10 Small Businesses in WNY to Do Your Holiday Shopping!
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to fall into the trap of convenience shopping, relying on big corporations and online retailers. However, there’s a beautiful alternative that not only supports your community but also allows you to gift from the heart — shopping local. That’s why we’re providing you with a curated list of small Buffalo businesses where you can find unique and meaningful holiday gifts for friends and loved ones.
Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe
Whimsical and locally owned, Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe carries unique toys and gifts the children and even the adults in your life will love. Nestled in the village of Lancaster, take a stroll through nostalgia by shopping brands including Corolle Doll, Bruder, Faber Castell, Creativity for Kids, Kid Kraft, Calico Critter, Melissa and Doug, Schylling and more. So, shop gifts from this independent toy store cherished by the local community.
ShopCraft is Buffalo’s gallery and gift shop offering handmade items made solely by Buffalo artists. Each Buffalo-based artist creates one-of-a-kind gifts including wall decor, hand crafted candles, apparel, accessories, and more. You can browse the shop’s offerings in person, order online pickup, or get your order shipped.
Queen City Vintage
A staple in the vintage community, Queen City Vintage offers everyday essentials in apparel as well as high-end grails of the past. They’re mission is to help foster a culture that decreases the environmental footprint of fast fashion, helping people create one-of-a-kind styles. Known for their specialty Bills and Sabres gear, Queen City Vintage is the perfect choice for your favorite sports fan.
831 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
1451 Hertel Avenue, North Buffalo
6840 Transit Road, Williamsville
Revolver Records houses Buffalo’s largest selection of new and quality used vinyl records perfect for the collector in your life or even just a casual music lover. From vintage finds to modern melodies, there’s something for everyone. Plus, three convenient locations and an online shop make this the perfect stop on your seasonal shopping venture.
For a loved one who loves interior design, Room Buffalo is a bespoke boutique offering a classically contemporary selection of furniture, tableware, gifts and decor. Their high-level design products are thoughtfully curated to cater to the appreciative eye. So whether your recipient is looking for that perfect statement piece to transform a room or seeking unique accents to elevate your living space, Room Buffalo has you covered.
Snowflake Ski Shop
If there’s one thing that Buffalonian in your life will appreciate this winter, it’s staying warm and toasty. Snowflake Ski Shop specializes in ski and snowboard equipment including, goggles and helmets, gloves, hats, layering pieces, and accessories. The shop also offers seasonal rental packages so you can wrap up and gift adventure this season!
Spot of Tea
This woman-owned custom apparel shop keeps Buffalo looking bright and fresh with uniquely curated designs that show off each individual’s style. So much more than just T-shirts, this shop can custom create anything you want to gift from accessories, towels, doggy duds, bookmarks, and whatever else you can imagine. So if you’re looking for custom threads, Spot of Tee makes it as easy as ordering a cup of coffee.
The Sweet Whisk
Foodies will love the Sweet Whisk, Buffalo’s boutique chocolate shop offering a range of sweet treats including chocolate bonbons, brownies, chocolate bars, macarons, crème brûlée, gourmet cupcakes & other indulgent sweets. Each treat is made with high-quality ingredients and attention to detail, ensuring that every bite is a memorable one.
Talking Leaves… Books
Bookworms everywhere will love a personalized gift gift from this small local bookshop. Talking Leaves has offered a distinctive and unusual selection of the finest writing and thinking bound books for over 40 years. Plus, the store is connected to a local coffee shop, Cafe Aroma, so once you’ve picked out the perfect book you can reward yourself for a job well done.
Winkler & Samuels
Shop owner Melissa Winkler, a dedicated sommelier and a WSET Level 4 wine educator curates a complete selection of the finest wines from regions around the world. With a diverse range of flavors and aromas, there’s sure to be something the enthusiast in your life will enjoy. If you want to think outside the box, Winkler & Samules offers wine classes you gift as well.
Greater Gift-Giving Begins at Home!
This holiday season, embrace the spirit of gift-giving by shopping local businesses throughout Buffalo. You’ll discover a wide range of heartfelt gift options in the city, from unique toys to handmade treasures, vinyl records, vintage finds, and more! By choosing to shop locally, you not only find exceptional gifts but also contribute to your community. Happy Holidays!!