WNY has a lot to offer, and some things are too good to give away. From scented holiday candles, to jewelry, chocolates, soaps, and retreats, we all need a little something for ourselves this holiday season.
Hand-Poured Holiday Candles
Whether you’re spending a cozy afternoon on the couch, setting for a holiday party, or treating some friends to a festive dinner, nothing sets a holiday mood like a softly flickering candle. Niland Candle Co. creates refreshing versions of your favorite seasonal scents, including Balsam + Cranberry, Berry + Spice, Christmas Eve, and more. You’re not just limited to scents of the season. Some of our personal favorites include Eucalyptus, Rosemary + Mint, Coffee, and Sage + Citrus.
Each Niland Candle is carefully hand poured with 100% domestically sourced soy wax with natural, unbleached hemp wicks, and essential oil-based fragrances. Niland Candles are phthalate and lead-free (common in-store brand candles) and set in recyclable tins and jars. Good for you, good for the environment, good for local businesses. Win, win, win.
You can explore a sampling of Niland Candle Co.’s most popular scents at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry on November 25, December 2, December 9, and December 16. You can also purchase Niland Candles online here.
Modern, Element Based Jewelry
Poorly made, overpriced fashion jewelry is out this year. It’s unsustainable short-term a waste of money, and often loaded with toxic materials (think lead, arsenic, mercury… yikes!). Western New York’s most popular jewelers use sustainably sourced, natural metals and stones to create stunning, high-quality pieces that would make anyone’s holiday season.
Both timeless and contemporary, Peg’s Hardware creates striking jewelry from natural metals and stones, drawing inspiration from fluent shapes. Find both dainty lines and bold statement pieces, all cut, filed, and molded in Buffalo, NY. Each piece is truly a piece of art, lightweight, and made to last. You can find Peg’s Hardware at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry on December 23 or online here.
Looking for bright colors and bolder statement pieces? MAHINA uses crystals and stones mined from all over the world to create pieces energized from color and culture. Each piece is hand-mined from New York and Colorado, all the way to South America, India, Nepal, Egypt, Thailand, and more. You can shop MAHINA online here.
Some Indulgent Treats:
Blue Table Chocolates creates artisan chocolate truffles that are (almost) too pretty to eat. Blue Table truffles and candy bars explore a world of flavors from house-made pate de fruit (fruit jellies), giandujas (roasted nut pastes), and ganaches. Try their seasonal flavor selection, the vegan collection, or sign up for a monthly subscription of sweet surprises. Hand pick your truffle selection at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry on November 25, December 9, and December 23.
Perfect for holiday movie night at home, we recommend the “Help & Hope Collection” benefiting Crisis Services. Each piece contains a salted butter popcorn ganache mixed into a white chocolate ganache under a thin dark chocolate shell. All proceeds of sales of this collection benefit Western New Yorkers who are going through difficult times, struggling with mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, thoughts of suicide, or are victims of domestic or sexual violence. You can purchase these online here. ‘Tis the Season for Giving!
Have dietary restrictions? Dark Forest Chocolate Makers offer nut-free, gluten-free, and soy-free chocolate, made in their “bean-to-bar” workshop. Their cacao beans are responsibly sourced from all over the world to create small-batch craft chocolate bars, each unique in flavor. Try their Cinnamon Pepper Milk, Vanilla Rose White, or one of their many dark chocolate flavors. Sample yourself at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry on December 9 or purchase online here.
Soaps & Skin Care:
Spruce Up Soap Co. is Buffalo’s “Simple & Clean Ingredient Skin Care Apothecary,” featuring products for your face, hair, body, and even your pets. Their products are cruelty-free, paraben free, sulfate free, and alcohol-free. Even better, their products are 100% guaranteed—they’re THAT good. Popular products include their Shaddock Tea All Natural Soap Bar, Rejuvenate Body Lotion, and their newly released Shampoo and Conditioner Bars–yay for you and the environment! Shop Spruce Up Soap Co. at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry November 25, December 2, December 9, and December 23. You can also find them in the Market Arcade Building (617 Main St, Buffalo) or online here.
Looking to perfect your facial skin care routine? Të Dash is a hand poured, organic, preservative-free skincare system founded and based in Buffalo, NY. Products are focused on enhancing the skin’s natural ability to fight off free radicals and to preserve the vitality of the skin by adding nutritional value with simple, organic products. Popular products include facial moisturizing oils, an Aloe & Rose PH Balancing Toner, and the Exfoliating Cardamom Face Mask. Sample Të Dash at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry December 2, December 9, December 16, and December 23 or shop online here.
An Urban Resort Getaway
The perfect gift for a significant other when you really need a staycation. A cosmopolitan, Urban Resort vacation without the hassle of traveling. Recently named one of TIME’s Greatest Places of 2018, Hotel Henry brings new life to one of Western New York’s most iconic landmarks. Guest rooms are contemporary in design and have a variety of unique layouts within the historic footprint of the building. There’s something new to discover in each room and on each floor, from rotating contemporary art galleries to bright nooks, sunny halls, and historic details.
An overnight at Hotel Henry is one of the best gifts to buy yourself this holiday season—and we aren’t the only ones who think so! Hotel Henry has made international headlines in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, The Huffington Post, TIME, and more.
The most popular and all-inclusive gift option is the “Explore Hotel Henry” gift card for a deluxe guest room is Hotel Henry’s most popular option. The gift includes $75 towards dinner and $20 towards breakfast or brunch the following morning ($264). Hotel Henry gift cards start at $75 and 100 Acres gift cards start at $25.
Regardless of how many people you’re shopping for this year, work a little extra into your holiday spending budget to spend on yourself. Not only do you deserve it, but most of these products are too good to pass up. Shopping local is easy when Buffalo’s best artisans are all in one place.
Find the above products and many more at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry every Sunday from November 25 to December 23 between 10 am and 2 pm during 100 Acres brunch.
With no admission and mimosa bars a-plenty, Henry’s 2018 Market is set to be the best shopping experience you’ll find this holiday season. We hope to see you there!