Brookside Holiday Open House-Nov 7-10, 2013

Now that you have the Halloween decorations put away…it’s time to think about the Christmas holidays!  Here’s your chance to start shopping for those on your list before the crowds Brookside of course!

Brookside's Holiday Open House 2013

Brookside’s Holiday Open House 2013

November 7-10 is the Holiday Open House, sponsored by the Brookside Merchants Association.  It kicks off tonight at 5pm…many stores will stay open until 8.  Check out the holiday window decorations, indoor gift displays and seasonal merchandise while browsing from shop to shop. If you spend $250 during this time,  show your receipts for a $10 gift card (details here).  A few of the participating merchants are:  5B&Co Candles, Brookside Jewelry, Brookside Toy and Science, Fiddly Fig, Reading Reptile and World’s Window.  Just visit those few stores I mentioned and you’ll find gift ideas for almost anyone on your list:  men, women, kids, teens, co-workers, friends.

Brookside merchants appreciate your business…the employees are helpful, friendly and welcome everyone during the busy holiday shopping period.  Plus, in Brookside you’ll find gifts you just can’t find in a sterile suburban mall.  Come out this weekend to shop and support Brookside!

Holiday Gift Ideas from Brookside!

What makes the best holiday gifts?  To me, it’s receiving something that’s a bit of a splurge that I wouldn’t normally  buy for myself.  Most everyone is more conservative with spending these days, so a little luxury type  gift that lifts spirits is so appreciated.  On my splurge list:  top quality coffee, a beautiful Christmas serving dish, fragrant soaps and lotions, pretty patterned leather gloves, a pedicure, hand made earrings.  As you are rushing around this week looking for those last minute presents, keep the splurge gift idea in mind.  And of course…shop Brookside!  Lots of splurge  —  and practical — gifts here.  Plus, the service is so much better than a cranky generic mall clerk and many shops offer free holiday wrap.  Read on for a few last minute gift suggestions from my neighborhood:

For Mom:  A night off from cooking!  Pick up a gift card from Carmen’s Cafe , Bella Napoli or Cosentino’s.

Jewelry  — or just about anything–from Stuff

Christmas decor from The Fiddly Fig

For Dad:   A massage from Massage Point, haircut from Brookside Barber Shop, services from Rydell Tailor.

For Grandma:  Scarf, jewelry or scented soaps from Worlds Window

Glass dishes from Shop Beautful

Scented candles from 5B Candlemaker

For Gen X and Y:  Gift card to Julian or The Roasterie

For kids:            Books from Reading Reptile

Card Games from Brookside Toy and Science

Bunch of hair ribbons from The New Dime Store

Gift card from Baskin Robbins/Topsy’s

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.  Shopping in Brookside isn’t a dreaded chore–you’ll find just about everything you need right here, with your dollars staying in the local economy.  Happy holidays and I hope your stocking is stuffed with a splurge gift for you!