Holiday Gift Guide

Here are the new, the noteworthy, and the knock-your-socks-off local finds to ensure your loved ones have the happiest holidays ever

Overwhelmed with shopping for loved ones this holiday season? Don’t be! With this nifty gift guide — featuring our top 25 picks from favorite markets and stores all around the Valley — you’ll be sure to find that little something that’s perfect for everyone on your list — without sacrificing your savings to get there.

Jungle Love

This adorable Zoobies pet holds a full-size blanket in its belly. Comes in three sizes. $28-$100
Quackles, Poughkeepsie.

A Very Smart Cat by Mario Picayo

Feline Fun

Written by Saugerties resident Mario Picayo in both English and Spanish, this tale of a clever kitty prominently features many Ulster County businesses. $19.95
Available on-line at

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Holiday Frolic

Jingle and jangle while wearing the latest Brighton bling. With these folksy holiday charms, your loved one can make the season bright. $85
Helen’s Handbags & Accessories, New City.

Brighton Holiday Frolic bracelet, available at Helen's Handbags

 Wrap in "Save the Planet" red, available at Elizabeth Boutique  

All Wrapped Up

Beat Jack Frost with a one-size-fits-all hand-knit wrap, which features chic oversized coconut buttons and comes in hot colors (like Save the Planet Red). $80
Elizabeth Boutique, Poughkeepsie.


A Driver’s Best Friend

Attach the ScanGauge II to your car’s dashboard and get up-to-the-minute readings on fuel economy, battery voltage, coolant temperature, and more. $155
High Velocity Motorsports, Montgomery.

 ScanGaugeII available at High Velocity Motorsports
 Gold letter opener shaped like a sword, available at West Point's gift shop  

A Cut Above

Open up snail mail the old-fashioned way with this sword letter opener, cast in gold-tone metal. $17
West Point AOG Gift Shop, West Point.


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Yuletide Brew

Seasonal Super Kitty beer packs a complex, smooth taste into an individually numbered, one-liter flip-top bottle. $25-$30
Keegan Ales, Kingston. 845-331-2739,

 Super Kitty beer from Keegan Ales
Woodstock Chimes emperor gong, available at Handmade & More

Going, Going, Gong

Ring in the season with Woodstock Chimes’ hand-crafted emperor gong. $84
Handmade & More, New Paltz.

Christmas-themed kaleidoscope from Emerson Country Store

In Living Color

Surprise the arts-and-crafts lover on your list with a handmade kaleidoscope. Choices include the ceramic “Christmas Scope” ($275) and the intricately wood-carved
“Tower II” ($950).
Emerson Country Store, Mount Tremper.
845-688-5800, ext. 654,

Tower II kaleidoscope from Emerson Country Store
 daphne baking company frozen gourmet tarts, available at adam's fairacre farms  

Snappy Sweets

If holiday hassles have you hard-pressed, never fear: These ready-to-eat gourmet tarts from the Daphne Baking Company make life easy for the harried hostess. $9.99
Adams Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie.



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Teppanyaki To Go

Who says German engineering only belongs in your BMW? This portable cooktop grill sears everything from steaks to veggies — it even dips in the middle when hot to keep juices from spilling. Plus, a simple wipe with a warm cloth makes cleanup a breeze. $1,970
Della Pietra Designs, Inc. 845-473-1806.

 cook-n-dine teppanyaki portable grill, available at della pietra designs
 victoria gardens gardening tools  

Tool Time

The Joshua Roth Japanese gardening knife, Felco pruners, and Cobrahead weeder are second-to-none when it comes to whipping a garden into shape. $25-$65
The Shop at Victoria Gardens, Rosendale.

Light House

This Dr. Suess-like lantern — by High Falls ceramicist Zoya Geacintov — makes a colorful addition to any home. $45-80
Green Cottage, High Falls.

Green Cottage lantern


This 24-karat gold straining spoon comes from world-renowned chef Ferran Adria’s Faces kitchen collection. $285
Blue Cashew, High Falls.

 24 karat gold straining spoon from Blue Cashew
Michael Stars "Victoria" dress in russet, Harriman Clothing Co.  


Ravishing in Red

When it comes to holiday attire, this shop’s stylish garb has you covered. The featured Michael Stars “Victoria” dress in russet is truly a gift fit for a goddess. $172
Harriman Clothing Company, Harriman.



Dear Diary

Collect your favorite Polaroids — or pen your wish list to Santa — in these handmade banana-leaf photo albums and journals. $8-$24
Four Winds, Rhinebeck. 845-876-8711,

 Handmade journals and photo albums
Starlight teddy bear

Make a Child Smile

Donate $25 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT. In return, they’ll send this cuddly teddy bear to a seriously ill child who’s spending the holidays in a local hospital. $25
Donate on-line at


Read the Future

Completely wireless and no bigger than a paperback, the Kindle reading device downloads entire books and newspapers in less than a minute. $359
Available on-line at



Morehouse Farm alligator-shaped knit wool scarves

Later, Gator

Complete with yarn and pattern, a knitting kit from Morehouse Farm makes it easy to create one of these fun scarves. $26.50
Morehouse Farm, Red Hook.


Toasty Treat

When the weather outside is frightful, a little Winter Warmer Spice Wine is so delightful. $12
Alison Wines & Vineyards, Red Hook. 845-758-6335,

Spice wine and wine bag

It’s in the Bag

Present the prettiest package in town by wrapping
your bottle in a homemade brocade wine bag.
Available in three colors. $9.95
Old Mill Wine & Spirits, Rhinebeck. 845-876-5343.


Wine Wise book

Study Buddy

Read up on how to find the perfect bottle of red or white in this wine guide, written by three professors from the Culinary Institute. $29.95
Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. 845-452-7648,

Designer Labels

Make gift-giving more memorable by designing a customized label for a bottle from this world-class winery.
Prices start at $15.95 a bottle.
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook.

Millbrook Winery custom labels


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