A Guide to Shopping Small & Local This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time that many of us look forward to every year. It usually means family and friends gathering, delicious food and festive events. But we’re now eight months into COVID and it seems like we need to take on the same mentality we had back in March and April. What does that mean? Simply, support local. Eat local. Shop local. As numbers rise across the country, so many of our small businesses are feeling the impact… again.

We understand that everyone is in a different position. Some may not feel comfortable eating in public. Others may not yet want to visit local attractions. We promise we get it! So for that reason, we’ve come up with a shopping guide that should help you no matter what your budget & priorities are. SO many of these spots have enhanced their websites and online offerings. From online ordering to curbside pickup, they’re trying to cater to everyone. So this holiday season, shop small when you can. We can guarantee that it’s appreciated. Now onto the guide…

THE “NORMAL” STORES (clothing, apparel, etc.)

almostlocalcln Instagram 1954 ig 17896387153426159-Almost Local (Clinton) – A little something for everyone. Art supplies, adventure apparel (Upstate NY gear), baby & toddler gifts and clothing, candles, books, glass and barware, home goods, home décor, stationery, jewelry and SO much more.

-Dawn Marie’s Treasures (Clinton)– A mix of vintage & new items for gifts and the home. Items ranging from jewelry, cards, accessories, home décor & more. They were listed as one of “9 incredible thrift stores in NY where you’ll find all kinds of treasures”!

-Sangertown Square Mall (New Hartford) – Sangertown is home to major stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Boscov’s, Yankee Candle & more. This year, they’ve put together a Black Friday Shopping Guide with safety in mind. You can also find their holiday hours here.

-Homebrewed gift basket from Made in Utica & Handshake.City (Utica) – Features new, exclusive & unique locally made gifts like a tshirt, Utica Coffee mug, dish towel, art from Retro Sorrento, a book & SO much more! They’re also hosting a Pop Up Holiday Shop on 11/28 at the Oneida County Public Market where these gift boxes & other goodies will be available.

-Colozzi’s (New Hartford & Utica) – Hallmark cards, Yankee candles, purses, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, pottery & an awesome selection of local items! They also opened a new shop in Clinton called Rose Petal Gifts which carries things like their sister stores but additionally has items catering to Clinton, plus Beekman Boys, Magnolia Home and other products.

-Heart of NY Beverage Trail Specials – A few of our beverage trail locations are offering holiday savings! Stop by Woodland Farm Brewery, Villa Verona Vineyard, Saranac, Copper City & 16 Stone Brewpub through Christmas & ask about their deals. Not only can you buy drinks at each but many have other unique products & gear!

uticrews Instagram 1954 ig 18071104762243573-Uticrews – Face masks, city apparel (Clinton & Utica), tshirts, crewnecks, etc.! 

-Krizia Martin (Clinton) – Specializing in clothes by Vineyard Vines, Joules, Patagonia, Lacoste & more. They also carry other gift ideas & baby clothes!


-Stanley Theatre merch – Prints of The Stanley, apparel, bags, coolers, hats, aprons & more

-Kirkland Town Library & Utica Public Library – Support our libraries! We encourage you to check both websites to see if they are open to the public. Another great way to give back is donating on Giving Tuesday (12/1).

boilermaker-Boilermaker gear – Hats, pennants, flags, hoodies, t-shirts, long sleeved shirts, & the brand new Boilermaker Ugly Sweater.

-Utica Zoo (Utica) – A Zoo membership is a great gift for people of any age! And stop by their gift shop for stuffed animals, clothing & more.

-Broadway Theatre League – They’re hosting different events this holiday season like Live with Santa Zoom, Eleanor’s Christmas, Hip Hot Nutcracker, etc.

-Adirondack Scenic Railroad Shop (Utica) – T-shirts, face coverings, bottle openers, hats, reusable bags & so much more.

-Oneida County History Center (Utica) – Local history buffs & book lovers will find great options here to buy. Shop online or stop in… or buy someone a membership!


