Consider the Cook
For a practical host gift, or for yourself, this shop, which has been around for more than 30 years, offers kitchen staples like serving platters, pitchers, teapots, cutlery, linens, and glassware. Owner since 2000 Dina Clason stocks dinnerware and serving pieces from England, Italy, and Portugal, and home-accent pieces like lamps, mirrors, and holiday ornaments.
26 Village Green; 914.234.8880; www.considerthecook.com
The Horse Connection
For first-time riders or experienced equestrians, this tack shop located in the heart of horse country has long been considered a county staple. Offerings for the rider include Pikeur breeches, Parlanti boots, Roeckl gloves, and R.J. Classics shirts and coats, while equipment like saddles, bridles, and reins are available for the horse. Natasha Tarasov, who opened the shop in 1993, uses her own experience as a rider to help choose what to stock.
38 Village Green; 914.234.2047; www.bedfordhorseconnection.com