The ultimate holiday gift guide with local products to impress everyone on your list – including hosts and hostesses and especially Buffalovers. From foodie items to wonderful experiences, beer accessories to starter kits, and reasonably priced to insanely expensive, we love these resident treasures and think your loved ones will too!
City Dining Cards – The gift that keeps on giving. This not-so-average deck of cards saves your dining friend, relative, or kid $10 every time they eat at one of the 50 participating restaurants. Hello perfect stocking stuffer. $20 or WIN a deck of City Dining Cards here!
Hamburg Brewing Co. Vacuum Insulated Growler – When we stumbled upon this ultimate growler, we simply had to take a page from WNY Craft Beer Mag’s “Holiday Gift Guide for the Beer Geek”. This Hamburg Brewing Co. branded, stainless steel HydroFlask Growler keeps your beer cool for 24 hours. Yes, please! $50
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Bottle of Lockhouse Vodka – Surprise a Buffalover (assuming they drink) with a bottle of locally distilled booze by LockHouse Distillery. This was a big item on Buffalo gift guides last year. But we say it still has legs. Thankfully finding a bottle near you doesn’t prove nearly as difficult as last year. That was just nuts. ~$37
Fridge Phrases Buffalo Edition – For the creative Buffalonian in your life. This awesome adult version of fridge magnets contains over 200 word magnets that allow you to express yourself like only a Buffalonian could. Use them on a refrigerator, filing cabinet (cough…work secret santa…cough), locker or any other magnetic surface. “With Fridge Phrases you can let the world know that your butter lamb loves you. Or that you tailgated with the Valu guy at The Ralph.” $15
Redline Rentals – If you’re going for wow factor, I’d say an exotic car rental from locally owned and operated Redline Rentals is right up your alley. Pick them up for a night on the town or hand over a gift certificate. Either way, we’re guessing they won’t forget soon. $295+
Blue Table Chocolates – One of the sweeter picks on our list and unlike any other chocolates made in this area. You’ll find several creative flavors to choose from as you customize a gift box. Creme Fraiche or Diablo (Chipotle-Seasame) anyone? $16 – $30
Nickel City Cheese of the Month Club – This is one of those gifts you get the person that has everything. Because it’s pretty likely they don’t have new cheese arriving monthly. Probably. Maybe. The monthly packages contain an assortment of Nickel City Cheese specialties including three 1/2 pound pieces of cheese & tasting notes. Memberships are available for 1 month ($55), 3 months ($165), 6 months ($330), 9 months ($495) or 1 year ($660). Call 716.882.3068 to sign up your cheese lover.
Tools and utensils from Queen City Shaken & Stirred – We recently took a great cocktail technique class at Queen City Shaken & Stirred and learned that almost anyone can make a killer cocktail with these essential bar utensils. They’re high quality, reasonably priced, and very impressive. Plus, whoever you buy these for is more than likely going to use them on you at some point. That’s what we call a win-win. 28 oz Weighted Shaker, $4.25. Japaneese Style Jigger 1oz x 2oz, $23.50.
Public Espresso’s Coffee Nerd Starter Kit – Perfect for your nerdy loved one. (We all have one…or are one for that matter.) This kit from a Buffalo coffee start up helps coffee lovers make the leap to third wave coffee techniques. It includes a coffee mug, a Ceramic Coffee Dripper, 20 Hario Paper Filters, a pound of their fresh-roasted coffee (Roaster’s Choice), and access to their brewing tutorials and guides. Plus, bragging rights for brewing your own pour-overs like a PRO. We recommend upgrading to the + version for $5 to get a nerdy tee. Maybe keep that for yourself. 😉 $60
BreadHive Crust Belt Subscription – Delicious bread & bagels baked on Buffalo’s West Side via monthly subscription. Make sure the receiver is able to pick up their goods on a weekly basis at the bakery window! $20 for one month bread subscription (1 loaf per week), $105 for 6 months, $205 for 1 year.
