It's the most wonderful time of the year, particularly for retailers. What better way to make their seasons a little brighter than to get those holiday presents at some of the Hamptons' best local shops...emphasis on local! (Sorry, Ralph Lauren, you know we love you, but not this time.) Without further ado, take a look at our favorite East End stores for gift giving.
10) The Shop: The Elegant Setting
Address: 31 Main Street, Southampton
The Skinny: Tons of tabletop items fill this Southampton staple, with monogramed pillows, bags and paper goods to boot.
9) The Shop: Jarlath Mellett
Address: 255 Main Street, Amagansett
The Skinny: A unique design space, Jarlath is home to unexpected gifts for your friends with the most discerning taste. A selection of clothing and art too.
8) The Shop: White's East Hampton
Address: 81 Main Street, East Hampton
The Skinny: A throwback to Hamptons history, this old-time pharmacy offers the best in makeup gifts and a wide array of perfumes for every East End lady.
7) The Shop: Hildreth's
Address: 51-55 Main Street, Southampton; 109 Montauk Highway, East Hampton
The Skinny: A department store steeped in history, this Southampton throwback is as quaint as they come. Home gifts and toys abound in both East End locations.
6) The Shop: The Wharf Shop
Address: 69A Main Street, Sag Harbor
The Skinny: A kitschy Sag Harbor staple, the shop has been selling unique toys and gifts since the '60s. Look for Hamptons-themed playthings as well.
5) The Shop: BookHampton
Address: 41 Main Street, East Hampton; 91 Main Street, Southampton; 20 Main Street, Sag Harbor; 154 Main Street, Amagansett
The Skinny: The East End's most prolific bookstore, BookHampton's four locations are beloved village shops that have withstood the Main Street test of time.
4) The Shop: Rumrunner Home
Address: 330 Montauk Highway, Wainscott; 62 Hampton Road, Southampton
The Skinny: Both locations of this furniture and home goods standby offer excellent hostess gifts, often with an East End theme. Check out great frames and wall art too.
3) The Shop: Home, James!
Address: 55 Main Street, East Hampton
The Skinny: Tucked in an alley off Main Street, this petite East Hampton offering is home to an assortment elegant plates and antique table settings. A well-edited selection of gifts, and a great name.
2) The Shop: Maison 24
Address: 2424 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton
The Skinny: This Bridgehampton newcomer has made a splash with its festive windows and wacky, whimsical gifts. Find very unique music, art and furniture inside.
1) The Shop: Sylvester & Co.
Address: 103 Main Street, Sag Harbor; 154 Main Street and 146 Main Street, Amagansett
The Skinny: Perhaps intriguingly random is the best way to describe the stock of each store in the Sylvester family. A gift givers dream, these Amagansett and Sag Harbor shops offer everything from candles to cookbooks, furniture to coffee, and anything in between.