We all know someone like this. They have a beautiful house or apartment, all the latest tech, and every seasonal trend is already in their closet. It’s hard to buy gifts for someone who has everything. Luckily, Buffalo has loads of creative gifts and experiences to help you out.
1. Bold, Sentimental Style
Based in downtown Buffalo, Oxford Pennant creates pennants, camp flags, and banners from USA-made cotton-and-wool felt. Grab a framed vintage pennant from your alma mater, one with their favorite band, or a state pennant from where you grew up together. If all else fails, create a custom design yourself or with the help of their design team.
Oxford Pennant’s designs are trendy, bold, beautiful, and entirely customizable. Since opening their flagship store on Main Street downtown, they’ve added “pin-nants,’ patches, apparel and more. Grab a cheap denim jacket or canvas back and cover in custom patches you designed. You can visit their store at 731 Main Street, purchase online, or visit them at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry on November 25, December 16, and December 23.
2. A Pop of Green
Plants make people feel better, especially through WNY winters. Houseplants bring life into a home, with limited commitment and all the benefits. These simple, green gifts can brighten any space, from your friends’ office to their kitchen, living room, or bedside.
Angle Acres Greenhouse in Orchard Park offers a lush selection of houseplants including cacti, succulents, tropical, and citrus plants. Prices start at $3 for small succulents and cacti (they have over 500 different types of cacti alone) and go up depending on the size and type of plant.
Have a little extra to spend? Fern Croft Floral curates a stunning selection of houseplants in specially-chosen pots, planters, and vases. Fern Croft’s potted plant selection is modern, minimalist, and always on trend.
3. A Custom Curated Box of Cool Local Stuff
BuffBox does the work, you take the credit. BuffBox offers beautifully packaged, curated collections of Buffalo-made products for a one-of-a-kind gift box that supports local businesses. Choose the gift recipient’s style (classic, vintage, minimalist, etc.) and tell BuffBox a bit about the recipient. It’s really that easy. Choose between a BuffBox for $69 or a Big BuffBox for $99.
4. Some Culture
An extraordinary collection of history and today’s most talented artists, right in your backyard. Ideal for the art and culture enthusiast in your life, gift a membership to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
A membership to the Albright-Knox keeps giving all year. The recipient will receive unlimited free admission to the Albright-Knox’s collection and special exhibitions, invitations to Members-only events, discounts in Shop AK, the AK Cafe, and throughout the Elmwood Village, free admission to museums across New York State (including the Burchfield Penney Art Center), and more. Individual memberships range from $25 (student) to $50, with family memberships at $75. You can purchase a membership online here.
5. An Authentically Buffalo Getaway
Give a gift they won’t find anywhere else. Buffalo is home to some truly unique and architecturally significant hotels, each with distinct offerings and atmospheres. Choosing locally owned, independent (not affiliated with a big brand) hotels is a great way to support local business while gifting an experience you won’t find anywhere else.
The Mansion on Delaware Avenue
Shopping for a couple? Long touted as Buffalo’s best staycation, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a historic mansion-turned-hotel on Millionaire’s Row. Designed to the highest standards with a classic contemporary feel, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue’s 28 guest rooms and suites include 24-hour Butler service, evening cocktails, valet, breakfast, WiFi, and Land Rover chauffeur service.
The Mansion on Delaware Avenue’s central downtown location-complete with complimentary Land Rover chauffeur-puts guests within easy reach of the city’s trendiest and most popular attractions. Museums, theater, restaurants, and more, curated for each guest by The Mansion’s Butler Team, are all close at hand. Talk about all inclusive! Gift cards range from $149 for a Winter Getaway (January-March) to $390 for a Suite. Purchase yours here.
Hotel Henry & 100 Acres
If you’re looking for something trendy, unconventional, and on the list of TIME’s Greatest Places of 2018, we have that in Buffalo too. Opened in April 2017, Hotel Henry brings new life to one of Western New York’s most iconic landmarks. Hotel Henry has made international headlines in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, The Huffington Post, TIME, and more. Located within H.H. Richardson’s largest architectural masterpiece, Hotel Henry stands as Buffalo’s first and only Urban Resort.
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 rustic gathering spaces. The more you explore, the more you’ll want to get to know Henry.
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.
Whoever you’re shopping for, Buffalo has something incredible to offer. From museum memberships to bold style, custom gifts, a staycation, or a simple succulent, the Queen City doesn’t disappoint in the holiday gift department. Find some of the above businesses and many more at Hotel Henry’s Holiday Market every Sunday from November 25 to December 23 between 10 am and 2 pm during 100 Acres brunch.