Location: 2 Tioronda Avenue, Beacon
Holiday Hours: Thursday-Monday, 12pm-6pm; Open till 7pm on Fridays starting November 23rd.
What You Will Find: A diverse collection of clothing and accessories by indie American designers, perfect for the fashion and eco-conscious.
Expect well curated racks of hand-dyed silk kimonos from ARAE, dresses from Conrado (a company that uses deadstock fabric to make its limited-edition garments), and items from Kingston’s Cross Country Vintage. Thanks to owner and curator Andrea Podob, the shop continuously highlights emerging talent and is full of slow crafted pieces, including jewelry from HV based Alcove Craft, green beauty products, home décor and other gift worthy items. Keep posted about holiday sales and ‘for locals only’ discounts through their Instagram page at @warestheshop.
Giuliana Dress; $240 from Lacson Ravello
The This faux wrap style is universally flattering and makes a perfect look for and after the holidays. All garments by Lacson Ravello are made with ethically sourced materials and sustainable fibers.
Location: 25 Broadway, Kingston
Holiday Hours: Visit their Instagram page to see official holiday hours.
What You Will Find: Books, candles, jewelry, and everything to make you dreamy about the hand-written letter.
Any place with a postcard bar has my vote, but there’s more to see at this charming store. From handbound leather notebooks to the shop’s line of loose tea (my fav is the Sage Woman blend; $3-$4), you can expect to find an abundance of lovely items perfect for gifting. For the vintage lover, check out their authentic collection of hardcover Nancy Drew books, sealing wax and stationary. For daily-use treats, they carry the handcrafted soaps and candles from Hudson Naturals, as well as Eros + Arch lip balm. Follow on Instagram at @southmanorsociety to learn holiday hours and updates on upcoming pop-ups.
Quartz Crystal necklace; $42; Facets of Earth
I love the work of Morgan Mikula. The Kingston based designer uses recycled metal and raw gemstones to create designs that highlight the wearer’s natural beauty. All her materials are sourced ethically and are conflict free. Follow on Instagram at @facetsofearth.
Location: 80 Main Street, Cold Spring
Holiday Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-7pm
What You Will Find: A vibrant and airy space filled with fun but thoughtful items.
Whether you’re shopping for a new mama (I suggest the organic NY themed baby rattles by Estella) or are in search of something cool for that pal at work (who doesn’t need this Internet PW log book?), Pink Olive provides lots of options. They carry books, stationary, home décor accessories, and lots of items from New York based artists that will brighten anyone’s day. Just check out the whimsical art prints by Kristiana Pärn to see what I mean. Follow on Instagram at @pinkolive.
Soy-based candles from Pink Olive’s You Are Loved collection; $10-$24
Made in NY, these soy based candles are hand poured, burn for up to 25 hours and smell fantastic!
Location: 6423 Montgomery Street #2, Rhinebeck
Holiday Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-6pm; Sunday 11-5pm. Open till 7pm on Fridays, starting December.
What You Will Find: High quality paper products and luxe gifts for every price point.
This Rhinebeck boutique offers far more than stationary. Along with fine paper products (which are exquisite and reason to visit alone), they carry men’s grooming products, home décor, women’s accessories exclusive to the shop and even have a perfume bar. They also customize holiday cards, so if you want to create a memorable season’s greeting, stop by. Follow on Instagram at @papertrailrhinebeck.
Check Out: The elaborate display of holiday ornaments and decoration that fills the store starting in early November. If that doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.
Greeting cards from Paper Wolf Design; $4.95
The colorful and cheeky illustrated cards from Paper Wolf Design will make anyone smile. Created by Hudson Valley artist, Lara Bremer. Follow on Instagram at @paperwolfdesign.
Location: 41 East Market Street, Rhinebeck
Holiday Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-6pm, Sunday, 11-4pm; opened till 7pm starting December.
What You Will Find: A wonderland for children young and old.
Whether looking for something educational or a longtime keepsake, the huge selection at the Land of Oz will give you plenty to choose from. Plushes, Micro Kickboards, Pals mismatched socks ($10), and jewelry from NY based father-daughter team Gunner and Lux are just a few of the items sure to enchant little ones. Owner Elena Rose is always on the lookout for American made brands, especially those from local designers. Holiday gifts are wrapped for free, and even for birthdays! For sale updates, follow them on Instagram at @elenastoyshop.
