The 8 Best Holiday Gifts From Upstate Makers

‘Tis the season for giving. And, if you’re looking for something special for someone special this holiday season, we’re here to help.

We know you’re busy, so we’ve selected 8 unique gifts from upstate makers that are perfect for everyone on your list – from the food connoisseur to the interior design enthusiast. The best part? All of these can be purchased without leaving the comfort of your home.

For the Home Maker
Upstate Holiday Gift Guide.

Materia Designs
Barcode Hand Block Printed 20″ Throw Pillow

We began the block printing process as a means of melding the two mediums of wood and linen. We played with many different ways to incorporate the two materials, but ultimately the most direct and traditional method made the most sense. We repurposed small pieces of wood that are by products of our furniture designs and modified several of them to have a slightly more graphic, almost tribal quality about them. Using repetition to create visual rhythm, we developed several patterns which spoke to our somewhat reductive aesthetic, while also adding a richness and depth to the colored linen. $265

For the Little One
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Needle Felted White Whale

Needle felting is a process that continues to amaze me. It gives me the ability to create something with expression and life by using just wool and a needle. I aim to create pieces with individual personalities that tell a story. $130

For the Scent Seeker
Upstate Holiday Gift Guide.

Cold Spring Apothecary
Sweet Organge and Rosemary Hand Soap

Our organic castile soap uses organic coconut and olive oil to cleanse. Plus the natural antibacterial properties of rosemary and the sweet refreshing scent of orange essential oils. $12.75

For the Explorer
Upstate Holiday Gift Guide.

Upstate Stock

Our Ragg Wool watchcaps are 100% USA Ragg Wool, consisting of 15% Nylon and 85% Wool. They are made in a mill near Albany on old Scott and Williams circular knitting machines, which were first introduced in the 1930s, and have slowly been disappearing across the U.S. The Ragg Wool is washed and dried for extra softness and is 100% machine washable. $29

For the Treasure Hunter
Upstate Holiday Gift Guide.

Rebecca Peacock
Black Diamond 14k Yellow Gold Stacking Ring

Simple, mysterious, everyday elegance. A solid 14k yellow gold 3mm bezel set black diamond with a 1mm round band. Perfect for any stack or worn alone. $280

For the Table Setter
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Blackcreek Mercantile
Black Line Handcrafted Cutting Boards

I think of the Blackline boards as sculptural wood work. They have a distinctive, elegant and useful shape, but their color is truly unique. A natural, food safe, dyeing process imparts a beautiful dark finish that really sets them apart. They are extremely durable and great for presentation, but designed to be used. $150 – $200

For the Foodie
Upstate Holiday Gift Guide.

Westwind Orchards
Maple Syrup

The maple syrup is amber with golden tones — hudson valley smooth and delicate. It can be used over pancakes or in coffee, for mixed cocktails, or in your favorite recipes. We are getting ready to tap the trees very soon! $22

For the Mood Lighter
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KOBO Candles + Lotta Jansdotter for Kikkerland
Alpine Fern Candle

A romantic and gentle floral fragrance that incorporates top notes of Italian orange and rich green grassy elements. The floral midsection dries down on top of an oakmoss and white musk background. $45


  1. Awesome list! The holidays might be over, but I could still use some of these ideas in other occasions. So timely that I have work mates who are rendering their last days in the office and I’m planning to give them parting gifts. Glad to have stumbled upon this! 🙂

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