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Keep It Local This Holiday Season With Albany Area Gifts

Looking for some great gifts for those on your list this year? We've put together our top picks for holiday gifts this season for absolutely anyone on your shopping list. All ideas are from local businesses in and around Albany, making your shopping experience that much easier. Take a look and get shopping!

2023 Capital Region Holiday Gift Guide

Editor's Note (4/4/2023): We will be updating our guide to 2023 holiday gift ideas as the season nears. In the meantime, you can see last year's gift ideas below for an idea of what to expect.

A Look Back at Last Year's Featured Holiday Gifts:

Surprise Someone With the Gift of Horse Racing From Blue Streak Racing

Do you have a horse racing fan to shop for this holiday season? What do you give to the person who has everything? Maybe you want a gift for your favorite person…you?

Blue Streak Racing, LLC is a thoroughbred racing partnership whose goal is to be successful by utilizing small partnerships to provide a fun and rewarding experience for their partners. This partnership (valued at approximately $500) will give your gift recipient the opportunity to pull back the curtain and learn, as well as participate in, all facets of racing. This includes the horse selection process, visiting the horse at the farm during training and throughout the race preparation, as well as the most important part: race day!


Celebrate the Spa City With Saratoga-Themed Gifts From Love is in New York

Do you have friends or family members who love everything about Saratoga Springs? Get them a gift they'll appreciate from Love is in New York's Saratoga collection! The locally owned business offers a variety of unique Saratoga-themed products, such as fun and functional stemless wine glasses, stainless steel Saratoga horse bottle openers, sturdy trivets, colorful horse ornaments, gift packs, and more. Browse the entire collection and order now on Love is in New York's website


Home Sweet Home & Red Carriage: Gift the Gift of Adirondack Winery Wine!

Surprise the wine lover in your life with the gift of holiday wine from Adirondack Winery! Home Sweet Home apple pie-infused wine and Red Carriage cranberry-infused wine make the perfect holiday gift. Their unique flavors and festive labels also make them a great wine to bring to your next holiday party! Order a case to get $15 off and get free shipping when you order six or more bottles. Head to to purchase the perfect holiday gift today!


Start a New Tradition With Saratoga Candy Co.'s Peppermint Pig

The tradition of the Saratoga Peppermint Pig goes back to the 1880s. This sweet candy shaped like a pig is typically placed inside a small pouch after Christmas dinner and is broken with a miniature hammer. All family members then share in eating the sweet candy pieces. The pig represents health, happiness, and prosperity, and is meant to bring good fortune.

The Peppermint Pig is sold by the Saratoga Candy Co. and includes a nickel plated hammer, a red velvet pouch, a story card, and instructions on how to break your pig. Enjoy free shipping or delivery for all orders over $65.


Give the Gift of a Fun Night at Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio 

Paint and sip classes are fun for everyone, no matter your skill level, and one of the premier venues in the Capital Region is Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio in downtown Saratoga. If you know someone who would love to attend a paint and sip class (or is hard to buy for), then purchase a gift card and give the gift of an unforgettable night out. You can buy your gift card online within minutes and receive a printer-friendly email with all the details.


Find Fantastic Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List at Crossgates Mall

For everything holiday, shop Crossgates! With shops you can’t find anywhere else, Crossgates Mall in Albany is your go-to destination to get that perfect gift for absolutely anyone. Follow the mall on Facebook & Instagram or visit for everything that you need for that wish list.


Shop For Gift Cards, Spa Products, and More at Complexions

Give the gift of wellness and relaxation with a gift card or collection of products from Complexions Day Spa in Saratoga Springs and Albany. A holiday spa gift card is the perfect choice to help a friend, family member, or coworker recover from the stress of the year. You can choose the gift card amount when you purchase online; or, select a Spa Experience Gift Card Package, such as the Beauty and Wellness Experience.

Complexions also offers an excellent selection of body care, wellness, and aromatherapy products that would make for a great gift. And, be sure to keep an eye on their website for other special promotions!


Go Above and Beyond With the Perfect Pair of Earrings From deJonghe Original Jewelry

Add some sparkle to the holiday season by getting that special person in your life a pair of Tri Fold Drop Earrings from deJonghe Original Jewelry in Saratoga Springs. This brand new design is available in 14k yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold, and either with or without diamonds. Every piece of jewelry at deJonghe is handcrafted, and you can expect the highest quality product.


Purchase Unique Pieces From the Westerwald Pottery Collection at Impressions of Saratoga

Made in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, these iconic grey and blue pieces are modeled after Colonial-style stoneware. Each is handmade and hand stamped with Saratoga Springs, and surrounding towns, making them a perfect gift for new homeowners, newlyweds, and people who love their hometowns! Custom orders are also available (just remember they are handmade so there is a long lead time!). Prices start at only $25.

Visit Impressions of Saratoga at their storefront at 368 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs to purchase these unique pieces, or shop other Saratoga-inspired gifts on their website.


Fill a Stocking With a Fun Bourbon Kit From The Dark Horse Mercantile

This great stocking stuffer is fun for the bourbon and whisky lover on your list! Inside each Dark Horse Tin you will find four glacier stones, perfect for chilling your drink without watering it down, Woodford Reserve Bitters, to add a unique flavor to your bourbon, and, a customer favorite, Daneson Bourbon infused toothpicks. Pair it with an etched highball glass or two to make it a really special gift.

The kit costs $60, and glasses vary by style. Purchase yours at The Dark Horse Mercantile's storefront at 445 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs today. You can browse their other gift ideas online by clicking the link below.


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