Here’s to you and yours. Sending you a special wish for a joyful holiday, whatever you celebrate. Happy Channukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Merry Christmas, too. And here’s to a healthy and happy 2021. May it bring peace and love – which is what the world needs now.
I'm guessing what we also need now are some gift ideas -- so here's an entire issue of Mala's Museletter dedicated to gifting, with some of our favorite local and far-flung goodies for your #BAE, your #BFFs, and everyone else on your list. Happy shopping!
There’s nothing better than giving a piece of the Hamptons with handmade gifts from local artisans -- especially if you’re scrambling last minute! I’m a fan of The Monogram Shop because nothing takes your host game to the next level like customized cocktail napkins. Say something funny, say something smart... or just say home with an address!
For something cozy and earth-friendly, try one of my team’s favorites - Sag Harbor-based Sunswell’s Oyster Flannel, which is actually made from recycled oyster shells and plastic bottles!
Definitely sign up for Stonybrook Southampton Hospital’s inaugural Hamptons Holiday Shop, where your holiday shopping at participating local retailers helps raise funds towards the building of a new East Hampton Emergency Department:
Give clothing: Urban Zen, Joey Wölffer, Bonne Nuit, J. McLaughlin, Tenet, Peserico, and Plain-T
Give gift items and wellness: East Hampton Gardens, Cindy Chang Wellness, Thuyen Skincare
Give a gift certificate for catering: Janet O’Brien Caterers & Events, Elegant Affairs Catering, East End Taste,
Give a meal: K-Pasa, Mecox Bay Dairy, Tutto Il Giorno, Ed’s Lobster Bar, Hamptons Coffee Company, Golden Pear Cafe
Give wine or a wine tasting experience: Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Give a visit to the Hamptons with a package from Hampton Jitney and/or the Southampton Inn
I love Aesop’s newly-released candles. Each scent is unbelievably transportive and comes in a stunning reusable ceramic vessel. And at this time of year, Diptique’s Feu de Bois is great for apartment dwellers to enjoy that fresh firewood scent without the heat or smoke of a real fire.
Your holiday mood wouldn’t be complete without a little holiday music, so tune in this Friday night at 5PM for a really fun cocktailing while caroling. I promise you you’ll love Bay Street Theater’s Holiday Sing Along.
And it wouldn’t be Christmas without you know who! Check out Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special for a star-studded spectacle, and brand new music like...
Mariah Carey - Oh Santa! ft. Ariana Grande & Jennifer Hudson
Or just stick with the tried and true classics, like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ Once Upon a Christmas!
Thanks for reading and thanks for being there. I'm here for you, whatever you may need here on the East End! I'll be back in 2021 with more of everything that is #AuthenticallyHamptons.
All the best,
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