Without local shops, shoppers would buy gifts exclusively from in-flight catalogs, forcing fathers to sneak into airplane-wheel wells on Black Friday to order spy-camera blenders for their children. Enjoy earthbound browsing with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of gifts, cards, and candy at Goffin's Hallmark in Rutherford.
Named 2010's Best Gift Shop by Bergen Health & Life readers, Goffin's Hallmark has presented patrons with a 4,000-square-foot store stocked with a superabundance of toys, gifts, and confections for more than 60 years. Bulk chocolate pretzels ($18.95/lb.) in 23 varieties serve as a sweet reward for tongues learning to tie their shoes, and Jelly Belly jellybeans and sour gummies ($8.95/lb.) provide the perfect filler for Labor Day egg hunts. Creative locker decorations from LockerLookz ($7.99–$25.99) help students to express themselves at school with envy-inspiring wallpaper, mirrors, bins, and dry-erase boards. Purses from Vera Bradley ($60 on average), educational toys from Melissa and Doug ($12.99+), and aromatic illuminators from Yankee Candle ($21.99) represent some of the shop's more sought-after lines and all-ages gift-ables. Shoppers can also opt to wrap torsos in positivity with a Life is Good T-shirt ($20+) or stock up on Hallmark greeting cards ($0.99–$7.99) to express other silent sentiments, ranging from birthday wishes to sympathy for the sudden loss of a mustache.