'Tis the season.
But, you're probably tired of the mall
(or just avoiding it, like me). Even so, it's possible you still need a few more gifts. And maybe you want to be more creative than usual.
Giving gifts with a local touch is a unique way to recognize the holiday spirit, whether you're giving to an out-of-towner or a fellow townie. It means you thought about it a little bit, and veered off the beaten path (i.e. Crossgates Mall Road).
Need some help?
If you have access to a local co-op, making a gift basket of specialty items is a fun present for anyone. Throw in some New York wine
and cheese, and it's extra special! (Honest Weight
in Albany has fantastic cheeses, and the Little Falls Community Co-Op
sells beautiful Amish baskets, meaning a one-stop shop!)
Finger Lakes Wine (Seneca Lake, NY)
Amazing Real Live Food Company cheese
(available at Honest Weight)
The people around you, like friends and co-workers, often practice hobbies that may serve your purpose. Look for baked goods, crafts, maple syrup
, or natural toiletry products (Homemade soaps are especially nice for the lady on your list.)
Hay Maple Syrup, Cobleskill, NY
Hand-made natural soaps (lotions, lip balms) by P. Maniscalco,
(highly recommended by me)
Or at the very least, shop at a small business. There are plenty of local chocolatiers, florists, jewelry makers, tea and coffee companies, etc. that could use your business as much as you could use their one-of-a-kind goods.
Loose tea at Nova Mae Cafe in Bennington, VT
Or, make something yourself! Bake up a batch of cookies, a pie, or some bread. A little love
makes everything taste extra good.
I say you can still make the pumpkin bread. OR... homemade gingerbread anyone??
I'm sure you'll come up with something perfect :) Good luck and Merry Christmas