With the holidays right around the corner, it seems like the perfect time of year to share a list of Finger Lakes inspired gifts from local producers, artisans, and specialty shops to include in your own Finger Lakes gift basket.
Searching for decadent chocolate that will win over even the most pickiest chocolate connoisseur? Gretchen's Confections has it all from delightful chocolate to sumptuous cups of hot cocoa and light fare as well. Stop in and grab a box of their culinary delights, or a gift certificate if you are not sure what treats to pick. Looking for more yummy options? Bradford Heights Marketplace in the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn is part of the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail and features locally produced baked goods, raw honey, jams, jellies, handmade candy and more. Who would not want a basket full of these sweet goodies to share with friends and family over the holiday season?
New York is the second-largest apple producing state in the country and you can ship a box of New York State apples almost anywhere. Owen Orchards west of Auburn and The Apple Station outside the village of Cayuga offer a wide variety of our famous, tasty NYS apples that will be appreciated, especially by those that live outside of the Empire State. If you are in southern Cayuga County then stop by Grisamore Farms to find perfect apples for gift giving and holiday baking!
Finger Lakes Coffee
No, we don’t grow coffee beans here in the Finger Lakes but we do roast it locally and the gift of locally roasted coffee is sure to be appreciated by any coffee lover. Simple Roast Coffee in Auburn features delicious fair trade, organic beans and Crow City Roasters also in Auburn offers a variety of small batch artisan coffees.
Hand Decorated Holiday Décor
The designers and artisans of MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora have created beautiful, original designs that have added joy and grace to homes throughout the world for more than 30 years. Their holiday themed collections include everything from paper goods to bottle stoppers to dish towels and are a unique addition to any gift basket.
Visit Regenerations in downtown Auburn for funky up-cycled wares and home decor. Their store also features the work of local artists and is a great place to buy a variety of gifts including ceramics, jewelry, and ornaments. If you are in northern Cayuga County, be sure to visit South Shore Artisans in Fair Haven, an artist co-op featuring a unique collection of fine and folks art, all crafted locally.
Strawberry Fields Forever
Even though strawberry picking season is over, the store at Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm is chock full of jams, jellies and more! Stop by to grab a fresh cut Christmas tree or peruse their custom made wreaths and decorations.
With so many places to shop; this only scratches the surface. We’d love to hear your favorite places to buy Finger Lakes themed gifts.