This installment of our Buying Local Gift Guide is all about the papas, or for any man in your life be it a grandfather, uncle, brother, coworker or just a special someone. There are tons of options for the Papatogian, and here are some of our favorites!
If you have a man in your life that loves to hit the slopes once the snow starts to fall like I do, get him a gift certificate to Alpine Sport Shop in Saratoga. This is one of my favorite local stores, and every time we've gone in we have gotten excellent personal service that can't be beat. Last year when we were trying to find snowboarding gear to fit our four year old they helped us find exactly what we needed, even putting in a special order for mini bindings just for him which arrived promptly. Their selection is great for the whole family, and if you have a skier or snowboarder on your list you can find something for them here. They also have some great ski bus trips that they host with amazing prices to spots like Okemo and Sugarbush, some with special themes like the "Chicks on Sticks"/ "Mom's Day Off" event that benefits the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
If culinary adventures are more your guy's speed (lucky you!) then check out Saratoga Olive Oil Company for something delicious and unique to put in his stocking this year. In addition to some amazing olive oils like Organic Persian Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil they also have fun flavors of balsamic vinegars like a Pumpkin Pie Spice! They also offer exotic sea salts for tasting, olive oil based beauty products, pottery, wood products and locally produced bread and crackers. And the best part is, you can try them all! They can help assist you in finding the perfect oils and balsamics for yourself or for that special gift. The customer is able to sample each of their products of extra virgin olive oils with flavors like; basil, garlic, cilantro and roasted onion and blood orange. Their aged balsamic vinegars have wonderful flavors like; cinnamon pear, red apple, grapefruit and traditional. You are sure to find something exciting and interesting to spice up your next dinner!
I know one person on my list who would really love a gift certificate to Saratoga National Golf Club. What is great about these is that they can be used for Daily Fees, Golf Shop Merchandise and even dining and cocktails at Prime at Saratoga National after a day of playing on this award-winning 18 hole course.
Another fun idea is to schedule a tour at the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company! With a local staff, including 6 full time brewers, the Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. is the fourth largest brewery in New York State, where visitors are always welcome. They offer the public an opportunity to view how they produce award-winning beers at their state-of-the-art-brewery in Saratoga Springs. This fun, behind the scenes tour would be a great present for that special someone on your list who already "has everything"!
Mamatoga will be bringing you even more in our Buying Local Gift Guide series, and don't forget that Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday! This is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. They are asking millions of Americans to "Shop Small" at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. So check out Small Business Saturday, and remember that "When we all shop small, it will be huge." Mamatoga will be keeping you updated on how our own local stores are going to be participating in Small Business Saturday so stay tuned to your number one site for families in Saratoga, Mamatoga!