Resurgence Brewing Co. Imperial Sponge Candy Stout 22oz Bottles – Surprise your Buffalo/beer loving friends with Buffalo themed beer. This first ever release at Resurgence is a one day get with a limited supply. To get your hands on one (or twenty) you’ll have to stop by the brewery on Saturday, December 13 at noon. Something tells us this would go over well with out-of-towners…
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Ninja Warrior Kids Classes @ Hybrid Fitness – Need a gift for a kid? We spotted this clever kids class and fell in love immediately. Just imagine opening “Ninja Warrior Classes” for a gift as a kid. The gifter assumes automatic hero status if you ask us. Not to mention you have a hand in dragging a child away from a video game for a few hours. The next semester starts January 10th and is a 5 week program. Call 716.544.3300 to register. $197
Sarah Walley Macarons – These locally made macarons are delivered to Nickel City Cheese, and Nickel City Cheese only, once a week. Flavors are subject to change, but we recently stopped by the shop to find Birthday Cake, Nutella, Pistachio, Vanilla Bean, Cookies & Cream and Peanut Butter. Can you think of a better host gift than freshly made macarons? I think not. ~$2 each
Gift certificate to group painting class – These classes are getting more popular by the week – and for a good reason. They’re really, really fun. Not only can you learn a thing or two about painting, you create something to bring home, have a fun experience, and share it with your friends, family and strangers. We suggest picking up a gift certificate for Cheers to Monet’ in Hamburg ($35, BYOB), or Paint on Tap in Williamsville or East Aurora ($37, drinks available for purchase).
Barre Centric Starter Kit – This “Starter Kit” makes the perfect holiday gift for an adventurous friend what has yet to experience barre. The package includes 3 classes, BC socks, and a BC water bottle! Sounds like a pretty good value to us. The kits are available at both the Clarence (8075 Main St, Clarence) or Downtown (1526 Main Street, Buffalo) studios. Or, message Barre Centric on Facebook if you need it mailed to you. $35
Rise From The Dead T-shirt – This Buffalo themed tee by Rise Collaborative is perfect for anyone thrilled about Buffalo’s “Rise from the dead”. (A.K.A. everyone.) Notice the Buffalo skyline at the base of the skull. Wear it loud and proud, Buffalo. Get yours online or at Urban on Elmwood! $24
Soy Wax Candles – These gorgeous candles are hand poured in Buffalo by the newly established Linwood Candle Co. and are made of soy wax. Order scents like Cinnamon Chai, Sweet Grapefruit, Firewood, Oakmoss & Amber and Mission Fig online or find them around the City at Sarah Danielle and Anna Grace. $24
Cocktail Book – For the reader in your life. Or the cocktail enthusiast. Or the person who likes to know everything. Either way, Queen City Shaken and Stirred (1455 Hertel Ave, Buffalo) has plenty of books to satisfy cocktail curiosity. Pick up “Cocktail Techniques” by Kazuo Uyeda or “the Joy of Mixology” by Gary Regan.
Magic Holiday Ticket Pack – UB is offering up a “Magic Pack” for the sports lovers among us. Get 2 tickets to the Distinguished Speaker Series event featuring Magic Johnson on Thursday, 2/12/15 @ 8:00pm at UB Alumni Arena and 2 ticket vouchers for any home UB Basketball Game in February 2015 (8 games to choose from on the schedule). $60
Buffalo 716 Calendar – Make sure your loved ones are ready for 2015 with this beautiful Buffalo calendar. If there’s anything that will keep you positive through the first few gloomier months of 2015, it’s this poetic tribute to the Queen City. $18.53
Community Beer Works Gift Basket – For fans of beer and local breweries in general, stop by Community Beer Works HQ for one of their 3 varieties of gift baskets including a whole lot of awesomeness. Here are the options…Basket 1: 64oz growler, Pint Glass, Long Sleeve Shirt – $26 (Save $3), Basket 2: 64oz growler, 2 pint glasses, long sleeve t-shirt, winter hat – $44 (save $5), Basket 3: 64oz growler, 2 pint glasses, winter hat, hoodie – $55 (save $9)
Buffalo Salt and Pepper Shakers – On top of these adorable table toppers, Neo Gift Studio has tons of locally inspired gift ideas from cutting boards to coasters and ornaments (butter lamb included…) Stop by 512 Elmwood Ave to pick up a few!
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