We asked our friends at New York Makers to curate our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide in the Winter edition of Beekman 1802 Almanac magazine.

LIMITED-EDITION BOURBON BARREL AGED MAPLE SYRUP 

Make the holidays (and your dishes!) a little sweeter with Crown Maple’s Limited-Edition Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. The pure, organic syrup is aged in bourbon barrels for an extra kick, and tastes even better when poured over pancakes and ice cream or added to marinades and sauces. The Wall Street Journal called it “soul-stirring”; we just like to call it “mmm.” Note: Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple contains up to 2 percent alcohol. Crafted in Dover Plains, New York, by Crown Maple. // $29.95 

ORGANIC PANCAKE & WAFFLE MIX 

Warm bellies and hearts on a cold winter morning with this hand-mixed, locally grown and milled organic pancake and waffle mix. Made in Long Eddy, New York, by Catskill Provisions, it tastes so good we’ve fooled our families into thinking we made it from scratch—but it’s a secret we’re happy to share! Ingredients: local organic wheat flour, baking soda, salt (scoop not included). // $15 

SPICY SWITCHEL SHRUB (8-OUNCE BOTTLE)

When you need a break from the eggnog, make yourself a refreshing and healthy (yes, healthy!) glass of spicy switchel shrub. Switchels and shrubs are early American beverages that blend apple cider vinegar with various fruit and botanical flavors. This switchel is based on a traditional combination of ginger, honey, and apple cider vinegar, plus turmeric, cayenne, and peppercorn that will give you a burst of energy. Now, where did we put that eggnog … Handmade in Hudson, New York, by The Hudson Standard. Ingredients: Ginger, honey, turmeric, cayenne, peppercorn, with Finger Lakes-made apple cider vinegar, organic alcohol, spring water, and organic sugar. No preservatives or artificial flavorings. 45 percent alcohol by volume. Gluten-free. // $22.98

BICYCLE BEER CARRIER IN BLACK LEATHER

Find the spirits—er, spirit—of the season on two wheels this year with Jay Teske Leather Co.’s Bicycle Beer Carrier. Whether you’re caroling or holiday party hopping, spread some good cheer (and beer) with this convenient carrier that secures a case of standard-sized beer cans to your bicycle frame. Crafted from bridle leather and stainless brass hardware, it easily converts to a handgrip when you’re ready to take things inside. Handmade in Kingston, New York, by Jay Teske Leather Co. // $107.15

CRAFT YOUR OWN BITTERS KIT

Perfect for hosting and toasting, the Hella Cocktail Co. Craft Your Own Bitters Kit can be your new favorite holiday party trick. Simply add to cocktails, or seltzer for “mocktails,” or blend into meat marinades, salad dressings, desserts, and more to liven up any dish. Handmade in Queens, New York, this is the ultimate gift for foodies. Kit arrives in a 12-by-8-by-4-inch black-and-white box, and includes: custom stainless-steel funnel; custom fine mesh strainer; two infusing glass jars; four dropper glass bottles; Hella Bitters aromatic herb and spice blend; and Hella Bitters citrus blend. Glassware, funnel, and strainer are dishwasher safe. Alcohol not included. // $69.98

RON SKINNY NECKTIE

From the office holiday party to your favorite New Year’s Eve bash, any special occasion is perfect for the Ron Skinny Necktie, a streamlined look that’s as versatile as it is stylish. Give it as a practical gift (Father-in-law? Check.), but make sure to buy two so you can keep one for yourself. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, by W.B. Them. // $83

LEATHER HIKER’S BELL

Handpicked for the outdoorsman or woman in your life who has everything. Alert bears of your approach with this Hiker’s Bell, made of hand-braided black kangaroo leather lace with solid brass bell and clip. Handmade in Kingston, New York, by Jay Teske Leather Co. Six inches long by 1½ inches wide by ¼ inch high. // $37.15

SEA SALT DUO SET

From the rich waters of Long Island’s North Fork, this sea salt is hand-harvested with the help of fire, sun, and ocean air. Help your favorite chef spice up his or her cooking this holiday season, or add a little more flavor to your own favorite dish with this gourmet set of plain and herb-blended sea salt. Produced in Southold, New York, by North Fork Sea Salt Co., the set consists of one 4-ounce jar of “plain” sea salt, and one 4-ounce jar of herb sea salt. Store in a cool, dry area. Ingredients: Locally harvested sea water, and locally grown, organic oregano, thyme, and rosemary. All natural; no additives or preservatives. // $41 

