Whether you were raised here or recently moved to New Jersey, there’s plenty to love about the Garden State. Right now, there’s no better time than the holiday season to show your Jersey pride with gifts that highlight the state’s best features, from city to shore. With that in mind, Best of NJ has put together a guide to showcase some interesting finds Jersey residents will love, no matter which exit they call home.
With winter looming, having a board game on hand for those inevitable snow days is a great idea. Jersey-Opoly is a fun twist on the beloved Parker Brothers classic; up to six players can enjoy navigating the Garden State. (Hopefully, there’s less traffic in the game than in real life!) Players can choose a token and advance to spaces like “How you doin’?”.
Antique Map of New Jersey
Historians on your gift list will treasure this Antique Map of New Jersey. Published by Thomas & Andrews in Boston, it dates back to 1796. Once framed, this would be a stunning addition to any Garden State home.
The Artwork of Ricardo Roig
Hoboken-based artist Ricardo Roig pays homage to the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra with his unique hand-cut screen prints. His Westfield collection also shines a spotlight on some of the town’s cultural treasures.
Price:Varies by work, and pieces can be commissioned by contacting the artist directly.
Vintage Red Toile Plate Stand
Serve up some New Jersey history with this Vintage Red Toile Plate Stand. This souvenir plate includes various historic buildings and information about the years they were built. Overall, the plate stand measures 10.5″ across and stands 4.5″ tall.
Keep warm this season with a New Jersey Throw Blanket illustrating the feeling that there’s no place like home. Available in a variety of colors, this woven item can be customized to give it that extra personal touch.
NJ-Shaped Cutting Board
Home-cooks can slice and dice across their home state with this New Jersey Cutting Board, which measures approximately 17½ x 9⅛ inches and ¾ of an inch thick. It’s made from 100 percent rapidly renewable bamboo plywood, and can be personalized or engraved.
State Flag Wine Stopper
Oenophiles will adore this Wine Stopper bearing the New Jersey state flag emblem. It features graduated rubber gaskets to fit a variety of bottle sizes for an airtight fit.
If you know someone whose New Year’s resolution is to go a little greener by bringing a Tote Bag to the market, here’s one that will put their New Jersey pride on full display. Machine washable, this bag is made of heavyweight natural canvas with reinforced handles. A colorful map of the Garden State adorns its side.
Jersey Shore Dish Towel
Bring a little color to the kitchen with these New Jersey Dishtowels. The design is first silk screened, then framed with a hand embroidered border on a 100 percent cotton dish towel.
New Jersey Glasses
Jersey Shore Frosted Glass Tumblers evoke those wonderful memories of time spent “down the shore.” These 15-ounce frosted tumblers are also dishwasher-safe. Cheers!
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