Take a break from Amazon and the mall. The Bellmore-Merrick area is home to many small businesses, from clothing retailers to restaurants, that offer gift options for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. Explore these ideas and check off your gift list while helping support the local community.
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The trend setter
1717 Merrick Ave., Merrick
This pretty, family-owned boutique specializes in unique jewelry pieces and bags, and casual and bohemian-style clothing including sweaters, jackets, jeans, and accessories. If you know someone who would love a tie-dye Champion sweatshirt, an eye-catching camo military-style jacket, or a handcrafted ring, necklace, or bracelet that will spark plenty of compliments and conversation, put a visit to Luanne’s on your holiday shopping list. They include a gift wrap with every purchase and gift certificates are available. Check out Luanne’s on Facebook to see some of the newest arrivals.
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Fresh bagel lover
2101 Merrick Rd, Merrick
Bagel Boss of Merrick is renowned for its fresh bagels, kosher catering, gourmet sandwiches and salads, and baked goods. It is so beloved, it has been voted the best bagel on Long Island for five consecutive years.
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Purchase a Bagel Boss gift card and give it to family, friends, or coworkers. With such a large variety of bagels, cream cheeses, paninis, wraps, and other delights for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu is sure to have something for everyone. Bagel Boss can also design a beautiful gift basket filled with cookies, candy, coffee, whole fruit, and more. It would make a delicious and thoughtful corporate or hostess gift.
Want to surprise someone without leaving your home? Bagel Boss of Merrick offers delivery 7 days a week. Call (516) 442-3006, tell them what you had in mind, and let them take care of it.
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The person who deserves pampering
1494 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore
Look and feel your best for the holidays while getting some gift shopping done, too. The Spray Tan and Beauty Room in Bellmore has all your beauty - and beauty gift giving - needs in one place. Spray tans, lash lifts and tints, eyelash extensions, waxing, facials, dermaplaning, and more. Get a gift certificate for them … book an appointment for you.
Save $10 on any service when you purchase a gift certificate of $50+. Take advantage of Pink Monday specials every Monday in December. Visit The Spray Tan and Beauty Room on Facebook to check out the latest deals and a complete list of services.
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Lash lift and tint before and after. Photo courtesy of The Spray Tan and Beauty Room
1499 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore
Have a fashionista mom, sister, wife, or teenager on your gift list? Head to Blue Iris. This recently expanded boutique is filled with on-trend tops, super cozy loungewear sets, jeans, dresses, shoes, and more in a wide range of sizes up to 3XL. Complete your outfit with cute accessories. Stop by the store and meet the awesome helpful staff in person or shop online. Don’t know exactly what to get? Gift certificates are also available. Follow the always fun Blue Iris Boutique Facebook page for live sales, wall drops, and news on the latest promos.
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The beer or bourbon aficionado
361 Merrick Avenue, Merrick
Have a beer and bourbon aficionado on your gift list? Give them a digital gift certificate for Bourbon & Brews. Merrick's first and only craft beer/craft bourbon bar has been ultra-accommodating to its customers during the pandemic. It has outdoor heated seating and a stylish indoor bar space that is always serving up something exciting, from its Booze’n Brunches and Trivia Nights, to its extensive food menu filled with bourbon-infused dishes including bourbon BBQ tacos, bourbon Nutella quesadilla, and the B&B, a bourbon peanut butter and banana on Texas Toast sandwich.
The bar supports local heroes and servicemembers by offering 20% off any tab for Police, Firefighters, First Responders, Veterans, active and nonactive service members.
Bourbon & Brews also offers after-hours pick-up and delivery. Visit its website or Facebook and Instagram page for more information. Digital gift certificates can be ordered over the phone by calling by calling (516) 544-4797 and providing your email address, or stop by and purchase them in person.
The fur babies
2076 Merrick Road, Merrick
Santa can’t forget our four-legged family members...or the ones with fins or scales. The family owned and operated Mutts & Butts has been in business since 1976, serving the community’s pet owners by offering them an extensive selection of pet supplies and an outstanding level of customer service.
At Mutts & Butts, you’ll find plenty of items that will show your pets how special they are. They sell toys, pet food, supplies, and accessories for dogs, cats, fish, and reptiles, including aquariums, coral, tropical and marine fish. Know what you want? The store is offering curbside pickup (call-in orders will be ready in 5 minutes) and free local delivery. Visit the store’s website or Facebook page for latest news.
That special someone
410 Bedford Ave., Bellmore
Engagement rings, diamond wedding bands, and other beautiful things that sparkle are what you’ll find at Gennaro Jewelers. This Bellmore landmark has been providing customers with an exceptional jewelry shopping experience since 1923.
Gennaro Jewelers also carries watches, Law Enforcement and Fire Department jewelry, and children’s jewelry. Have a vision for a piece of jewelry in mind? Gennaro’s designers will create it for you.
Teacher or secret santa
2259 Merrick Rd, Merrick
The Vine Wine Bar was created to enjoy a good glass of wine and fun times with friends. You are your own sommelier. A Vine Wine Bar Gift Card makes a nice gift for a teacher, Secret Santa, a wine lover, or someone who would like to try wine tasting in a stylish, relaxed, and unpretentious setting. Pick a gift card up curbside or call and they will mail one to you.
The person who could use some extra self-care
1762 Newbridge Rd. Bellmore
Looking for a unique gift? A gift certificate to The Healing Grotto in Bellmore will be a breath of fresh salty air. It's 2020 and there are probably a lot of people who could use this gift of wellness, self-care, and relaxation. Your gift recipient can book a tranquil salt cave experience of halotherapy, also known as dry salt therapy, a natural way to cleanse and detox the body. Massage therapy services, Himalayan Salt products, and spiritual jewelry are also available. Check out The Healing Grotto online or on Facebook to learn more about the healing properties of salt.