Holiday Gift Guide 2012

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Looking for the perfect gift for the "chef" in your life?  The brand new Parisian Polka Dot Butter Bell Crocks are the way to go!  They are beautiful, trendy and functional; the perfect edition to any kitchen.

Butter Bell crocks are a modern version of the authentic French beurrier.  They hold a stick of butter keeping it soft, delicious, spreadable and safe without refrigeration.

The new Parisian Polka Dot crocks are one-of-a-kind with a crock and spreader.  With a super trendy polka dot design they will look gorgeous in any kitchen.  Choose from three classic colors red, black and blue. www.butterbell.com

SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap: The ultimate accessory that combines the style of a scarf with the function of a purse. The patent-pending Clutch Wrap™ allows you to comfortably carry your necessities and leave the handbag at home. It can be hard to find a truly unique gift for a woman; luckily, the SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap is the first of its kind and will impress any recipient! $49-$79. www.sholdit.com

The simple gift of gardening…
The Roots of My Obsession edited by Thomas C. Cooper – $14.95, paperback.
The Unexpected Houseplant by Tovah Martin –  $22.95, paperback.
 The Layered Garden by David L. Culp –  $34.95, hardcover.
Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? by Andrew Keys –  $24.95, paperback.
Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom –   $19.95, paperback.
Keshiki Bonsai by Kenji Kobayashi –  $19.95, paperback.
www.timberpress.com

Give a living gift this year. Terrariums are miniature landscaped ecosystems captured in glass. They require very little maintenance and last for many years. Prices range from $30-$200. Terrarium workshops will be offered beginning in January. Gift Certificates available!
The Botanic Studio
282 River Street, Troy
279.7470; www.botanicstudio.com

New 2012 Stroll ornament on sale during the stroll for $20.
JK Bloom Jewelers, LLC
21 3rd Street, Troy
272.1807;
www.jkbloom.com

Hand Candy mittens and hats made in upstate NY from recycled sweaters and lined with polar fleece. They are super warm and no two are alike. Mittens $24.99; hats $29.95.
Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop
3143 US 9, Suite 8, Valatie
758.6755;
www.crosseyedowl.com

Beautiful handmade pottery from local
potters….and then of course The Broken Mold.
The Broken Mold
284 River Street, Troy
273.6041
; www.thebrokenmoldstudio.com

Natural dried flower wreath. Vivid colors last many years. 16”.  $45 or made to order.
Cabbages & Kings
400 Main Ave., "Route 66", Wynantskill
813.5531.
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Estate 14k white gold necklace featuring 6 carats of sapphires and 2.6 carats of diamonds accenting the 17-inch long necklace. This gorgeous necklace is in pristine mint condition and on sale through the holidays for $4,400.
Roman Jewels
1190 Western Avenue, Albany
459.6331
; www.romanjewels.com

Crystal Spa Gift Certificates. Crystal Spa
120 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs
584.2556;
www.thecrystalspa.net

We put two great wines in a gift basket and call it…Rudolph’s Reds (sorry Blitzen!) Happy Holidays! $25.99.
Wine & Spirits of Slingerlands
1365 New Scotland Road
Price Chopper Plaza, Slingerlands
439.5535
; www.slingerlandswine.com

Keep your loved ones warm with our
Fair-Trade Wool Hats, mittens and scarfs… for kids of all ages. $18-$35.
Honest Weight Food Co-op
484 Central Avenue, Albany
482.2667
; www.HonestWeight.coop

Ukulele: The perfect gift for the music lover in your life!  Prices start as low as $50 for a "real" instrument, fun and easy to learn at any age.  A great selection of ukes, hand drums, djembes, recorders and whistles, sheet music and many other musical gifts are available at Segel Violins, a full service violin shop.
Segel Violins
44 3rd Street, Troy, 266.9732.

Pinecone Reindeer are great for your holiday decor’!  14" sitting $55 and 20" standing $65.
Fleurtacious Designs
470 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer
283.7262
; www.fleurtaciousdesigns.com.

