Shop Localista: Surprising Source for Teacher and Coach Gifts
A new pharmacy with old-school charm is just the place for presents for the folks on your kid's list.
As fall sports seasons wrap and thoughts turning to wrapping paper and the holidays, there's no denying that season of gift giving is upon us once again. There's also no denying that from crossing guards to coaches to teachers there's no shortage of folks who make the cut for deserving a memento of appreciation when it comes to making the lives of our kids a little brighter.
If you're long on list and short on ideas when it comes to picking presents for the people in your children's 'thank you' gift categories here's a one-stop shop solution: South Orange Pharmacy. The nearly brand-spanking-new pharmacy with old-time charm boasts a charming collection of gifts, wrapping and cards for just about anyone on your shopping list.
"We try to stock a great range of gifts at all price points," says store manager Jose Vasquez. "We're also the only independent pharmacy in South Orange so we really pride ourselves in personal service – people should feel free to ask for help or suggestions for presents- and if we don't have something, we'll try to get it for you."
He's not kidding, either: Turns out Bob, their pharmacy technician, is also a former teacher. Taught 31 years- and he's a walking wealth of information and ideas on teacher gifts. "I always appreciated something practical," he says. "You can't go wrong with stationery, note pads or a nice pen. Teacher really need and use these things. I also loved coffee mugs, I know it sounds cliché but I always used them and got a kick out of the clever ones."
What would Bob recommend you street clear of? "Anything with a strong scent or something that's a personalized taste. It's better to stay a bit basic."
A quick perusal turned up plenty of perfect presents in the $5- $20 range including Lilly Pulitzer circle notes cylinder and prep-ilicious Thermal mug. Also of note were the Vera Bradley notebooks, pencils, stationary and quite clever 'note-able mouse pad' with removable sheets.
I could see more than one coach getting a warm chuckle out of the camouflage 'designer' Snuggie and a belly full of happiness from the scrumptious assortment of Tate's Gourmet cookies or anything from the David Bradley chocolatier line. The Good Year hand cranked generator flashlight is also a bright gift idea- and a steal at $7.99.
The entire line of Crabtree & Evelyn would make any gal glow with glee and the neutral smelling hand creams are great for any gender (Their 'Gardeners Hand Therapy' is amazing, btw).
In short, you'll find a sincerely surprising range of presents to pick from at this quaint little newcomer to the South Orange Avenue shopping scene, and it's great place to pop into for your sweet and simple gift needs. In addition, South Orange Pharmacy is also offering the Shop Localista deal of the week: just mention this Patch article at the register and they'll take a terrific 10% off of your total from Monday, November 22 through November 29th.
(Also make sure to check out their circular and flyer for more discounts, sales and coupons. This offer may be limited to items other than prescriptions and medical supplies.)
South Orange Pharmacy: 73 South Orange Avenue (973)821-5414