Look no farther than The First State for your holiday shopping
Delaware By Hand
406 Federal St., Dover
Pieces are created by the artist and artisan members of the Biggs Museum. The retail store is located at the Biggs in Dover.
The Wilmington-based artist is working with the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation on the 7th Street Arts Bridge.
Marcia Poling Bird Ornaments
Wild Birds Unlimited
7411 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin
These bird-themed Christmas tree ornaments are hand-painted in lovely detail by Dover artist and naturalist Marcia Poling. Each ornament offers a unique design, perfect for the bird lover on your list.
From Newark, Dea Daly offers one-of-a-kind ornaments this holiday season. She also sells incense burners and charms made from polymer clay. Orders and custom pieces can also be placed on Facebook or Instagram.
Brandywine Coffee Roasters
1400 N. Dupont St., Wilmington
Price: $10 & up
A great option for the local coffee-lover, Brandywine Coffee Roasters offers delicious, hand-roasted blends, sourced from the world’s best coffee. Sample some at the closest Brew HaHa!, or learn more at brandywinecoffeeroasters.com. The products feature very cool artwork as well.
1431 Foulk Rd., Wilmington
Stop by this family-run fruit and vegetable farm for some delicious, seasonal apple cider, made fresh from the farm’s harvest.
1025 N Union St., Wilmington
Price: $10 & up
This family-owned and operated maker of quality Italian dairy products, including ricotta, ricotta impastata, mozzarella, curd and queso fresco, is located in the heart of Little Italy.
Maiale Deli & Salumeria
3301 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington
Price: $49 & up (platters)
More than 30 varieties of sausage and 10 types of salami are available here. All sausages and dried salami are handcrafted in house and made fresh daily.
Walker’s Apiary Honey
351 Wedgewood Rd., Newark
Price: $10 & up
Located near White Clay Creek Preserve, this apiary also produces honey—along with wax and ointment.
Local Music at Rainbow Records
54 E. Main St., Newark
Price: $10 & up
The entire store is a music and book haven, and we particularly recommend perusing the section showcasing area artists. It features an impressive assortment of records, CDs and tapes by local favorites.
The War on Words Book
Local wordsmith and O&A editor Bob Yearick has compiled a collection of his columns into a book. Each page is a spot-on, somewhat snarky attempt to eliminate the grammatical gaffes that plague our everyday communications.
Etcetera & Stitches
This online shop by local artist Kristen Vaughn features her individually-designed cross-stitch patterns, hand-crafted kits and finished pieces. Versatile with nerdy and pop culture references, along with modern embroidery hoop art, these pieces are a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone.
1004 Wawaset St., Wilmington
From custom cabinets to natural-looking wood tables and desks, Jim Buckley creates carefully crafted furniture to suit your unique specifications and reflect your personality.
Kitchen Accessories at Creations Gallery
443 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin
Among the varied home items offered at Creations you’ll find the kitchen accessories that Middletown native Michael O’Grady creates from olive wood imported from sustainable sources in Bethlehem, Israel. The growth habit of the olive trees results in spectacular swirly figures—and, hence, unique conversation pieces for your home.
A member of the Delaware State of the Arts Council, Quattrociocchi focuses “on the true beauty of natural wood while providing an object with functional use.”
Well Born Clay
619 Harrington St., Wilmington
Specializing in functional wares for people who like to cook and eat naturally.
Homespun for Everyone
Custom made hats, scarves and more for children and adults. Also offering lessons in knitting and crochet for adults and children. No experience necessary!
Lolah Soul Jewelry
She creates “wearable art,” including rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Sara Monserrat Teixido has been making one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry creations and amulets for more than 22 years.
Olga Ganoudis Designs
1313 Scott St., Wilmington
Olga Ganoudis’ hand-made jewelry includes some pieces with Game of Thrones themes.
Vintage and minimal classics in modern form, featuring natural gems and unique diamonds. This husband and wife team run a socially responsible business from their home studio in Wilmington, and 10% or more of their profits go to local charities.
Getting Sew Crafty
A Newark-based business, Getting Sew Crafty provides stylish and functional teething and nursing jewelry and accessories for mom and tot.
904 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach
Price: Wearables & Accessories $21-$50
Created in 2000 by skimboarding aficionado Corey Mahoney, this Dewey Beach-based company produces its own line of skimboarding gear and skateboard decks. It also runs nationally-acclaimed skim-boarding camps at the Delaware beaches—one of the top skimboarding destinations in the world.
O’Neill’s Fly Fishing
Dedicated to all aspects of fly fishing culture, including seminars, lessons, instruction and custom fly tying. Flies range from $3.95 to more than $10, depending on the pattern. Tim O’Neill operates the business out of his home in Hockessin. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out of the Ordinary
Sore Thumb Designs
New Castle-based pop artist Lawrence Moore re-utilizes pages from comic book classics to create custom-designed storage trunks, which add fun and a dramatic splash of color to any playroom, studio or even an office. If you’re set on storage, Moore takes the same “pulp fiction” approach to the leather tote bags that are also for sale on his site.
Zexcoil Guitar Pickups
Lawing Musical Products, LLC
For the musician on your list, these locally-made guitar pickups boast great tone without the nagging hum that comes from most conventional pickups. The unique design is the product of Delaware local Dr. Scott Lawing, an engineer with a PhD from MIT who also happens to be a veteran guitarist with the band In The Light.