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Your Guide to the Hudson Valley’s Handmade Gifts on Etsy

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Wooden ornament from Handmade Darling | Photo by Jeremy Ackerman

Shop festive jewelry, wooden ornaments, handcrafted candles, and more Hudson Valley-made products from the comfort and safety of your home.

By Raphael Beretta, Jonathan Ortiz, and Sabrina Sucato

Trying to stay safe while holiday shopping and still support local businesses? You’re in luck.

Etsy’s diverse catalog of handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, home décor, supplies, and more is perfect for getting the perfect gift without leaving the house. With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to find something made locally for everyone on your shopping list. Below, we’ve gathered goodies from some of the coolest artisans and vendors in the Hudson Valley to get you started.

Founded back in 2005, online artisan market Etsy has paved the way for re-imagining how goods are bought and sold, allowing independent crafters and artists to #thinklocal amid the undeniable uptick of e-commerce. This site is built to handle the pandemic and allows for creatives to continue providing the best gifts around. Shop local from the comfort of your own home, and browse our picks for the best gifts in the Hudson Valley.

Bold Version

Location: Monroe
Top Pick: Hunter Mountain Print

Victor Coreas has painted — or rather digitally illustrated — the Hudson Valley in an incredible light. Bold Version’s minimalist renditions of popular destinations are the perfect additions to any home office or living room. It’s difficult for us to pick one print to highlight, but he captured the majesty of the Catskill in his popular Hunter Mountain poster. Doesn’t that make you want to go out and hike up to a fire tower?

CreativeAddictionCo

Location: Hudson
Top Pick: Silver Reindeer

Perfect for the crafter in your life, these bitty reindeer can be threaded onto pendants, looped onto earrings, or hooked onto key rings as lucky charms. They’re ideal for the holidays, of course, but they’re just as sweet as whimsical accessories all year-round. The charms are lead-free and cadmium-free, so they’re suitable for most to wear. The array of options from this Hudson designer will fill anyone’s season with holiday cheer.

 

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DiGilio Designs

Location: Hyde Park
Top Pick: Cardinal Pendant

While Hyde Park artist Susan DiGilio has quite a number of picturesque prints and pretty pendants, her animal-themed necklaces are just as sweet to look at as they are easy to wear. The abundance of antique stores and flea markets teeming with culture inspire DiGilio Designs, and her creations have a vintage, weathered feel to them. The vibrant reds of this cardinal pendant just scream holidays, right?

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Handmade Darling

Location: Clinton Corners
Top Pick: Pandemic 2020 Ornament 

Searching for an abundance of cabin-ready wood-carved ornaments? Handmade Darling has an expansive catalogue of rustic designs that evoke the aura of the surrounding mountains and rivers. The little wooden kayak (at the top of this page) looks more than ready to weather the mighty Hudson, but our personal favorite pick is the cheeky callback to the beginning of the pandemic when toilet paper was practically impossible to find.

 

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MWneighborhoods

Location: Albany
Top Pick: Hudson Valley T-Shirt

It’s one thing to say you’re from the Hudson Valley. It’s quite another to announce it loud and proud wherever you go. MWneighborhoods makes local pride look cool with its line of relaxed t-shirts, hoodies, and crewnecks. Prints are customizable and range from depictions of the Hudson Valley to upstate to Albany, so feel free to mix and match to create the perfect present.

 

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Nubibinu

Location: Hyde Park
Top Pick: Annatto Charcoal N Soap

These photogenic handcrafted soaps are the perfect bougie gift for someone with an artist’s touch. Nubibinu’s signature N design is full of active charcoal and herbal ingredients to spoil your skin. The brand only uses high-quality Korean astragalus root for this bar, along with nourishing coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and annatto help to clean without drying out skin.

Phoenicia Honey Co.

Location: Phoenicia
Top Pick: Chocolate & Bergamot Honey

Owner Rebecca Shim specializes in farm-crafted honeys that range in flavor from chai spice to lavender. Don’t pass up the chance to score this chocolate and bergamot variety, which uses organic unsweeted chocolate and raw wildflower honey from the Hudson Valley. It’s just as marvelous drizzled atop a slice of baguette as it is on bowlful of strawberries.

 

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ReMapping History

Location: Albany
Top Pick: Vintage Map (1883) of Upstate New York’s Steamboat and Railroad System

It’s no secret that we love a good shot of the Hudson Valley’s railroads and waterways. That’s why we’re all about this vintage map from ReMapping History in Albany. The 1883 print offers a detailed glimpse into the region’s historic happenings. As for gifting, it’s perfect for the family member who moved out of state or the friend who just settled into a new apartment.

Scripted Fragrance

Location: Warwick
Top Pick: Rescue Dog Soy Candle

We love the simple, adorable designs that mark every Scripted Fragrance candle. The Pet Collection hosts a cast of furry characters, each with their own identifying scent. The Rescue Dog offers scents of wildflower and fresh-cut green grass, evoking the essence of a pup you’d find running along one of the Hudson Valley’s rail trails.

 

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WEBANaturalProducts

Location: Kingston
Top Pick: Lavender Tea Tree Body Balm

Continue to give the gift of healthy skin and hair with products from WEBANaturalProducts. This balm has a myriad of uses, and it’s crafted with oils from the Hudson Valley. Whether you’re shopping for your husband who grew a quarantine beard or an avid hiker who needs something natural to repel mosquitos, this lavender and tea tree balm works wonders.

 

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Wishbone Letterpress

Location: Kingston
Top Pick: Get Very Merry Card

What would a holiday gift guide be without a seasonal card? We love Wishbone Letterpress, the papier brand that’s been on Etsy since 2011, for its sassy stationery and foil pencils. This year, we’re all about the fun “Get Very Merry” print, which works just as well for neighbors as it does for sisters. If you’re planning to order more than one card, however, be sure to do a quick browse of the shop’s extensive inventory to spot the more laughable letters.


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