Holiday Shopping: Gifts from the North Pole
No need to buy on-line, in big-box stores, at soul-sapping malls, or in a glamorous-but-exhausting nearby city that shall go nameless. Every gift you need for the holidays can be found right here at the charming, sophisticated, fun-to-browse shops in-and-around our own enchanting towns and villages. When you buy a gift from a locally-owned business, you are actually giving three: one to someone you love, another to a community you love, and a big, fat one to yourself, since shopping here is such a joy. Local merchants are friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and patient. Can anyone say as much for Bloomingdale’s? Best Buys? Amazon.com? Find everything from baby shoes so cute you want to talk to them, to two lumps of very chic coal for the naughtiest person on your list, to a toy that will satisfy even a squeak-i-maniac dog. This report covers Berkshire and Columbia Counties. For gifts from the South Pole (Dutchess, Litchfield), scroll down. And for an additional 100 gifts for under $100 in Hudson, visit our friend Sam Pratt’s blog.
Leather shoes, $25, crocheted booties $13, bunny slippers $11 at Museum Facsimiles, 429 North Street, Pittsfield; 413.499.1818
Sheepy fleece pjs and robe; $34 (top), $34 (pants), and $70 (robe); Deeply Dark Orange Chocolate Sauce, $6; Back to Basics cookbook, $35, bundled Hot Chocolate and Homemade Marshmallow mixes, $32, and likewise Outrageous Brownie and Decadent Fudge mixes, $25.95, all by Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa at Pine Cone Hill, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox; 413.637.1996.
Whimsical, hand-felted cushion and creatures, $16 - $72 at Twin Hearts Handworks, 137 North Street, Pittsfield; 413.499.0021; “Nell” dress, $59 at deMarchin’s Cote Famille, 621 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.1391
Michael Devine’s signature home accessories collection, $35 - $120; tree ornaments (or jewelry); oak leaf, $20; peapod, $40; and wreath, $20, at Michael Devine, 10 Broad Street, Kinderhook; 518.758.1355.
Paris Flea Market pillows, $24 (plain), $36 (ruffled) at Traditions Outlet, 29 Route 9H, Claverack; 518.851.3975; fabulous vanilla extract, from $8.96, and other flavor extracts from $3.95 at Charles H. Baldwin & Sons, 1 Center Street, West Stockbridge; 413.232. 7785
Decoupage cubes, $125, and boxes, $400, by Thomas Malic at Gris, 614 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.1611; Vintage table linens, some never used, ranging from 52"x52” worked damask cloth, $20, to a dozen worked damask napkins, $75, at Gypsies, 624 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.858.2229.
Ellen Grenadier’s large fern platter, $300 at Ferrin Gallery, 437 North Street, Pittsfield; 413.442.1622; large terra cotta bowl, $95, Le Gamin, 609 Warren Street, Hudson, 518.828.2885
Orange-and-ginger scented candle, $28, Casa Urbana, 525 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.2690; Leather-and-marbelized-paper-bound photo albums, wine journals, guests books, etc. $46 - $115 at Mistral’s , 7 Railroad Street, Great Barrington; 413.528.1618
Barbara Patton’s naked raku pots, $100 - $200, Berkshire Museum Shop, 39 South Street, Pittsfield; 413.443.6769
Leaf-shaped salt cellars with tiny spoons, $20 each; set of 4 pewter salt spoons, $20, Classic Country, 2948 County Route 9, East Chatham; 518.392.2211; Exploring the Berkshires just-published coloring-and-guide book by Gifted Child toystore-owner Randy Austin at The Gifted Child, 72 Church Street, Lenox; 413.637.1191; and 28 Railroad Street, Great Barrington; 413.528.1395
Italian, Florentine-finish fluted-bead necklace, 18k gold, with large, 4.38k pave diamond ball clasp, $14,200, and Coral and 2.25k diamond clip earrings, $8,500, at Jewelz, 22 Walker Street, Lenox; 413.637.5022; Fairy costume, includes halo, wand, wings, skirt, and hair accessories, $19.95, at Imaguration, 59-63 Main Street, #4, Chatham; 518.392.8108
Card cases and wallets of every style imprinted with Gainsborough’s Margaret and Mary or Miro’s Mistress Mills, $50 - $150, Shooz, 44 Housatonic Street, Lenox; 413.637.1118; penguin squeaky toy with 16 individually-pocketed squeakers, $11 (small), $14 (large) Dogs of Hudson, 355 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.822.8242
From Paris, fringed mohair scarves, $35 - $65 and small leather shoulder bags, $35 at USBluesware, 141 North Street, Pittsfield; 413.442.5533
Axel Vervoordt’s Timeless Interiors, $75 at MIX, 438 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.1707; Kuhn Rikon 6.3 qt. pressure cooker, $199.99; The Pressure Cooker Gourmet, $16.95, at Different Drummer Kitchen Co., 374 Pittsfield Road, Lenox; 413.637.0606
Set of 4 Gothic dessert plates in melamine, $32; gray Swan Island blanket, $575 at Rural Residence, 316 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.822.1061; two large lumps of Pennsylvania coal, polished and turned into bookends by Jim Zivic, at Foley & Cox, 317 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.3210
Make-up services from a pro such as Tony Markham: 20-minute lip repair, $20; 45-minute makeup application, $60, private or small-group lessons, $90 - $220; at Face Stockholm, 401 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.822.9474; down-filled bird cushions, $195, at Hedstrom & Judd, 401 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.671.6131.
Microcotton blouse, $202; cuff links, $65 - $115, both at Casablanca, 21 Housatonic Street, Lenox; 513.637.2680
Italian gift basket, $155; French, $110; as shown (may be customized with cheeses, salami, pate, etc.). Olde Hudson, 434 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.6923
Hosta-leaf spoons, silver-plated copper, $18 each; gold-plated, $20, at Lili and Loo, 259 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.822.9492; Italian copper sconce with ceramic shade, $440, at Tres Belle Decor, 22 Walker Street, Lenox; 413.551.7091
Blanket, $75, and hot-water bottle, $14 at MIX, 438 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.1707; “green,” toxin-free terra cotta cooking pot by Piral, $59.99 at The Chef’s Shop, 31 Railroad Street, Great Barrington; 413.528.0135 or 800.237.5284.
Atlas snowshoes, model 1125, $209.98 at Arcadian Shop, 91 Pittsfield Road, Lenox; 513.637.3010; large selection of Thomas Train wooden toys, $11.99 - $49.99, Clocktower Toys and Gifts, 1 Main Street, Chatham; 518.392.5588.
Trompe l’oeil rubber mats printed with a photo-image of a rustic farmhouse’s worn painted-plank floor. $42 - $175, Hammertown Stores, Pine Plains, 518.398.7075; Great Barrington, 413.528.7766; Rhinebeck, 845.876.1450