Washington Holiday Gift Guide: 2021 Edition


The festive holiday season is here and it’s time to start brainstorming gift ideas for all the special people in our lives. Luckily, Washington and New Preston have the best shops around to check everyone off your list and find unique gifts they will love. And remember that shopping locally is not only civilized and convenient, it also supports our entire community. Here is this year’s holiday gift guide to help you find something perfect for every personality and style.


Who doesn’t love the festive scents of the holidays? Pick up a handmade candle by english teacher candle co. or visit Privet House for a set of Lucia Candles and Pure Essential Oils, made with organic ingredients.



For the fashionista in your life, visit Plains Goods for a beautiful selection of carefully curated men’s and women’s clothing, including cashmere sweaters, stylish blazers, and beautiful coats and jackets. Head over to Washington Depot’s newest boutique, Favorite, for more fashion finds. For stocking stuffers, pick up the perfect accessory like these limited edition handmade clutches.



Visit the Washington Art Association for one-of-kind gift items by local artists and creators, including exceptional jewelry, functional and sculptural ceramics, handmade candles, carved wooden gifts, artwork, and more – shop online or at the gallery now through December 24th! And be sure to visit DK Schulman for stunning holiday stationary and unique gift ideas with an artistic flair.

"Reflections II" by Katie Ré Scheidt
Round Sculpted Rainbow Murano Glass Earrings by Julie Seigmund


Find the perfect gift for those on your list who love to explore the outdoors, or just look like they do! Head over to Five Janes @shop.fivejanes for the best accessories and winter essentials, like these knit mittens with fleece lining and winter pom hats.



Book the ultimate weekend getaway with the Mayflower Inn & Spa’s Holidays in the Countryside, complete with relaxation in THE WELL with winter-inspired treatments, festive experiences, and delicious meals all weekend and a chance to unwind by the fireplace.



For the person who loves to curl up with a good book, pick up the latest best-sellers or old classics from the Hickory Stick Bookshop. View the new arrivals and staff recommendations in store or at @hickorystickbookshop. And find great gift ideas for the youngest readers too!



For that special diva who would appreciate the ultimate glow-up with hair, skin, and nails – look no further than the Byrde + the b! Their full service salon offers hair styling and treatments,manicures and pedicures, skincare treatments, and other primping. Purchase a gift card or pick up a Davines Holiday Gift Box for the one on your list who deserves to come out feeling beautiful and sexy. And check out all our top notch salons and spas for more gift ideas.



There’s no better gift than sharing a delicious meal. Washington’s restaurants and casual eateries are known for their delicious brunches and dinners, so pick up a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant or someplace completely new. Whether it’s a casual breakfast from The Po Cafe or Marty’s, or a savory dinner at The Community Table, it will be a meal to remember.



Never underestimate the gift of coziness during a New England winter! Pick up a beautiful Hand-Loomed Mohair Throw from Privet House or grab a seasonal throw and pillows from Washington Supply Co.



When looking for a special gem, head right to Hays Worthington! Their collection of beautiful period jewelry makes for an extraordinary gift. View their latest selections at their shop in New Preston village.



Bold frames are in, and Friedrich’s Optik is the place for handcrafted frames and the highest quality glasses. With shops in NYC, Palm Beach, and Europe, we’re lucky to have this resource right in Washington Depot to try on the latest designs of these stylish handmade frames.



One-of-a-kind home decor items are perfect for someone who loves to nest. Visit Dawn Hill Antiques for beautiful Swedish pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, stop by Louis CT for mid-century to modern art, ceramics, and textiles, and then see what catches your eye from George Home’s curated collection and global mix of statement pieces.



For the botanical lover, pick up a unique new plant, earthy decor item, or a Japanese ceramic from Pergola Home, or order a custom flower arrangement from Loam Floral Design to add that festive touch for someone special.



For the kids, there’s no place better to shop than at the Hickory Stick Bookshop where you can find games, puzzles, toys, and of course – the latest children’s books. Or visit J. Seitz & Co. for a selection of stylish children’s clothes and accessories for the winter season.



We know you won’t want to forget your beloved furbaby, so visit the new Depot Dog for a wide selection of treats, toys, accessories, and even sweaters and coats for these cold winter walks. Visit their store in Washington Depot and pick out a special gift for your furry companion. And stock up on delicious treats from The Litchfield Hound, made with all natural ingredients and a favorite of our four-legged friends and available at The Smithy!

Depot Dog by @unlockingconnecticut


Who’s got a sweet tooth? Pick up a custom selection of favorite candies, gummies, and gourmet chocolates from Sweeets in New Preston. And visit The Pantry for a selection of freshly baked goods and cookies. Give the indulgent gift of their famous Chocolate Indulgence Cake for the ultimate sweet holidays!


Fun Stocking Stuffers

Need an extra gift idea or stocking stuffer? Here are some more fun ideas below, and for more gift ideas view our list of all Washington and New Preston shops.

Unique vintage homeware items from Washington Curated.
Gift a set of monogrammed linens from Best Monogram.
For the car enthusiast, pick up a leather bound “Porsche 70 Years” book from DK Schulman.
Visit Stars Hollow Yarns to pick up a set of festive yarns or better - supplies to make a winter gift item yourself!

Now that you’ve got your list, let the shopping begin. And we wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!