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"Hudson Valley's Holiday Gift Guide: Unwrapping Artistic and Natural Treasures"




๐ŸŽโ„๏ธ Welcome to our special holiday edition, where we're unwrapping the Hudson Valley's most enchanting gifts! As the festive lights twinkle in the charming towns and the scent of pine fills the air, we invite you on a delightful exploration. Discover unique and thoughtful presents from Hastings-on-Hudson to Wickers Creek, and everywhere in between. Join us in finding those perfect, hip, and trendy gifts that capture the spirit of the Hudson Valley โ€“ a blend of art, nature, and holiday magic. Let's make this season of giving unforgettable with treasures that truly speak from the heart! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽจ


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Wickers Creek: A Journey of Artistry and Adventure in the Hudson Valley ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽจ

In 2018, Chad Lavigne, a New York City artist and packaging designer, ventured north to discover Wickers Creek. This move marked the beginning of an unexpected journey in the Hudson Valley. ๐ŸŒ‰โžก๏ธ


Discovering Wickers Creek Lavigne found himself at a small creek meeting the Hudson River, a place with a rich history that inspired the creation of his brand. Wickers Creek became a symbol of discovery and creativity. ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ”

A Legacy of Rebels and Artisans The Hudson Valley, known for its diverse history of immigrants, outlaws, and adventurers, resonated with Lavigne. He joined a lineage of people who sought new realms and strayed from the beaten path. ๐Ÿšข๐ŸŒฟ

Celebrating the Brave and the Artistic Wickers Creek is more than a brand; it's a celebration of bravery, a tribute to the arts, and an acknowledgment of the artisan spirit. Lavigne aimed to showcase unique craftsmanship through his vision. ๐ŸŽญ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ

From Candles to Leather Goods The journey began with a partnership with a sculptor neighbor, leading to the creation of unique candles. This collaboration was the first of many, blending artistry and innovation. ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿค


Crafting with Authenticity and Heritage The brand's leather goods, hand-stitched by artisans, reflect the beauty and history of the property. Each piece is a testament to generations of expertise and the spirit of Wickers Creek. ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘œ

A Tribute to the Hudson Valley's Rich History Wickers Creek stands as a homage to New Yorkโ€™s Hudson Valley and its remarkable history. It's a brand that celebrates the unique, the curious, and the fearless. ๐ŸŒ„๐ŸŽ–๏ธ

Join the Uncharted Journey Follow the story of Wickers Creek, a brand that is constantly evolving and disrupting norms, as it unfolds its unique narrative through each creation. ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ









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Elevate Your Holiday Brunch with Toma's Award-Winning Bloody Mary Mixers! ๐Ÿน๐ŸŽ„ The Bloody Mary, more than just a cocktail, it's a brunch-time legend. As the holidays roll in, it's time to spice up your festive gatherings with Toma's exceptional Bloody Mary mixers, a brand that's redefining this iconic cocktail. ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐Ÿ…

From Astoria to Your Glass ๐Ÿธ It all started in Alejandro Lopez's Astoria apartment, where he embarked on a mission to craft the perfect Bloody Mary for family and friends. This personal quest soon turned into a culinary adventure, blending his passion for cooking with the art of cocktail making. ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿน Alejandro's journey took a flavorful turn when he began incorporating homemade sauces into his Bloody Mary mix. Inspired by his Latino heritage and his mother's time in Mexico City, he created a unique sriracha and a tantalizing chipotle-tomatillo sauce. Thus, Toma was born, now a synonym for quality and flavor in the Bloody Mary scene. ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Toma: A Symphony of Flavors ๐ŸŽต Toma's mixers are a celebration of bold flavors and clean ingredients. Each of the three variants offers a distinct taste and heat level, ensuring there's a perfect match for every palate. Say goodbye to bland, over-garnished Bloody Marys. Toma brings balance and sophistication to your glass, with well-crafted spirits and mixers that sing in harmony. ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŽถ Holiday Brunches Will Never Be the Same! ๐ŸŽ‰

This holiday season, let Toma transform your brunch into an extraordinary experience. Whether you're hosting a festive gathering or enjoying a quiet morning, these mixers are sure to impress. Toma is proud to be all-natural, gluten-free, vegan, and free from added preservatives. Find these mixers in select Whole Foods, DeCicco & Sons, Fairway, and other regional stores in NY, as well as in wine and spirits stores across NJ, CT, RI, MA, KS, and MO. They're also a favorite in many top restaurants in the northeast. Ready to elevate your holiday brunch game? Visit Toma's website and discover how to craft outrageously delicious Bloody Mary cocktails at home. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿน Celebrate the holidays with a splash of Toma's magic in your glass! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰


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Hudson Valley Skin Care ๐ŸŽ Give the Gift of Hudson Valley This Holiday! ๐ŸŒฟ

Discover Hudson Valley Skin Care, where each product is a journey through the Hudson Valley's natural beauty. Founded in 2011 by Cathie Arpino, this brand brings the essence of outdoor adventures and local markets into high-quality, affordable skincare.

From Lab to Luxury ๐Ÿก Crafted in Pleasant Valley, New York, their in-house lab ensures fresh, top-quality skincare, echoing the freshness of a Hudson Valley morning.

