2015 Picks

To avoid any shopping rush, we found for you local experiences and small batch items to acknowledge loved ones and friends during the season. A "little something", perfect for them (or for yourself). Continue scrolling to see what is on our list ...

Be Happy Temporary Tattoo

Maker: Tattly
Where to find: onlinestockists,parlor
Perfect for: The rebel and kids-at-heart
Price: $5

Great design and art can make people happy. Be happy is an encouraging reminder that can be worn just about anywhere. Other temporary tattoo designs ...

Campfire candle, 1/4lb

Maker: Good Candle
Where to find: onlinestockists
Perfect for: Romantic evening
Price: $16

Sometimes you just have the urge to get out of the city and build a raging fire. This soy wax candle will take you there in the meantime. Other sizes and scents...

Hudson Aftershave, 4 oz

Maker: Cold Spring Apothecary
Where to find: onlinestockists,Cold Spring, NY store
Perfect for: Him
Price: $25

Fueled by the healing power of botanical herbs, this small batch aftershave is soothing for you, and enjoyable for all. More pampering for him and her ...

Hiking Socks

Maker: Bush Smarts
Where to find: online, artisan fairs in NYC
Perfect for: the hiker and backpacker
Price: $18

The perfect trail mates, those merino wool blend socks will keep you warm where it matters. With terry knit padding throughout foot sole, you will never want to stop walking. More items for the outdoors...

Solera Aged Bourbon

Maker: Hillrock distillery
Where to find: online, wine & spirit stores, on site
Perfect for: the hiker and backpacker
Price: $89

Using a method of fractional blending, this mix of younger and older spirits greets the nose with a mix of orchard fruit, caramel and spice. A perfect entry to the Hillrock range of bourbon, single malt and rye.Discover the distillery ...

Bobsled Ride

Maker: Lake Placid
Where to find: Olympic sports complex
Perfect for: the Olympian at heart
Price: $75 (summer) - $95 (winter)

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be an Olympic slider, this is the place to start. Hold on for the ride of your life as you rocket down more than half a mile of winding track! More activities ... 


Maker: Best Made Co.
Where to find: Onlinestore
Perfect for: Butch Cassidy and Bruce Springsteen
Price: $8

One of the most versatile piece in the wardrobe, everyone finds a special use to it. Today it's the handkerchief in town and tomorrow the protection for sun & wind in the outdoors. More tools from the Axe company ...

Bark-Wrapped Collection

Maker: Jasper Hill Farm
Where to find: OnlineBoston store
Perfect for: The in-the-know cheesemonger
Price: $58

Harbison and Winnimere come directly from this Vermont farm and creamery, in their rind, offering a very soft texture to eat with a spoon. More cheese ideas ...

Downton Abbey style at Staatsburgh

Maker: Friends of Mills Mansion
Where to find: Staatsburgh State Historic Park
Perfect for: His lordship, and her ladyship
Price: $8 (regular) - $75 (fundraiser)

Staatsburgh puts on the best holiday decor for the season. Enjoy it during regular hours ($8) or join the friends of Mills Mansion (and CIA catering) for a Downton Abbey fundraiser on Dec 4th. Discover Mills mansion ...

Windrow Pie Dish

Maker: Farmhouse Pottery
Where to find: Onlinestore
Perfect for: Top baker
Price: $95

This wheel thrown stoneware pie dish made in Vermont will complement your amazing pie. Its unique wave design will even help your pie's natural design (did we say imperfection?). More pottery items ...

Membership to the Nomad Club

Maker: Nomad Cycle
Where to find: Onlinestore
Perfect for: Cyclists of all ages
Price: $50

The only bicycle shop in NYC that offers DIY workstations. Membership to the Nomad club brings unlimited usage of the space, what else can a bicycle lover ask for. You can even get a coffee while you work. More Nomad services ...

Tentrr Night

Maker: Tentrr
Where to find: Online
Perfect for: Happy camper
Price: from $110

Camping just got dirt simple (minus the dirt). Located on a private field (10 acres just for you), the tent is already set, and you just have to bring the blanket, pillow, food & booze. Who wouldn't be a happy camper. Discover all locations ...

Adirondack Throw Blanket

Maker: United by Blue
Where to find: Onlinestore
Perfect for: Supporter of the environment
Price: $145

Made from 100% recycled cotton yarns, this blanket has the durability of wool with the feel of linen all while remaining as soft as cotton. Aren't you warm just thinking about it. Join the #blue movement ...

Farmer Dinner

Maker: Glynwood
Where to find: Onlinestore
Perfect for: the Farm (to table) enthusiast
Price: $95

Glynwood is a not for profit whose mission is to ensure that agriculture thrives in the Hudson Valley. From Goat to Cider inspired, their farm to farm dinner (dinner is on site) are legendary. Next is Jan 29 with guest chef Jamie Paxton. Find a date ...

Bien Cuit cookbook - The art of Bread

Maker: Bien Cuit Chef Zachary Golfer
Where to find: Onlinestore
Perfect for: gluten & grain enthusiast
Price: $50

One of the world's most celebrated bakers shares his insider's secrets to making his artisanal bread that will have home bakers creating professional-quality products in no time - and inexpensively. Get some bread ...

Cross Country Skiing and Sledding

Maker: Omi International Arts center
Where to find: On site
Perfect for: outdoorsy art lover
Price: Free entrance (bring your equipment)

Just because it's cold doesn't mean you can't explore the Omni sculpture park. Take advantage of over 120+ acres of groomed ski trails and view sculptures dusted with snow. Discover the sculptures ...