TAG NECKLACE 

Jook & Nona’s handmade Tag Necklace with 18k gold-plated stainless steel twinkles brighter than the tree. Customize it by engraving it with one of the following messages: Inspire, Dream, Happy, Love, Summer, or Blue Sea. 17.5inch-long chain; 1.2-by-0.2-inch bar. // $37.15

“MOM” ENGRAVED WOMEN’S BRACELET 

What sparkles like tinsel and glows brighter than Christmas lights? Answer: Your mom in this handmade gold brass cuff bracelet. An engraved plate that spells out “Mom” makes it that much more meaningful. Handmade in New York City by Jook & Nona. Gold brass cuff bracelet, 1.9-inch diameter with 1-inch engraved plate. Packaged in a canvas pouch. // $61.95 

EARTHY GIFT SET 

Pamper your favorite “Free Spirit” this holiday with a collection of ethically sourced products. Handmade in Bloomfield, New York, by Chicory Farm, the Earthy Gift Set is sure to make family and friends quite merry. Includes a 4-ounce soap bar, a 4-fluid-ounce jar of healing salve, an 8-ounce jar of sugar scrub, and an 8-fluid-ounce glass bottle of liquid soap. Mint Bar Soap: focusing, sharp and fresh. Patchouli Healing Salve: grounding, spiritual. Oatmeal Sugar Scrub: simplifying, gentle, fragrance-free. Cedar & Fir Liquid Soap: healing, woodsy. // $70

PORCELAIN SEASHELL WREATH 

Deck the halls with this series of garlands inspired by the Mediterranean Sea—and of course, the sandy beaches of Long Island! Each porcelain “shell” is individually thrown on the pottery wheel, decorated with oxides that give soft shades of color, and finished with a feldspar glaze. They make lovely wall hangings in your beach house, city apartment, or even your country home! Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, by Micol Ceramics. // $165–$615

PRE-SHAVE OIL IN ADIRONDACK SCENT 

What if we told you that you could have perfect skin and a clean shave all in the Saint Nick of time? With a robust Adirondack pine scent to help jumpstart the day, this Pre-Shave Oil preps your face for the best morning shave to increase skin’s suppleness and pliability. Blended in Albany, New York, by Roosevelt Grooming Co. Available in nine other scents. Ingredients: castor oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, essential oils (pine, rosemary, cedarwood, sage, lavender and patchouli). One 1-ounce bottle. // $15

BEARD OIL IN ADIRONDACK SCENT 

Want to know Santa’s secret to the best beard ever? A proprietary, all-natural blend with the light pine scent of New York’s Adirondacks. Formulated to keep your facial hair, and the skin beneath it, hydrated and healthy. Blended in Albany, New York, by Roosevelt Grooming Co. One 1-ounce amber bottle with dropper. Available in 10 other scents. Ingredients: sweet almond oil, olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, essential oils (frankincense, cedarwood, bergamot). // $15

“SUGAR SUGAR” JIGSAW PUZZLE 

If you’re puzzled this holiday season, consider yourself lucky. This 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle is designed by artist Will Moses, the great-grandson of legendary folk artist Grandma Moses, at his studio in New York’s Capital Region, and celebrates New York’s booming maple-sugaring heritage. Grab a friend or two and spend hours piecing together this work of art. Designed in Eagle Bridge, New York, by Will Moses/Mt. Nebo Gallery. // $25.50

ALPACA THROW IN CRAFT 

This Alpaca Throw will keep you cozy whether you are traveling over the Hudson River or through the Adirondack woods to Grandmother’s house this year. The wool’s natural warmth and oversized shape make it big enough for one, two or a few! Designed in Stanfordville, New York, by Alicia Adams Alpaca. 100-percent baby alpaca wool. // $463

SMALL SALVAGED SLATE CHEESE BOARD 

This cheese serving board is handmade using slate salvaged from the rooftop of a 1900s Tudor house located in South Queens. Perfect for holiday entertaining and complete with soapstone chalk for identifying your fromage and charcuterie, this piece will make your tabletop a little merrier. Handmade in Queens, New York, by SimplyNu. Hand-cut, black and dark-grey slate, sealed with a non-VOC matte water-based sealant. // $48.95

