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Celebrate with Luxury Holiday Gifts Made in New York

Live in New York State? Or perhaps you used to? It’s easier than ever to give a holiday gift that is made by New York artisans using local resources and partners who are also neighbors. Our Luminary and former First Lady of New York State Silda Wall Spitzer is sharing her list of over 15 luxury holiday gifts made in New York. It’s the perfect way to give a gift that celebrates the bounty of New York State, and to support a local maker who is bringing talent and hard work to everything they create. If you’re looking for artisanal luxury this holiday season, look no further.

Our Luminary and dear friend Silda Wall Spitzer is leading an effort, New York Makers Marketplace and Magazine, that celebrates and showcases the wide variety of products made in New York State. We asked her to curate a list of luxury holiday gifts made in New York to share with our Dandelion Chandelier community, and she happily agreed.

1. Maple Syrup

Limited Edition Bourbon Barrel Aged (375ml) maple syrup will make the holidays (and your dishes!) a little sweeter. Crown Maple’s Limited Edition Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is pure and organic. The syrup is aged in bourbon barrels for an extra kick, and tastes even better when poured over pancakes, ice cream or added to marinades and sauces. The Wall Street Journal called it “soul-stirring.” We just like to call it “mmm”. Note: Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple contains up to 2% alcohol. Crafted in Dover Plains, NY by Crown Maple. Price: $29.95.

Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix

2. Pancake and Waffle Mix

Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix is the perfect way to ensure a warm tummy and heart on a cold winter morning. This hand-mixed, locally grown and milled organic pancake and waffle mix is made in Long Eddy, NY by Catskill Provisions. It tastes so good we’ve fooled our families into thinking we made it from scratch — but it’s a secret we’re happy to share! 16oz. Package of Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix (local organic wheat flour, baking soda, salt), scoop not included. Price: $15.

3. Craft Your Own Bitters Kit

Perfect for hosting and toasting, Hella Bitters Craft Your Own Bitters Kit is your new favorite holiday party trick. Simply add to cocktails, seltzer for ‘mocktails’, or blend into meat marinades, salad dressings, desserts and more to liven up any dish. Handmade in Queens, New York, this is the ultimate gift for foodies. Kit arrives in a 12″ x 8″ x 4″ black and white box, and includes: Custom Stainless Steel Funnel | Custom Fine Mesh Strainer | 2 Infusing Glass Jars | 4 Dropper Glass Bottles | Hella Bitters’ Aromatic Bitters Herb and Spice Blend | Hella Bitters’ Citrus Bitters Herb and Spice Blend. Glassware, funnel and strainer are dishwasher safe. Alcohol not included. Price: $69.98.

Craft Your Own Bitters Kit

4. Sea Salt Duo

This Sea Salt Duo Set includes one 4oz. jar of “plain” sea salt and one 4oz. jar of herb sea salt. From the rich waters of Long Island’s North Fork, the sea salt is hand-harvested with the the help of fire, sun and ocean air. Help your favorite chef spice up their cooking this holiday season and add a little more flavor to your favorite dish. Hand-harvested in Southold, NY by North Fork Sea Salt Co. Store in a cool, dry area. Ingredients: Locally-harvested sea water, and locally-grown, organic oregano, thyme and rosemary herbs. All natural; no additives or preservatives. Price: $41.

North Fork Sea Salt

5. a Ladybug Keepsake Ornament 

Fun fact: The ladybug is New York’s state insect! This adorable  Ladybug Keepsake Ornament is crafted from felt made of 100% recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton stuffing, and hand-stitched with organic cotton thread. Handmade in Queens, NYC by SimplyNu. Price: $28.50.

