Photo courtesy of Hunca Munca’s
Before you endlessly scroll through Amazon searching for deals, know that the best gifts are just around the corner.
Show your small-town pride by purchasing presents in the Hudson Valley: We’ve selected 29 stores in six towns that are guaranteed to have something special and unique for everyone on your list. (P.S. we encourage you to explore all the amazing shops these towns offer. If we covered them all, this feature would take up the whole issue!)
500 Main Street shopberte.com
“I have a bit of an allergy to ‘sameness.’ I get bored easily,” says owner Aimée deSimone. That’s why Berte is stocked with a curated (but frequently updated) assortment of eclectic and on-trend home décor, accessories, and much more.
Hudson Beach Glass
162 Main hudsonbeachglassshop.com
This glass studio has been casting functional sculptures and home goods—like kitchenware, jewelry, barware, and candle holders—for 35 years. (You can even watch the magic happen during store hours.)
“All our products are handmade! I recommend any of our stunning jewelry or intricate knives.”
—Wendy Gilvey, owner of Hudson Beach Glass
145 Main @hunca_muncas
Hunca Munca’s offers cute, sustainable toys and goods like woodland baskets and stuffed animals, wood building blocks and kitchen sets, and a selection of curated clothing.
“Wooden tea sets and play kitchen toys are beautiful and unique. Children love the open-ended and imaginative play time that comes from them.”
—Erika Barratt, owner of Hunca Munca’s
Lewis & Pine
133 Main lewisandpine.com
Beautiful, lightweight jewelry is the focus of this shop, but they also sell candles and diffusers, stationery, and more. This just in: a second location recently opened on Main Street in Cold Spring.
474 Main ravenrosebeacon.com
Offering all things flora and fauna, Raven Rose is perfect for friends and family members with green thumbs. You’ll find a wonderful array of plants and planters, garden accessories, fresh and dry flowers, and wellness products.
143 Main utensilkitchenware.com
Utensil has it all—dishware, Weck and Mason jars, dozens of different pots and pans, DIY foodie kits, and more. (And, of course, utensils.) Look out for a second location opening soon at Eastdale Village in Poughkeepsie.
Cold Spring General Store
66 Main Street coldspringgeneralstore.com
A shop devoted to all things local, this upscale general store is stocked with curated products like wellness items, books, outdoor gear, men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, cozy throws, candles, and room scents, many of which are made in the Valley.
80 Main pinkolive.com
This pastel pink shop-on-the-corner prides itself on offering up “whimsical gifts for happiness and home.” The paper goods are fantastic, the accessories are on trend, and the home décor could be plucked straight from your favorite Pinterest boards.
“We love gifting men with sloth socks and cocktail travel kits for the busy (and slow living) guys in our lives.”
—Grace Kang, founder of Pink Olive
64 Main shoppoorgeorge.com
Though focused on vintage clothing, this groovy store has plenty of other great gifts. Everything is super chic and aesthetic, especially the apothecary items, accessories like hair clips and unique scarves, and stylish housewares.
“We’re big fans of themed gifts. A popular eco-friendly option is a tote used as the gift bag, filled with pampering items like reusable cotton rounds, bath salts and soaks, a face mask, and body butter.”
—Cadah Goulet, owner of Poor George
The Gift Hut
86 Main thegifthut.com
If your kid (or kid at heart) loves spending hours on a jigsaw puzzle, this is your store. Ranging from 300–1,000 pieces, the options range from animals and nature, gorgeous landscapes, culinary spreads, and more. There are also plenty of other toys like model kits and building blocks.
Fig and Bella
525 Warren Street figandbella.com
When they’re not hand-dyeing textiles in a Clinton Corners studio, owners Olivier Solanet and Andrew Spitalera enjoy looking for “handmade goods for the home from around the world, country, and county.” Fig and Bella is best known for its eye-catching pillows and scarves, fragrances, and tableware.
“Everyone loves our pillows—including dogs who enjoy them as beds! We also recommend our scarves and handmade jewelry.”
—Olivier Solanet, co-owner of Fig and Bella
366 Warren hudson-home.com
Among all the upscale and vintage furniture, you’ll find plenty of gifts for the home carefully curated by owners Greg and Richard including pillows, throws, candle holders, found objects, and decorative accent pieces.
Lili and Loo
259 Warren liliandloo.com
A self-described space of “the sleek and rustic, the ancient and modern, the raw and the refined,” Lili and Loo is both eccentric and cool. From furnishings, housewares, and home accessories (such as statement pieces like busts of ancient figures) to jewelry and clothing, gifts here are one-of-a-kind.
The Quiet Botanist
447 Warren thequietbotanist.com
Beyond the fan-favorite dried botanicals, there are fancy gardening tools, a small selection of apparel, home accessories like candles and linens, and pantry items such as looseleaf tea and edible flowers.
Bluecashew Kitchen Homestead
37 North Front Street bluecashewkitchen.com
With a goal of educating customers to make the most of the region’s bounty, Bluecashew stocks everything from bakeware and kitchen tools to table linens and cookbooks. There are plenty of local goods, like Shokan’s Fruition Chocolate Works and ceramics by MQuan Studio in Saugerties.
