SOB's Holiday Gift Guide 2015

City Guide


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on December 4, 2015

SOB Holiday Gift Guide, Step Out Buffalo

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is shopping a lot and therefore being in a good mood. – theblonderooster.

Happy shopping, WNY!

Handmade Soap

From: Grape Country Soaps
Price tag: $5 – $10
Have a friend who loves washing their hands? For this person (and anyone really, because we could all use a good bar of soap) look no further than Grape Country Soaps. They’ve got scents ranging from Oatmeal Honey (gently exfoliates, honey is extra moisturizing) to Coconut Lime (real juice, pulp and peep, skin tightening) to Rosemary (aids circulation, contains Vitamin C), and they can more than educate you on the benefits of each. Find Grape Country Soaps at the Broadway Market on Saturdays.

SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Resurgence Brewing Co. / Step Out Buffalo

Explore Buffalo Tours & Events

From: Explore Buffalo
Price tag: $5 – $20
For the person who is truly curious about the past, present, and future of Buffalo, we recommend a gift card that can be used for any Explore Buffalo tour or event. We’re talking Silo City Tours, Brewing Buffalo Bus Tours, City of Light Bus Tours, Kayak Tours, and everything in between. Plus they have some awesome events throughout the year like Wright by the River and the Architectural Pursuit Scavenger Hunt.*
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1801 Handcrafted

Mini Candle Flight / Photo courtesy of 1801 Handcrafted

Mini Candle Flight

From: 1801 Handcrafted
Price tag: $12
One of our favorite local candle companies, 1801 handcrafted is offering an awesome candle flight this year. Pick 5 mini candles & a flight deck for $12. You can only snag this item at events, so look for 1801 handcrafted at Yuletide in the Country and and the Marketplace for Festival of Lights Dec. 11-13th.

Box of Meat Ravioli

From: Gondola Macaroni @ 1985 Niagara St, Buffalo

Price: $12.50

It may sound odd…but we’re adding Gondola’s ravioli to the top of our gifts for foodie friends list. Sure this might be *interesting* to actually wrap and throw under the tree, but no one will second guess your sanity once they taste these raviolis. Need a hostess gift? Something for someone who likes food? Here you go. Plus this local pasta business on Niagara Street in Black Rock makes everything from scratch, right in the back room.

Tankard Mug / Photo from

Tankard Mug / Photo from

16 oz. Tankard Mug

From: Buffalo Beer Mug Co.

Price tag: $14.99

This signature tankard mug by Buffalo Beer Mug features a thick protruding base and an easy to grip handle. It’s perfect for a casual gift exchange, a secret santa gift, or the start to a themed gift for any beer/Buffalo lover.
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SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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Canalside Buffalo Greeting Cards

From: CDesigns
Price tag: $16
This 6-pack of Buffalo (The Ice at Canalside to be exact) themed holiday cards is handcrafted by local designer Christa Penner and is pretty much guaranteed to brighten anyones day. Save these babies for your special friends, as they double as an adorable piece of art throughout the winter season. We also love her Buffalo, NY stationary.
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Buffalo Onezie / Photo from

Buffalo Onezie / Photo from

Christmas Buffalo Onesie

From: Rusterior Threads
Price tag: $20
This adorable Buffalo themed onesie by local design company Rusterior Threads will be a huge hit when you’re shopping for any baby this season. Has me wondering…does it come in my size?
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SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Candle Holder / Step Out Buffalo

Rustic Candle Holder

From: Wrafterbuilt @ 1376 Hertel Ave, Buffalo
Price tag: $10 – $35
It’s hard to pick just one thing from the beautiful new Wrafterbuilt shop on Hertel Ave (hint: go check it out and bring your wallet), but we’re obsessed with this chic wooden candle holder made of reclaimed wood that we’re convinced will fit into just about any home or office design you’ve got going on.  They’re available in a few different sizes and each size ranges in price. These guys don’t currently sell online, so get up and head to Hertel or check out Wrafterbuilt on social media to see when and where they might be popping up next.

SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Let’s Go Buffalo Oxford Pennant / Photo from oc

Let’s Go Buffalo Pennant

From: Oxford Pennant
Price Tag: $20
Stay sporty and classy at the same time. The company that makes these bad boys (they have plenty more than just the “Let’s Go Buffalo” options) is based in Buffalo and manufactures in the US. They even do custom orders! Send us a pic if you order one that says “Step Out Buffalo” on it would ya.
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SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015, Main and Perry

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Nautilus T-Shirt

From: Main & Perry
Price tag: $29.50
Sure, this may be a “summer” t-shirt, but we like it any time of year – from Buffalo born, lifestyle based menswear brand Main & Perry. What can we say, we like their style.
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SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Tickets to the Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest

From: Step Out Buffalo
Price tag: $30
Give the gift of Bloody Mary’s this season! We’re all about experience-based gifts this year and anything that combines Buffalo, drinking, and a good time is at the top of our list. Survey your friends and family to find out who the Bloody lovers are and make sure they have tickets to the first ever Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest. Trust us, they won’t want to miss it. (Disclamer: this is our baby.) Tickets are on sale now! #theperfectstockingstuffer *

SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

The Roycroft Inn / Step Out Buffalo

Beer Dinner with 42 North Brewing Co.

