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    Ties by General Knot
    Bedford, NY

    Nothing ties the finishing touch on a good outfit like, well, you catch our drift. For style to stop an entire room, look no further than General Knot, which painstakingly sources rare, unique and vintage textiles for its limited edition runs. We've been hooked on their style since we first spotted their wares as standard uniform on Katonah Reading Room baristas, and even better, they're made 100% by skilled American craftsmen.

    Skincare Essentials by Cold Spring Apothecary
    Cold Spring, NY

    Let's face it, no stocking is truly stuffed without a hint of aromatherapeutic item that smells as incredible as your skin will feel afterward. The Cold Spring Apothecary's line of natural wellness products, now even including candles and blended teas, are simple, sophisticated and each truly elegant. Inspired by the outdoor culture of the Hudson Highlands, this unassuming corner store across and up the block from our Cold Spring brokerage has become a world-class brand, selling its small-batch remedies to retailers like Madewell.

    Mahia by Nahmias et Fils
    Yonkers, NY

    The Hudson Valley is no stranger to small-batch bourbons and whiskeys, but lesser known is that it's also home to America's first (and only) Mahia. Amidst a thriving community of artists and makers in the Alexander Smith Carpet Mills Historic District, husband-wife team David and Dorit Nahmias handcraft the unique Moroccan-Sephardic spirit, distilled from figs, aniseed and a century-old family recipe. An ideal digestif, its perfumey depth and spice makes it an ideal winter cocktail companion for a sophisticated, adventurous palette.

    Cards by Greenwich Letterpress
    Hudson, NY

    We couldn't have been more excited that Greenwich Letterpress, the much-beloved West Village stationer, recently set up shop on Hudson's Warren Street. With witty copy and clever artwork, their handmade cards are an essential companion to highest-standard gift giving—not to mention the illustrated maps, keychains you'll find surrounding them in the store. The feeling of pressed ink on firm stock just can't be beat, are we (Frank Lloyd W)right?

    Nitro Coffee by RISE
    Greenwich, CT (honorary)

    Infusing iced coffee with liquid nitrogen is all the rage these days, yielding a smooth result with a bodied, velvety mouthfeel not unlike a good, dark stout. Hence why a partnership of Greenwich natives with the Aspen Brewing Company brought into existence the first nitro-only coffee brewery. While their retail base of operations is a counter on Manhattan's Lower East Side, it can be shipped in cans or kegs right to your door no matter where you are, or poured right off the tap at The Granola Bar.

    Smoked Maple Syrup by Red & Brown
    Poughkeepsie, NY

    From flapjacks to flat whites, waffles to warm cocktails, Red & Brown's smoked maple syrup captures the entire seasons of fall and winter north of New York City into a single bottle. Carefully smoked over a "proprietary blend of woods," the versatile ingredient is that perfect, unexpected gift for the culinary mind on yours. (Give it a try in a Campfire Latte" at the Upstate Stock flagship in Brooklyn, or at Phoenicia Flea events when they happen).

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