Gifts made in the Hudson Valley
If you're looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your list while supporting local artisans in the region, here are 12 gifts made in the Hudson Valley perfect for a suave gentleman, a world traveler, a baker, a musician and everyone in between. -- Compiled by Brandhyze Stanley
Deluxe kitchen set: In business for about a year, Hudson Made founder Billy Hovard created his company because he wanted to counter the big-box stores and promote the local artisans and farmers he loves so much. This deluxe kitchen set from Jonathan's Spoons features one olive spoon, a honey stick, a pickle fork, a medium spreader and a marmalade spoon, all made of cherry wood, plus a Hudson Made 9-by-18-inch black walnut kitchen board ($169.50; www.hudsonmadeny.com).
Honey-lover gift set: Also from Hudson Made, this gift set is perfect for the honey-loving baker in your life. It includes a locally harvested Ash wood 19-by-9-inch cutting board, a Sesame Letterpress notebook to document those family recipes, a classic stainless steel Jacob Bromwell 5-cup flour sifter, a 12-ounce jar of Lucky Star artisanal honey, a 100 percent cotton flour sack dish towel from Common Good, a honey stick from Jonathan's Spoons and a vintage milk bottle from Cloverdale Farms, circa 1920 ($168.50; www.hudsonmadeny.com).
dbO Home pottery: For those into home decor, this dbO Home pottery, made with sustainable materials by Dana Brandwein Oates and Daniel Oates in nearby Litchfield County, is sure to be a showstopper. Sold at Hammertown, a lifestyle store with locations in Pine Plains and Rhinebeck, items include a honeycomb serving bowl ($110) and a honeycomb porcelain soup bowl ($44), both made with a unique finish (hammertown.com or www.dbohome.com).
dbO Home teacup and saucer: This porcelain set made by dbO Home isn't your mother's teacup and saucer. It’s sold at the Hammertown store in Pine Plains or online ($44; 3201 Route 199, Pine Plains; 518-398-7075; hammertown.com or dbohome.com).
Harney & Sons tea set: If you're looking to give some tea with the dbO teacup and saucer, this four-tea assortment, made by Harney & Sons in Millerton, comes beautifully encased in a linen box. This set is sold at the Hammertown location in Rhinebeck or online ($25; 6420 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; 845-876-1450; hammertown.com or www.harney.com).
Lavender relaxation gift set: Relaxation just got easier with the "Bit of Everything" gift set from Central Valley soap maker, Ardis Thompson. Made with organic, fair trade and local ingredients, the set features two artisan handmade soaps, one renewable yellow pine soap dish, one of five sugar scrubs, a silky castile liquid soap, a lip balm made with organic essential oils and an all-natural body butter. You can choose from more than 20 fragrances, including Sandalwood Vanilla and Honeysuckle Rose ($50; HighStreetSoap.com).
Ken Lovett musical instruments: Popular among professionals, these instruments are handmade by artist Ken Lovett, who lives just outside of Woodstock. Sold at Beacon Art Emporium, a curated gift shop specializing in locally made goods, the colorful and well-crafted instruments include a rain wheel with removable stand ($260 plus shipping), a tambourine that makes a variety of sounds ($160), a porcelain hand-painted bongo drum ($220), shakers with colored backs ($29) and more (500 Main St., Beacon; 845-765-1535; www.BeaconArtEmporium.com).
Ultra massage candles: Know a candle lover? These Lucky Zen Dog Ultra Massage Candles work double duty. After burning the candle for 10 minutes, blow it out, allow it to cool for three minutes and then simply pour residual oil onto the body for a massage bonus. Handmade in Beacon, Beacon Art Emporium carries the candles in a variety of scents, including eucalyptus spearmint, lavender and China rain ($16 plus shipping; 500 Main St., Beacon; 845-765-1535; www.BeaconArtEmporium.com).
Travel gift set: The gift set from Hudson Made will help the globetrotting recipient look and smell his best. It features one tartan dopp kit, a tube of Caswell-Massey foot cream, a bottle of Caswell-Massey hair wash, a bar of Hudson Made Fancy Black Soap, a jar of beard scent, a stick of Chapstuff and one stick of Lipjao lip balm ($142.50; hudsonmadeny.com).
Walking sticks: Perfect for the avid outdoorsman, these beautifully crafted and durable Mount Beacon Spirit Walking Sticks are made by local artist Jimmbop. Averaging around 4 feet, some of these sticks have been specially rubbed by deers' antlers to reveal inner wood. They are hand-sanded and polyurethaned for durability and are available at Beacon Art Emporium ($30-35 plus shipping; 500 Main St., Beacon; 845-765-1535; www.BeaconArtEmporium.com).
Gentleman's kit: This gentleman's kit from Hudson Made features one bar of Hudson Made Fancy Black Soap, one Dana Brandwein wood-grain soap dish, a #172-R vintage Burmax straight-edge razor, a Colonel Conk black stoneware shave mug, a 19th-century apothecary jar and one vintage milk glass household ointment jar ($138.50; hudsonmadeny.com).
Boot remover: For a handy yet practical gift, this finished boot remover is created by a local artisan and available at Beacon Art Emporium ($38 plus shipping; 500 Main St., Beacon; 845-765-1535; www.BeaconArtEmporium.com).