Clove & Creek
73 Broadway cloveandcreek.com
This lifestyle shop (which has a sister store in Hudson) has something for everyone—there are household gifts for the kitchen, bar, and outdoors; rugs and textiles; skincare and fragrance; and artsy items like Hudson Valley-themed books, prints, and games.
“New this year are gorgeous cashmere sweaters from Eleven Six and wool cardigans handmade in Ireland. We also have our customer-favorite embroidered Hudson Valley sweatshirt.”
— Scott Neild, owner of Clove and Creek
309 Wall Street exitnineteen.com
Know a birder? Exit Nineteen carries a line of eco-friendly and easy-to-build birdhouses and bird displays. Beyond the avian items, there are candles and fragrances (categorized by type and theme), dinnerware and serving accessories, and pretty linens like napkins and tea towels.
Spruce Design + Decor
63 Broadway sprucedesignanddecor.com
Simply put, everything at Spruce is elegant. The shop specializes in dining and bar collections, with curated bar tools, glassware, serving boards, and even interesting bitters and cocktail mixes. You’ll also find a dedicated apothecary, art, lighting, mirrors, and home accessories.
6420 Montgomery Street hammertown.com
We love Hammertown’s tagline: “We offer everything you need to feel at home, including the warm welcome.” Because it’s true. Beyond their well-edited collection of furnishings, you’ll find an outstanding selection of unique home accessories, tableware, decorative pillows, jewelry, elegant bedding, rugs, and more. They also have a sister store in Pine Plains.
11 Market Street irwingarden.com
This is a mecca for natural gifts. There are ceramic vases and modern concrete bowls, tusk-shaped candles, vintage pillows, and beauty products like soaps and bath fizz. They make it easy during the holidays, too: choose from one of five gift bundles, such as “Soak it Up” and “Sweet Dreams.”
Land of Oz Toys
22 Market Street landofoztoys.com
It’s hard to describe a toy store that has, well, everything a child would want. Select from arts and crafts sets, construction and vehicle kits, stuffed animals, and various games. You can even help a kid become a future computer genius with a cool coding and robotics kit.
6423 Montgomery Street papertrailrhinebeck.com
Yes, there are gorgeous cards and stationery, but other paper products, too, like prints, calendars, notepads, and planners in a variety of colors and sizes.) Additional gifts include jewelry and accessories, kitchen and home items, and trendy eyewear.
“For women, check out our luxurious floral-and plaid-printed Epice wool scarves. We also recommend our comfy Banarasi cobalt throw from Designers Guild.”
—Serine Hastings, owner of Paper Trail
6423 Montgomery Street starrybirdkids.shop
Fashion-forward + comfortable = StarryBird. Dress a kid you love in their outerwear, pajamas, footwear, rompers—you name it, it’s here. Plus, there’s a lovely selection of car seats and strollers, child wellness products, décor (like nightlights and mobiles), and maternity and nursing essentials.
Warren Kitchen & Cutlery
6934 Route 9 warrenkitchenandcutlery.com
If you know someone who needs a knife upgrade, you’ve come to the right place—there are 1,500 different styles of knives here, including imported Japanese blades. Bonus: Warren offers drop-off sharpening and engraving services. Other products include cookware sets, upscale bakeware, and a ton of cast iron pans.
35 Mill Hill Road casaziki.com
This design store is filled to the brim with zany and vibrant home goods—like tapers, dishware, vessels and trays, and table mirrors. It’s also home to a handful of items from up-and-coming designers and brands, plus beauty products and modern jewelry.
“The Pleat Lamp from Wooj Design is 3D-printed out of corn plastic! It’s a playful take on the classic table lamp silhouette, and it captures a dynamic and elegant flow of a pleated skirt in motion.”
— Sylvana Kiss and Sasha Zinshtein, owners of Casa Ziki
40 Mill Hill Road lovewilddesign.com
Come here for the sustainable someone in your life. All gifts are low-waste and/or eco-friendly: choose from unique bath and beauty items (the Mexican Moon Bath soak is uber relaxing), kitchenware, and thoughtful books. Grab a card before you leave—they’re embedded with seeds and can be planted in soil.
54 Tinker Street maverickroad.com
This boho shop follows three simple rules: offer locally made gifts, highlight small makers, and give back to people and the earth. Amongst all the color and pop, you’ll find home décor like prints, decorated pillows, and disco ball planters. Items dedicated to plants, wellness, and stationery are also available (and super cute).
Shop Little House
47 Tinker Street shoplittlehouse.com
Gift the hikers, outdoorsy peeps, and nature lovers something from Shop Little House, whose motto is “supplies for modern pioneers.” There are vintage-y wall hangings and tote bags designed with mushrooms, birds, and camping cartoons; barware perfect for a cabin in the woods; and cozy pillows and blankets for indoor and outdoor use.
5 Mill Hill Road Find them on Facebook
This store is as joyful as its name is witty! Children’s instruments, paper kits, toadstool bowling sets, and building blocks are just some of the offerings. And you can even encourage kiddos to travel the world with globes—some of which double as a nightlight.