Your completely local North Salem holiday gift guide
With the holidays just around the corner and supply chain issues making online ordering fraught with uncertainty, there’s never been a better time to shop local. This holiday season, why not avoid the stress of wondering whether your item will be in stock at the big box retailers and instead choose unique gift items from a local small business? We’ve rounded up the best holiday gifts to buy right here in North Salem and nearby.
For the bon vivant
Natalie Gehrels and Jonas Andersen, the husband and wife owners of Croton Falls’ new Folkways Wines (on the site of the former Front Street Cellar), a shop devoted to the art and culture of drinking, have assembled a crate of six of their current obsessions. Packaged in a simple and beautiful wooden box, the set includes four reds and two whites that you will not find in a chain wine shop. Folkways says that the Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir 'Basis' 2019 is a better Pinot by far than most Burgundy at a similar price point. The box also includes a bottle of Domaine de la Réaltière Provence 'Blanc Public' 2020, a medium-to-full-bodied, joyful and herbal white.
Folkways Wines; 3 Front Street, Croton Falls; $155
For the cyclist
Acme Bicycle Co. isn't in North Salem, but 1) they're right next door in Katonah and 2) how could we not include gifts for cyclists in a town like ours? A serious cyclist always appreciates the latest and greatest gear and these shoes promise to deliver a high performance all-terrain option for fast and light adventure riding.
Acme Bicycle Co., 215 Katonah Ave, Katonah; $355
For the hostess
Libby Parker, owner of Lift Trucks Gallery in Croton Falls, sources locally made goods from makers and artisans. Parker suggests a gift that gives back, like Benefiscent candles, which were created by Taylor Graustein to address the needs of underfunded cancer research. Pair a candle with a set of four locally made cotton/linen napkins and you have a complete--and completely thoughtful--gift for your favorite hostess.
Lift Trucks Gallery; 3 E. Cross Street, Croton Falls; $26 per candle; $38 for set of 4 cloth/linen napkins
For the cider aficionado
Fall is on its way out, but your favorite cider fan can hang onto the season just a little bit longer with a box of fall ciders from Folkways Wines. Pick up a wooden crate of four curated ciders sourced from as nearby as the Hudson Valley to as far away as Switzerland.
Folkways Wines; 3 Front Street, Croton Falls; $105
For the cyclist who is also a gadget lover
Radars, apparently, are not just for planes and cars. The Garmin Varia is a rearview radar with a tail light. It pairs with a bike computer or compatible smartphone to alert you of vehicles approaching from behind.
Acme Bicycle Co., 215 Katonah Ave, Katonah; $199.99
For the burned out home chef
After nearly two years of cooking at home, your favorite home chef is burned out. Try treating them to a night off and a night out with a gift card to one of the area's many local restaurants. You’ll have the added benefit of supporting an industry that was hit especially hard during the pandemic. A few to consider: 121, The Creek, Frank’s Pizza and Farmer & the Fish.
For the new parent or parent-to-be
It can’t be overstated: when baby comes, there is no such thing as too many burp cloths. A matching woodland-themed reversible cotton bib and burp cloth set from Lift Trucks Gallery will get plenty of use. Add in an adorable board book to match the theme and you have the perfect baby gift.
Lift Trucks Gallery; 3 E. Cross Street, Croton Falls; $24 for bib/burp cloth set; $10 for board book
For the essential worker
Masks are still a requirement for many front-line workers. Why not treat your favorite essential worker to something that will make them feel pretty while masked up? These lace reusable masks have a structured, contoured fit with a middle pocket for a disposable filter insert.
Derma Glow Spa & Boutique; 1 Dingle Ridge Road, North Salem; $16
For the one who likes things personalized
They may. have all the gear, but have they had a custom fitting? Gift them a custom bike fitting with the pros. Acme Bicycle's process for bike fitting includes a full investigation of your relationship to the bike. No stone is left unturned.
Acme Bicycle Co., 215 Katonah Ave, Katonah; $400
For the entertainer
For the person who can effortlessly turn anything into an occasion, treat them to a gift that says, ‘have wine, will travel.’ This sleek wine carrier in felt and leather can carry a bottle of ‘No Es Pituko’ Cabernet Franc along with six coasters and a pack of wine-glass-identifying-rings so that everyone at the party can find their own glass.
Folkways Wines; 3 Front Street, Croton Falls; $100
For the introvert
For an introvert, the best plans are canceled plans. Help the introvert in your life step up their staying in vibe with natural soy candles from Two Chicks Candle Co. Run by the ladies behind Derma Glow Spa and Boutique, Two Chicks candles are free of wax additives, lead and phthalates for a clean burn. Six different holiday fragrances are available for the season, including Evergreen Forest.
Two Chicks Candle Co.; 1 Dingle Ridge Road, North Salem; $28 for a 16-ounce candle
For the statement maker
Know someone who is into vintage art? Lift Trucks’ organic tees and heavy cotton hoodies feature vintage tattoo art inspired by flash tattoo art from the 1920’s - 1940’s. The limited edition garments, printed using water-based inks, have become a Lift Trucks signature item.
Lift Trucks Gallery; 3 E. Cross Street, Croton Falls; $54 - $59 for a t-shirt; $79 for a hoodie
For the nature lover
Know someone who loves to traverse North Salem's trails? Purchase a membership in their name to the North Salem Open Land Foundation. The 501c3 non-profit manages more than 1,300 acres of land in town.
North Salem Open Land Foundation; $35 for individual membership; $50 for family membership
For the self-care devotee
Jennifer & JoAnna Sciarrino, the twin sisters owners of Derma Glow Spa and Boutique in North Salem, know how to pamper. Know someone who needs a pick-me-up? The girls recommend the luxe lip trio from cult favorite Sara Happ, “The Lip Expert.” The confetti cake lip scrub is formulated with finely-ground sugar crystals and hydrating essential oils while the Lip Slip One Luxe glosses give a perfect high-shine gloss.
Derma Glow Spa & Boutique; 1 Dingle Ridge Road, North Salem; $40 for the trio; $35 for the lip slip gloss
For the person who has been very, very good this year, we found some one-of-a-kind gifts available for purchase locally. Why not make it a holiday season they'll never forget?
For the committed rider
The Wahoo Kickr bike trainer is the perfect splurge for the cyclist who wants to stay in top form year-round. The trainer is designed to deliver the ultimate indoor training experience for the world’s most demanding cyclists.
Acme Bicycle Co., 215 Katonah Ave, Katonah; $1,199.99
For the advocate
Bedford-based Robert Spinazzola crafted a sculpture from guns that have been taken off the street by the Caliber Collection, an organization that helps victims, families and communities impacted by gun violence. A portion of this sale goes back to Caliber Collection.
Lift Trucks Gallery; 3 E. Cross Street, Croton Falls; $2,700
Have a favorite local item you recommend for gift giving? Tell us in the comments below!