Holiday shopping doesn't have to be stressful! In a season of love, joy, and giving, the adventure of finding special gifts for family, friends, and even pets should be an enjoyable adventure. The historic and scenic Lake Champlain Region has a number of shops that offer unique gifts that you'll be happy to give and that your loved ones will treasure. This holiday season, shop local and spread extra cheer with unique finds that will leave people saying, "WHERE did you get that?"
Birthplace of the Adirondack chair, the historic village of Essex has a lot to offer discerning shoppers. For special gifts, stop by the Pink Pig, where the options are plentiful and unique. Shop handmade scented candles, artisan jewelry, antiques, vintage home decor, and handcrafted gifts from around the world. We have our eye on some of the indulgently luxe bath sets, and the kitchen items are perfect for the foodie on your list. For the person who has everything, why not select some gourmet chocolates or exotic teas and coffees? You’ll find it all at the Pink Pig.
Fox and Fern Adirondack Mercantile
A trip to Fox and Fern Adirondack Mercantile in Ticonderoga just might find you checking off everyone on your holiday list! With gifts for kids, babies, pets, and fun-loving adults, Fox and Fern is a can’t miss shopping destination. Adirondack-made and -themed gifts abound, like the heavenly products of Adirondack Fragrance and Flavor Farm, rustic kitchenware, and quirky camping tools! Jewelry, hooked rugs, retro toys (car bingo!), and quality apparel help round out this awesome shopping gem.
Ledge Hill Studio Downtown
Looking to give the gift of something handcrafted? You’re in luck! From now until January 5, Westport’s Ledge Hill Studio Downtown is open daily for holiday shopping. Ledge Hill Downtown is a delightful combination of artist’s studio, gift shop, and art gallery. Pick up a painting by a local artist, mixed media prints, fiber arts, handcrafted candles and soap, jewelry, photography, and so much more! You might even find a pair of classic, handcrafted Westport chairs for a gift that will knock your recipient's socks off, so maybe get some socks, too.
Port Home Goods
Don't confuse this fantastic shop with the similarly named chain store. As much fun as that other store can be, this shop in picturesque Port Henry carries an always interesting array of new and gently used items for the home, plus beautiful locally made items such as quilts, hand-turned wooden bowls, pottery, handmade wool hats, and hand-dyed silk scarves. Everything at Port Home Goods is lovingly crafted and the book section is full of neat volumes on local history.
Not in the area but want to bring the Lake Champlain Region to you? No worries! Shop online at the Home of Champ! This fun online store offers a delightful variety of unique items all about that mysterious local legend, Champ the lake monster. Stock up on books for children and adults, DVDs, stuffed animals, and other items for the cryptozoologist!
Whether you check out online or in store, enjoy the friendly service of local shopkeepers who love to share unique treasures, many of them handcrafted in the area. If you're shopping in person, don't forget to keep up your shopping strength (all those heavy bags!) with a snack at one of our local cafes or restaurants, where the food is flavorful and the service is clean and friendly. If you're looking to stay for a while to take in the local attractions, too, we have comfortable lodging options where you'll feel right at home.