With under a week left until Christmas, like a lot of people, you may still need to go shopping. Well, here's some inspiration: 10 specific gifts you probably haven't thought about for those on your Christmas list.
All of the gifts can be found locally, so there's still time to get them. From food to books, art to music, the categories and prices run the gamut, so you're sure to find at least something for that hard-to-buy-for person. Have other suggestions? Leave it in the comments below.
1. Anke's Fit Bakery Granola
For the health conscious person on your list, why not give them something their taste buds will appreciate? Made locally by Anke Albert, she sells them in a pretty cellophane package at Jack's Coffee in Amagansett, Sylvester & Co. in Sag Harbor, Juicy Naam in Sag Harbor, and Sweet' tauk in Montauk. You can also find the granola and other products at the Sag Harbor Farmers Winter Market every Saturday morning in December. Price: $8 to $20.
2. ARF Merchandise
You don't have to adopt an animal to support the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott. But you can give the gift of ARF. There is a selection of merchandise, from an ARF Pet Calendar ($25) to items in the ARFmart, new this year. The line includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball hats, tote bags, bistro mugs, dog collars, leashes and umbrellas. Click here to shop. Prices: $5 to $45.
3. "Building Stories"
This unique graphic novel is separated into 14 different works – newspapers, flip-books and more, all offered within the same set. Created by cartoonist Chris Ware, this is available locally at Bookhampton. Price: $50
4. Membership to Goat on a Boat
For the children on your list, a membership to Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre is a unique, fun gift they'll enjoy for the year to come. Among only 50 establish puppet theatres in the country, this Sag Harbor-based non-profit hosts visiting puppeteers from throughout the East Coast. Price: $50 for a family membership, which entitles them to 10-percent off every ticket purchased, Puppet Play Group punch card privileges, 10 percent off birthday parties and 10 percent off gift certificates.
5. Kringle Magical Reindeer Food
Also for the kids, this treat serves as both an ornament and a fun way for kids to partake in the Christmas season. Sprinkling these dried oats in a around the house – or even on some cookies – is said to attract Santa's reindeer. Available at Aunt Suzie's Clothes for Kids. Price: $6
Ray Stevenson, owner of Southampton Village toy shop Stevenson's, said they are back after they seemed like a fad gift in the late 1990s. But he isn't the only one saying that. According to Yahoo! Finance, the furry, wide-eyed robots were the only toy to make the "hot toys" list at Toys R' Us, K-Mart, Walmart and Target this year. Price: $50-80
7. Membership to Parrish Art Museum
Just barely a month after leaving Jobs Lane and opening its new facility on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, one gift that may be worth giving is the opportunity for an art fan you know to go check it out over the next year. Price: $55
8. Making a Donation in Someone's Name
Give the gift of helping others to someone on your list. Here's just one example (and there are plenty of non-profits to pick from in our community): If you know an animal enthusiast, Last Chance Animal Rescue might be for him or her. Group for the East End or Peconic Land Trust would benefit causes for the environmentally-minded. Or for public radio fans, WPPB 88.3 FM might be a good option. Price: Whatever you can afford.