Most Americans will finish their holiday shopping before December even arrives, and this year even fewer will wait that long according to the most recent annual survey by  With this in mind, I thought now is the time to share a list of some of my favorite Finger Lakes gift ideas so you can get a jump on your holiday shopping and find those unique gifts created locally with our special Finger Lakes flair. 

The gift of travel

Spoil your special someone this holiday season with a gift certificate for dinner and lodging at one of Cayuga County’s beautiful hotels, inns or B&Bs.  They don’t have to travel far to enjoy luxury accommodations and fine dining, but they will feel like they are a world away from home!

The gift of wine

Treleaven Winery Christmas

Finger Lakes wines can be shipped almost anywhere in the U.S., and they truly bring a taste of the Finger Lakes to the lucky recipient.  If wine is not their beverage of choice, locally brewed beers and ciders are also great options.  The possibilities are endless and all made in the Finger Lakes.

The gift of locally sourced foods

New Hope Mills Pancakes and Waffles

For the foodies on your list, you will find a delicious assortment.  Pick up a bag of locally produced pancake mix from New Hope Mills, a jar of jam made from hydroponically grown strawberries from Strawberry Fields and some locally roasted coffee beans from the Village Market in Aurora and put them all together for a locavore holiday gift basket they are sure to enjoy.

The gift of holiday décor

MacKenzie-Childs Christmas

Add merry memories to your holiday each year with a MacKenzie-Childs ornament.  Headquartered in the historic and charming Village of Aurora overlooking Cayuga Lake, MacKenzie-Childs creates beautiful home décor that is known throughout the world.  Their whimsical decorations make wonderful gifts that beg to be displayed all year round.

Cayuga County’s towns and villages are magical at Christmas time.  The streets are lined with holiday lights and decorations and when the snow begins to fall, it’s a beautiful time to shop and dine in our downtowns while you look for those perfect Finger Lakes inspired gifts!