Running short on time to buy a gift for someone on your holiday shopping list? They probably have enough stuff already, so why not skip the tchotchkes and give them an experience gift they will remember forever. Hell, they might even pick up a new hobby and make a friend or two. Here are five badass Hudson Valley businesses that lead workshop (and give gift certificates).
Glass-Blowing Tutorials at Hudson Beach Glass
From now through January 31, Hudson Beach Glass
is offering blown glass ornament workshops. Each ornament takes 15 minutes to make. The lesson lesson costs $40 and must be reserved in advance. HBG also does paperweight workshops, which take an hour and cost $90. Call or visit in person to order a gift certificate.
Wheel Workshops at The Newburgh Pottery
Opened in September by husband-and-wife duo David and Jenny Moldover, The Newburgh Pottery
is a 2,500-square-foot communal ceramics studio in the Atlas Studios warehouse. They host wheel and handbuilding pottery classes and workshops for schoolkids and adults, as well as offering memberships for potters and ceramic artists. The 8-week workshops are $250, plus a one-time $40 materials fee. The next round of classes kick off the third week of January. Most Friday and Saturday nights, they also offer a two-hour introductory workshop for $40 (plus its BYOB). Call to arrange a gift certificate.
Chunky Knitting Workshop at Loopy Mango
With chunky knit blankets and scarves on the rise, Loopy Mango made a well-timed entrance to Beacon’s trendy Main Street last year. The oversized yarn company is selling its signature Big Loop, Big Cotton, and Merino No. 5 yarns in a range of soft and vibrant colors, as well as knitting tools and fashionable knitted garments. They also offer DIY kits, in-house workshops, and video tutorials. Give someone on your list a jumpstart on their new wintertime hobby with a Loopy Mango gift card.
Cooking Classes at bluecashew
Fourteen years of experimentation and refinement, across two locations and an online retail store, have coalesced in bluecashew's Uptown Kingston location. Since crossing the river from Rhinebeck, bluecashew has transformed into a concept shop that places programming on par with product. With tiling and exposed brick, the open-floor-plan showroom has the cozy comfort of a family kitchen, with a curated selection of artisanal and top-of-the line chopping boards, kitchen utensils, bar equipment, candles, and table linens. The swanky on-site kitchen has hosted dozens of workshops and demonstrations around food preparation and preservation, in every area from vegan cuisine, to baking and pasta-making, to knife skills, and kids classes. Programs range from $65-115. Call or visit for a bluecashew Kitchen Homestead hands-on cooking class gift certificate.
Drop Forge and Tool
This art studio in the heart of Hudson offers DIY classes and creative residencies. Their small-size crafting classes cap off at 6 to 12 people and are led by local artisans. Past workshops have covered everything from dress-making to latch-hook rugs and floral arrangements. Upcoming workshops include an introduction to wooden spoon-carving ($125); make your own ($250); and indigo and shibori dying ($115). Buy a gift certificate online.