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Talented artists and crafters of Connecticut turn out unique gifts

Connecticut is rich in talented artists and crafters whose works make memorable gifts. Make some time for shopping during your CT vacation. The state has a good share of malls and outlets. Greenwich Avenue in the coastal town of Greenwich has been called the “Rodeo Drive of the East” because of its many exclusive stores with fine goods. Art museums’ shops are a wonderful place to find beautiful gifts and fine crafts. Connecticut's artisans’ specialties are pewter and fine crystal. Find tips on places to shop.
Museum Store Slater Memorial Museum and Converse Art Gallery Norwich Connecticut
Slater Memorial Museum and Converse Art Gallery

Norwich Free Academy - 108 Crescent Street Norwich, CT, 06360 Phone: 860-887-2506

See the world then browse for art prints, gifts and more

A century and more of generous philanthropy and focus on people and cultures through 35 centuries and five continents is here on display at the Slater Museum Gift Shop, on the campus of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT. This magnificent Museum houses not only fine art treasures, but a unique gift shop as well. Custom order fine art prints and reproductions of artwork from the collection on satin heavyweight paper, fine art paper, and medium weight textured fine art canvas with framing and matting if desired. Browse the work of Connecticut artisans, fair trade crafts, and art-inspired items. You’ll also find jewelry, fine pewter-ware, books, original artwork, CDs, soaps, candles, puzzles, scarves, bags and other accessories. Open year round, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed holidays.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village gifts Oakdale CT
Nature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85) Oakdale, CT, 06370 Phone: 860-443-4367

Seven amazing & unique shops at one convenient stop!

Nature’s Art Village is a unique shopping destination. With six retail shops and The PAST Antiques Marketplace, Yankee Magazine’s 2014 “Best Antiques Stop”, there is something for everyone on your list. Highlights include one-of-a-kind gemstone jewelry in the Artistic Jewelry Shop, a selection of over 5,000,000 beads in The Absolute Bead Shop and museum-quality fossils in the Ancient Fossil Shop. Fun and educational toys, puzzles, crafts and science kits await in the Ageless Toy shop, earthly treasures are showcased in the A to Z Mineral Shop and stunning glass and giftware await in the Artful Gift Shop. The shopping adventure continues next door at The PAST Antiques Marketplace, a collection of over 90 vendors selling antiques, collectibles and crafts on two handicap accessible floors.
Ladies Shopping - Stonington Borough Merchants - Stonington, CT
Stonington Borough Connecticut

Satisfy your yen for eclectic shopping in this sweet seaside village

There’s a surprise in every shop as you stroll the seaside streets of Stonington Borough. Interested in antiques? Art? Meander through fascinating galleries and antiques shops with items from Roman coins to vintage furniture and paintings. At the Velvet Mill, each studio features something unique from local artists and artisans. How about clothing and jewelry? Stonington’s stores feature chic shoes, handprinted fabrics, cutting-edge fashion and hand-crafted jewelry from sterling silver to pieces with coastal flair. Home decor, fabrics, gifts and collectibles can also be found. And if you’re looking to score some fresh produce, a jar of honey, fresh-baked bread or homemade crafts, check out Saturday’s Farmers Market, one of the borough’s favorite shopping traditions.