Buffalo is home to an incredible arts scene, with countless artist-run studios, creative galleries, world-class art institutions, and a stunning array of public art displays. The creative community doesn’t stop there, you can find unique, stunning home decor and obscure housewares at locally owned stores and boutiques throughout the city. Whether you’re shopping for an art buff, design aficionado, or fashion-forward friend, the Nickel City has an incredible gift or experience for your need.
MUSEjar makes creative reuse of an old auto body shop in the historic village of East Aurora as a dynamic art shop, studio, and haven for creativity. The storefront features a carefully curated art shop and studio with art supplies, stationery, and artisan home goods. With a goal of supporting local artists, MUSEjar is constantly expanding their inventory and featuring small business owners in their classes and workshops.
Gift cards can be used toward a creative selection of holiday crafts, from wreath making, to ornament decorating, leather stamped holiday tags, Swedish Christmas Tomtes, and more. Gift cards for workshops and craft supplies are available for purchase over the phone or at their storefront (17 Elm Street, East Aurora, NY).
Rust Belt Love is a stationery design boutique that combines custom paper with letterpress and ink drawings. Shop holiday cards, fine stationery, prints, and greeting cards online or in the historic Market Arcade Building (617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203) or online here.
Everyday Design at Home
Room brings worldly ideas and creativity to Buffalo as the city’s design-forward, locally owned interior design and furniture store. The luxury furniture boutique offers classic contemporary home styling with a striking selection of furniture, tableware, rugs, and accessories, focusing on sustainable brands and responsible, eco-friendly design. These are perfect gifts for significant others (aka mostly for you) when you want to come home every evening to a work of art.
An element of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Shop AK features a variety of apparel, accessories, books, jewelry, prints, posters, toys, puzzles, and more. From serving and entertaining, to children’s gifts and AK signature products, Shop AK is the perfect holiday shopping stop for the art and design lover. Take it one step further with a membership to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, giving the gift recipient free access to the Alrbight-Knox’s collection and exhibitions, invites to Members-only events, and discounts throughout the Elmwood Village.
Experience The Work of America’s Most Influential Architects
Many are surprised to hear that Buffalo boasts one of the richest collections of architecture in America, featuring work by each of the “holy trinity” of American architecture: Henry Hobson Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Designed in the early 1900s, the Martin House Complex is the most substantial and highly developed Frank Lloyd Wright Prarie house in the United States. A National Historic Landmark, the Martin House features strong horizontal lines and planes and 394 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art glass including the famed “Tree of Life” window. Gift a docent-led Martin House tour and explore the masterpiece together! Tours lead guests through the primary first floor rooms, pergola, conservatory, and carriage house. Tickets range from $14 to $37 and can be purchased online here.
You don’t need to tour the Martin House to enjoy stunning design by Frank Lloyd Wright. The museum’s gift shop features a stunning variety of products from home decor, to entertaining, jewelry, games, and more, all inspired by the architecture and art glass. Explore the online shop here.
The Mansion on Delaware Avenue
Buffalo is full of creatively reused historic buildings. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue was the first historic building to be restored and transformed into a hotel. Located on Millionaire’s Row in downtown Buffalo, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a AAA Four Diamond award-winning luxury hotel that combines Second Empire architecture with modern elegance and comforts. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue was Buffalo’s first living hotel art gallery, with pieces available for purchase throughout the building. Walls are adorned with contemporary art by WNY artists curated by Sandra Clarke.
A stay at The Mansion includes 24-hour Butler service, complimentary Land Rover chauffeur, and the best of Buffalo at your doorstep. Evening cocktails and European-style breakfast are included in each stay. Add a “Pamper Your Palate” to your gift card purchase to include $100 toward dinner downtown. Gift cards are available online here, on property (414 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY), or at Hotel Henry’s Holiday Market.
Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center
The building is a design masterpiece in itself, with the Urban Resort Hotel as one of Buffalo’s top design destinations. Originally designed by renowned architect H.H. Richardson, Hotel Henry’s modern interior design blends seamlessly with historic details. The community is invited to explore bright, open spaces that make creative reuse of the building’s historic footprint, and experience internationally acclaimed architecture come alive with modern purpose.
Recently named one of TIME’s 100 Greatest Places of 2018, Hotel Henry boasts rotating art galleries by Resource:Art and Sandra Clarke, locally and selectively sourced seasonal cuisine, an artfully crafted cocktail and espresso program, and more, all nestled within the iconic Richardson Olmsted Campus. Touring Hotel Henry’s historic spaces and art exhibits are free to the public, and pair perfectly with dinner and drinks at 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry. Even better, get the whole Hotel Henry experience with an Explore Hotel Henry gift card that includes breakfast, dinner, and an overnight in a Hotel Henry guest room. You can purchase Hotel Henry and 100 Acres gift cards online here or at the Holiday Market at Hotel Henry.