There is always someone on your holiday gift list that is so hard to buy for, because, well... they already have everything!
When you are searching for a gift for someone who needs nothing -- or even if you just want to give something unique and close to home -- consider Saratoga.com's recommended local gift ideas below!
Buying great gifts locally is easy with this guide to Saratoga's top gift ideas, created with the help of our Saratoga Springs Fans on Facebook!
Great Ideas For Holiday Gifts From Saratoga:
Hyperlocal Saratoga Gifts
- The Peppermint Pig™
This timeless holiday tradition began in Saratoga over 120 years ago and is now celebrated by families across the globe. The popular, pink Peppermint Pig™ is made locally by Saratoga Sweets and available for purchase at Saratoga Sweets and Impressions of Saratoga.
- Saratoga Getaway
Who wouldn't love a weekend away, or even a night's stay at a Saratoga Springs hotel or bed & breakfast? Many venues allow you to purchase a gift certificate online or over the phone.
- Day At The Spa
A spa gift certificate for a day of pampering or a soak in a rejuvinating mineral bath at one of the many Saratoga spas would make a great gift for anyone on your list. Some of Saratoga's most popular spas include Sanctuary Spa, Kaivala Spa, the Saratoga Garden and Living Well.
- Dinner out
The Saratoga dining scene is one of a kind, and a gift certificate to one of the many fine Saratoga restaurants is sure to please.
- For the horse lover on your list, opt for a dinner gift certificate to Fortunes Restaurant where guests can dine overlooking live harness racing, even in the off season.
- For the locavore, the organic, hormone-free, chemical-free meals at Mouzon House are as tasty as they are healthy. One Caroline Street Bistro is another popular local restaurant option that puts their focus on using local ingredients.
- For the steak and potatoes lover, Cliff's Country Inn is the place to go for hearty meals with big flavor.
- For the sushi lover, Duo Modern Japanese Cuisine & Lounge offers a truly unique experience from the minute you walk in the door with great food, ambiance and service.
- For the all American, Jacob & Anthony's features a traditional look and feel with a menu that consists of American classics dressed up with modern presentation.
- Horse-themed gifts
Nothing says Saratoga like horses! Even when the summer racing season is months away, reminders like Chocolate horseshoes, an equine Christmas ornament, home accents, racing collectables or a gift basket from Crafter's Gallery or Impressions of Saratoga can be a great way to celebrate the essence of Saratoga racing at holiday time. You have to see the selection to really appreciate how hyperlocal these unique venues are!
- Gift Baskets
What could be better than a collection of Saratoga items already packaged up and ready to gift?
Some popular Saratoga venues with great gift basket options include: Saratoga Gift Basket Company, SausAtions Gourmet Gift Baskets (at Village Pizzeria), Saratoga Olive Oil Company, and Saratoga Winery to name a few.
- Saratoga 150 Gifts
Saratoga celebrates 150 years of thoroughbred horse racing in 2013, and there is a wide variety of merchandise available to recognize this great milestone. With several different items available from Impressions of Saratoga, discover everything from hats and t-shirts to ornaments, money clips and more. N. Fox Jewelers also has an array of commemorative jewelry, featuring men's rings and cufflinks as well as ladies' diamond pendants, offering many different customization options.
- For The Cook
Have someone on your list who loves being in the kitchen? Visit Saratoga Olive Oil Company for an assortment of rich olive oils and other goodies any chef would love, including many great gift basket options.
- For The Wine Lover
Saratoga Winery offers a range of local products and art, as well as easily customized gift certificates and gift baskets that are sure to please.
- For The Sweet Tooth
From decadent, homemade chocolate truffles to hard candy, gummies and so much more, the Village Sweet Shoppe in Ballston Spa is sure to please any sweet tooth on your list! Berrylicious Bouquets offers delicious, chocolate-dipped strawberries arranged in attractive bouquets with many different sizes and colors to choose from. Mapleland Farms in Salem has rich maple products, including maple syrup, maple fudge, specialty products and more, so skip the mall kiosks and opt for something delicious, authentic and close to home!