From: Roycroft Inn
Price tag: $30
If you’re looking to give someone an experience soon after the holiday season is over, this collaborative beer dinner between the Roycroft Inn and East Aurora’s pride and joy, 42 North Brewing Co., is a great option. On January 21st for just $30 per person give the gift an evening at the beautiful Roycroft Inn complete with a local beer and food pairing. Make reservations by calling (716) 652-5552.

SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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Ultimate Kissed by the Sun Combo Pack

From: Kissed by the Sun Spices
Price tag: $32.99
This spice combo pack features locally owned spice company, Kissed by the Sun’s, full line of signature organic seasoning blends. Their flavors are blended using organic, gluten free spices and include Black Pepper & Herbs, Ragin Cajun, Seasoned Sea Salt, Sizzlin Steak, Sweet & Hot Peppers, Garlic n Herbs, Sunny Island Salt Free, and Lemon, Lime & Orange Peel Pepper. We haven’t personally tried these yet, but they’re high on our to do list! Tie a bow around these babies and gift ’em to your significant other to encourage them to do a little (or a lot) more cooking. #hiddenmessages
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SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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The HERD Pack (socks)

From: Ian Michael Co.
Price tag: $35
Born in Buffalo, made in America. Whether you gift The SHOUT, The BLADE, The HERD Pack, The TATAS or any of the other cleverly named pairs of tootsie warmers, your friends and family will love the quality of this Buffalo-based product. They’ll also appreciate the efforts made by these local entrepreneurs to keep it in the country and rep their hometown hard.
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Buffalo Coordinates Necklace / Photo courtesy of Peg’s Hardware

Buffalo Coordinates Necklace

From: Peg’s Hardware
Price tag: $42
Always wanting to buy locally made jewelry but not sure where to go? Here’s a hint: Peg’s Hardware. Find gorgeous, element based jewelry from necklaces to bracelets and earnings. We especially like this simple, yet meaningful gold coordinate necklace.
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Buffalo Canvas Tote

From: Vania and David @ 1007 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY
Price tag: $45
Vania and David is an International brand with Buffalo roots. Their local boutique in the Elmwood Village sells high-end, handmade (by Vania) jewelry and handbags. One of the gems you’ll find in the shop is this hand-sketched (by Vania) Buffalo Tote bag. You need this.

SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Bowls / Step Out Buffalo


From: Neo Gift Studio @ 512 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
Price tag: $45 for the large bowl
We’re obsessed with these unique centerpiece bowls we came across in the Elmwood Village at Neo Gift Studio. They speak for themselves really. TAKE THAT, Pottery Barn.

Buffalo Bites Food Tours

Buffalo Bites Food Tour samples at Taste / Step Out Buffalo

Buffalo Bites Food Tours Gift Card

From: Buffalo Bites
Price tag: $49
Is there anything better than a gift that combines the deliciousness of food with the delight of exploration? We think not. Give the gift of a Buffalo Bites Food Tour in either the Elmwood Village or East Aurora this holiday. The recipient of this gift card will get the chance to spend the afternoon wandering one of the respective neighborhoods, trying a bunch of new foods, and getting to know more about the history and local businesses that make the area stand out.*
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SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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The Homemade Gin Kit

From: Kegworks
Price tag: $49.50
For the gin lover, the DIYer, or the frat boy in your life – this is a fun gift that takes the shadyness out of home-made gin. (For the most part…)
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SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Vagabond Botwies / Step Out Buffalo

Vagabond Bowties

From: Turnstyle Designs @ 298 Ashland Ave., Buffalo NY
Price tag: ~$50
These classic beauties are guaranteed one of a kind as each is handmade from re-purposed materials. Fronts and backs are different designs which give you a bona fide treasure trove of different looks. Castellani Art Museum curator Michael Beam is the force behind these products, which are the perfect gift for the guy who has everything, wears a bow tie, and knows how or can learn to tie one. Also available at Wild Things – 224 Lexington, Buffalo.

SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Tommyrotter Gift Box / Photo from Facebook

Vodka/Gin Gift Box

From: Tommyrotter Distillery @ 500 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY
Price tag: $80
By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the local distilleries popping up around the Queen City. Tommyrotter is one brand among them of which we can’t get enough. For the holiday season they’ve outdone themselves with branded cedar boxes packed with two bottles of their available spirits, vodka and/or gin. Pick one up at their tasting room on Wednesday from 4-6 PM, Thursday 4-7 PM, and Saturday 12-6 PM or call to reserve at 716.312.1252.

SOB Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Photo courtesy of Hotel Henry

Unwrap Henry Gift Card

From: Hotel Henry
Price tag: $250
The be-all and end-all of experience based gifts. Give the gift of anticipation this holiday with an Unwrap Henry Gift Card, which allows you (or the recipient…who will bring you if they really love you) to stay overnight and experience the new Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center in the month leading up to it’s official opening to the public in fall 2016.*
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PS: * means this gift comes from an SOB partner, which means if you buy it, you’re supporting a business that helps keep us going. Thank you!

Check out our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for more great ideas! >>


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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