Shelter Island is like a world onto its own and that goes for the shopping as well. The Island discourages chain stores, but that means plenty of Shelter Island foods, beer or other local goods to give to your friends and family. Visit the stores to see for yourself.
Here are five Shelter Island gifts to pick up this holiday season.
For the Beer Lover
You will never find the beers brewed at this small-batch brewery anywhere else. Current favorites include Forbidden Fruit, an apple-based ale, Liquid Sunshine, their signature wheat ale and French Kiss, a crème brulee-inspired imperial milk stout.
Prices for growlers range from $13 to $16 for a 32 ounce growler and $24 to $26 for a 64 ounce growler. If you can’t get there, call them to order a gift certificate. Your special someone can amble over whenever they want to cash in their gift.
Shelter Island Craft Brewery is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m. The brewery is located at 55 N. Ferry Road. For more information visit or call them at (631) 749-5977.
For the Health Food Fan
Shelter Island Honey
Locally made honey is not only a thing of beauty, it’s very good for you. Get your hands on the real thing from Shelter Island beekeeper and herbalist Sarah Shepherd.
Shepherd tends her own bees as well as other apiaries on the Island and the North Fork. A six ounce bottle of pure Shelter Island Honey costs $12.
Shepherd also grows and sells her own lavender oils, sachets, beeswax and incense. Contact her at email@example.com or call (631) 793-6723. Shop her products Friday, Dec. 11 at the Ram’s Head Inn’s artisan holiday boutique from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the sun porch of the Inn.
The Ram’s Head Inn is located at 108 Ram Island Drive.
For the Foodie
This specialty food store is chock full of goodies like homemade soups, gourmet coffees, fresh bread and exotic olive oils. The store specializes in “small batch, homemade food products” like the infused and flavored honeys, jams, salsa and nut butters.
Call them to order a gift basket or stop by and create your own. Gift baskets start at $65.
Table of Content is open Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 59 N. Ferry Road.
For the Chef
The restaurant is renowned for their pasta dishes and now you can make them at home using their ingredients. The restaurant packages its own line of sauces, pastas, steak sauce, bar nuts and other goodies and sells them at their market, located in the restaurant.
Order a gift basket or, better yet, come in and make one up yourself. Gift basket prices range from $55 to $100. You can also buy a gift card which is good for either the market or the restaurant.
The market is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 9 p.m. Vine Street Café is located at 41 S. Ferry Road.
For everybody else
The Shelter Island Historical Society’s Havens House Gift Store is a treasure trove of gifts for sale, including historic books, children’s books and toys. There are also many items available — all made by local Island craftspeople and artisans — like jewelry, natural bath and body products, ceramics, maps, artwork, ornaments, scarves and stationary. Prices range from $10 to $60. They can also ship most items.
The Havens House gift store is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and located at 16 S. Ferry Road.