By Julie Davis
The holidays are the most wonderful time of year. But this year, in particular, they’re much more than just good times and gluttonous gifting. Giving is our theme for the season – be it happiness or hope, style or support. Our guide to gifting mixes the pleasures of the holiday with helping those in need. Merry giving.
Rekindle the spirit of the holiday. This beautifully scented candle from New York City’s premiere florist, Belle Fleur, is as gracious as it is glamorous.
Belle Fleur Candles, Rumson China and Glass, Red Bank
Unwrap a smile. These soft, snuggly stuffed animals are sure to bring joy to any girl or boy.
Jelly Cat Stuffed Animals, Fragile Earth, Red Bank
This one-of-a-kind stone, set in 14-karat gold, is reminiscent of the Sandy Hook shoreline. Dubbed the “Officers’ Row” pendant by its designer, Gem of an Idea’s Maureen Bay, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the FoodBank of Neptune.
Officers’ Row Pendant, Gem of An Idea, Fair Haven
The magic of the theater is a surprise and delight for all ages. This holiday, treat someone to a performance of A Wind in the Willows Christmas — a classic tale about true friendship by the Two River Theater Company. The Tuesday, Dec. 11, show is a dedicated performance for local families impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Visit www.trtc.org for details on how to donate or become a family sponsor.
A beautiful reminder of a day in the life at the Jersey Shore, painted by local artist Steven Weston and aptly titled Brand New Day. It’s an inspiring gift for anyone who believes in the heroic efforts to restore our shore.
Brand New Day (print on canvas), Weston Gallery. Manasquan
For families affected by Hurricane Sandy, the Atlantic Club’s Wish Upon a Star Toy Drive is playing Santa. Donate new, unwrapped toys and make a child’s holiday wish come true.
Wish Upon a Start Toy Drive, The Atlantic Club, Red Bank and Manasquan
For those who’ve lost everything, give the gift of a bright future. Donate in your name, or a friend’s, to these worthy causes: Sea Bright Rising, Hope for Highlands and Rebuild our Shore.
www.seabrightrising.org; www.highlandsnj.com/hope; www.rebuildourshore.com
Love, support, courage, confidence – for the woman who gives her family everything, this coveted shearling and leather carryall is the gift of her dreams.
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag, Glow, Shrewsbury
Because life has been anything but normal, give the ultimate escape: a day of relaxation at the Mosaic Salon and Spa. Massage, facial, salt glow – it’s serenity, now.
Mosaic Salon and Spa, Shrewsbury
Sea Bright Rising
P.O. Box 6245
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
Hope for Highlands
P.O. Box 375
Highlands, NJ 07732
Rebuild Our Shore
P.O. Box 727
Island Heights, NJ 08732
9 Monmouth St.
Two River Theater Company
21 Bridge Avenue
The Grove at Shrewsbury
567 Broad St.
79 Main St.
Mosaic Salon and Spa
508 Broad St.
Gem of an Idea
740 River Road
Rumson China and Glass
105 Broad St.
The Atlantic Club
325 Maple Ave.
1904 Atlantic Ave.