6. Winter Birch Candle

With notes of cinnamon, mulling spices, vetiver and orange, this 100% American-grown  Winter Birch Candle  made of soy wax candle brings home the coziness of an Adirondack fireplace. Made in small batches and hand-poured into a re-purposed and hand-cut New York wine bottle, it’s the perfect combination of two New York elements: its heavenly natural scents and its decadent wines. Hand poured in Rochester, NY by Trim Candles. One 11oz. candle, 3.3″ x 4.25″, in a glass bottle container, with letterpress paper label and dust cover. Burn time: 60-80 hours. Price: $35.

Winter Birch Candle

7. Porcelain Seashell Wreath

Deck the halls with a series of garlands inspired by the Mediterranean Sea — and of course, the sandy beaches of Long Island! Each porcelain “shell” in the Porcelain Seashell Wreath is individually thrown on the pottery wheel, decorated with oxides that give soft shades of color, and finished with a feldspar glaze. They make lovely wall hangings in your beach house, city apartment or even your country home! Handmade in Brooklyn, NYC by Micol Ceramics. Available in 6″, 9″, and 12″ sizes. Due to their handmade nature, each wreath is unique and will vary slightly. Product is custom made to order and arrives via USPS within 2-4 weeks. Price: $165 (6”), $415 (9”), $615 (12”).

8. Wool & Canvas Collar for Dogs in Buffalo Plaid

Holiday pup! This all-weather, water-repellent 100% cotton canvas collar with Buffalo Plaid wool is built for durability and comfort, finished with industrial contrasting thread top-stitching. A handsome mate to the Buffalo Plaid Leash. Handmade in Brooklyn, NYC by Found My Animal. Canvas. Wool. Solid brass hardware. Solid brass tag stamped with “FOUND.” Hand wash and line dry. Sizing as follows: Small: For pets weighing 5-12 lbs.; 9″-12″ long; 1/2″ rope diameter. Medium: For pets weighing 12-30 lbs.; 10.5″-13.5″ long; 5/8″ rope diameter. Large: For pets weighing 30-40 lbs.; 13.5″-18.5″ long; 7/8″ rope diameter. Extra-Large: For pets weighing 40+ lbs.; 19″-27″ long; 1″ rope diameter. Price: $58.

9. Rope & Wool Dog Leash in Buffalo Plaid

Let your “best friend” strut in style with this Rope & Wool Dog Leash in Buffalo Plaid.    The nautical-inspired leash is handmade with hand-spliced, marine-grade rope to withstand hundreds of pounds of pull, and finished with a wool Buffalo Plaid handle. Built for durability and comfort (for dog and owner alike). A handsome mate to the Buffalo Plaid Collar. Handmade in Brooklyn, NYC by Found My Animal. All 5 feet long, available in three rope diameters: 6mm for small dogs, 8mm for medium dogs, and 12mm for large dogs. Natural rope. Leather. Solid brass lockable carabiner clip and hardware. Solid brass tag stamped with “FOUND.” Hand wash and line dry. Price: $72.

Dog Collar and Leash in Buffalo Plaid

10. Pillow Cover

Spruce up your home for the holidays with this Santa Fe Stripe Pillow Cover.  The fabric for this pillow cover is a vintage cotton awning stripe. It’s a very thick and durable fabric and would be great for a decorative pillow in any living space. The back of the pillow cover is made from a heavy natural canvas. There is a button closure at the end of the pillow cover. The most beautiful brown vintage buttons were used for the closure. Handmade in Cortlandt Manor, NY by The Highlands Foundry. Measurements: The pillow cover measures 14″ wide X 31″ long. Pillow insert not included. The pillow cover can be washed in cold water on the gentle cycle and tumbled dry low. Price: $135.

11. Adirondack Men’s Cologne

This handsome scent is an artful blend of essences gathered from Adirondack forests, rivers and fields and suits everyone from mountaineers to businessmen. Adirondack Men’s Cologne is a perfect gift. Handmade in Potsdam, NY by Adirondack Fragrance & Flavor Farm. One 5oz. vaporizer bottle. Ingredients: Adirondack Grape Alcohol, Sweetgrass Extract, Hops Extract, Reindeer Moss Extract, Oakmoss Extract, Northern White Cedar Oil, Balsam Fir Oil, Coumarin Oil, Tonka Oil and Castoreum Extract. Price: $90.

