Holiday shopping season will be here in a Long Island minute. Before you start buying for friends and family, stock up on a few things for yourself. We browsed the boutiques and Internet to help you find what to shop for. Here are a few of our new favorite things.
A Cozy Blanket
Locally manufactured goods are few and far between these days. Nearly 20 years ago, there were 283 knitting mills in New York; by 2011 that number had dropped to only 44. Based on Long Island, MADE*HERE NEW YORK aims to revive U.S. manufacturing by working exclusively with high-quality, in-state mills to produce sweaters and blankets. Their braided chunky cable blanket is knitted from 100 percent American-grown undyed cotton, sustainably sourced and certified environmentally friendly. Its classic, detailed pattern can complement any décor. $140; madeherenewyork.com
A Totable Foam Roller
Self-myofascial release, or foam rolling, is a form of massage that has been shown to reduce soreness and discomfort after a workout. Rolling over the body’s trigger points relaxes tight muscles and promotes blood flow. The GoRoll Versa combines the benefits of a foam roller with lockable storage, allowing athletes and exercise enthusiasts to hide away valuables while on the go. On the outside, a foam pattern of varying depths provides lighter or harder pressure as needed. On the inside, the waterproof compartment keeps contents secure. A detachable carry strap plays double duty as well, serving as a six-foot-long stretch band. $79; goroll.com
The Everyman’s Football
The American custom of playing football on Thanksgiving dates back to 1934, when the Detroit Lions faced the Chicago Bears. Since then it’s become an annual event where gridiron enthusiasts will incorporate a friendly scrimmage or game of catch into their Turkey Day tradition. Inspired by those pigskins of yore, Leather Head’s Handsome Dan football is handcrafted from supple, uncorrected leather with a contrasting rawhide lace. Its namesake is Yale’s renowned bulldog mascot, a fitting tribute for a ball dubbed “the official football of collegiate tailgating.” A smaller ball than that used by the NFL, it’s designed for the everyman, easy to throw and built to become an heirloom. $130; leatherheadsports.com