Create a Bang-Up Gift Basket | Sponsored | General food and drinks | Hudson Valley

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Gift baskets are as much a feature of the holiday season as mistletoe kisses or family feuds. This year, rather than ordering a generic basket full of fruits and products from elsewhere, take advantage of the abundance of the Hudson Valley to create a personalized gift for yourself.

Main course at New Paltz is a great starting point for any gift basket. The market has a wide variety of farm-fresh produce and upstate adventure essentials, from cooler backpacks to travel mugs. Food and beverage manager Amanda Serroukas has four ideas to help you create the perfect gift basket (and if you’re in a rush, you can order a ready-made main course, too).

1. Local foodstuffss. From roadside stalls and farmers’ markets to markets like Main Course, there are plenty of opportunities to source local food items like Russell Farms Honey, ImmuneSchein Elixirs, Wrights Farm Jams or Harney Teas. & Sounds.

2. Handicrafts. This region is full of artisans: jewelers, leatherworkers, weavers, potters and herbalists. Why not gift a handmade mug with that bag of locally roasted coffee beans or a knitted scarf and handcrafted lotion to fight the cold months ahead?

3. Culinary experience. Over the past year, the Hudson Valley has seen a wave of ephemeral food events, such as Main Course’s annual Winter Meal Series. These monthly themed dinners provide an intimate evening with tasteful decor, drinks and a gourmet tasting menu.

4. Outdoor equipment. From hiking to rock climbing, from sailing to skiing, the Hudson Valley offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Main Course sells a selection of equipment to make excursions more convenient and comfortable.

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