Whether you have an office Secret Santa pool, or you're looking for something for your out of town friends, these gifts are so CNY that they probably know how to make their own riggies.

1. Sports memorabilia and collectables from Cooperstown/The National baseball Hall of Fame.

If there's a baseball lover on your list, you'll impress with almost anything you can find in the Hall of Fame store or at the shops in Cooperstown.

suggested buys: posters, baseball cards, souvenir baseball bat

2. Literally anything from the Fly Creek Cider Mill

Seriously, throw a dart in the place and you'll find an awesome gift. If you have an aspiring gourmet on your list consider some of their homemade soup, bread, or salsa recipe mixes.

Suggested buys: fudge, hot/BBQ sauces, decorative crafts

3. Send an out of towner a pizza, tomato pie or half moons

There are a few places in the area that will ship Utica foods. Charlie's in Utica does just that. Holland Farms ships their half moons too!

4. Utica Zoo Gift Cards

Everyone loves the Utica Zoo, and their gift cards can be used for(or towards) anything there. That includes merchandise from the gift shop, admission, and even memberships.

Suggested buys: Zoo animal plush toys, Utica Zoo t-shirts, animal adoption boxes(until December 24)


Not just any booze though. Central New York is home to some amazing craft beer, wine and spirits. Check out apparel from Saranac, Woodland Farm Brewery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, and even Crazy Williez Farm Brewery in Ilion. Plus distilleries like Adirondack Distilling and Cooperstown Distilling.

Suggested buys: beer growlers(filled of course), steins, shirts, hats, bottles of spirits.

The best part of these gifts is that you can get most of them for around the cost of your Secret Santa budget. Or maybe spoil yourself?



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