Woodsy Chic: Adirondack-Inspired Gifts

by Adirondack Life | December 2023, Featured


Maybe it’s just a whisper of woodsy that your family and friends prefer—representations of the natural world, earthy colors, materials that come from the forest. This season, if you’re searching for presents for your Adirondack-loving crew, read on for some of our favorite gift ideas inspired by the great outdoors.


Woodland Salt and Pepper Shakers 
These pewter shakers from Vagabond House add whimsy to every tabletop. Choose between squirrels, moose, owls, acorns and mushrooms.
available at Dartbrook Rustic Goods, Keene


Cork Bags
Katrina Winch and Kelly Gates’s Inspired by Kork line of bags are designed in St. Augustine, Florida, where the sisters currently live. But they grew up in Lake Placid and credit their Adirondack roots for their laid-back aesthetic. They say they were looking for a sustainable material for their latest business venture when they discovered cork and “took a deep dive,” explains Gates. “It is renewable, biodegradable, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic.” Though the actual material the sisters use for their totes, crossbodies, wristlets and backpacks isn’t harvested in the North Country, “the warmness and durability of it” reminds them of home, says Winch. Kork Goods, the sisters’ umbrella company, also makes feather-light cork earrings and is in production on a variety of home goods.
available at Hotel Saranac, Saranac Lake
Sparkle Jewelry and Gifts, Lake Placid
A Beautiful Mess, Plattsburgh
or at www.korkgoods.com    


Wool-covered Flasks
The classy way to carry a nip for frosty Adirondack outings? Scotland’s own Harris Tweed–wrapped flasks come in a variety of sizes and patterns, some—at The Birch Store, in Keene Valley—are even personalized with an “ADK.”
6 oz., $44.95; 64 oz. $92
available at The Birch Store, Keene Valley


Cashmere Wrap
John Michael launched his Artists & Revolutionaries clothing label more than a decade ago in Brooklyn, opened a store in Hudson and then, in 2019, moved his studio to Westport. John Michael cuts his women’s clothing on the bias, so it drapes architecturally, fitting every body type. He uses all-natural, neutral-colored pre-laundered fibers; his clothing is washable and dryable, including his silk pieces. His cashmere travel wrap—chic as a scarf for an elegant night out or as an on-the-go cozy cover-up—was created using shibori, an ancient Japanese dye technique. He says, “Every piece is one of a kind.”
available at The Birch Store, Keene Valley


Cute alert! A hibernating fox and an amuseable acorn by Jellycat—is there anything else to say?
available at The Birch Store, Keene Valley

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