With holiday shopping 'round the corner, we're starting to make our lists--and check them twice.
One site we'll be visiting for inspired gifts is Hudson Made, whose newly launched online boutique spotlights small-batch items and artisans from New York's Hudson Valley, Brooklyn and beyond.
Among the edible offerings that we'll be stuffing stockings with are 18-ounce jugs of 100 percent pure maple syrup from Sugar Hill Farm ($27) and jars of soft, floral Lucky Star Honey ($10.50), both made in upstate New York.
Expertly crafted kitchen tools abound, as well: Find locally harvested, handmade black walnut cutting boards in three different sizes ($70 to $195); spoons, spreaders, forks and honey sticks from artisan Jonathan Simons ($6 to $98); and handmade tin cups ($20.50) and single-screen flour sifters ($24.50) from Jacob Bromwell, America's oldest housewares manufacturer.
There's also a curated selection of one-of-a-kind vintage lots, ranging from a Flap Jack set ($395), which includes a late-1800s cast-iron Griswold skillet, and a set of four circa-1880 Villeroy & Boch Redware pudding molds ($220).
And if anyone is wondering what to get us this year, we wouldn't mind having a few bars of Hudson Made's exclusive, handcrafted raw goats-milk Fancy Black Soap ($16.50 each).
Wouldn't that be (naughty or) nice?