Daily Bee: Last-Minute Gifts! Plus, Ice Rinks, Hedge Funds & Spite

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Happy Friday! OK, we’re getting closer to Christmas, people. We’ve already established that the holiday season is about more than just exploding hoverboards. That said…all those stockings hung by the chimney with care? You don’t want to leave them empty. Total downer, especially for the kids.

Some clever Hamptons business owners have been offering up last-minute gift suggestions on social media, for those who need inspiration. For instance, Brittany Torres of Hamptons Handpoured suggests her holiday-scented candles, like brandied pear, roasted corn and apple cider, pictured above. Torres also sells signature “village” candles, which seek to capture the scents of luxe locations like Amagansett and East Hampton, as well as the more dubious Hampton Bays and Springs. The candles ($28 for tumbler size) are available on her site and select brick-and-mortar locations, like Golden Eagle art store in East Hampton.

Hildreth’s, everybody’s favorite home goods store based in Southampton, suggests these three items: A snuggly fleece robe, a Voluspa glass candle and a cashmere poncho (of course). Hildreth’s has been in business since 1842, so it knows a thing or two about gift ideas. Take that, Home Goods in Wainscott.

And Bonac Bees, which we’re suckers for here at the Bee, for obvious reasons (have you seen our mascot?), suggests its “BEE-u-tiful” balms and surf wax, not to mention jars of its local honey. Deb Klughers has been selling her sweet products at holiday bazaars and via her site.

Meanwhile Tin Roof in Hampton Bays, which sells sea-inspired gifts, is open every day until Christmas, with extended hours tonight. Loaves and Fishes in Bridgehampton is running its annual lottery sale. And Dering Harbor Co., the photographic purveyor on Shelter Island, is running a 25% holiday sale.

In ice rink news…

Buckskill Winter Club, which has squeezed an NHL-regulation-sized ice rink into East Hampton, has begun “learn to skate and play ice hockey” classes on weekends and some weekdays. Non-skaters who don’t know their triple salchow from their Hamill-camel (or their spin-o-rama from a power play) can enjoy the warm fireplace in its lodge. And speaking of ice rinks, the Southampton Ice Rink is hosting a “Skate With Santa” event at 12 p.m. Saturday. There will be helpers on the ice to assist the little ones (and parents, if need be).

Did someone say Energizer Bunny?

So hedge funds, apparently, have had a bad year. Why do we care? Because billionaire hedge-fund managers tend to buy giant homes on Meadow Lane and stoke the East End economy. But lo and behold, reports the New York Times, even after a humbling year, Hamptonites like John A. Paulson and Larry Robbins are still out there soliciting investors and promising big opportunities. So, maybe things aren’t too bad after all, at least for billionaire hedge-fund managers. Phew. 

Social Media Quote of the Day

“We love spite, personally.” — Curbed Hamptons, posting this article on Facebook about homes (big, small, colorful or odd) built for the wrong, sometimes psychotic reasons.

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