The Hudson Valley’s a cornucopia of wonders when you’re looking for special ways to please the ones you love. Bespoke chocolates. Funky vintage clothes. Sumptuous finery. Heirloom artwork and furnishings. Whatever your loved ones love, we promise you they’ll love what you can find for them around here. And the reason it’s so good here is you.
All of you, makers, partakers, and merchants alike. People who do business locally are quite literally helping save the world and keep it vibrant, and we are forever grateful for every bit of that. Browse through our pages and you’ll see some of the mouthwatering possibilities. Go out and meet the folks if you can, order from them online if you can’t, and aspire to make this an all-Hudson Valley holiday.
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clothing and footwear
From silks and woolens to airy cottons and tough-as-steel workwear, the Hudson Valley’s makers and curators bring together inspirations, aspirations, and concepts from the whole wide world for your pleasure and comfort. Try:
Whether you’re looking for classically classy or whimsically wild, whether you want to surprise a special soul with a custom creation, or you just have that one friend who’s a hoop earring fanatic, you’ll find what you need among our purveyors of the precious
Nothing says “I love you. Love yourself too!” better than satiny, fragrant lotions and potions, a custom aromatherapy blend, or a day at the spa.
the gift of yum
A selection of delicious goodies from any of our myriad local markets is always a perfect present. If you’re unsure what to get, a gift certificate is always a perfect fit.
home goods and furnishings
Hand-carved woodworking, ceramic kitchenware as practical as it is inspiring, whisper-soft fabric art pieces for your wall or your bed…we do love our comfy-cozy in these parts, and you’ll find some to suit any style or budget.
Give them a gift that keeps on giving every time they wake up in the morning or walk back in the door: a key tool, supply of materials, state-of-the-art appliance, or gift certificate that will help craft possible dreams.
Ah, the refreshment of new surroundings! The fun thing here is, your giftee can be somewhere uniquely wonderful without having the hassle of long-distance travel. Pamper your loves with a Hudson Valley staycation.
Gift certificate for an exotic experience? Mohonk Preserve passes? Museum membership? Hang-gliding lessons? Theatre tickets? It’s all right here.
wine and spirits
You know, we’ve always had some mighty fine wine. These days we’ve got an exquisite selection of craft brews and distilled spirits too, whether you’d like something locally made or some expert guidance in picking the perfect imported quaff. Joy to the world, y’all.
A warm, nourishing meal is a wonderful balm on a cold winter’s evening. Stoke the fires with a gift certificate to any one (hey, why not two or more?) of these eateries.
Got a real original on your gifting list—that person who can’t be typecast? You don’t quite know what to get them, but you’ll know it when you see it? Here are some places you’ll see it.