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

Stores and boutiques in this charming village want to help you get everything on your gift list

Shopping for someone special? The eclectic array of shops and boutiques in Stonington Borough will surely have something one-of-a-kind to help you make those checks on your gift list. There’s custom-designed jewelry with coastal flair, colorful textiles, period and vintage furniture, unique home decor items and fun and functional pottery. Looking for something for little ones? Check out toy shops and a children’s clothing boutique. Head over to the Velvet Mill for unique crafts and artwork, an artisanal bakery and a nano brewery. (The mill also has a great farmer’s market on Saturday mornings that includes handmade soaps, jewelry and kitchen wares.) From cutting-edge fashion boutiques to wine shops, this welcoming village has it all.