Give Westport For The Holidays

You might not be able to give a 15,000-square foot, 4-car garage McMansion for Christmas.*

But you can still give a gift that screams “06880” (the town, not the blog).

The Westport Historical Society’s Remarkable Gift Shop — yes, it’s a clever homage to the late, much-loved book store — is filled with Westportiana.

There are books, including “Westport: A Special Place” (fantastic photos, compiled by Eve Potts); “Stars in Our Eyes” (Tom DeLong’s tribute to our arts heritage), and — my favorite — “Staples High School: 120 Years of A+ Education” (Dan Woog’s superb book on the history of his alma mater).

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Some of the many gifts available at the Westport Historical Society. The best are the ones that say “06880.” (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

There are also maps; clever jigsaw puzzles of New Yorker covers depicting iconic Westport scenes; Christmas tree ornaments with Compo themes, and ties, caps, aprons, quilts, totes, pillows, sports bags, flannel pajama pants, t-shirts and sweatshirts — all with Westport (or “06880”) logos.

“06880” — the blog, not the town — is not for sale. But at the Historical Society, Westport sure is.

(The Remarkable Gift Shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, and 12-4 p.m. Saturdays. The Westport Historical Society is located at 25 Avery Place; the phone number is 203-222-1424. Click on the WHS website for more information.)

*Besides, it would be tough to fit under the tree.

A wide collection of books on sale at the WHS. The history of Staples is near the top, on the right. (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

A wide collection of books on sale at the WHS. The history of Staples is near the top, on the right. (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

6 responses to “Give Westport For The Holidays

  1. I see so many things I would love to buy as gifts, but do not see any way of making a purchase on their site. I live about 3000 miles away, so cannot just drop by to buy what I want…Too bad they do not have an online shopping cart…just think of all the sales they are missing!

  2. Thank you Dan !!! Will you autograph your book ??

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  3. Great idea, Dan, to shop local and with some historical significance tucked inside our act of giving.
    Another beautiful little gem of a shop is found just up the road at the Fairfield Museum and History Center on 370 Beach. Really, a very nice gift shop with, again, a local flair. Beautifully appointed with a marvelous and vibrant museum for all of us to enjoy, I recommend it highly!

  4. While I wouldn’t necessarily choose a t-shirt, I still pine for an historical map.
    Guess I’ll have to get on a plane.

  5. Dick Lowenstein

    And still another local source for books is the Westport Library. Not every pristine book sold at last weekend’s holiday sale and what is left can be found on the Library’s main level.