HEART DOG TAG 

Spruce up your pooch’s collar this holiday season with this Heart Dog Tag that is hand-cut in Brooklyn by Be in the Moment. Go ahead and admit it, it’s puppy love. 1¼-inch heart in the metal of your choice, with a 1-inch stainless-steel split ring. // $51.50

KRAK’EMS SINGLE-INGREDIENT DOG TREATS IN FOUR VARIETIES

Go ahead and make your doggy’s holiday! These premium single-ingredient treats are made by Little L’s in-house chef, and slowly oven-baked the old-fashioned way. Krak’ems are hearty treats are irresistibly flavorful and decadent in taste. No crumb will be left behind! 100-percent local meat, 100-percent human-grade, 0-percent antibiotics or hormones, 0-percent additives or preservatives. ’Cause Santa can’t get all the cookies. Handmade in New York City by Little L’s. One 5-ounce package of either chicken, turkey, pork, or beef brittle. // $21

“UPSTATE” VINTAGE-INSPIRED PENNANT 

Let’s face it, the holidays are always cozier upstate. Whether you’re heading up I-87 to a camp in the Adirondacks, a cabin in the Catskills, or anywhere in between, let this pennant point the way.Made in Buffalo, New York, by Oxford Pennant. Crimson and yellow with yellow ink. Wool felt. // $25

“ORGANIC: FARMERS AND CHEFS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY” SIGNED BOOK 

Foodie gift alert! In this signed book, New York-educated and Hudson Valley-based photographer Francesco Mastalia captures the portraits and stories, in their own words, of more than 100 New York farmers and chefs for whom “organic” is a state of mind. Francesco employs the wet plate collodion photographic method, which dates back to the 1850s. It’s a race against time to gauge the perfect amalgamation of lighting, humidity and exposure; in contrast to the burst modes of today’s digital cameras, there are no second chances with this technique, nor is there any postproduction editing. The pictures Francesco shoots are the ones we see: portraits bathed in shadows and silver tones that inspire conversation about what it can mean to be simultaneously historic, modern, and timeless—a reflection of the human, organic experience. Printed in Rhinebeck, New York, by Francesco Mastalia Photography. // $58.95

CANVAS DOG WATER BOWL IN OLIVE

Going somewhere this Christmas? Your pup can travel with you too when you pack this portable, collapsible water bowl. Designed with a handle for hanging. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, by Found My Animal. Materials: commercial-grade, olive-colored cotton canvas. Solid brass hardware. Solid brass tag stamped with “FOUND.” Five-inch diameter. // $46 

ROPE COLLAR FOR DOG AND CAT IN NATURAL

Make your mutt feel extra merry with this nautical-inspired collar. Handmade with hand-spliced, marine-grade rope with 100-percent solid brass hardware, and built for durability and comfort. A handsome mate to the Rope Dog Leash in Natural. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, by Found My Animal. Marine-grade, UV-resistant, natural rope. Leather. Solid brass hardware. Solid brass tag stamped with “FOUND.” // $66

ROPE DOG LEASH 

Even Fido wants to get festive! Slip this adjustable, nautical-inspired leash in Spot’s stocking this year—just be prepared for wet kisses. Handmade with hand-spliced, marine-grade rope to withstand hundreds of pounds of pull. Built for durability and comfort (for dog and owner alike). A handsome mate to the Rope Collar in Natural. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, by Found My Animal. Natural rope. Solid brass lockable carabiner clip and hardware. Solid brass tag stamped with “FOUND.” // $72

DOG KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT 

 

There’s no better way to trim the tree than with an ornament of your favorite (dog) child. Crafted from felt made of 100-percent recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton stuffing, and hand-stitched with organic cotton thread. Available in white, tan, smoke, and chocolate. Custom name of up to eight characters can be added. Text will be hand-sewn in all lowercase letters with the same (or matching) thread used to stitch the toy. During checkout, leave the name you would like sewn on the toy in the comment box, spelled exactly as you wish it to be stitched. Handmade in Queens, New York, by SimplyNu. Eco felt, organic cotton stuffing, organic or vintage cotton thread, and hemp cord for hanging. // $33.50 (without personalization), $42.50 (personalized).

Did you know that the Beekman 1802 Almanac is the only magazine that features a Made in the America gift guide in each and every issue. Gifting happens throughout the year, and not just at the holidays! We’ll always find you the best of what’s made in the USA.
Cultivate A Better Life!
by Aray Till

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