By Julia Howard
As challenging as 2020 has been so far, the holiday gifting season feels like a bright way to end a dark year. Perhaps more than ever, gift-giving is a means of reconnecting with friends and family, some of whom we haven’t seen in person for nearly a year. We also get that gift-giving can be a source of stress even in the best of times, so we have some strategic ideas to make gifting during a pandemic a little more seamless, meaningful, and even enjoyable.
● If you prefer shopping from the comfort of home, find our vendor directory and shop locally online. Find links to local businesses’ websites, Instagram, and Facebook pages. Use the DM functions or pick up the phone to ask for suggestions and place orders.
● This year, some of the most thoughtful gifts are things that make time at home more enjoyable for your friends and family. Think practical and useful.
● Get creative with whatever budget you have. A great gift does not have to cost a lot of money.
Now let’s get gifting with local businesses at the farmers’ market!
These days we work, exercise, relax, and even attend school at home. We recommend Feathered Antler’s original paintings and framed prints of animals and landscapes to define and decorate living spaces. Feathered Antler also has hand-painted wooden fence posts adorned with positive sayings and nature scenes that can function as leash hangers, key hooks, and jewelry organizers.
Wine, hard cider, and spirits always make great gifts – and local vintners and distillers make the very best. Slyboro Cider House and Saratoga Apple makes hard ciders from apples grown in their orchards. For wine-lovers, Fossil Stone Winery makes memorable wines from grapes grown on their farm. And, spirits enthusiasts will love everything from Yankee Distillers and Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery.
Gift Certificates & Subscriptions
Give the gift of something to look forward to, like Saratoga Farmers’ Market gift certificates. Elihu Farm offers a subscription for flavorful and nutritious eggs from their “hens on pasture.” Moon Cycle Seed Co. sells subscriptions for nutrient-dense seeds for hormonal balance. The 2021 CSA season will be here before we know it, so check with local farmers at the market to purchase a subscription for a friend or family member.
Is there a more classic holiday gift than a beautiful piece of jewelry? Kim Dolan Designed Jewelry makes unique, handcrafted silver and gemstone rings, necklaces, and earrings. If you’re looking to make someone feel special and promote wellness, Big Breath Wellness has various holistic healing jewelry. For nature lovers, Feathered Antler has
handmade jewelry with quartz, charms, and tassels.
Self-care means something different to everyone. Perhaps it’s cozying up to a cup of hot chocolate from Saratoga Chocolate Co. or making Earth to Mind’s CBD oil and rubs a part of the daily routine. There are many items at the farmers’ market to nourish and encourage self-care, like bee balm from Ballston Lake Apiaries and tinctures from Sweetbrier Farms.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Small Businesses
*Starred items are perishable and should be put into stockings just before gifting.
- Chocolate Santas & holiday truffles from Saratoga Chocolate Co.
- Face masks & knit hats from Feathered Antler
- Small bag of coffee beans from Something’s Brewing
- Corn toasties from Kokinda Farm
- Jerky & spices from Muddy Trail Jerky Co.
- Rolatini* (mozzarella rolled with prosciutto) from R&G Cheesemakers
- Sweet Greek yogurts* from Argyle Cheese Farmer
- Cookie bags from The Chocolate Spoon
- Maple sugar candies from Slate Valley Farms
- Calendula Salve from Sweetbrier Farms
- Adirondack Jack peanut butter from Saratoga Peanut Butter Co.
- Gluten-free Spatzle* from The Vermont Spatzle Company
- Dog treats from Mugzy’s Barkery
- Honey sticks from Ballston Lake Apiaries
- Kunik* from Nettle Meadow
- Half Sour pickles* from Puckers Gourmet