2019 Gift Guide
by Barbara Moroch –
There’s no place like home for the holidays…to celebrate with family and friends, to delight in the festive displays throughout the communities, and to shop for unique gifts from local merchants! Now’s the time to take a break from the big-box stores and Internet searches and look no further than your own backyard — where you’ll find unusual, often one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to hit home with everyone on your list. Some ideas:
1 – Muzen Button Speaker from The Swan’s House. Revolutionizing portable blue tooth speakers, this palm-sized button produces transcendent sound quality. Its retro design was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz car museum, bringing back the individuality of the 1960’s. The button is made from a strong and durable zinc-aluminum alloy and is currently available in four colors. Price: $75. Newly opened in the heart of Tarrytown, The Swan’s House features a unique and dazzling collection of rare finds for the home. The Swan’s House, 37 N Broadway, Tarrytown. www.instagram.com/theswanshouse
2 – Go for the Gold at Glitters Jewelry. There’s nothing like gold — a precious metal that is associated with wealth, glamor, and prosperity. Visit Glitters and be dazzled by the vast assortment of fashionable gold charms, bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings that are sure to make an ideal gift for that special person in your life. The store has earned a fine reputation in Irvington by providing a large in-store inventory of fine jewelry and exceptional customer service. Glitters Jewelry, 59 Main Street, Irvington. 914-591- 5900. www.glittersjewelry1.com
3 – Donna Wilson Hand-Knit Stuffed Animal “Peeping Tom” from Pretty Funny Vintage. “Peeping Tom” is inquisitive, likes telling jokes, and dislikes smelly feet! Each of Donna Wilson’s critters are hand knit and embroidered in the U.K., using the softest 100% pure lamb’s wool. $140. 18” high x 12” wide x 5 1/2” deep. Pretty Funny Vintage carries handpicked gifts from all over the world – with a focus on cozy, feel-good things. They invite everybody to come in, enjoy refreshments and shop in a relaxing atmosphere. Pretty Funny Vintage, 80 South Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-3368. www.prettyfunnyvintage.com
4 – A Historic Hudson Valley Gift Membership. A gift that’s always in season! Brighten someone’s year with FREE admission to such popular events as the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze (pictured), tours of national historic landmarks, weekend festivals and activities, and discounts on Kykuit tours, premium seasonal events, and all HHV shops. Different membership levels ranging from $50 for seniors to $220 for families of two adults and five children. Historic Hudson Valley, 639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org/join-and-benefits/#gift
5 – Laser Pegs from A Nu Toy Store. Laser Pegs are unique building and construction toys offering children and young adults a fun alternative to the traditional construction toy by illuminating their surroundings with patented light bricks and vibrant color combinations. Laser Pegs are unique STEM toys that enhance creative abstract thinking, problem solving and math skills. Prices vary. Store owner Angel Rafter takes pride in offering the most unique, affordable and fun toys in the area. You’ll not only find the latest from name-brand manufacturers, but a large selection of vintage and collectible toys as well. A Nu Toy Store, 16 Main Street, Tarrytown. 914- 372-7144. www.anutoystore.com
6 – Vintage comic books from NYHC. What do you get when you combine comic books, horror and pop culture? NYHC, a fun and funky shop that features an amazing collection of today’s best comics, a large back issue section and tons of key issues, number ones, toys, statues and one-of-a-kind artwork. Pictured: The CGC The Amazing Spider-Man #797 for $349.99. NYHC, 117 Main St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-707-1969.
7 – Hudson Valley-Inspired Gifts from Philipsburg Manor Gift Shop. Ideal gifts for local history buffs include a large selection of Hudson Valley-themed books and merchandise that offer a deeper perspective and appreciation of the area we call home. You’ll also find cookbooks, home accents, unique handcrafted jewelry, artwork, and a selection of old-fashioned toys and games that harken back to the way kids played in Colonial times. Philipsburg Manor Gift Shop, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-3992. www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/philipsburg-manor
8 – Lofty Recycled Cashmere Glovelettes from Eileen Fisher. Plush and luxurious to the touch, these comfy knit glovelettes are made from recycled Italian cashmere and guaranteed to keep her warm during the cold winter months. $88. At Eileen Fisher this season, holiday apparel is easy and effortless…simple pieces in materials that will last long after the celebrations end. Visit and shop for clothing, shoes and accessories for every occasion.
Eileen Fisher, 1 Bridge Street, Irvington. 914-268-0118. www.eileenfisherrenew.com
9 – Ekko Workshop Mobiles from ONA, a Free Trade Store. A great accent piece for any home, these modern showpieces are beautiful, durable and well designed. Mobiles range in color and size, priced from $50 to $80. Purchasing products from ONA empowers artisans in struggling communities and keeps traditional crafts alive. Fair Trade means that the people who created these products have been fairly compensated and treated decently. The store also features jewelry, recycled glass, ceramics, wood products, scarves and more by many local and regional artisans. ONA is a 2019 “Best of Westchester” award winner by Westchester magazine for the category “Best Fair-Trade Finds.” ONA, 53 Main Street, Tarrytown. 914-514-8981. www.fairtradeintarrytownny.com
10 – Winter Floral Arrangement from Seasons-on-the-Hudson. A captivating collection of winter blossoms in a subtle palette of white and cream. A fragrant pairing of garden roses and oriental lilies is artfully arranged with hydrangea, lilacs, tulips and kale. Cascading white Phalaenopsis orchids resting gently on the fragrant evergreen and seeded eucalyptus will compliment any holiday setting. (Approximately 16” H x 26” W). $250. Seasons-on-the-Hudson, 45 Main Street, Irvington. 914-591-7377. www.seasonsflowersnyc
11 – Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey from Rochambeau Wines & Liquors. A whiskey sweet with tastes of caramel and vanilla, slightly floral and fruity, yet slightly spicy from the rye. $99.99. The Hillrock brand is a treasure of the Hudson Valley, and is proud to be one of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world. Family owned and operated, Rochambeau is a Dobbs Ferry staple and offers a complete selection of handpicked fine wines and spirits. Rochambeau, 389 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.
12 – Handmade Cuff Bracelets from Angelica Cammarota. For the special lady in your life, these expertly crafted bangles feature stunning gems of Spessartite (Mandarin Garnet), Rubelit Tourmaline or Sapphire set in 22 karat gold. Angelica Cammarota’s jewelry designs are rooted in the classical traditions of ancient Egypt and Rome, blending modern techniques and contemporary design with timeless motifs. Angelica Cammarota, 41 Main Street, Irvington. www.angelicacammarota.com
13 – Holston Jewelers offers a large selection of sterling silver, pearls, 14 karat and 18 karat necklaces, earrings, rings in diamonds and semi precious stones and collection of vintage jewelry. Featuring Beth Farber’s collection with pieces made exclusively for Holston Jewelers! New watches by Sultana. They also offer full service jewelry repairs and special order jewelry. Pictured right: holiday natural green tear drop Tourmaline (wt.10.20 carats) surrounded by fine white diamonds set-in 18 karat yellow gold with 18 karat yellow gold chain. Holston Jewelers. 28 Main Street, Tarrytown, (914) 631-4850.