Does your special someone spend more time in the kitchen than the living room? Can they pair every dish with the perfect wine? Do they (rightly) add bacon to everything?
Odds are good, then, that you love a foodie. This year, if you’re feeling like their wish list might be a little above your ken, consider picking up a gift basket of local goodies tailor-made (butcher-cut?) for your finicky dearest.
Let’s get the bacon lovers out of the way first. And what better way to do that than with Jacüterie, the handcrafted charcuterie from right here in the Hudson Valley? Based out of Ancramdale, Jacüterie has a presence at some of out favorite winter farmers’ markets like Pleasantville Farmers’ Market and Cold Spring Farmers’ Market. The bacon is cured with flavors like maple syrup and wildflower honey, and both the dry-cured and regular sausages are out of this world. Just in time for the holidays, Jacüterie stocks its online store with gift box goodies that ship right to your door! Try a two-pack for $30 or a sampler of four varieties for only $60.
If for some reason you want to add some non-meat to your gift bag this year, you can’t go wrong tapping Beacon Pantry for some ideas. Not only does the market offer a fabulous charcuterie selection (including cheeses and non-meat snackables), but the friendly staff work with shoppers to craft the perfect pairing. They even hand-deliver gifts for free within Beacon proper or for an extra $10 within a 10-mile radius. Unless you live in Beacon, get your orders in ASAP to guarantee holiday delivery.
For the home chef, nothing beats trying out a new recipe. Give the gift that keeps on giving with a grab bag of spices and seasonings from Twisted Branch in Valhalla. With dozens of hand-blended spices, sea salts, and cane sugars – plus a bevy of extra-virgin and infused olive oils and vinegar on tap — you can craft a Grade-A gift basket that will please your partner and your palate.
One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is getting all the kids together along with one “cool” aunt to go drinking after all the old folks fall asleep. But the rest of your clan can’t stay mad if you show up the next morning with a ribbon-wrapped bottle from Still the One Distillery. Handcrafted and locally-made from start to finish, these spirits are available in many local liquor shops (and restaurants, if you’re looking to try some for yourself first). They’re a Best of Westchester winner and one of our local favorites, and we’re betting they’ll be one of yours too, as long as you throw a couple lowball glasses in this basket.
Speaking of local favorites, just a ways north in Beacon sits Denning’s Point Distillery. Not only does it make some of the most award-winning spirits around here (Best of Hudson Valley, San Francisco World Spirit Competition, etc.), but it also sells some of the best bourbons and brandies period. Rightfully, they are available at a plethora of local wine and spirit shops.
Don’t think we forgot about the wine lovers on your list. For those of us looking to go red-and-white for the holidays, consider a lovely gift set from Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. The Hudson Valley’s unique terroir leads to some delicious Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Reislings, Cabernets, and even an Italian-style Tocai Friulano!
If you want something west of the Hudson, head to Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery for Best of Hudson Valley sips straight out of Gardiner. While a bottle or two of the brand’s magnificent Riesling or Cabernet Franc would suffice, consider membership to the Whitecliff Wine Club for that really special someone. With options for half and full cases, the insider option includes free tastings throughout the year along with access to member events and discounts on public events and future orders.
There is no way you can go wrong giving someone a basket filled with handmade chocolates. Krause’s Chocolates in Saugerties, New Paltz, and Rhinebeck offers anniversary and birthday gift baskets, but, for the holidays, its Chocolates Gift Basket is the way to go. The substantial bin is stuffed with a mix of milk and dark chocolate, peanut brittle, a Krause’s chocolate car, almond bark, mint lentils, yogurt pretzels, and a chocolate-dipped Oreo, s’more, and pretzel.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast, right? Give the early bird in your life the syrupy set of their dreams. Crown Maple, based out of Dutchess County, is a premier maple syrup company that produces maple syrups ranging from amber color syrup to flavor-infused varieties like cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla. The Gourmet Breakfast Box includes both amber and dark color syrup, Crown Maple Signature Maple Sugar Pancake Mix, maple granola, and glazed nuts.
There’s always one person in your life who is obsessed with coffee and can’t go a day without it. The perfect gift for that special someone is at Adam’s Fairacre Farms. The Coffee Expressions gift basket is stocked with a variety of coffee blends, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and different types of cookies to pair with your caffeine concoction. Even the pickiest coffee connoisseur will be pleased with your selection this holiday season.