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Your neighborhood guide to small-business gifting

Your neighborhood guide to small-business gifting

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Nestled in the West Side's Five Points neighborhood, Black Monarchy boasts African-inspired wears, masks and accessories to elevate your gifting. 

We know it takes some convincing to lure Northtowners south, and city dwellers out of the neighborhood. But consider this our attempt, just in time for the season of gifting.

With the help of locals who know their digs best, we’ve rounded up a list of small businesses worth venturing outside your norm for a little shop-local fueled exploration.

Shop the Northtowns

Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe | Lancaster

You’ll think this shop came straight from your childhood with timeless toys and classic brands.

Buffalo Gal Organics | Williamsville

Non-toxic, organic and responsibly sourced skincare, including top-notch moisturizers to combat a Buffalo winter.

Cup of Communitea | Williamsville 

Worldly teas—and vessels to sip them from.


D’Avolio | Williamsville 

Infused oils, specialty vinegars and unique kitchen finds.

Finishing Touches By Caitlin Krumm | Kenmore

Accessorizing your look and home with art.


Gilded Maple | Lancaster 

Eclectic decor inspired by the seasons.

Hi-Fi Hits | Williamsville

Browse records that span the genres by alphabetical order, then celebrate your spoils with a cold one at the bar in the back.

Inspirations on Canvas | Lewiston

Part artist’s studio part gift shop, with abstract realist paintings to get you in your feels.


New! Naked Up North | Snyder 

Hand-poured scents that warm the body and soul.

Northtown Garden Center | Tonawanda

A gardener’s oasis.

“We love this place! It’s certainly fueled our plant obsession, which started with house plants during the pandemic and expanded to include an outdoor garden this year. The variety and quality of their offerings is second to none.”– Nick C.

New! Mojo Market | Kenmore

One of the latest food destinations to hit the local scene (gift cards available!).

“Best food and market. Always fresh, tons of locally soured products and the nicest staff ever!” – Michelle C.

Rove Boutique and Gifts | Williamsville

A bountiful selection of clothing, accessories and decor, from small businesses locally and nationwide.

RuthAnn Boutique | Williamsville 

Upscale, sophisticated and fashionable wears for women.

Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market | North Tonawanda 

A meaningfully curated collection of goods, all by local makers.

New! Spruce on Main | Sydner

The Snyder locals’ go-to gift spot for friends, babies and all things for the home.


The Old Chapel Antique & Artisan Market | North Tonawanda

Handcrafted and antique finds line the walls of this former church.

The Perfect Gift | Clarence Center

Boutique-style shopping spot that doubles as a treasure trove of Buffalo-centric gifts.

The Rose Hanger Shop | Lewiston

Runway-ready looks, work-from-home loungewear and trendy accessories for home and body.


Village ARTisans | Williamsville

Personalized home wares and accessories from over 100 local artists.

Shop Buffalo

Agorie Headwear | North Buffalo

Carefully curated hats for both men and women.

New! Alice, Ever After Books | North Buffalo

A new gem on Parkside dedicated to storytelling.


“Alice, Ever After has a curated selection of beautiful children’s books for all ages/levels of reading, as well as a selection of toys. It’s owned and run by a local mom. What’s better than supporting an independent bookstore?” – Katie A.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe | South Buffalo

Part bookstore part learning center, supported by the City of Good Neighbors.

“They do so much for the community, sponsoring programs for all ages. They have been giving back since the day they opened. Also, the café is adorable, and the seasonal drinks are a hit every time.” – Jennifer E.

Anna Grace | Elmwood Village

A smaller selection of intentionally curated clothing and lifestyle goods.

Black Monarchy | Five Points

African-inspired vibrant wears (including masks!) rooted in activism.


The Blue House Collective | West Side

Display after display of gift-worthy items created by local artisans.

“Everything you get there is unique! It makes gift-giving even more special.” – Sydney C.

Blue Table Chocolates | Five Points

Uniquely flavored truffles that are almost too beautiful to eat...almost. (They ship in cool-weather months!)

Bon Fire Craft | North Buffalo

Delicate, one-of-a-kind jewelry, handcrafted by way of metalsmithing.


Bōtan | Five Points

“Bespoke bouquets with an extremely thoughtful touch.” – Alana F.

Burning Books | West Side

Another bookstore with a mission: This spot’s collection of social justice books is accessible to all ages.

Cone Five Gallery | North Buffalo 

Upscale ceramics, glassware, jewelry and accessories.

Daddy’s Plants | Niagara Street

A mecca of diversely sourced and carefully cared for house plants.

Daisy’s Doghouse | North Buffalo

Products for both pets and pet lovers—because we can’t forget about our furry companions.

New! Elle James | North Buffalo 

Home decor, scents and crystals to harness good vibes for your space.


Gutter Pop Comics | North Buffalo

A no-brainer for the comic collector or simply downright cool friend.

New! Hiraeth House | Midtown

A collection of women-owned businesses, including pop-ups of favorites like Instagram rug guru The Knotted Fox.

Her Sanctuary | North Buffalo

A place to gather and shop! Home to spiritual goods, home decor and clothing for comfort.

I am Magick | West Side

Crystals, tarot cards and other gifts for the soul.

