are always appreciated, and these ethereal, subtle-colored tapers at Simple Pleasures are the perfect grab. Hand-dipped from Maine, choose from Willow, Spruce, Pewter and more. While you're at it, grab a few for your own collection, and have some set aside on hand for last-minute hostess gifts in the New Year.

For more beautiful local items for the table, go here.

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Zombie tarot cards

It's been the year of the zombie, and anyone with a sense of the macabre (or sense of humor) will love these zombie tarot cards, not to mention all the other incredibly curated gifts at Curatorium in Providence. Spend 30 minutes in this creative shop and you'll have something unique for everyone on your list.

Zombie tarot cards $18, The Curatorium, 197 Wickenden St, Providence.

For more gifts under $25, go here.

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Artsy homegoods

Please any lover of their kitchen, of art, and of vintage designs with these gorgeous organic tea towels designed by Lisa Price, from Artgoodies. They're blockprinted on 100% organic cotton, and they're at Kreatelier in Providence, along with all kinds of colorful and creative homegoods. 

$19 at Kreatelier, 804 Hope St, Providence.

For more ideas for the kitchen, go here.

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Tickets to arts

Be a hero by giving them two of the biggest arts events coming to Rhode Island in 2013--jazz legend Wynton Marsalis in January and the Joffrey Ballet in March. FirstWorks is offering a special deal just for the holidays: 15% off the total price on a combined ticket purchase to these two headliner events.

The discount applies to any same-purchase combination of seats to both performances from the $38, $48 and $58 dollar levels. Offer valid: Dec. 20, 2012 through Jan. 12, 2013.

To take advantage, use the code SPRING 13 at the PPAC Box Office at 220 Weybosset St., Providence or call 401-421-ARTS (2787). Offer code not valid for online sales.


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