24 Local Gift Ideas to Kick Start Your Holiday Shopping

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on October 7, 2021

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Already thinking ahead to the holidays? We like your style.

If you ask us, the best and easiest way to up your gift giving game for the holidays is to turn to local shops and businesses for gift ideas. Not only can you find unique items and gift sets you can’t find anywhere else, but buying local usually comes with a good story. Plus, nothing warms you up like the feeling of knowing you’re supporting a neighbor’s business and keeping your dollars right here in the Western New York community.

Throughout this “early bird” holiday gift guide you’ll find a long list of products and services that make fantastic gifts for friends, family and hosts – all from Step Out Buffalo’s local small business partners. Whether you’re looking for the perfect item, unique gift set or relaxing experience, keep reading!

Apparel & Accessories

1. Sassy Holiday Lip Balm Set

From Buffalo Gal Organics

A fun trio of holiday lip balms with a sassy twist.


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2. Traditional BuffaLove Adult Face Mask

From Buffalove Apparel

Masks are available in Red, White, Royal Blue, Grey, Navy Blue, Black, Pink, Burgundy, Light Blue and Purple.


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3. Teal Glitter and Gold Leaf Bar Resin Earrings

From Hearts Gift Shop

Bringing you the fall color block collection! Earring are handmade by local artist Rooted Designs. Made from resin with gold findings. All findings are gold brass and nickel free. Materials: Brass Closure: Push back


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4. The Hometown Herd Bills Bag

From Hometown Herd

The Bills Bag contains: Red and Blue Buffalo Socks, Buffawix Candle, Purely Scentual Buffalo Soap, Bills Plug In Night Light, That Popcorn Shack Shout Popcorn, Red Blue Spirit Drink Kozie, Hometown Herd Red and Blue Signature M&Ms.


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5. B-Mafia Hoodie

From Loyal T Co.

A must have for any member of Bills Mafia.


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6. Saltwater Luxe Drew Jacket

From RuthAnn Boutique

Beat the freeze fashionably! This stylish long-sleeve jacket features a subtle statement-making cotton body with sweater-like arms. Pair with jeans over a tee, and your autumn aesthetic is set.


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7. Smartwool Clothing & Accessories

From Snowflake Ski Shop

Why not look good and feel even better? Smartwool is a must have for every adventurer, whether you’re on the snowy slopes or hiking a mountain! We have a great selection of socks, layering pieces, sweaters and other accessories for women, men, and kids. Not only does Smartwool make a great gift for a loved one, it is an awesome way to treat yourself as well!
Available in store only.

$16.95 – $180

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8. Let’s Go Buffalo sweatshirt

From Spruce On Main

A Spruce exclusive! Cheer on your favorite city all year with with this cozy sweatshirt. And don’t forget to check out the adorable Buffalo elbow patches!


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9. Designer Sunglasses

From Visualeyes

The perfect pair of shades makes stepping outside your favorite. Our collection features internationally-craved frames that retail in premium boutiques in select cities. Shades you won’t find anywhere else in Buffalo.

$130 and up

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For Food & Drink Lovers

10. Mulled Wine & Spiced Nuts

From Johnson Estate Winery

Warm up your holidays with two bottles of Johnson Estate mulled wines and estate-made cinnamon walnuts.


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11. Grill Seasoning Gift Set

From Kissed by the Sun

Reclaim your throne as the BBQ master with our signature blends perfect for anything and everything that goes on the grill. Unlike most grill seasonings that suffocate flavor with excess salt our blends compliment natural meat flavors with ingredients ranging from parsley, garlic, rosemary, tarragon, bay leaf, and more! Great for steak, venison, burgers, pork, roasts, lamb, tenderloins, and chops…don’t forget our blends are all purpose so add to vegetables and surf & turf meals as well.


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12. Hot Chocolate Bomb

From The Sweet Whisk

Caraibe 66% Dark Chocolate shell, filled with homemade hot cocoa mix & marshmallows! Each package is labeled with instructions on how to make your Hot Chocolate Bomb! Hot Chocolate Bombs are Gluten Free! Vegan option also available.


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13. Burning Asphalt Sauces

From Windsor Village Artisan & Antique Market

From sauces to spices we have you covered with the best locally made and produced tailgate and charcuterie accoutrements


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Gift Boxes

14. Holiday Booze & Book Box

From Bookmarks & Breadsticks

Calling all self-proclaimed bookworms and gourmet-loving foodies: Read It and Eat is the foodie bookish subscription box of your dreams. The holidays are just around the corner and who doesn’t love a good drink with good friends?


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15. Buffalo Football Box

From Buffalo2U

The Buffalo Football Box is a great gift for Mafia members near and far. All orders include free shipping! The Buffalo Football is full of local items from Buffalo shops and artists. You don’t want to miss this unique gift box!


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16. Fall Lemon Drop Box

From Lemon Drop Gifts

Get a head start on the holidays – send her a Lemon Drop Box! Each Lemon Drop Box is packed with 3 – 5 gift items and you make it special with a personal photo gift note. Send more and save with a gift box plan. The Fall Lemon Drop Box is shipping now!


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For the Home

17. Handmade Macramé Swing

From Adrienne Grace Co

The Handmade Macramé Swing’s lightweight design allows for easy transition to both indoor or outdoor spaces. Not only will your little one love it, this swing is the ideal ecological alternative to wasteful plastic chairs and swings.


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18. Bills Yard Stake

From Buffalo Brew Fab

This gift was made for Bills fans near and far! Our custom Bills yard stake is a wonderful way to show their support for Buffalo’s favorite football team!


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19. Buffalo Bath Mat [24″x17″]

From Buffalo Gift Emporium

This bath mat is as practical as it is stylish – the backingkeeps the bath mat firmly in place and reduces the risk ofslipping. Show support for your Buffalo hometown team! This Bath Mat measures 24″x17″. Shipping in US for +$5.99.


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20. Holiday Mugs

From Rove Boutique and Gifts

Warm up for the holidays with these adorable Sweet Water Decor holiday themed mugs.


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21. Gold Harvest Pumpkins

From Roycroft Campus’ Copper Shop Gallery

The Copper Shop Gallery features the work of over 100 local and international artists as well as a wide variety of home goods and unique gifts. Shop online 24/7 or in-store Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.


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22. “Joy Peace Kisses” Christmas Card Set

From White Rabbit Design

With its rustic type and vintage mistletoe, our Christmas card still lets your Buffalove shine through. Cards are blank inside for your personal message. Set of 5 identical cards with envelopes.


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Wellness & Self Care

23. Venus Freeze Facelift Facial

From Spa 400

Enjoy the beauty of youthful looking skin! This unique facial includes a skin care analysis and a Venus Freeze neck and eye lift contouring treatment. It also incorporates a deep cleanse and gentle exfoliation for a relaxing and effective fall skin care treatment.


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24. Hydrafacial Gift Certificate

From The Center Medical Spa

Gift Certificate for a Hydrafac This multi step treatmentcleanses, evenly exfoliates and extracts to removeimpurities and dead skin cells while simultaneouslyreplenishes vita nutrients including antioxidants, peptidesand hyaluronic acid.


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