The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Festival Fans

Do you have a special friend or family member that seems to be impossible to buy for?  We've all been there.  Whether it is your best friend, your mother-in-law or your boyfriend's sister's significant other who you have never met before - we're here for you. 

Festival 2022 helped us all CONNECT - with music, with fashion, with great ideas, over the historic bridges of New Haven, through a Jazz Orbit and with a Parable to inspire us all. 

Do you need a little extra inspiration to help CONNECT with your hard to buy for friends and family?  We've pulled together a list to guide you through your final few days of holiday shopping.

For the Community Organizer in your life

Dolores Huerta has been inspiring us for decades.  Her conversation with Camila Güiza-Chavez and MariCarmen Godoy was a highlight of this years Ideas events.  If you missed it, you can rewatch it all here - EL PUEBLO UNIDO: VOCES EN ACTIVISMO LATINO

Purchases from her foundation's shop help support their mission to Inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. 

Dolores Huerta Shop


For your most stylish friend

You are what you wear; no one knows this better than Neville Wisdom, a mainstay of the New Haven fashion scene, and Prajjé Oscar Jean-Baptiste, fresh off the most recent season of Project Runway. They both brought down the house at The ICONIC CONNECTIONS FASHION EXPO.

Check out their conversation DESIGNING LOOKS & WEARING CULTURE and shop their online stores.

Prajje Oscar Shop   Neville Wisdom Shop


For the healthy foodie activist

We can barely walk and chew gum at the same time, but Bryant Terry managed to cook while dropping words of wisdom ranging from the inspiration of Black Panthers to the ethical argument for a plant based diet all under the hot lights of the Yale Rep stage. 

Watch it all here: BLACK FOOD WITH BRYANT TERRY and buy his books at your local independent bookseller or directly from the publisher Bryant Terry Books

For the one in your life who just needs to stop and smell the flowers or enjoy a cold beer

Local business entrepreneurs Jason Sobocinski, founder and owner of Black Hog Brewing Company, and Alisha Crutchfield-McLean, founder and owner of BLOOM, New Haven’s newest lifestyle hub shared with us their insights on how to build a brand and connect with community.

If you weren't in the room where it all happened you can watch it here: CULTIVATING COMMUNITY THROUGH BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP and then support these Connecticut based businesses.

Black Hog Brewing   Shop at Bloom

For everyone who can't wait until June to show their festival spirit

The holidays aren't just about giving to others.  It's important to treat yourself (and your furry companions) sometimes too.  The Festival store has something for everyone from phone cases to notebooks to this adorable pet bandanna.  It's the perfect one stop shopping for everyone on your list and don't be afraid to treat yourself.  You deserve it!

Festival Store