We’re big advocates of shopping local for holiday gifts (and the rest of the year), and a crop of Westchester-based, online-only retailers are making it easy to purchase great products and support county businesses, right from your laptop. Here, the sites we’ve bookmarked for gift-giving and making our own wish lists this year:
Pound Ridge-based Soxfords (www.soxfords.com) makes cheeky, lighthearted—and really nice quality—dress socks. Handpick a few pairs that’ll speak perfectly to the overgrown kid or self-proclaimed geek you know: A cheeseburger, space invaders, or yellow-submarine design is sure to make him smile. There’s also a sock-of-the-month club, and sets like a Zombie Apocalypse Gift Box, with Zealous Zombie Socks, The Zombie Survival Guide, and everything else they’ll need when, you know.
For the debonair dresser, General Knot & Co. (www.generalknot.com) redeems yet another cliché gift item: the necktie. Style-conscious dads, brothers, and significant others will appreciate the Bedford company’s small-batch approach, crafting rare and cool vintage fabrics into limited, stand-apart accessories. (Bowties, pocket squares and bandanas, belts, and scarves are for sale, too.) An endorsement the guy in your life might like, as well? Fellow Bedford resident Blake Lively’s.
Tasteful Treats & Treasures gourmet gift tins, $29.99
No one dislikes a bundle of special-occasion snacks, and since half the fun is digging through the goods, surprise them with an atypical assortment from Bedford’s Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets (www.tastefultreats.com). Baskets come in every category, from gourmet (e.g., Godiva, wine, or sweet- and savory-themed) to sports obsessed (NFL, MLB, or NCAA), or diet-conscious (fresh fruit, heart healthy, or kosher). Or choose by price, recipient, or occasion, with same-day delivery available in New York.
in2green moose throw, $165
Another one-shop-fits-all option is in2green (www.in2green.com), purveyors of modern, “eco luxury” home textiles like stylish contemporary throws knit from recycled cotton yarn in the US. The Hastings-on-Hudson label also offers fashionable throw pillows, baby and pet accessories, and women’s socks, hats, scarves, and ponchos, all designed locally. A great gift idea: Order a sustainably made custom throw, tote, or knit hat bearing the logo of your recipient’s business or organization.
Bedford is also home to Mrs. Monogram (www.mrsmonogram.com), the go-to source for something bearing their name or initials. Kids’ items include bed and bath accessories, backpacks, toys, and décor. For her, there are bathrobes, cosmetic bags, umbrellas, and yoga mats. For him, try an engraved silver money clip or velour golf towels. And for hosts or extended family, there are striped beach towels, fleece blankets, and a cherry cutting board.