If you are anything like me, you probably have a lot of holiday shopping still ahead of you.  It seems that every year I find myself squeezing my holiday shopping into the last minute. There are plenty of reasons why I always end up in this predicament year after year; a busy schedule, not knowing what to get, not wanting to battle crowds. And of course, there’s always at least one person on my list I avoid shopping for because I have no idea what to get them.

Luckily, there are plenty of small businesses on Staten Island’s North Shore that I love supporting, especially during the holiday season. These local businesses provide great gifts at great prices, and by shopping locally, I don’t have to worry about things like long lines, parking, crowds, or traffic.

This holiday season; please consider supporting your local businesses. There are so many benefits to shopping locally: it preserves the local culture, improves the local economy, creates jobs, enriches the community, and helps build relationships by providing a personalized experience. Below are some examples of local businesses you can support, and at the same time, get your holiday shopping done!



Whether you’re heading out to a holiday party or stuck on what to leave for Santa, chances are, your local bakery has just what you need. Surprise your loved ones with their favorite treats and a gift certificate to one of Staten Island’s infamous bakeries.

The Cake Chef – 957 Jewett Avenue

The Cookie Jar – 1226 Forest Avenue

Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe – 1899 Victory Boulevard

Moretti Bakery – 640 Forest Avenue

Lee Sims Chocolates – 422 Manor Road



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I’m sure there is a wine lover in your life who would love a bottle of wine, personalized wine glasses, or a gift basket from their local wine shop. Check out these local businesses, who not only provide the best wines, but the best service.

Honor Wines – 36 Bay Street

Jean’s Fine Wine and Spirits – 642 Forest Avenue




Surely, someone on your list has a favorite place to dine at. Or, perhaps you know of a place they would love but haven’t tried yet. A gift certificate to a local restaurant is a perfect gift that not only supports local businesses, but gives people on your list a reason to get out and celebrate!

There are so many restaurants on Staten Island’s North Shore worth listing, but here are some of my favorites.

Beans and Leaves Coffee and Tea Café – 422 Forest Avenue

Marie’s Gourmet – 977 Victory Boulevard

Papa Perrone’s Riceball Shoppe – 469 St. Mark’s Place

120 Bay Café – 120 Bay Street

Blue – 1115 Richmond Terrace

Egger’s Ice cream Parlor – 1194 Forest Avenue


For Kids

Not sure what to get the children on your list? Stop in one of the local toy stores or children’s boutiques and I’m sure one of “Santa’s Helpers” will help you find the perfect gift.

Boomerang Toys – 646 Forest Avenue

The Country Mouse – 570 Forest Avenue


Health and Beauty

The gift that keeps on giving sometimes includes a trip to the local salon or spa. I’m sure that anyone on your list would appreciate a few hours of relaxation and much deserved pampering at one of these North Shore locations.

Bebe Nails – 528 Forest Avenue

Relax on Cloud Nine – 694 Clove Road

The Secret Garden – 702 Forest Avenue

Skin Station – 771 Forest Avenue



Still stuck? Check out Gifted at their new location at 717 Forest Avenue. Here you are sure to find a beautifully wrapped holiday gift basket that anyone would enjoy.

Best of luck to you as you tackle your holiday shopping list and get your last minute shopping done. If you’re looking to buy a home on Staten Island please feel free to visit my website for information on listings, local attractionshome-buying tips, and neighborhood information. You can also connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and I hope to meet you soon!

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