- For The Artsy
Get a gift certificate, or plan an art night together at Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio where brush meets canvas and mouth meets cocktail!
- For Spirits
For wines and other beverages, Purdy's Discount Wines and Liquors or Crush & Cask Wine & Spirits -- these venues have some of the best selection and prices in town, so you can have a fully-stocked bar for all the holiday shin-digs or pick up a bottle of something special for those on your list.
- For The Pets
Don't forget the four-legged friends
on your list! This holiday season, pick up some tasty treats or toys at Sloppy Kisses or Dawgdom.
- Professional Massage
An indulgent massage from a skilled Saratoga massage therapist is something that can be for him or her... or him and her! Whether deep tissue, hot stone or an array of other options, a professional massage may be just what the doctor ordered in the midst of a busy holiday season, so stick a massage gift certificate in their stocking this season.
- Winter Suntan
Give him or her a gift certificate to a Saratoga tanning salon like Total Tan where they can go tanning or opt for a mystic tan to add a sunny, summer glow during the harsh, winter months.
- Festive Nails Or Facial
Treat the girls on your list to a mani/pedi in advance of the holidays! Many local venues also offer special seasonal facials available, targeted to meet the needs of him or her. Choose from Saratoga salons and spas so their faces and nails look gorgeous for the holidays.
- Fashion Forward
Add a touch of class to her wardrobe with a stylish new outfit, trendy shoes, boots or accessories from Violet's & Stella's of Saratoga, Saratoga Sundress, Yellow Boutique, Spoken Boutique, Clothes Line of Saratoga or Lucia Boutique. Not sure of her size or style? Pick up a gift card!
Gift the gift of relaxation! Help someone special on your list wind down after the busy holiday season with a gift certificate to a local yoga studio like the popular Yoga Mandali. There is also the Studio Store at Yoga Mandali for those who already have a Yoga routine in place but might appreciate a new Yoga mat or other related gear for the holidays.
From The Heart
For the Home
- Home Accents
Find ornate dinnerware, antiques and unique home accents at Pipits of Saratoga, or head over to Next Summer in Saratoga for colorful, country home decor. You can also find authentic Turkish home furnishings, from rugs to dishes, vases and more at the Saratoga Turkish Bazaar.
Pick up an original painting or print artwork from the galleries in Beekman Street Art district, Spa Fine Art or one of the many Saratoga art galleries for an art piece that is both beautiful and local.
Whether to make a stately impression or for functionality -- or both -- clocks are a unique and thoughtful holiday gift.
Time Square in Clifton Park offers a great selection of attractive timepieces, including a wide variety of clocks, watches and other gifts. Many pieces can be personalized with an engraved message to really make a lasting impression this holiday season.
For The Adventurous
- On The Slopes
Ski enthusiasts would love some new gear from Alpine Ski Shop or a gift certificate for skiing at a nearby ski mountain.
- On The Slots
Know someone who likes to have fun and take chances?
A gift of gambling at Saratoga Casino and Raceway can be just the thing to chase away the winter blues!
- On The Trails
Common Man Books offers helpful guides for those who love to hike, bike and explore the local trails. There are hiking, biking and kayaking guides for the Lake George and Saratoga areas that would make great gifts for the outdoor adventurist on your list.
- On The Green
Pick up a gift certificate to Tark's Indoor Golf Club for the golf lover in your family so they can enjoy golf even when there is snow on the ground! Located right in Saratoga Springs, Tark's offers several PGA tour simulators that almost fool you into thinking you are actually playing at the course.
- On The Waterslide
Whether shopping for a couple or for a family, a gift certificate to the Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark (open yearround) makes a great gift, especially good for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list!
- On The Playground
For the young children on your list, a gift certificate to Tiny Tots Tea Room would be perfect. This indoor playground ensures that children can have fun and get their energy out all year round!
Looking for more?
- Take a trip shopping downtown to discover more unique, local finds, including great shops and restaurants where you can grab a gift certificate if you have trouble deciding on what to get!
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