Lace and Day | Allentown

“Lace and Day for cozy pj’s for friends, sisters, moms and gifts for myself!” – Ellen M.

Little Salmon | New! Elmwood Village 

Zero-waste products for the home and person, including plastic-free refills.


“Little Salmon on Lexington is cool because you can bring your own containers to fill for soap and laundry detergent, which is unique for Buffalo!” – Jodie O.

Modern Nostalgia | North Buffalo

A pocket of NYC street fashion in North Buffalo.

Moms Skateshop | North Buffalo

A sidewalk surfer’s paradise with more than 70 skateboards and plenty of accessories.


MS Eye Candy | Allentown

Stand-out clothing and accessories for any occasion.

My Cuzin Vintage | Allentown

Vintage kicks, clothing and other items up for purchase or trade.

Oxford Pennant | Downtown

The quintessential Buffalo gift in the form of felt pennants, camp flags and banners.

Paloma Exchange | West Side

“Reasonably priced, thoughtfully sourced, gently used second-hand clothing.” – Alana A.

Paradise Wine | Five Points

Organic wines harvested sustainably, with respect for flavor and the land from which they’re grown.


Put a Plant On It | Elmwood Village  

Diverse plants, unique pots and fun accessories to dress up a home garden.

Queen City Vintage | North Buffalo

Vintage consignment that doubles as a goldmine for Bills gear.

Ró Homeshop | Elmwood Village

To fuel any mid-century modern love affair with functional furniture and intentional housewares.

Sasmita Batik | Downtown

Bold apparel and accessories inspired by Indonesian Batik.

Second Chic | Elmwood Village 

High-quality and carefully selected thrifted finds. This isn’t your average second-hand store.

ShopCraft | Elmwood Village

A spot for out-of-the-ordinary, artisan-made gifts.

The Cellar | Elmwood Village

Rare kicks, hard-to-find designer brands and daily inventory drops.


The House of Olives | North Buffalo

Specialty oils and vinegars tucked away in a cozy wine bar.

Urban Roots | Five Points

A co-op garden center with unique plant varieties and a commitment to its West Side community.

West Side Bazaar | West Side

You know it for its sought-after eats, but its retail vendors are another reason to visit for worldly gifts.

What’s Pop-in’ Gourmet Popcorn | Niagara Street

The OG slumber party snack gets a serious upgrade with addicting flavor combos.

Shop the Southtowns 

Four Honey Bees Cottage | East Aurora

A home-design destination, notably known for its selection of MacKenzie-Childs products.

Head Over Heels | East Aurora

Cozy fashion, accessories and shoes.

“I like that this is a boutique, but affordable—rare IMO.” – Jen R.

Prima Oliva | East Aurora & Hamburg

Specialty olive oils from around the world meet aged vinegars, organic spices and gourmet foods.

The Plant Shack | East Aurora

The name says it all, but we hear its displays alone make it worth the trip.

“I think it’s cool to give someone a gift that keeps on giving.” – Olivia E.

Beauty Organix | East Aurora

Chemical-free, healthy beauty products derived by nature.

Bella Casa | East Aurora

Chic, affordable home decor for the farmhouse fanatic, with a touch of bohemian flair.

BuffaLove Apparel | Hamburg

If you’re looking exclusively for Buffalo-centric gear and goods, you won’t leave this spot empty handed.

Flowers By Nature | East Aurora

Stunning, seasonal arrangements to gift with special touches like bath salts, candles and more.

Gear For Adventure | Hamburg

Brands like Patagonia, Keen and Yeti are a few among the many that are sure to impress any outdoor adventurer.

Grayhart Boutique | Hamburg

Your boutique shopping experience with clothes and accessories, elevated by its selection of plush toys for pets!

Gullo’s Garden Center | Hamburg

Known for their sprawling nursery and landscaping expertise, this local staple was recommended for its home and yard decor—rumor has they go all out for the holidays.

Kickstand Culture | East Aurora

Part gift shop part repair store, this cyclists’ haven boasts exclusively bike-centric goods.


Main + Downing | Hamburg 

A destination for sought-after children’s apparel and screen-free toys, plus a few things for mama!


Molly + Kate | Hamburg 

Upscale clothing with an ode to comfort and seasonal decor are perfect for both the uptown girl and die-hard Western New Yorker.

Mud Sweat N Gears | East Aurora

Gear for powder junkies, with goods to fuel the rivalry between boarders and skiers.

MuseJar | East Aurora

Gifts and classes that any crafter will adore.

“As a creative person, I love to give creative gifts.” – Olivia E.

Nickel City Designs | Hamburg

Customizable options for everything from mugs to t-shirts are the showstoppers at this local hub for personalized gifts.

Nigh Road | East Aurora

Visit for clothes, accessories and home goods that are exclusively of the farmhouse chic variety and forever in style.

Reflection Mind, Body & Soul | East Aurora

Crystals are in and this is the spot to absorb their many energies.


Research and Design | Orchard Park

Known for their extensive collection of Sorel footwear, this barn-turned-boutique is lined with Buffalo apparel, accessories and designer outerwear.

Roycroft | East Aurora 

The campus’ on-site store is not to be overlooked with items that span glasswork, ceramics and games.

Urban Design | East Aurora

More than just a design firm, you’ll find urban housewares, artisan jewelry and a selection of antique goods.

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