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Holiday Gift Guide


The Holiday's always bring out the kid in me. I'm a sucker for Holiday decorations, Holiday movies, and all of the classic traditions like baking and building a gingerbread house. But with all of that fun comes the stress of shopping and gift giving. It can be hard to find the perfect gift for the right person. Sure it would be easy to run out and buy a gift card, but why do that when there are so many options around us. While I enjoy the occasional gift card I love picking out those special gifts for individuals. As much as I enjoy receiving gifts what I really love is to give gifts and see people light up with excitement with the thought out gift they received. We are fortunate to live in an area that has special gifts to give to those loved ones.

The best gifts to give are the gifts you can make yourself. Stop by SoulShine Bead Studio to make a one of a kind gift. There are a variety of choices in jewelry you can make for your mom, sister, daughter, friend, or anyone else!

SoulShine Bead Studio
SoulShine Bead Studio


Hands-on Glass Studio is a great way to build memories while making a special gift. Kids can take part in this activity and make an ornament or a pumpkin. This would be a great gift for parents and grandparents. I know growing up that my parents loved when I made things for them, those thoughtful gifts truly come from the heart.

Ornaments at Hands-on Glass
Ornaments at Hands-on Glass

Sometimes the best gifts are not bought but given through sharing an experience and making memories. If this is the route you want to take spend the day with a loved one on the Keuka Wine Trail. With great restaurants and wineries, a day trip is sure to excite the wine connoisseur in your life.
Why not pick up a bottle of wine? With plenty of wineries to choose from like Heron Hill, Bully Hill, and Dr. Frank's. While you are there grab a bottle for yourself. Hey you're allowed to treat yourself too!

Wine tasting at Heron Hill
Wine tasting at Heron Hill

Let's face it we all know someone who is all about the beer. What better gift than some craft beer made right here in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes. With breweries like Railhead Brewing Company out of Hornell, or Steuben Brewing Co. and Brewery of Broken Dreams in Hammondsport it's easy to pick up those handcrafted brews so many people have grown to love.

Beer Tasting at Steuben Brewing Co
Beer Tasting at Steuben Brewing Co

Visit The Shops at the Corning Museum of Glass. They have everything from home décor, jewelry, housewares, to games and apparel and so much more. Pyrex, Americas Favorite Dish, is celebrating its 100th year. Stop by and look at their display from over the years then pick some up on your way out!

The Shops at Corning Museum of Glass
The Shops at Corning Museum of Glass

There are plenty of unique shops all throughout the area. Check out Hammondsport Village Square or Market Street for other great gifts. The perfect gift is out there, it's just up to you to find! Happy Shopping!

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