Your Guide to Local, Handmade Gifts on Etsy
Friends and family will love these handcrafted, one-of-a-kind presents from Hudson Valley vendors.
A DiGilio Designs necklace
Founded back in 2005, online artisan market Etsy has paved the way for re-imagining how goods are bought and sold, allowing independent crafters and artists to #thinklocal amid the undeniable uptick of e-commerce. Headquartered in Brooklyn with additional offices all over the world (including one in our backyard in Hudson!), Etsy has become quite the global phenomenon, boasting over 33 million buyers worldwide in 2017.
If you haven’t hopped on the Etsy train yet, you’re missing out on a diverse catalog of handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, home décor, supplies, and much more. It isn’t too late to get started though. With the holidays right around the corner, there's no better time to find something made locally for everyone on your gift list. Below, we've gathered goodies from some of the coolest artisans and vendors in the Hudson Valley. Take a look, then get ready to #shoplocal...at home, from the comfort of your pajamas, without ever leaving the couch.
Location: Hyde Park
Top Pick: Snowy Owl Necklace
While Hyde Park artist Susan DiGilio has quite a number of picturesque prints and pretty pendants (check out her flower of the month line, above), her animal-themed necklaces are just as sweet to look at as they are easy to wear. We love this owl one as a holiday present for moms, grandmothers, and Harry Potter fans. Not only does it feel very Hudson Valley, but the snow-white bird also happens to look more than a little like Hedwig, too.
Top Pick: Chocolate & Bergamot Honey
Owner Rebecca Shim specializes in farm-crafted honeys that range in flavor from chai spice to lavender. Don't pass up the chance to score this chocolate and bergamot variety, which uses organic unsweeted chocolate and raw wildflower honey from the Hudson Valley. It's just as marvelous drizzled atop a slice of baguette as it is on bowlful of strawberries.
Top Pick: Silver Soldiers
Perfect for the crafter in your life, these bitty soldier soldiers can be threaded onto pendants, looped onto earrings, or hooked onto key rings as lucky charms. They're ideal for the holidays, of course, but they're just as sweet as whimsical accessories all year-round. The charms are lead-free and cadmium-free, so they're suitable for most to wear.
Top Pick: Geranium Body Butter
Based in Gardiner, Hudson Naturals is a favorite in the local and online community for its natural, vegan, spa-style goods. Take the Geranium Body Butter, for instance. Made with free-trade shea and cocoa butters, unrefined avocado oil, and coconut oil, the moisturizer works just as well as a facial cream at night as it does as a full-body moisturizer during the day. Plus, it looks oh so chic on the bathroom counter.
Location: Red Hook
Top Pick: Set of Three Denim Bracelets
For that friend who's trying to live a more sustainable life, these upcycled bracelets from MissHAQU in Red Hook are a thoughtful present. Each of the bangles is made from upcycled jeans, and thread colors and sizing are entirely customizable. They're lightweight, too, which means they're an easy accessory to wear on the daily.
Top Pick: Hudson Valley T-Shirt
It’s one thing to say you’re from the Hudson Valley. It’s quite another to announce it loud and proud wherever you go. MWneighborhoods make local pride look cool with its line of relaxed t-shirts, hoodies, and crewnecks. Prints are customizable and range from depictions of the Hudson Valley to Upstate to Albany, so feel free to mix and match to create the perfect present.
Top Pick: Candy Cane Spa Set
In business since 2016, With Love By Kim is an online artisanal shop that specializes in vegan and cruelty-free skincare. While all of the goodies, from gingerbread body butter to hot chocolate body scrub, are gorgeous, we’re particularly smitten with the candy cane spa set. With a peppermint body scrub, body butter, and bath salts, it's the ultimate indulgent treat for the holiday season. P.S. Did we mention everything is natural and organic, too?
Top Pick: Vintage Map (1883) of Upstate New York’s Steamboat and Railroad System
It’s no secret that we love a good shot of the Hudson Valley’s railroads and waterways (check out our Instagram for proof). That’s why we’re all about this vintage map from ReMapping History in Albany. The 1883 print offers a detailed glimpse into the region’s historic happenings. As for gifting, it’s perfect for the family member who moved out of state or the friend who just settled into a new apartment.
Top Pick: Get Very Merry Card
What would a holiday gift guide be without a seasonal card? We love Wishbone Letterpress, the papier brand that’s been on Etsy since 2011, for its sassy stationery and foil pencils. This year, we’re all about the fun “Get Very Merry” print, which works just as well for neighbors as it does for sisters. If you’re planning to order more than one card, however, be sure to do a quick browse of the shop’s extensive inventory to spot the more laughable letters.
Top Pick: Small Hand Turned Spalted Bowl
Based in Balmville in Orange County, Wood Turned Originals harvests local wood to made turned bowls and jars that highlight the beauty of the grains and striations in the wood. For the holiday season, pick up this small spalted bowl for the minimalist in your life who could use a one-and-done location for paper clips, earrings, pocket change…you get the picture.