As the holiday season approaches, Patch will be visiting area businesses to get a sense of what they have to offer for holiday shoppers looking to save, spend or splurge on gifts.
Today's gift ideas come from The Back Burner, an Eastport shop located at 915 Bay Ridge Ave.
The store sells new and used kitchenware as well as handmade crafts and aprons.
SAVE (Items $30 or less):
- Sink Strainer ($18)—Made by a local artisan, these strainers fit most standard sinks and feature decorative tops with starfish, boats and turtles.
- Cake Plates ($20 to $40)—These cake plates are fashioned from vintage plates and candle sticks that are epoxy-ed together.
- Kitchen in a Jar ($25)—Owner Dana Billings assembles these mason jars herself. She fills them with an apron, kitchen towel and a few gadgets. She said they make great house-warming presents.
SPEND (Items less than $50):
- Apron ($35)—These aprons are handmade and come in a range of patterns. Billings said that coordinating children's aprons can also be purchased for $15 to $20.
- Holiday Plates ($40)—These plates are second hand and come from stores like Crate and Barrel. Billings sells them in sets of 10.
- Folk Art Mermaid ($42)—The full-figured mermaids are made by Natale Silitch. Billings said they are a fun piece and a nice change of pace from the iconic mermaid body shape.
SPLURGE (Items $50 and above):
- Cast Iron Frying Pan ($50)—This item is heavy, but Billings said its weight makes it durable. Cast iron cookware is also known for its ability to retain heat, which improves the quality of cooking meals.
- French Fish Poacher ($149)—This vintage copper pot would be ideal for the cook who has everything, Billings said.
- Mosaic Wall Hanging ($250)—The handmade piece of wall art uses tiles and plates to create a face.