The holiday season is here! The hurried dash to scoop up last minute gifts that are also convenient to buy can sometimes come at the expense of buying from near and dear businesses. In between scooping up cheapie Amazon gifts under $20, we should be supporting local economies.
Each item on our list comes from a New York-based company that packages and ship their goods just about anywhere you want them to go. That means the city's best falafel could end up by the Great Lakes, and Hudson Valley jewelry might follow snowbirds all the way south. Whether you buy and enjoy them locally or send them to far-flung loved ones, you can feel good about supporting New Yorkers.
If you need a fun, affordable gift that comes straight from New York—Armitron Watches some of the best ideas you could ever ask for. Since 1975, the brand has been ever-changing and evolving with the times and has introduced several fresh new styles. Plus, they're the Official Timekeeper of The New York Yankees? How's that for a time-tested sports watch?
Choose from styles designed to keep you running, biking, hiking and playing—or whatever else your New York soul wants to do. City dwellers have likely seen the brand's corporate headquarters on drives out to JFK airport. This is brand is about as local as you can get.
Ulster County, New York natives know Fruition Chocolate Works is a local business totally worth supporting. Their mouth-watering local chocolates are some of the best in the country—forget about the state. They're especially sentimental for anyone who lives along the Route 28 corridor stretching from Kingston to Shandaken, though.
It's also easy to score their gourmet goods online, because limited Fruition items are now available on Amazon. That means you can buy these brown butter-flavored milk chocolate bars and ship them just about anywhere. What a holiday miracle, eh?
Anyone who has spent an extended stretch of time in New York City knows the joys of a hot, crispy falafel pita from taïm mediterranean kitchen. It's one of the most popular spots in the city and known for an unfiltered, authentic take on Middle Eastern fare with a bit of a healthy, North African twist.
But if you no longer live in the city or just can be bothered to schlep downtown, they'll actually ship right to your door now. Holiday miracles, right? You can find the entire lineup of goodies on the falafel shop's Goldbelly page.
Love truffles? Super—you're in good company with the rest of New York. This brand artfully handcrafts its small-batch, gourmet truffle products in Long Island City. Its founder, Jimmy Kunz, is also the son of beloved late chef Gray Kunz.
This NYC-based sleep solutions company, Solera Sleep, uses real hemp to make some of the best pillows on the market. The pillows are designed for side sleepers and filled with 10 pounds of certified organic hemp hulls that conform to the natural shape and curves of the head and neck.
No more tossing and turning! Additionally, hemp hulls are naturally heat resistant, allowing more airflow for a cooler night's sleep—they even promise to last longer than traditional poly and cotton fills.
New York’s own Amanda Victoria is the Founder & CEO of Siponey Spritz Co., the maker of award-winning fizzy and refreshing spirits-based cocktails. They're all made with all New York State ingredients ranging from the Lake Champlain region, Saratoga and NYC.
Try a spicy four-year-old New York State rye whiskey, local wildflower honey, lemon juice and sparkling water on for size, will ya? Obviously, this gift is for those 21 and up.
Female-founded Sweet Deliverance is serving granola as you’ve never had before–crunchy, nutty, bursting with flavor, and optimized nutrition designed to nourish and nurture, baked fresh in New York's Hudson Valley. They're another vibrant Ulster County business worth supporting for those as near as Woodstock and Tannersville or as far-off as California.
The gift box trio includes three granola tins in favorite flavors Sour Cherry & Pistachio Rose, Turmeric & Super Seed, and Strawberry & Salty Peanut.
Diehard New York City deli lovers rejoice! You can buy full NYC-style Carnegie Deli feasts and have them shipped just about anywhere via Amazon. Choose from winners like this pastrami sandwich kit for four people or mouth-watering authentic New York cheesecakes.