It’s panic time again. There are still a few more nights of Hanukah left, Christmas is right around the corner, and your holiday shopping isn’t done. You need presents for mom, dad, the kids, or a special friend, and a good roast for dinner, too. Chain stores are overcrowded, roads are packed, and parking is tight.
What to do? Fortunately, there are plenty of wonderful gifts available right here in Weston. Local merchants are offering things from mittens to moonshine, in all price ranges, for the last-minute shopper.
Gifts at Lang’s
Lang’s Pharmacy at the Weston Shopping Center is no ordinary drugstore. At this time of year, it is a winter wonderland full of gifts for men, women and children. Lang’s also wraps gifts for free, making the shopping experience even easier.
For the lady who likes bling, there is a sizable collection of unique semiprecious and sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by local artists such as Jennifer Barron.
For the fashionista, there are clothes, clothes and more clothes — a great selection of stylish dresses, sweaters, coats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. They also have designer handbags from Nino Bossi and JPK Paris in leather or fabric.
This year’s hot accessory is Smart Gloves, and Lang’s has them. The gloves are specially designed to keep hands warm while texting. Lang’s also has mega cool fingerless gloves, some featuring suede and fur.
For those on your list who love holiday scents of spice and cinnamon, Lang’s has scented towels, pillows and candles. They have oodles of fragrances and cosmetics, including sets by Clarins. For under $10 you can snag some beautiful artisanal soaps that make great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts.
New this year, Lang’s has gourmet DeBrand chocolates from Chicago — all gift-boxed and ready to go — including hot chocolate on a spoon that melts when put into a hot beverage.
For those seeking one-of-a kind objects, there are special plates with pewter on them, and headbands of every shape and style.
It can sometimes be difficult shopping for Dad or Grandpa. But at Lang’s you can find men’s wallets, traditional shaving brushes and shaving soaps, and Clarins and George Trumpper skin treatments.
For kids, Lang’s prides itself on its array of top-quality toys, games, and stuffed animals that would make any child’s face light up.
The whole family can enjoy Weston sweatshirts, T-shirts, hats, and flannel pants, available in all sizes and colors.
There are Kiss-u Tissue Tubes, perfect for drivers of all ages, creative tissue holders that fit inside a car’s cup holder, that were invented by Weston mother Amy Davis. Lang’s also sells books written by local authors, including The Doors of Weston, the sales of which benefit the Weston Historical Society.
And if you still need to send Christmas cards, Lang’s has plenty of those, including original cards designed by Vonnie Spies and Kassie Foss, as well as the Papyrus line of cards.
There’s food, goodies and much more available at Peter’s Weston Market.
For Christmas dinner, Jimmy Magee, the market’s owner, has a veritable barnyard of meats available.
The market has standing rib roasts, as well as filet mignon steaks and beef tenderloins.
For poultry, there’s turkey, duck, goose, and Cornish hens.
Rounding out the farm, there are legs of lamb and racks of lamb as well as pork crown roasts and pork tenderloins.
Seafood lovers can enjoy fresh Maine lobster and other shellfish as well as salmon, sole and tilapia.
For Christmas Eve noshing, imported panettone sweet bread goes great with Lurpak Danish butter. The market’s deli is taking orders for cold-cut platters and cookie platters. They also have a variety of imported specialty sausages, olives and cheeses.
For dessert, there are cakes, eclairs, pastries, cookies, and a selection of pies from Michele’s in Norwalk and Blackbird in Redding.
For those on restricted diets, Peter’s has gluten-free desserts available as well as fancy sugar-free cookies.
Stockings hung by the chimney with care need to be filled with something, and Peter’s Market has all kinds of Christmas candy, chocolates and fruit that will fit the bill.
At Peter’s Spirit Shop in Weston Center, there is a lot of holiday cheer to choose from with all types of liquors and red, white and rosé wines in all price ranges.
There are seasonal sparklers on hand such as Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot champagne, and for the beer enthusiast there are a variety of handcrafted beers, including a Duvel gift set of Belgian ale.
For fans of the Discovery Channel show Moonshiners, the shop is selling Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, legal moonshine made from American corn. It is handcrafted in very small batches and comes clear or in a variety of natural fruit flavors.
Good things often come in small packages. The Weston Hardware Store sells lottery tickets and little toys that make great stocking stuffers or party favors. They also have Christmas lights and bulb replacements, winter and gardening gloves, and barbecue accessories such as spatulas, grill brushes and tongs. If the snow ever falls, they have Flexible Flyers for the kids.
There are plenty of practical presents available in town too.
The Weston Service Center has gift certificates that can be used for snow tires, wipers and auto repairs. The certificates may also be redeemed for a special $29.99 regular oil change or for a $69.99 one that includes synthetic oil. Gas cards are always poular with teens who are just discovering the joys of filling up the tank.
Minute Men Cleaners offers gift certificates in $10 denominations.
Want to treat someone to a cozy breakfast or lunch? The Lunch Box has gift certificates available in all denominations.
La Roue Elayne at the Cobbs Mill Inn also offers gift certificates for a night of fine dining or cocktails and dancing. The restaurant is open and reservations are being accepted for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
This Saturday, there is a Winter Farmers’ Market at the Norfield Grange at 12 Goodhill Road from 10 to 2. New England merchants are selling homemade jams, maple syrup and honey, fresh lobsters, gift baskets, and much more.
Also at the Norfield Grange, tonight, Thursday, Dec. 13, there is the Weston Holiday Boutique from 7 to 10 p.m., offering items for sale to benefit the Weston Food Pantry and Family & Child Agency’s Sandy Relief Fund.
The gift of giving
What do you get the person who has everything? How about the gift of helping others. There are several nonprofit organizations in Weston that welcome new memberships or contributions.
At Wildlife in Crisis (WIC), a wildlife animal rescue group, you can honor someone by sponsoring a recovering wild animal in the person’s name. A $50 sponsorship will aid an injured songbird, while $100 will aid an injured bird of prey such as an owl or hawk. The donor will receive a gift card, which can be emailed, and a photo of the animal as it recuperates.
WIC also sells sweatshirts for $45, T-shirts for $20 and tote bags for $20. For more information about sponsorships or gift items, visit [email protected]
Gift memberships and donations are also welcomed by the Aspetuck Land Trust, Weston Historical Society, Nature Conservancy, WestonArts, Weston Education Foundation, Weston Volunteer Fire Department, Weston EMS, Weston Police Benevolent Association, Weston Food Pantry, Weston Senior Center, and Weston Social Services.
And finally, for all who have procrastinated about putting up a Christmas tree, you not only can still buy a beautiful fresh balsam or Fraser fir at Weston Gardens, at 1 Goodhill Road, but they will deliver it to your home and set it up at no extra charge. They are also making custom-designed wreaths and centerpieces and have roping available, too.