Shop ’til You Drop: Deck the Halls by Shopping Small

Rogers Mansion in Southampton
Rogers Mansion in Southampton, Photo: Oliver Peterson

Continuing with more unique places to shop for holiday gifts, don’t forget the Southampton Historical Museum Gift Shop. Right now you can gather your pals and visit the Downton Abbey-inspired fashion exhibit inside the historic Rogers Mansion and if you’re there on a Saturday, gift shop customers are offered a cup of warm cider and cookies! Specialty items include vintage holiday cards and gift wrap, wool scarves from Faribault Woolen Mill Company, handmade baby hats, sweaters, children’s wooden toys, decoupage historic Long Island map paperweights, beautiful ornaments and lots more. The Museum & Gift Shop is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., at 17 Meetinghouse Lane, Southampton. Call 631-283-2494 or visit

Here’s a great gift idea for anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet: the Squeeze Reliever. Just launched by East End-based Ideas Space Time, Inc., the Squeeze Reliever squishes your foot between two air cushion pillows that custom conform—relieving muscle tension by giving your foot a deep joint and tissue massage. The pressure is adjustable so you can ease your way in. To order and to find out more, visit

I recently received a great gift box of treats from First Aid Beauty, a skincare line made especially for sensitive skin, and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Between the heat blasting in the car and the arctic chill that greets our poor little unprotected faces every morning as we step outside, just about everyone could qualify for having a sensitive skin-type this time of year. Eager to test out the new goods, I tore open the pretty blue Fab Aglow box and headed to the sink. The cleanser is foamy, silky, airy, smells great and effectively removes makeup. Next, I tried the Facial Radiance Pads, which are suggested for the morning after a late night. Unlike some pads, there was no sting or harsh scent. Afterward, my skin was really glowing. To take the next step, try the Facial Radiance Serum. With luminous skin like this, all you’ll need is some bright lipstick and you’re the light of the party. First Aid Beauty (FAB) Algow Kit is free of parabens and colorants and makes a great holiday gift. Available online at

The holidays are here and there are lots of great deals to be had and many wonderful shops to visit. Deck the halls and celebrate by shopping locally! Eastport’s Little Secret offers a wide variety of great holiday gifts to choose, from including items by Vera Bradley or Alex & Ani, elegant baby gifts, fabulous toys, unique stocking stuffers, soybean candles, costume jewelry, fashionable handbags and much, much more. Stop by for fabulous gifts! Open seven days (during the holiday season), 519 Montauk Highway in Eastport. Call 631-801-2806.

Looking for great gourmet food? Citarelli’s Market and Catering in Eastport cooks up some of the most delicious foods and baked goods. Start your morning off with a powerful breakfast or stop by for a delightful lunch or dinner special. And for those who don’t want to prepare food for the holidays, Citarelli’s offers a great catering menu as well. Citarelli’s is located at 525 Main Street, Eastport. Call 631-325-0025.

New Kid on the Block: 

Wainscott Main Wine & Spirits, the wine shop and liquor store at 345 Montauk Highway, is now open! Under new ownership of long-time Wainscott resident Joel Kaye, along with Chimene Macnaughton, a familiar face from restos such as Della Femina, Fresno & The 1770 House, who will be buying for and running the store. Wainscott Main Wine & Spirits welcomes the East End community for a fresh look at the store. Stop in at 345 Montauk Highway in Wainscott or call 631-537-2800. Place your order online at

Stop by Harbor Pets on December 8th, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and get a framed photo of your dog with Santa. Make a $5 suggested donation to ARF. 12 Bay Street, Sag Harbor 631-725-9070.

For more holiday shopping tips, read last week’s Shop ’til You Drop.

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