No matter what you are celebrating at this time of year, it is a wonderful time to see what types of special gifts you can find for loved ones. We are lucky to be close to NYC for an abundance of brand names and designer stores, but there is nothing quite like giving someone a gift you know was made personally, whether it is a craft, jewelry piece, service or something to make your home brighter.

If you want to support local makers, vendors and businesses, we have some great suggestions for you!

Keep Long Island With You All Year Long

Summer on Long Island never has to end, especially if you find gifts that reflect the wonderful beachy-ness of our region. From wellness products to clothing, Hanalei and Kula’s have a wonderful selection of beach-inspired and themed jewelry, clothing and accessories.

Want to remind your friends of summers spent in the sand and surf? Discover Long Island has an array of merch items from Gage sunglasses to T-shirts, hand-poured candles made in the Hamptons, and Long Island Strong products. Any of these items would be a wonderful reminder of the beauty of this region, whether your loved one lives nearby or across the continent.

And we cannot forget seafarers both by trade and heart. At Atlantic Outfitters, everything a boating and fishing enthusiast needs is available, including rods, reels, tackle, bait, clothing, sunglasses, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, fly rods, reels, flies, as well boating and kayak accessories. The Dinghy Shop in Amityville also sells boats and boating equipment for all!

Fashion Some Gifts that Give Back?

The wonderful thing about small businesses? Many of them are community-based, which means they find ways to give directly back through donations, initiatives and more.

For your animal adoring friends, Lolamina Designs is a jewelry company that directly supports animal organizations across Long Island, including K9 working dog organizations, rescues, shelters and the Northern Exposure Siberian Husky Rescue.

A Long Island organization was recently recognized nationally for its dedication to providing schools and students across New York State with much-needed supplies. The Fashion Foundation sells designer clothing pieces at reduced costs, and the funds raised from sales, donations and fundraisers go to purchase items for schools and students that struggle to afford them.

Gifts Good Enough to Eat

Do you have friends and family who love the tastes and smells of the region? Why not get them a gift you know they will delight in—food!

Fancy some fudge? Try The Shoppes at East Wind! For café and bakery goodies, as well as other treats, The Shops at Milleridge in Jericho has plenty to offer. Want to pass on some great spirits? Fire Island Vines may specialize in wine, but their knowledgeable staff can answer questions about local beers, ciders and seltzers alike. Want to indulge your loved ones in sweets? Stony Brook Chocolate has cocoa delights, delicious candy and gift baskets that will make your loved ones smile.

There is much to be proud of in Long Island, including amazing local businesses and makers. At Lynx Mortgage Bank LLC, we do everything we can to help people purchase the home they desire in our region. Talk to us about your options to call this area of New York State your home!

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