-Tom’s Natural Foods (Clinton) – Spices, grains, supplements, candles, fresh produce, local eggs & many other healthy products.

uticacoffee Instagram 1954 ig 17895072559719101-Utica Coffee Roasting Company (Utica & Clinton) – Annual monthly coffee subscriptions, coffee, local products, clothing, hats, brewing equipment & more.

-Character Coffee – Crewnecks, sweats, coffee, stickers, etc.

-Awesome Country Farmhouse (Boonville) – Garlic, pickles, salsas, baking mixes, seasonings, dips & spreads.

-Clinton Cider Mill (Clinton) – Donuts, cider, pot pies, apples, fruit pies, soups & more.

-Adirondack Cheese Company (Barneveld) - Cheese club membership, cheeses (of course), maple syrup, party boxes, etc.

-Shaw’s Maple Products (Clinton) –Maple syrup, candies, maple cream, seasoning, popcorn, etc.

-Grassy Cow Dairy (Remsen) – Cheese curd, seasonal veggies, honey, goats’ milk soap & more. Plus, find their cheese products at local shops from the link above.

thecompoundcny Instagram-Joe’s Jerky (Sherrill) – Sauces and spices, salsas, pickled products, beef jerky of course, pet treats & more.

-Tibbitts Maple (New Hartford) – Maple syrup, maple BBQ & hot sauce, cotton candy & more.

-The Compound CNY (Clinton) – SO many butters (Thanksgiving themed, savory, sweet) & lots of local & unique products like teas, hats, etc.

-North Star Orchards (Westmoreland) – Aged NYS cheese, snack mixes, juices, gift baskets & more.


-JP Ross Fly Rods (Whitesboro) – For the fisherman (or woman) in your life! Fly rods, reels, clothing, lines and leaders, gear, gift cards, etc.

jprossflyrods Instagram 1954 ig 18122712469035728-The Potting Shed Antiques (Whitesboro) – Stop by for their Holiday Open House & 50% off sale… every Thurs-Sun from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Products like glass, china, jewelry, coins, clocks and furniture, pottery & more!

-Liberty Tabletop (Sherrill) – The only flatware made in the USA. Holiday specials and discounts on products! Products include bakeware, cookware, chests & storage, flatware, cutting boards and more.

-GreenScapes Garden Center (Whitesboro) – Gift cards, seasonal plants & more. We also LOVE this gift guide that Mollie put together with all types of ideas that feature local companies. Find it here.

-Weeden’s Mini Mall (Blossvale) – Several vendors and booths filled with antiques, vintage, new items, primitive décor, handmade treasures and much more.

-No. 6 West Park Row (Clinton) – Gift & cigar shop, jellies, etc 


-Meyda Tiffany (Yorkville) – Custom lighting handcrafted locally. Stop into their showroom for items like chandeliers, table and floor lamps, fireplace screens, stained glass window, etc.

-MWPAI Gift Shop (Utica) – Jewelry, scarves, pottery & more. They are also running the Annual Holiday Candy Cane Discount Sale where you can receive 10-20% off your purchase!
-Clinton Pottery (Clinton) – Gorgeous, hand-made pottery like bowls, mugs, plates & whatever else you can think of!

-Artisan’s Corner (Clinton) – Handmade gifts and artwork. Items range from hats and gloves to scarves, jewelry, photos, etc.


Wellness gifts are a great gift idea for anyone. Self-care is so important so why not buy a gift card, massage, facial, workout classes, etc. for someone (or yourself)?! Here’s a list of a few spots below.

ocnewyork Instagram 1954 ig 17843569726450402-A Personal Touch Beauty Spa (New Hartford)

-Skana Spa at Turning Stone (Verona)

-Lava Spa (Utica)

-New Attitude Salon & Wellness Spa (Yorkville & Barneveld)

-BurnTone Sculpt (New Hartford)

So there you have it. Our official 2020 Shop Local Guide. We hope this list inspires you to support a few small businesses when you can. We hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. Be excellent to each other!!