Vanity tray/mirror with crystal jewels: $55.
Crystal and enamel mirror: $45.
Crystal and glass perfume bottle: $38.
Swarovski crystal & sterling silver necklace: $95.
Annick Designs
69 River Street, Troy
273.7860
; www.annickdesigns.com

Deck the halls – and tables, and mantles, and foyers – with this charming tabletop Christmas tree! Elegant English boxwood stems are hand-arranged to look like a mini Christmas tree, complete with all the festive trimmings! Starting at $74.95. Worthington Flowers
125 W. Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill.
 283.2101;
www.worthingtonflowers.com

The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists – 70 Garden-Transforming Lists, Money-Saving Shortcuts, Design Tips & Smart Plant Picks for Zones 3 – 7.  $23.95. 
Top Tens Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens: Seeing Your Way Out of the Dark. 52 Garden-Transforming Lists for Smart Plant Picks, Design Tips, and Garden Care Shortcuts.  $21.95.
Both books are by local gardening expert Kerry Mendez and available at a specially discounted price on www.pyours.com

Fruit and Gourmet Gift Basket Starting at $75. Call for options.  24-hour notice required. For orders of five or more, 48hrs. Left: Holiday centerpieces starting at $50.
Henry F. Clas Florist
404 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
489.4764;
www.clasflorist.com

Whether you purchase a ready-made bowl or take a class & learn to make these beautiful clothes line rope bowls you will have a wonderful gift to give someone special. Gift Certificates always available. Bowls start at $15, depending on the size.
Log Cabin Fabrics
1145 Route 9W, Selkirk
767.2040
; www.logcabinfabrics.com

Soft shell red jacket $89; down black vest $120; bling hat $20; casual zip boot $144; pocketbook $227.
Brunswick Harley-Davidson
1130 Hoosick Road, Route 7, Troy
279.1145;
www.brunswickharley.com

This lovely round, teal serving bowl is a new design from Casafina. Forum features hand-formed “irregular” shapes embellished with a medieval coin relief. Forum comes in many distinctive shapes and colors. This distinctive piece is oven-to-table, freezer and microwave safe. $45.
Great Finds at the Millhouse
3043 Main Street, Valatie
758.8999;
www.greatfindsforhome.com

Tierra Farm is a local manufacturer of organic nuts & seeds, dried fruits, trail mixes & granola, nut butters, fair trade coffee & chocolate.  Choose any combination of over 170 delicious organic foods and we’ll put them together into perfect gift baskets for you. $20 – $100.
Tierra Farm
2424 State Route 203, Valatie.
888.674.6887;
www.tierrafarm.com.

Stocking Stuffers

Tung Toos
Stik out your tongue and make a statement with non-permanent candy tattoos for your tongue.  Kids love the novelty and the taste of these candy toos that come in six 6 rockin’ flavors, including Chillin’ Cherry, Sour Strawbelicious, Wacky Watermelon, Laughin Lemonade, Rockin’ Razzzzzberry, and Painfully Puckering Apple. They come in dozens of designs including festive holiday styles and kids’ favorites like Monster High, Hot Wheels and Moshi Monster.  Even better, they are sugar-free and fat-free. $.99-1.50 www.tungtoos.com

Shoe Fobbz
New from Optari, Shoe Fobbz are charms for tennis shoes.  Kids will love to personalize their shoes with these charms that attach to their shoe laces.  There are 16 different themes available including monsters, animals, cheerleading, and peace. Each themed pack includes four Fobbz. $4.99 www.optari.com

Moonjar
Moonjar is a three-part moneybox with sections labeled "Save," "Spend," and "Share."  Most parents talk to their kids about saving and spending, but including the lesson of sharing to the mix is a wonderful addition.  The kit includes a family guide and passbook to help children learn how to manage their money.  Moneyjar helps children learn to achieve goals by budgeting money for spending, saving and sharing; understand how to use and think about money; and establish the foundations for long-term security and independence. $25, www.moonjar.com.

BFF Bracelets
Nothing beats giggling, gossiping and playing with your best friend.  Celebrate that special bond with Shains new BFF Bracelet Kit.  You and your best gal pal will have fun using the 100 elements (letters and symbols) to create two bracelets that will remind you of your bond even when you’re apart.  The kit includes two bracelet straps, 75 letters, 10 numbers and 15 icons for the two of you to express your unique friendship.  All of Shains products are made of recycled and recyclable materials.  $19.99 www.shainsware.com
 

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