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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.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village gifts Oakdale CT
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village

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

Selection of gifts at this dino-centric village is huge, from toys to home decor, fossils, jewelry

The gift selection at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village is, in a word, gigantic. Art glass and other home decor items can be found at the Artful Gift Shop, and all sorts of toys and games (including everything dino, of course) are on the Ageless Toy Shop’s shelves. The Absolute Bead Shop is the largest beading supplies shop in New England, and jewelry is one-of-a-kind at the Artistic Jewelry Shop. Seeking something really unique? Check out the A to Z Mineral Shop for crystals and minerals or the Ancient Fossil Shop for fossils from every corner of the globe. And don’t forget the PAST Antiques Marketplace, with an ever-changing inventory of antiques, collectibles and crafts on two floors.
Ladies Shopping - Stonington Borough Merchants - Stonington, CT
Stonington Borough Connecticut

When you visit this special village, don’t forget to add shopping to your to-do list

When you visit scenic Stonington Borough, make sure you save some time for shopping. A variety of eclectic shops, boutiques and galleries offer everything from handbags and kids’ toys to table linens, local wines and beer and vintage furniture. Whether you’re looking for that special something to remind you of your trip, like jewelry with coastal flair, or something special like fabrics designed on-site and printed locally or handcrafted pottery, you’re sure to find something strolling the shops of Stonington. And you’ll want to check out the Velvet Mill, a creative community of artists and entrepreneurs selling unique crafts, artwork, artisanal baked goods, books, bikes and, in the late fall and winter, all the products of the bustling winter farmers’ market.