The Ultimate Adirondack Holiday Gift Guide

Ceramic vases by Brooke Noble. Photograph by Matt Paul

You can’t exactly wrap the Adirondacks and put it under the tree—the mountains and meadows, anyway. Still, there are endless Adirondack-inspired, -made and -minded gifts out there, something for everyone who loves this park.

I’m partial, of course, but a great gift is Adirondack Life magazine, which covers the region’s people, places, wildlife, history, public issues, plus plenty of insider tips on outdoor rec as well as how to deck out your home or camp Adirondack-style. Another favorite is our three-by-four-foot map of the park. (It looks hot framed.) And our 2013 wall calendar is gorgeous, one of the best we’ve ever put together, with its scenes of a bull moose in the Moose River Plains, an autumnsplosive Lake Luzerne vista, a deep-woods High Peaks trail, the Bald Mountain fire tower, Blue Mountain Lake, Mount Marcy, even a bird’s-eye-view of the One Square Mile of Hope Guinness Book of World Records–setting flatwater gathering on Fourth Lake.

A perk of working at Adirondack Life is learning about the products created by regional artisans, writers, farmers, chefs, collectors, you name it.

Looking for jewelry? Check out Susan Camp Studio or Earth Girl Designs or Silver Bench Jewelry. Ceramics? There’s Adirondack Rockware, Brooke Noble and Young’s Studio and Gallery. Candy? Try Adirondack Chocolates (formerly the Candyman), Barkeater Chocolates or Croghan Candy Kitchen. Coffee? Roasters around here are A Taste of the Adirondacks, Adirondack Coffee Roasters, Adirondack Bean-to Coffee, Dogwood Bread Company, Adirondack Country Gourmet Coffee and Adirondack Mountain Coffee. Prefer off-beat? Try Adirondack Rustic Miniatures or Wee Gardens. And you can never go wrong with Adirondack books, whether they’re regional classics, cookbooks or newly-released titles. Regional reads, maps and posters can be found at the Adirondack History Center Museum, in Elizabethtown; the Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake; the Wild Center, in Tupper Lake; and the New York State Museum, in Albany.

For some, charitable giving might mean feel-good, making-a-difference vibes. Adirondack Community Trust, an organization that helps funnel funds to benefit our region, offers ways to donate in family members or friends’ names to a variety of causes. You can also donate to local food pantries, libraries as well as nonprofits such as Family Champions of the North Country, North Country Wild Care, Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center, Double H Ranch, Cats Limited of Hamilton CountyNorth Country SPCA, Purrs & Paws, Adirondack Save A Stray or Tri-Lakes Humane Society to name a handful.

And if you’re inside the Blue Line, why not hit the ground yourself by shopping local? Lots of North Country communities offer their own holiday extravaganzas. Christmas in Essex happens December 1; Christmas in the Forks, December 1; Saranac Lake’s Enchanted Christmas, December 1 and 8; Inlet and Old Forge’s Christmas on Main Street, December 1–2; Christmas in Warrensburgh, December 1–2; Santa’s Workshop’s Village of Lights, in Wilmington, Sundays, December 2–26; and Lake Placid’s Holiday Village Stroll, December 7–9.


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