The last-minute shopper's local gift guide


Peppermint Pigs -- a staple of Capital Region gift lists.

OK, here it is -- Christmas minus 4 days and counting. If you're not done shopping yet, you may be starting to feel a familiar holiday panic setting in.

But there's still a little time to avoid Wolf Road gridlock and still score some unique holiday gifts.

After the jump -- all in one place -- a rundown of AOA's favorite local holiday gifts from Christmases past and present. Take a quick look, then get out there and get it done!

Ready? Go!

Stuff to eat/drink

+ A Brewery Ommegang gift pack

+ NY wines and cheeses from Harmony House Marketplace.

+ Locally roasted coffee

+ Saratoga Garlic Aioli

+ The gift of meat from Rolf's Pork Store.

+ The Peppermint Pig from Saratoga Sweets

+ Candy from Uncle Sam's or The Chocolate Gecko.

+ Pet treats from Sherry's Kitchen

Stuff to do

+ Movie passes for The Spectrum.

+ Memberships to one of the local children's museums.

+ Gift certificates to The Albany Art Room

+ Gift certificates to Albany's Indoor Rock Gym

Stuff to wear

+ Run We Must hoodies and shirts.

+ Jewelryfrom Elissa Halloran Designs

Other fun Stuff

+ Hand cream from Menges and Curtis

+ Seeds in pretty packets from the Hudson Valley Seed Library.

+ Carbon reduction certificates from the Adirondack Council

+ Puppets, art, jewelry and other unique gifts from local museum shops.

+ Give some local history with books about the Capital Region.

+ Vintage video games and consoles from Pastime Legends.

Stocking Stuffers

+ All kinds of great little stocking stuffers, from Southwest Sauces and marshmallows to earrings, to ornaments.

Holiday Cards

+ Adorable handmade holiday cards from the kids at the Delaware Avenue School.

Local Etsy

You might be out of time to order from a local Etsy shop -- but if you see something great, it might be worth a shot. Crystal collected a bunch of local finds this year: jewelry, clothing, kids stuff, other stuff.


I love the Peppermint Pigs! They're perfect gifts to mail to out-of-state friends & family, a nice little piece of the capital region.

Also, those Hudson Valley Seed Packets are fantastic, I wish I'd seen them sooner.

Great Gifts.
No Mall.
"Artique". 1/4 mile west on Crescent Rd. off exit 8 northway.

This year I picked up my Peppermint Pig in the gift shop at the NYS Museum. Didn't have to drive all the way to Saratoga County for what's become a tradition at our house!!

An additional local gift suggestion?

Orenda Yoga & Healing Arts is opening our brand new studio in Downtown Schenectady this January 2nd, and to mark the occasion they are offering a One-Year Memberships for $100!

Visit our website at to hear more about this offer.

Namaste from Orenda Yoga & Healing Arts

I don't see the appeal in peppermint pigs. I hope that I don't get any more.

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