Dutchess County Gifts available at Beacon, Rhinebeck stores
For many, the last week before Christmas isn’t just the end of the holiday shopping season, it’s peak shipping season.
Before all those boxes under the tree are unwrapped, the boxes will need to be filled with gift vouchers, a yearly problem that becomes more difficult once online shopping is removed from the equation.
Fortunately, the Hudson Valley is home to many shops where you can find the gift voucher in person, and Dutchess County in particular has several downtown areas where local stores carry items that cannot be found anywhere. go elsewhere.
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In fact, the Beacon and Rhinebeck locations alone may be enough to meet all the needs on your shopping list. Take a look at these last minute gift suggestions for the many types of people that may be in your life.
For the hometown fan
At The Last Outpost in Beacon, owner Chris Cimino created specific Hudson Valley and Beacon shirt designs and, with help from local graphic designer Katy Tucker, enamel mugs.
“The idea was that there should be a mug for everyone and, yes, local history and pride,” Cimino said. “Each mug features something special about our city and the Hudson Valley as a whole. The “dummy light” (at the intersection of East Main Street and Main Street) sits proudly on our white cup; the green mug recognizes Beacon’s year of birth; the red cup recognizes our valley and our rivers; the yellow mug takes a fun retro look at our mountains; the blue cup on a snowy afternoon; and, my favorite, the dark blue mug that I call ‘Starry Night’. ”
For Cimino, dark blue reminds him of “looking at Mount Beacon with all the stars and the moon just pointing.”
As for the shirts, Cimino came up with designs featuring Mount Beacon, the fire tower that sits at the top, and one based on the Appalachian Trail map proposed by Benton Mackaye in 1921.
Check out The Last Outpost offers at lastoutpoststore.com and visit 314 Main St.
For the bourbon lover
Craft drinks are a unique and popular gift to pick up, with options at Beacon-only, ranging from Hudson Valley Brewery and Industrial Arts Brewing Company beer to canned cocktails from Liquid Fables.
Denning’s Point Distillery in Beacon recently released a collaboration with Beacon-based roaster Trax to create Beacon Coffee Bourbon.
“We’ve been wanting to create bourbon coffee for a few years now and we’ve always known we wanted to work with Trax because we’re huge fans of their products,” said Susan Johnson, co-owner of Dennings Point Distillery. “We worked closely with them to choose the right roast that would balance the intensity of our Beacon Bourbon.”
The roast ? The distillery and roasters have chosen “Sumatran Roast” roasters to balance the flavor of bourbon coffee.
Bourbon, along with other liqueurs from Denning’s Point Distillery, can be purchased at the Distillery, 10 North Chestnut St. According to Johnson, the distillery distributor also picked up the bourbon coffee, so it’s available at liquor stores. from New York and New Jersey. .
To learn more about Denning’s Point Distillery, visit denningspointdistillery.com.
For the creative animal lover
On the east side of Beacon Main Street, the artwork of Beacon resident Elin Lundman can be found in several stores.
“As an artist focused on sustainability, I find inspiration to bring old objects back to life,” Lundman said. “A few weeks after moving to Beacon, I found a box of bathroom tiles in the basement. They had been left there by the previous owner. I turned them into handmade coasters for animals which are now sold at Solstad House (at Beacon). ”
Lundman, founder of Super Happy Ghost Co., painted colorful portraits of a variety of animals, including a crocodile, mountain lion, eagle, porcupine and more on coasters.
Some of Lundman’s work can also be found at Hyperbole, next to Solstad House on East Main Street in Beacon. Inspired by the old leather coats her grandmother had given her, Lundman launched a line of “painted and recycled leather clothes” which can be found at Hyperbole as well as on Lundman’s Instagram, @superhappyghostco.
His art can also be found in fresco form in HAKAN Chocolatier, also in Beacon.
To learn more about Lundman’s art, visit superhappyghost.com.
For sweet Christmas stockings
Samuel’s Sweet Shop in Rhinebeck is known for serving sweet products including cookies, candies, chocolates and more. It also offers shoppers the chance to tell their friends and family that the gift is from a store owned by stars such as Paul Rudd, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Morgan.
For the holiday season, the confectionery offers the “Season’s Eatings Sampler” containing peppermint rind, santa claus with sour cherries, chocolate coated cherries, chocolate coated gingerbread and a few “sweet surprises” . The sampler costs $ 49.95 and can be purchased online.
In addition to the sampler, customers can find a variety of candies in the bulk candy bins including dragees, chocolates wrapped in foil and decorated as gifts, etc.
Check out Samuel’s Sweet Shop’s offerings, including their variety of samplers, at samuelssweetshop.com or at 42 East Market St.
For those who need a day at the spa
There are plenty of soap stores in Dutchess County, and Merriweather in Rhinebeck has soaps, body creams and more.
Manufactured in a warehouse based in LaGrangeville, the skin care products are small batch products and made with “real vegetable and nut oils and contain a lot of vitamin E, herbs and pure essential oils”, according to the Merriweather website.
There are room sprays, hand sanitizers, lip balms, hand creams, body creams, bath salts and more in a variety of scents, including lavender, lemon. , “Mediterranean Breezes” and more.
The store at 51 East Market St. in Rhinebeck also carries a variety of merchandise, including slippers, mittens and more.
Discover Merriweather products at merriweather.com.
Heather Clark covers business openings and closings in Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Contact Clark by email, [email protected]