Make a Note: If you’re not sure what might be right for your child, ask Land of Oz about their Wish List.
Foundation Chemistry Kit: Beakers and Bubbles; $49.95; Yellow Scope
Science is fun and the kits from Yellow Scope prove it. The Beakers and Bubbles Kit comes with everything your child needs to meet their inner chemist, including goggles and a lab notebook with experiments. Follow on Instagram at @yellowscopegirl.
Location: 514 Warren Street, Hudson
Holiday Hours: Open daily from November 23rd-December 24th from 11am-5pm.
What You Will Find: A rotating compilation of stylish vintage and handcrafted pieces from regional artists.
From the denim jackets of Avant Saint to the contemporary quilts by Khem Studios, you never know what new designer you’ll discover at this brick and mortar. They routinely update their goods to showcase new collections, and you’ll find curated vintage, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork and other slowly made items by artists in the local region. Since its beginnings as a modern craft fair in 2013, Hudson River Exchange has been a leader in fostering the creative community and introducing makers to the public. They host markets, pop-ups, and workshops, so don’t forget to follow them on Instagram at @hudsonriverexchange to learn of upcoming events.
Mark Your Calendar: To kick off Black Friday, Hudson River Exchange will launch holiday pop-up shop ‘Hand Made Here’ in collaboration with Drop Forge & Tool at their location and 442 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. It will open daily from 11am-5pm, through December 24th, feature 40 plus regional artists. Their lineup includes Honey’s, Rowland Butler, Paige of Content, and Jenny Lee Fowler. It will be a great chance to find one-of-a kind handmade items and meet local designers.
Handmade leather wallet/Passport Holder; $75; SALSITA
For the worldly traveler, there’s nothing chicer than this handmade item. Comes in brown, and red.
Location: 482 Broadway, Newburgh
Holiday Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm; Sundays 12pm-5pm. Check their Facebook page for extended holiday hours.
What You Will Find: Classically made chocolates and other sweets.
A third generation family owned business, this confectionary has been keeping life sweet since 1935 when they also made ice cream. Although now exclusively focused on chocolate, there’s no shortage of options to cure any sugar hankering. Peanut brittle (a personal favorite), hot fudge, and ribbon candy are on their menu, as well as more decadent selections like caramels covered in Belgium milk chocolate. From Vanilla Bean Truffles to hand dipped chocolate strawberries, each item is made with the finest local and global ingredients. Their pre-packaged assortments make quick delicious gifts, but they also offer customizable boxes and baskets.
Make A Note: The shop hosts a candy cane making event during the holidays where the art of sugar pulling is demonstrated and guests can make their own candy. While tickets sell out fast, you can stay updated on new events via their Facebook page.
Location: 104 Main Street, Cold Spring
Holiday Hours: Monday -Wednesday, 12pm-5pm; Thursdays, 12pm-6pm; Fridays, 12pm-7pm; Saturdays,10am-6pm; Sundays, 10am-5pm
What You Will Find: Gourmet local and imported cheese that range from the robust to creamy, plus delicious accompaniments.
Everyone brings wine to holiday parties, but a cheese basket? That’s what the cool kids do. And while you’re at it, score the shelves of this gourmet shop to be turned onto other delicious fare from the region. You’ll find Horseshoe Brand sauces, Noomi PB, and even artisanal pasta. Grab lunch (they make sandwiches too!) and go through their offerings which include local varieties like soft-ripened sheep cheese from Meadowood Farm. They also have charcuterie and are happy to create varied and decadent platters for whatever your occasion calls for. And for the fromage enthusiast they also offer gift baskets, each which feature local non-perishable items that can be picked up on site (delivery to those who live in a 10-mile radius).
Make a Note: Cold Spring Cheese shop will be giving 15% off on pre-ordered cheese and charcuterie platters. The shop will also be hosting Hudson Valley Chocolates. Follow them on Instagram at @coldspringcheese to be updated.
Location: 73 Broadway, Kingston
Holiday Hours: Open daily, 11am-6pm starting November 15th to January 10th. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
What You Will Find: Gorgeous practical items for the outdoors, home and living.
