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Carrots are what’s in season for September (Photo Credit: Vera Chinese)

Maybe you need to find a gift for someone who has everything. Or perhaps you’re tired of giving out gift cards to the mall year after year.

We hear you. That’s why we searched the region for out-of-the-box crowd-pleasers for the 2014 holiday season.

The North Fork offers plenty of options for unique, artisanal items or memorable experiences for people of all ages.

Here are 10 unique North Fork gifts to help you finish your list. (Remember to shop local this Small Business Saturday.)

Credit: Vera Chinese
Credit: Vera Chinese

1. Wine Club Membership

For the oenophile on your list, membership to the wine club at one of our local vineyards provides 12 months of savings on delicious vino. Nearly every winery on the North Fork offers some sort of membership that includes discounted bottles, free winemaker talks and tours and other exclusives. Club dues vary, though most vineyards require members to purchase one case of wine per year. Some wineries allow customers to choose their wine; others have  tasting room staff and winemakers select the vintages.

At Lieb Cellars, which has tasting rooms in Mattituck, Cutchogue and East Hampton, patrons can choose a lower-tier or upper-tier level of membership. They also get access to events at Lieb’s wine library, where they can sample older, out-of-stock vintages.

“They get to taste some of the older wines that are no longer available,” said wine club manager Dana Kowalsick.

Other benefits  include free tastings and a complimentary glass of wine with an order of “first fries” at First & South restaurant in Greenport.

“It’s always great to join a wine club on the North Fork. You get an opportunity to taste wines that aren’t available to the public,” Kowalsick said. “We’re happy that we have such loyal customers and we want to treat them well.”

Lieb Cellars is located at 35 Cox Neck Road in Mattituck, (631) 298-1942