12. Ron Skinny Necktie

From the office holiday party to your favorite New Year’s Eve bash, the Ron Skinny Necktie is a streamlined look that’s as versatile as it is stylish. Give it as a practical gift (Father-In-Law? Check.) But make sure to buy two so you can keep one for yourself. Handmade in Brooklyn, NYC by W.B. Thamm. Dry clean/steam iron. Price: $83.

Ron Skinny Tie

13. Double Cuff bracelet

Forged from a solitary piece of metal by the hand of a single artisan, the curves of this Double Cuff Bracelet  echo the spiraling tendrils of leaves in nature in an abstracted style. Reminiscent of Art Nouveau filigree, the decorative elegance of this cuff belies the strength of its material. It is the ideal merging of city sophistication and wild beauty. Hand-forged in Glens Falls & Granville, NY by Stephen LeBlanc Metalsmithing. Available in Sterling Silver, Palladium, 14K Gold or 18K Gold. Interior dimension (from side to side) options: Extra Small (1.875″), Small (2″), Small/Medium (2.125″), Medium (2.25″), Medium/Large (2.375″) or Large (2.5″). Price: Starting at $355.

14. Letterpress Holiday Cards

 “Get Red Nosed” Letterpress Holiday Cards. Whether you take this message metaphorically or literally, live it up this holiday season with these saucy cards. Made in Syracuse, NY by Smock. Box of 6 folded cards and envelopes, each 3.31″ x 5.44″. Inside message reads: “Holiday Cheer & A Happy New Year.” Sustainably letter-pressed in red and green ink on white eco-friendly bamboo paper. Envelopes are 100% post-consumer waste, FSC-certified recycled craft paper. Packaged in a silver and white box, made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper with a 50% post-consumer recycled clear polyester lid. Price: $18.50.

Double-sided Gift Wrap in Berries

15. Gift Wrap

With Double-Sided Gift Wrap in “Berries,” you can wrap two presents using the same roll and get two different, but complementary looks. Genius. Made in Syracuse, NY by Smock. Two 24″ x 36″ sheets of double-sided 100% post-consumer waste, FSC-certified recycled paper. Price: $11.

16. Topographic Pillow

This Topographic Pillow in Multiple Locations, Colors and Sizes is a New York States of Mind Marketplace EXCLUSIVE! Topographic displays of various locations in New York: Adirondacks, Buffalo, Catskill Park, Finger Lakes, Fire Island, Harriman State Park, Ithaca, Jones Beach, Lake George, Mt. Marcy, Mt. Temper, New York City, Saratoga Springs City, Shawangunks, Shelter Island, Thousand Islands and Woodstock. Handmade-to-order in Saratoga Springs, NY by Greentree Fiber Arts. 100% cotton, removable case. Premium synthetic-filling pillow insert is included. Dry Clean Only. Select Size: 14″ x 14″ | 18″ x 18″. Price: From $50.

17. The New York Pizza Project book

The New York Pizza Project” Book is a beautifully printed coffee table photography book documenting New York City’s last authentic pizzerias. Foreword by New York Times bestselling author and native Brooklynite, Jonathan Lethem. “We grew up in a New York City that was always moving, always changing. Yet today, the change feels different. As the rise of chain stores, condos, and banks threaten to dominate the urban landscape of New York City, pizza shops serve as guardians of authenticity in the face of homogenization. This project is an homage to them and to the other small businesses that keep New York real.” — The New York Pizza Project. Printed in NYC by The New York Pizza Project. Hardcover. 192 pages. 12″ x 8″ x 1″. Price: $34

There you have it! A sweet set of luxury holiday gifts made in New York. Have fun shopping. And we’ll stop by later for a bite of the pancakes and maple syrup.

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