Thank a Teacher With Hudson Valley Goodies and Gift Baskets

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School’s out! Before the kids say hello to summer, don’t forget to thank their teachers with any of these local presents and treats.

None of us have had it easy over the past few years, but teachers have had to navigate especially large challenges in the classroom during the pandemic. As the school year comes to an end, say thank you with one of these gifts from merchants in the Hudson Valley. And best of all: they’re all under $25!

Gift Box of Honey Goodies – $15

Moon’s Gold Apiary, Salt Point

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This gift is thoughtful, useful, and—best of all—hassle-free. Wrap it up and it’s ready to go to a teacher who deserves a little sweetness to start the summer! The gift box includes 2.5 oz. of wildflower honey, a tin of skin cream, two lip balms, and two tea light candles, all made right here in the Hudson Valley.

Crown Maple Syrup Estate Collection – $15.45

Crown Maple, Dover Plains


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For a teacher who appreciates the little things in life, gift this set of three bottles of high-quality maple syrup. The various flavors—bourbon barrel-aged, amber, and Madagascar vanilla—are perfect additions to a range of dishes, from oatmeal to salads to cocktails. Sure, you can drizzle the syrup on your pancakes…but when you get a taste of this stuff, you’ll want to put it on everything.

Heart Quartet – $10

Lagusta’s Luscious, New Paltz

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Show your appreciation for a standout teacher by giving the gift of these vegan chocolates from Lagusta’s Luscious confectionery in New Paltz. Each box comes with four chocolate hearts—one white chocolate, one maple-flavored, one milk chocolate, and one dark chocolate—wrapped in compostable ribbon and perfect for gifting.

Cookies Gift Box – $21.99

Cardoso Cookies


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Choose one or two flavors—including varieties like s’mores, peanut butter, and blueberry crumb cake—from the lengthy menu to make a box of 12 homemade cookies, a.k.a. the perfect gift for any teacher. Each of the cookies is individually wrapped and presented in a small box. If you’re shopping for multiple teachers, note that purchasing two or more boxes in an order will earn you a slight discount.

Mini Jams Gift Set – $15

Beth’s Farm Kitchen

Help your favorite teacher add some zest to their breakfast, cheese platter, or cocktail with these adorable 2 oz. jars of jam. Each gift tube comes with three jars—strawberry rhubarb, wild berry, and cherry apricot—wrapped in tissue paper. The jams are vegan, gluten-free, and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. And, best of all, they are hand-crafted in small batches right here in the Hudson Valley.

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Gift Card to Local Bookstore

Picking out a book for someone else can be tricky, so why not leave it up to them? These bookstores in the Hudson Valley offer gift cards. That way, your favorite teacher can pick out their ideal summer read!


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Barner Books, New Paltz – available by phone or in-store only

Binnacle Books, Beacon – available online

Bruised Apple Bookstore, Peekskill – available by phone or in-store only

Galápagos Books, Hastings-on-Hudson – available in-store only

Inquiring Minds, New Paltz – available online

Kulture Café, Harriman – available in-store only

Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook – available online

Montgomery Book Exchange, Montgomery – available online

Oblong Books, Rhinebeck – available online

Postmark Books, Rosendale – available online

Split Rock Books, Cold Spring – available online

Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson – available online

Related: 3 Novel Gift Ideas for the Hudson Valley Book Lovers in Your Life

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