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: Driftwood Wanderlust Adventure Awaits Sign
Owner Stefanie Schussler specializes in unique, handmade driftwood décor that uses wood sourced from the Hudson River or Ashokan Reservoir in the Hudson Valley. Her handcrafted signs feature inspiring messages like “adventure awaits” and “free spirit,” making them perfect for the wanderluster in your group who’s always ready for the next road trip.
Top Pick: Baby’s First Christmas Ornament
Since 2014, Emily and Eden has been crafting “perfectly imperfect treasures” like essential oil necklaces and Morse code cuff bracelets. For the holiday season, the “baby’s first Christmas” ornament is just the thing for new parents to commemorate a life-changing year. All pieces are made to order, so feel free to ask for a personalized shape or message that will resonate with the lucky recipient.
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: Chocolate Chip Cookie Post Earrings
Know any dessert lovers in your life? Look no further than these too-cute earrings from MissHAQU in Red Hook. The charming studs are made from polymer clay, which means that they’re lightweight and ideal for children and teens with recently pierced ears. Of course, they’re also a sweet surprise for bakers and cookie monsters of all ages.
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: Gingerbread House Lollipop
In business since 2010, Pamplemousse Sucre is an online artisanal shop inspired by the confectioners of France. While all of the goodies, from pink champagne lollipops to chocolate espresso caramels, are gorgeous, we’re particularly smitten with the limited-edition gingerbread-flavored lollipop treats. Flavored like a spice cake, the hard candies are topped with edible sprinkles and powdered sugar. P.S. They multipurpose as “spoons” in hot chocolate and tea.
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.