Top Holiday Gifts in the Capital Region

Looking for the top 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!

Please note: We are in the process of updating our holiday guide with gifts for 2017. Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks!

2017 Capital Region Holiday Gifts

A Night Out at The Century House

an elegant place setting with two glasses of white wine and plates of scallops and what looks like lamb chops

Give the gift of great taste when you purchase gift cards from The Century House! Experience fireside dining in their award-winning restaurant featuring a menu that includes a modern take on traditional fare. Relax in their Federal tavern and enjoy a locally-brewed craft beer while indulging in a surf and turf or a Century burger - the choice is yours!

Give a Tasting Experience with Saratoga Winery

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A gift certificate to The Saratoga Winery is the ultimate gift of a tasting experience - and not just for wine lovers, but for craft beer enthusiasts and others as well. The recipient is able to choose a wine tasting from over 15 handcrafted wines, a local craft beer tasting, a local spirits tasting, a chocolate pairing, and so much more.

Highlights from the 2016 Gift Guide

Give the Gift of Relaxation

white complexions bathrobe

Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness offers traditional salon and spa services using natural and organic products.

Perfect for the person in your life who needs to relax, choose from three gift card packages: a $175 gift card includes a Complexions mug and tranquility tea, a $225 gift card includes a Complexions “spa at home” kit, and a $325 gift card includes a Complexions spa bath robe!

Get the ultimate spa experience at convenient locations in both Albany and Saratoga.

Get Creative with Art

Arts Center logo with a completed bowl on the left with text saying buy it, and a bowl in progress in the right with the text saying make it.

Give the gift of art this year! At the Arts Center of the Capital Region, you can support local artists by patronizing The Shop from November 15th to December 22nd. Sales benefit artists and children’s programs at the Arts Center.

Prefer to make it yourself? Learn how in their classes.

For Someone Who Loves a Challenge

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Tru-Escape is a unique and live action adventure game where you work as a team to solve puzzles, riddles, find clues, and complete tasks to solve the room. For the adventurer in your life, give the ultimate gift!

When purchasing a gift card, enter the code "mgiftcrd" and get $5 off!

Stay Classic with Jewelry

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Lakeside Farms Country Store and Restaurant has been providing beautiful rings for 30 years made of the finest material. The stones are hand set and have the best finish, allowing the jewelry to stand out as dramatic statement pieces.

R.S. Covenant's fashion jewelry is guaranteed for life. If you're not completely satisfied, return the ring to R.S. Covenant, who will repair it at no cost, or replace it as stated on the guarantee form.

All rings are available at sizes 5 through 10.

Home Decor & More

tea towels with Christmas trees that say Merry Christmas in Saratoga

Accents gifts, decor, and more! Located within Allerdice Ace Hardware in Malta, Accents, Gifts, Decor & More offers an ever-changing selection of home decor, greeting cards, gifts, and accessories that will make your own home or gift giving uniquely your own.

Choose the perfect hostess gift this season! Custom Saratoga Springs tea towels feature varying seasonal messages, including Christmas in Saratoga Springs and Merry Christmas from Saratoga Springs, retail $10.

Go Western with Stylish Boots

three pairs of western-style boots lined up on a wooden bench

Double M Western has been making boot buying an experience for more than 50 years. From the moment you walk in, the staff welcomes you to the largest selection of boots in the tri-state area. Neatly displayed for you to browse, check out boots in sizes 6 to 12 for women, and 7 to 16 for men.

They offer casual footwear, Western boots, work boots, and children’s boots. Double M offers big names like Ariat, Dingo, Durango, Justin, Laredo, Timberland, Tony Lama, and more. You are sure to find a pair of comfortable fitting boots!

Stop into Double M, and let them make your shopping experience a time to remember.

For the Horse Racing Fan

Embrace the Race logo

Wear What You Love® with EMBRACE THE RACE®, the exclusive provider of The Apparel for the Horse Racing Lifestyle® and The Official Apparel of Horse Racing®.

Founded and based in Saratoga Springs, seen on NBC TV, and worn by racing enthusiasts around the world, EMBRACE THE RACE® celebrates the passion, optimism and style at the core of the horse racing experience.

Their wonderful brand message is quintessential Saratoga and the beautiful clothes, accessories, jewelry, and more - for men, women, and children - all feature their iconic logo.

These gifts are sure to be ideal for everyone on your list who knows what it means to EMBRACE THE RACE®.

Saratoga Photography All Year

calendar with photo of ducks crossing a road

Give the gift of beautiful Saratoga photography with this calendar from Frozen Moments! Calendars are just $20 each, and are a compilation of photographer Gail Stein's personal favorites as well as her most popular photos taken throughout the year.

Each photo is at various Saratoga locations or landmarks, corresponding to the month.

Visit Frozen Moments on Facebook, and order by clicking on the "send email" button - you can also find the calendars at Impressions of Saratoga and Northumbrian Cottage in Burnt Hills.

Keep it Luxurious with Botanicals

four Apple Cinnamon line bath and body products

Warm up the holidays with Saratoga Botanicals’ bath and body products!

Their fresh small-batch products are made in the heart of Saratoga Springs. Shown here is a sampling of their Apple Cinnamon line, which is deliciously scented with fresh, crisp apple coupled with cinnamon. All of Saratoga Botanicals products are made with organic and mindfully cultivated botanical ingredients.

Their products do not contain synthetic ingredients or chemicals, which means you can feel good about what you are putting on your body. Other holiday scents include Cranberry Jubilee, Pumpkin Pie, and Adirondack Holidays.

Check out their entire line of health and beauty products at

Spread the Saratoga Love

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For a truly unique gift this holiday season, create a care package for those who love Saratoga with Saratoga in a Box! Prices start at just $39 and shipping is included.

Choose from two box sizes at 5 items or 10 items, and fill the boxes with your choice of Saratoga products like Saratoga Chips, Saratoga Water, or Death Wish Coffee.

Customize your gift as a Thoroughbred Box, Filly Box, Death Wish Box, or Traditions Box. This year, you don't have to choose which classic Saratoga product to give - give the complete gift of Saratoga, in a box!

For the Foodie

gift basket of food items with holiday bow

Village Pizzeria is offering two options of holiday gift baskets filled with Sausations all natural pasta sauces and additional food items!

The gift basket is filled with high quality products like Sausations pasta sauce, baked pasta sticks, imported Italian meats and cheeses, local garlic and ailoi pestos, smoked salmon, olives, Italian biscotti, Ghirardelli chocolates, imported coffee, specialty imported wine, and more! Prices range from $76 to $125.

Give the food lover in your life the ultimate gift of specialty food items they'll be sure to rave about!

Check out our full gift guide to find even more gift ideas for anyone on your list >>

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