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Happening in the Hills features Stacey's Holiday Gift Guide

Stacey visits Pergola Home in New Preston, CT- Photo courtesy of Mike Yanin

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”
– Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

(Please note this is an excerpt from the Happening in the Hills feature, 'Stacey's Holiday Gift Guide') Before the holiday season, when I am compiling my gift lists for my family and friends, I am thankful that I live in a county with unique boutiques, artisanal gourmet stores and galleries. Instead of malls and big box stores, I try to find those destinations where I can find personal gifts that are perfectly suited to the receiver’s lifestyle and passions.

Men can sometimes prove to be more difficult to make purchases for and I always search out unusual gifts that he can use during a favorite activity. Try to avoid the tie, wallet and socks route! For example, if your husband, father or brother loves the outdoors, this Aztec patterned, faux fur-lined hat from J. Seitz is practical yet has style and is well-priced at $74. He will certainly think of you every time he wears it.

A real treat to his senses would be a selection of olive oils from Nutmeg Oil in New Milford. Flavors perfect for the holiday include: Mushroom Sage, Blood Orange, Cranberry Pear, and Fig Dark Balsamic Olive Oils. This will certainly add to his creative choices for sauces, dressings and glazes. Single bottles start at $9 and gift sets come in 4-to-6- pack sizes starting at $18. They can customize any gift set with oils as well as a mix of vinegars. Before you purchase, you can taste and try each of their products in the store.

Who does not love cashmere? …. these luxurious triangle shawls from R. Derwin Clothiers in Litchfield are perfect for winter parties in the country. The shawls, priced at $1,195 are made with Loro Piana cashmere yarns, fringed with leather and are a signature statement piece for the fashionista!

Another gift idea for women who love one-of-a-kind items for the home are these naturally patinated, zinc frame-wrapped mirrors from RT Facts in Kent. The mirrors are truly unique and special gifts, as RT Facts custom-makes each one. They are priced at $800 each.

I invite you to read the whole article in Happening in the Hills which feature more stylish gift ideas for men and women from Pergola Home, Privet House, J. Seitz & Co, Oliphant, Barkery Boo'Tique, Scott and Bowne, Terston, R. Derwin Clothiers, Nutmeg Olive Oil, RT Facts and KMR Arts.

READ THE ARTICLE FROM HAPPENING IN THE HILLS BY CLICKING ON THE LINK HERE.

Please find below the addresses and websites for all these unique shops and boutiques to be found in Litchfield County.

Barkery Boo’tique
38 Bank Street
New Milford
860.210.1312


J. Seitz
East Shore Road (Route 45)
New Preston
860. 868. 0119
www.jseitz.com


KMR Arts Gallery
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot
860.868.7533
www.kmrarts.com


Nutmeg Olive Oil Company
25 Main Street
New Milford
860.354.7300
info@nutmegoliveoil.com
www.nutmegoliveoil.com


Oliphant
29 West St
Litchfield
860.567.8199
oliphantdesign.com


Pergola Home
7 East Shore Road
New Preston
860.868.4769
info@pergolahome.com
www.pergolahome.com


Privet House
13 East Shore Road
New Preston
860.868.1800
info@privethouse.com
www.privethouse.com


R. Derwin Clothiers
(The Ladies Store)
43 West Street
Litchfield
860.567.4095
www.rderwinclothiers.com


RT Facts
22 South Main Street
Kent
860.927.1700
www.rtfacts.com


Scott and Bowne
27 North Main Street #1
Kent
860.592.0207
scottandbowne.com


Terston
27 North Main Street
Kent
860.927.1255
info@terston.com
www.terston.com