Locally Sourced, Globally Loved ๐ŸŒŽ Sustainability is key, with local ingredients like Organic Oats, Honey, and Sunflower Seed Oil, reducing carbon footprint and embracing the Hudson Valley spirit.

Nature's Best for Your Skin ๐ŸŒฟ Their range, including Natural Bar Soaps to Room & Linen Sprays, harnesses nature's power with ingredients like Shea Butter and Argan Oil for nourished, glowing skin.

Personalized Skincare Solutions ๐Ÿ’š Each product is crafted with care, addressing specific skin needs. Whether it's a moisturizing Goat Milk cream or a gentle Walnut exfoliant, there's something for every skin type.

See the Science Behind Skincare ๐Ÿ”ฌ Follow their social media for a glimpse into their lab, where skincare meets science, offering insights into the ingredients and processes that make their products special.

This holiday, choose Hudson Valley Skin Care for thoughtful, nature-inspired gifts that celebrate the beauty and essence of the Hudson Valley.






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๐ŸŽ„โœจ Regina's Essentials: A Holiday Scented Journey in NYC ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ

In the heart of Hudson Valley, New York, Regina's Essentials, LLC was born from a pandemic-inspired quest for health and wellness. This NYC-based venture transforms home ambiance with its small-batch, aromatherapy handmade soaps and candles, all while championing a healthier lifestyle.

From Fear to Fragrance ๐ŸŒ†๐ŸŒฑ The lockdown in NYC sparked a revelation about the importance of what we surround ourselves with, leading to the creation of Regina's Essentials. The realization that commercial candles could be causing more harm than peace led to a deep dive into healthier alternatives.

Organic Aromatherapy Bliss ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ Each product is a labor of love, crafted with certified organic essential oils, meticulously hand-blended to perfection. The commitment to authenticity and quality shines through in every drop of essential oil used.

Supporting Small, Thinking Big ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’š Regina's Essentials is not just about products; it's about community. Sourcing from small businesses mirrors their ethos of mutual support and sustainable growth.

Ethical Ingredients, Ethical Practices ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿšซ With a firm stance against unethical practices like child labor in mica mining, the brand opts for botanical coloring, ensuring that every product is as ethical as it is exquisite.

Sustainability with a Twist ๐ŸŒฑโ™ป๏ธ Their unique approach to sustainability is evident in their vintage tea cup candles with plantable seed covers. Imagine sipping tea while wildflowers from your candle's packaging bloom beside you!


Holiday Cheer in Every Scent ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ Regina's Essentials brings the holiday spirit alive with scents like the much-anticipated coquito, a tribute to the founder's Nuyorican roots. Each candle and soap is a festive celebration, encapsulating the joy of the season.

A Scented Love Letter to NYC ๐Ÿ’Œ๐ŸŒƒ Every product from Regina's Essentials is more than just a scent; it's a story, a memory, a piece of NYC's vibrant culture, lovingly crafted and shared with the world.


This holiday season, let Regina's Essentials transform your space with scents that tell a story, crafted with love, ethics, and a touch of NYC charm.


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๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Discover the Hidden Gem of Hastings-on-Hudson: In2Green Mercantile

Buckle up, dear explorers, as we unveil a charming secret nestled in the picturesque streets of Hastings-on-Hudson. Just a 35-minute Metro North ride from NYC, In2Green Mercantile awaits your discovery, right on the Hudson Line.

Imagine stepping into a cozy, woman-owned boutique, where the warm welcome from Deirdre sets the tone for a delightful shopping experience. Owner Jehann Biggs, a Westchester native, has passionately curated a selection of local and luxurious treasures since 2018, making In2Green Mercantile a beacon of unique finds.

๐Ÿก๐ŸŽ As you wander through this enchanting store, you'll be surrounded by an array of exquisite home goods, jewelry, candles, menโ€™s gifts, beauty products, clothing, pantry items, ornaments, and knitted accessories. It's a veritable cornucopia of one-of-a-kind discoveries, where every find tells a tale of contemporary elegance and local craftsmanship.

๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’Ž From the locally produced Diane Higgins Skincare line, crafted on a Catskills farm, to the exotic wood home goods of Itza Wood from the Guatemalan jungle, and the sustainable designer bags of O My Bag from Amsterdam, each item in In2Green Mercantile is a testament to Jehannโ€™s commitment to quality and uniqueness.




So, next time you're in Hastings-on-Hudson, take a delightful detour into In2Green Mercantile. Indulge in the luxury of sustainable living, one carefully chosen item at a time. Remember, life is like boutique shopping โ€“ savor each find, relish the journey, and discover treasures that make your heart skip a beat.


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๐ŸŒŸ Stay tuned to HVHappenings for more exciting finds in the New York Area. Life is an adventure, best enjoyed one fabulous discovery at a time!

As we close this chapter of our Hudson Valley holiday journey, we hope you've been inspired by the unique and heartfelt gifts that this region has to offer. From artisanal crafts to natural wonders, each gift carries a story, a piece of the Valley's soul. May your holidays be filled with the joy of discovery and the warmth of sharing these special treasures with your loved ones. Happy holidays, and here's to creating new memories in the Hudson Valley's winter wonderland! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽโ„๏ธ

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