Shop Small Westchester County Gift Guide


Article by Simone Piliero

Photography by Simone Piliero

Are you as tired as I am waiting seven days for your Amazon order to arrive? In a world that's trained me to be able to wait until the last minute to get gifts, it's not so easy these days. My hero, Amazon, just can't come through for me like she used to. So today I'm sharing a gift guide featuring some of the best businesses and boutiques in Westchester County you can purchase gifts from! What's even better is when you shop small you support your neighbors; what's better than that?

Connor McGinn Studios


I was first introduced to Connor's servewear at Breakfast ate Tiffany and Chef Dan Sabia's media dinner last summer. At that time he was mostly renting and selling his products to restaurants. Fast forward to now, and Conner has been updating his site regularly and allowing his vast community to shop these amazing items! One of his serving bowls is currently in my cart!

Drizzle N Dip


Love sending sweet treats but want to skip the big chain stores? Enter Drizzle n Dip. I've personally been able to try a few flavors from their assortment and I highly recommend the cookies and cream. The cream combined with the strawberries is heavenly!

Benefiscent Candles


Started by a recent graduate from Westchester County, Taylor Graustein, Benefiscent Candles donates 20% of every purchase to cancer research. Made with 100% soy wax and phthalate-free you can give a great gift to a new graduate while supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of another young grad at the same time! A win-win in my opinion.

Scents I recommend: Coffee, Linen, and Santorini

Lola New York


(Photo of @jackiegiardia and myself, @simplybysimone)

Lola's has everything! And if you've been to one of their boutiques in White Plains or Crestwood you know it's true. Not only do they have the best clothing (at great price points!) but their accessories are also always so unique. I love picking up bracelets, scarves, and bags while I'm there so I always have an extra gift around when I need it!

100 Percent Beads


Do you love jewelry that you can leave on while you shower and workout? Then, 100 Percent Beads is for you and anyone who likes low-maintenance bling! With most items under $100 and many bracelets under $35, these little treasures are a great way to remind a friend that you're thinking of them! 

Have you heard of any of these small businesses? Did I miss one you love? Let's chat! You can find me on Instagram @simplybysimone or email me at simone@simplybysimone.com and let me know so I can check them out!

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