5 Hudson Valley Goodies to Include in a Holiday Gift Basket

Don’t be afraid of the holiday gift basket. Some people think that might be worse than giving a gift card, but the truth is, a holiday gift basket could be the perfect gift and it might even include a gift card.

The secret to a good gift basket is not to order one online that is shipped from a major gift box distributor. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Omaha Steaks gift box that gets sent to us every Christmas, but the truth is, it’s really about the good steaks, not the gift box. Although the fresher the steaks arrive, it’s very handy for summer parties.

If you want to guarantee that your gift box or basket will be a success, you need to fill it with two types of items. The first and probably the most important is that it is must-have items that the person receiving it would appreciate and the second most important thing is to fill it with local items so it is obvious that you put it together not an assembly line.

I’ve put together a quick list of some places you can visit in the Hudson Valley that have great items for a gift basket.

Hudson Valley Wine

The Brotherhood Cellar – 100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive – Washingtonville – New York 845-496-3661

a glass and a bottle of wine on a background of barrels in the cellar.


Hudson Valley Jams and Jellies

Wallkill View Farmer’s Market – 15 State Route 299 West – New Paltz – New York 845-255-8050

Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich


Hudson Valley Pickles

Frank’s Fresh Pickling Company – 56 Main Street – New Paltz – New York 845-633-8037

Thomas Sullivan/Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley

Thomas Sullivan/Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Spirits

The Hudson House and Distillery – 1835 Route 9W – West Park – New York 845-834-6007

Hudson Valley Chocolate

Alps Shop – 296 Main Street – Beacon – New York 845-831-8240

Macro close up of a gift box of gourmet chocolates.


These are just a few of my ideas for your perfect Hudson Valley holiday gift box or basket. I’m sure if you think about it for a moment, you can also think of a few things you’d like to add as well. Supplementing this with a gift card to a local restaurant would complete the perfect Hudson Valley gift.

Maybe even include an item from this interesting list of food stories.

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