You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available locally, so you can feel extra good about your holiday shopping this year.
Cheese board ($55)
Wrafterbuilt: 69 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; 913-5313
Oversized and made of reclaimed wood, this handcrafted cheese board is the ideal foundation for a seriously awesome charcuterie and cheese display. The perfect excuse to throw a holiday cocktail party, it’s made by Sean Wrafter, the designer/craftsman behind signature pieces at Buffalo Proper and Toutant…and homes across WNY.
Personalized portrait ($35+)
Tiny Buffalo Designs
Artist Lauren VanOsten started creating these adorable portraits as a creative outlet, and soon found herself in business. Whether it’s a pet ($35) or a couple’s portrait ($50 for an 8x10), she’ll customize it to your specifications. Larger sizes (11x14) are also available starting at $60 for two figures, and you can add more – kids, pets, grandma — for $10 per figure.
Richardson Complex Snow Globe ($49.95)
Village Artisans: 5560 Main St., Williamsville; 633-2384
Want to relive Buffalo’s EnLighten event from last summer? Give the gift of Buffalo architecture with a beautiful snow globe featuring the Richardson Complex. This iconic building has been a staple of our city’s landscape for decades, recently undergoing its celebrated transformation into a hotel, restaurant and conference space.
Handcrafted by local artisan Gretchen Meyers, a piece by Peg’s Hardware is easy to spot: designs are often geometric and always feature high-quality, natural elements like geodes, raw agate and quartz, paired with 14k gold, sterling silver and brass. They are simple with a delicate sophistication.
Buffalo clock ($60)
Buffalo Adore: 617 Main St, Buffalo
So little time…so many new and exciting things to do in Buffalo. Mark your time with this wooden Buffalo-shaped clock, available at Buffalo Adore. Want to give the gift of Buffalo but a clock’s not your thing? This store is filled with Buffalo-themed items like cutting boards, earrings, hats and gloves and ornaments featuring iconic local symbols like a life-size pierogi; beef on weck sandwich or Bethlehem Steel logo.
Throw together the perfect booze basket with a local twist. Pick up a bottle of gin ($34.99), vodka ($29.99) or bourbon-barrel gin (just released at $59.99) from Tommyrotter, and pair it with some Big Ditch beers from Village Beer Merchant ($10.99 for a 6-pack of Hayburner). Top off your basket with some "716" or "Buffalove" koozies ($3.99 each) from Svn One Six Design.
Artisan chocolates ($22, box of nine; holiday special $25, box of 12)
Whimsy Confections: 610 Main St., Buffalo
Show your insider knowledge by giving a gift from the area’s hottest new chocolatier, Whimsy Confections. Each chocolate is as beautiful as it is delicious. Customize your box by choosing from original artisanal flavors like Earl Grey Tea and Wildflower Honey and Pineapple Pepper.