This thoughtfully edited shop exhibits monthly the work of local artists and stocks their shelves with Hudson valley makers such as Andrew Molleur and Lail Design. Enjoy their onsite coffee bar while browsing items like Scrimscraw Knife kits, naturalist books, small batched Bonnie’s Jams ($10) and the shop’s personal line of apothecary products and candles. Follow on Instagram at @cloveandcreek.
Mark Your Calendar: Visit Clove & Creek on November 24th for Kingston’s Sinterklaas celebration. Fruition Chocolate will be hosting a hot chocolate bar (complete with Belgium Waffles) outside the shop and it will be a great local to enjoy the annual parade.
Sailcloth Market Canvas Bag in Teak; $140; Eighth Belle
Eighth Belle comes from Kingston based maker Korina Brewer. She uses recycled material to hand make her nautical inspired bags. Obsessed with the solid copper rivets on the leather straps. Follow on Instagram at @eighthbelle.
Location: 608 Warren Street, Hudson
Holiday Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm, Monday-Wednesday by appointment
What You Will Find: Handcrafted glassware, ceramics, brassware, wood and leatherwork for your kitchen, bar and living space.
The brick and mortar counterpart to the acclaimed B&B is visually sumptuous and a must for those seeking items by American designers. The shop recently started carrying the ceramics of Middletown based Tellefsen Atelier, and if you’re really looking to whoa, check out the antique silver from The Waldorf-Astoria and serving pieces from Tiffany & Co. On December 1st, the shop will be open till 8pm as part of Hudson’s Winter walk and will have 20-50% markdowns on select handmade items. Follow on Instagram at @batterbyhouse.
Make A Note: Use coupon code GIFT2018 when shopping online! Free ground shipping and gift wrapping.
Spalted Ambrosia Maple Bowl No.3; $125; Sanders Woodworking
This hand turned bowl makes a handsome addition to any dining table. Created by Stephan Sanders who has been woodworking for 50 plus years, each piece from his studio in rural North Carolina is one of a kind.
Location: 453 Main Street, Beacon
Holiday Hours: Open daily from 11:30-5:30; extended hours beginning one-week before Christmas.
What You Will Find: A spacious gallery and shop with a foraged collection of antiques, on-trend accessories, and art.
The three-floor shop is a collector’s paradise, housing an assortment of antiques, jewelry, pop-culture collectibles, prints, and even raw crystals. From authentic movie props (as of this posting they have two medieval battle axes from HBO’s GOT) to the bathing salts from Wild Honey Botanicals, there’s something for everyone. For that person who loves all things local, browse the selection of vintage styled postcards featuring HV towns by New York artist Catherine LaPointe. Follow the shop on Instagram at @afteredengallery to learn about sales and holiday deals.
Golden Girls 7-Day Candles; $15; Little Sister NC.
After Eden has a wonderful assortment of candles, including the popular 7-Day candles from North Carolina based artist, Chelsey Barnes. As an eighties baby, anything with The Golden Girls gives me life!
Location: 255 Warren Street, Hudson
Holiday Hours: Thursday-Monday, 11am-6pm with extended hours starting December.
What You Will Find: Gorgeous sophisticated perfumes and natural skincare products.
The aromas from this conscious perfumery will delight your nose. Built on the relationship between music and perfume (both are comprised of notes), you’ll find single chord blends (made up of three notes) and complex fragrances. Musicians and creators Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger make everything by hand in small batches using botanicals and organic ingredients. In fact, you may see them whipping something up when you swing by. Along with perfume, they also create bath, skin and haircare products, each perfect for anyone who’s trying to nix chemicals from their beauty routine or just appreciates the artistry of a well-made scent. Gift wrapping for in-shop purchases is free. Cyber Monday shoppers receive free shipping. Follow on Instagram at @2notehudson.
Mark Your Calendar: During Hudson’s Winter Walk (December 1st), the shop will stay open late and have live music. Botanical refreshments will be available for visitors.
Nocturne Perfume; $10-$95
Notes of rich vetiver and spicy cardamom give this perfume body and heat. What better way to warm someone during the chilly months?