Hamptons Holiday Shopping

Ralph Lauren, East Hampton 

The holiday season is once again upon us. All throughout the Hamptons, fashionable shops, chic boutiques, and historic stores are filled with items ranging from stylish clothing to fine jewelry, children’s toys, and fancy pet apparel. Make your holiday a special celebration by helping boost the local economy and enjoy the many wonderful gifts the Hamptons has to offer at holiday time.

Stroll along Main Street in the trendy beach town of Westhampton Beach, and you will find a great selection of the finest holiday gifts, books, and clothing for sale. Lynne’s Cards & Gifts, owned by Lynne Jones, carries popular toys and gifts. Books & Books Westhampton Beach, owned by Jack McKeown and Denise Berthiaume, has over 16,000 volumes, including general fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. Elyse Richman, owns Shock, a contemporary women’s clothing store and Baby Shock, a store for newborns to tweens. Lynn Stoller Collection, a luxury consignment boutique owned by Lynn Stoller, specializes in handbags, shoes, and clothing. It won Dan’s Papers “BEST OF THE BEST” in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Travel to the Village of Southampton and discover specialty shops featuring fine jewelry, clothing, toys and an historic department store on Main Street. Established in 1842, Hildreth’s Home Goods is the oldest family-owned and operated department store in the United States, displaying furniture, housewares, bed and bath products, and more. Says owner Henry Hildreth, “I’m honored to represent the thirteenth generation of Hildreth’s in America.”

On Main Street, Corwin’s Main Street Jewelers, founded in 1879 is a fifth generation bench jeweler, owned by Jonathon Corwin. Rose Jewelers, owned by Jan Rose, is a third generation jeweler, specializing in fine and designer jewelry since 1945. Job’s Lane Jewelers on Windmill Lane, owned by Dawn and Robert Chase has been in the family since 1980. They feature fine jewelry, estate jewelry, and watches.

Browse at Stitch on Nugent Street, a custom women’s clothing boutique, owned by Rose Dios. On Main Street walk into Tenet owned by Jesse Warren, for cool women’s and men’s clothing or visit Edward Archer, owned by Edward Archer, for high-end men’s clothing. Find newborn to tween clothing at Aunt Suzie’s Clothes for Kids, owned by Suzie Reynolds. Enjoy homemade fudge at The Fudge Company, owned by the Johner family. Stop by The Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe, owned by John Grecu and buy a gift basket of fine cheeses.

On Jobs Lane try on fashionable women’s and men’s shoes at Jildor Shoes, owned by Larry Bienenfeld. Delight in Stevenson’s Toys & Games, owned by Roy and Polly Stevenson, who purchased it from Susan Lillywhite, third generation owner of Lillywhite’s, established in 1895! It has classic toys and games for children, jigsaw puzzles, and trampolines. For your special pooch, pop in at Little Lucy’s Canine Couture Boutique, owned by Patricia Hurley since 2000, named after her poodle-bichon, Lucy, adopted at three, now 17 years old! The boutique features adorable clothing for dogs as well as fun gifts for dog lovers.

Visit the Village of Sag Harbor, a boating town and historic whaling port. On Main Street stop at Sag Harbor Variety 5 & 10, a Ben Franklin Craft supplier, established in 1922, owned by the Bucking family since 1970. Daughter Lisa Field continues its tradition with the largest selection of crafts and notions on the East End. Find comfortable clothing at Breezin’ Up, one of three Hampton stores owned by Lorinda Bryan. Check out The Wharf Shop, a specialty toy and gift store co-owned by Gwen Waddington and her mother Nada Barry. Country Lane, owned by Vicki Nolan, the only country store in the Hamptons, specializes in home furnishings and gifts. life’style, owned by Debbie Rudoy, is a women’s fashion boutique, featuring dresses and accessories. LA MAISONETTE, owned by Lynn and Christopher Charveriat highlights French and Belgium antiques, European furniture, and scented candles, located in the historic Gingerbread House.

On Bay Street, discover m a d e owned by goldsmith Eleni Prieston, who has been creating fine 22k gold jewelry in her Sag Harbor studio for 35 years. Her concept store “made by someone somewhere on Earth,” showcases artisan work, fine jewelry, and original and reclaimed furniture. It is located in the Victorian Brick building. 

For stylish clothing, explore the Village of East Hampton’s sophisticated shops. On Newtown Lane, find fashionable women’s clothing at Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch, and Eileen Fisher. For high-end men’s clothing go to John Varvatos. Walk along tony Main Street to Elie Tahari for both women’s and men’s designer clothing. Then check out RRL & Co., one of four Ralph Lauren stores on Main Street for casual, vintage clothing, located in a beautiful old historic barn.

Enjoy your holiday shopping in the Hamptons. Discover the many unique gifts at the fashionable shops, chic boutiques, and historic stores that are the spirit of the Hamptons.


Ruth Thomas, a freelance writer on the East End enjoys history, music, literature, art, nature, the beach, and her cute dachshund, Clancy. She can be contacted at rhthomas@optimum.net