This post is written by contributor Kate Cabiltes, a freelance interior stylist and writer living in Queens. You can follow her on Instagram @fueledbywhimsy and visit her blog Fueled by Whimsy:
As you're searching for holiday gifts this season, don't forget to show your favorite neighborhood stores some love. When you shop local, you are supporting small businesses and helping to build a sense of community in your area. As a resident of Queens, there's no place in my neighborhood that I'd rather go than Lockwood. This lifestyle store owned by Mackenzie Farceur (also co-author of We Heart Astoria blog) is packed with swoon-worthy treasures that anyone on your list would be lucky to receive. I've put together a round-up of some of my favorite gift ideas for your loved ones. Keep reading to check it out. And if you're looking for stylish apparel, be sure to visit Lockwood's beautiful clothing shop next door.
1 - The Tao of Now Book - $14.95 - A compilation of stories and teachings from a variety of wisdom traditions, this book is a great gift for anyone seeking peace in the present moment.
2 - Tocca Hand Cream - $12.50 - These luxurious, paraben-free hand creams come in an assortment of lovely scents. The packaging is so gorgeous that all you need to wrap them is a bow!
3 - Navy Tartan Scarf - $45 - This timeless, lightweight scarf would complement any outfit.
4 - Twig Pencil Bundle - $5.50 - Hand-crafted from twigs of sustainable trees, these pencils come in natural graphite or a plethora of colors.
5 - New York Knit Hat - $39.95 - This funky knit cap will keep you warm and cozy all winter long.
6 - XO Stud Earrings - $35 - These adorable 14K studs are packaged in a tiny glass bottle and sealed with a cork - no gift wrap needed!
7 - Stone Spike Bangle - $46 - Sleek, bohemian, and sophisticated, this edgy bangle looks great worn alone or stacked with several bracelets.
8 - Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar - $10.50 - These delicious vegan treats are made locally in Brooklyn, and come packaged in stylish, eye-catching patterns.
9 - Apothecary Candle - $24 - Give your home a retro look with these beautiful amber glass candles available in a variety of delicious scents. My personal favorites are Geranium & Basil and Verbena & Eucalyptus.
10 - Get Your Ship Together Tote - $24.95 - This witty, screen-printed tote bag is practical, fun, and eco-friendly!
And for your fashionista friends, be sure to check out Lockwood's clothing shop next door!