With less than 40 days left until Christmas, if you’re still looking for the perfect Upstate New York holiday gift for that special someone on your list, we have a few ideas.
The products on the list below are inspired by the places we call home or made by the people who live there. With these gift ideas you can feel good about buying local, showcasing some New York pride and celebrating the best of the Empire State.
Tired of telling people there is more to New York than New York City? Let this sticker from MouthyBroadCo do the talking. From stickers to magnets to keychains, this artist carries lots of sassy and spicy designs.
Based in New York, Northgoods Co offers a whole line of beanies, clothing, bags, phone cases and more. Show off your Northern NY love with Adirondack, Potsdam, Central NY, and Upstate NY designs.
A charming little shop in a charming little Upstate NY town, Beekman 1802 is offering their annual advent calendar with their best selling goat milk goodies for face and body. This year, the packaging turns into a shadow box featuring a light up scene of their mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY. It’s the same shop they transformed in 2020 into a “Schitt’s Creek” Rose Apothecary pop-up shop in collaboration with the popular TV series.
Whether you’re climbing the high peaks in the Adirondacks or the Catskills, burning through the Fire Tower Challenge, or sipping through all of the wineries in the Finger Lakes, Rochester based Heck Yes Studio has the sticker map for you.
Flexible and durable, woven baskets of all sizes from MINNA are crafted with recycled yarn made of 70% plastic bottles and 30% cotton mixed with a 100% jute to create texture and contrast. MINNA is based in Hudson, NY and collaborates with master artisans in Central and South America.
When you get as much snow as some parts of Upstate New York do, you just have to lean into it with this snow shovel Buffalo shirt. Pasteurized Tees out of Buffalo, NY has a whole line of shirts dedicated to the Queen City and its surrounding areas.
Made in Buffalo, NY, the Oxford Pennant company offers scores of custom felt pennants with Upstate New York designs like this shout out to Ellicottville. Find Buffalo, Rochester, Adirondack, and Upstate New York designs among many other cities in their shop.
A little owl from Upstate New York has inspired a new children’s holiday story in “The Christmas Owl.” A petite saw-whet owl was found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree last year, after its home in a 75-foot Norway spruce when it was cut down in Oneonta, N.Y., last year.
Is there someone on your list who loves to visit Upstate New York parks? This list of New York State Parks lets you check them off as you go. Choose from two different designs by Unfinished Art Studio.
Located in Aurora, NY, MacKenzie-Childs offers unique home decor, including all new items for the 2021 holiday season.
The foothills of the Catskills were once filled with ritzy Jewish resorts and became colloquially known as the “Borscht Belt,” though most of the vacation lodges are gone, the name remains. Borscht Belt Souvenirs offers original Catskills swag and other vintage items.
Central New York’s Syracuse gets a colorful design with local company Fresh Vibe Tees on this pillow. This design and other Syracuse and Upstate NY styles come in hats, shirts, and more.
From the top of the Adirondack Northway to the precipitous drop that creates Niagara Falls, “Hiking Waterfalls in New York State” provides all of the information readers need to find their way to waterfalls. Find detailed directions and historical facts of over 200 of the state’s best waterfalls on more than 100 hikes.
Lionheart Graphics has a collection of beautifully designed vintage style travel poster designs featuring places like the Adirondacks, the Hudson River Valley, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and more. Get these Potsdam, NY products as full sized posters, postcards or magnets.
Based in Cortlandt Manor, River Valley Ink is full of Upstate NY pride with designs for the Adirondacks, Catskills, Hudson Valley, the Gunks, and more. They even offer clothing featuring arguable Upstate New York’s most famous resident: Bigfoot.
From the well-known to the little-known, “Backroads and Byways of Upstate New York” is a guidebook for adventures around state whether you are new to the area or have lived here all your life. With maps for every region, it’s a great road trip companion.
Created as the mascot of the RCA Victor talking machine, Nipper the dog is an iconic landmark on the Albany skyline. This Nipper glass from Breakout Press Co. is just one of many Albany inspired creations from this shop. You can also find other Capital Region spots like Troy and Schenectady represented here. For those who love Upstate NY phonetics, check out the “Skua-nek-tuh-dee” tee from the same shop.
Show off New Paltz pride with plenty of Shawangunk Ridge items from beanies to hats to shirts and tanks. These mountain inspired designs by Nightingale Trails also extend to the Catskills and Adirondacks.
An exciting travel guide for Upstate New York road warriors, history lovers, and tourists, “Upstate Uncovered: 100 Unique, Unusual, and Overlooked Destinations in Upstate New York” by Chuck D’Imperio lists an array of fun and amazing places that a casual traveler just might miss.
Get groovy with a whole array of tie dye options from Ithaca Tie Dyes. From dresses and dusters to hoodies, union suits, shower curtains and more, some of their designs are dyed with ice.
Straight out of the Herkimer Diamond Mines, local artist CreativeRootsCNY makes diamond rings and earrings with raw diamonds she dug herself.
Freshen fabrics with fragrant linen and room spray made with water from the Adirondacks by Pure Placid. This Mount Marcy scent is inspired by the creator’s childhood spent near the tallest peak in the Adirondack Mountains.
Sip a cup of tea with delicious flavors like gingerbread cookie, apple cider donut, cotton candy, pumpkin chai and more from Troy-based shop The Whistling Kettle. Their shop sells scores of teas, tea cups and kettles, and even offers a tea of the month club.
If your special someone’s love of meat sauce and garbage plates runs deep, check out these Rochester designs by Andrew Colaprete. He offers two designs honoring the city’s iconic cuisine.
New York’s oldest brewery shines in these Genesee beer can candles by 716 Candle Co. While you can get them beer scented, they offer other scents such as Christmas pine, snickerdoodle, and coffee. Find these and other popular beers and sodas in their full collection. Sadly no Utica Club candles, yet.
Make your next Upstate New York adventure plans with “Upstate New York Off the Beaten Path: A Guide To Unique Places.” Instead of going to the same old tourist spots, find something special, unusual, and unexpected with this guidebook.
For Upstaters and wannabe Upstaters, let everyone know the place to be with this raglan tee by Almost Local Co. Made by the same team as the half moon cookie Christmas ornament, these purveyors are full of Upstate NY pride.
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