The holidays are upon us! We hope that our list helps you in speeding up your shopping game so that you can get back to enjoying the season.

by Meg Bennett

Take that holiday stress off your plate – check out these last minute gift ideas

Now that there is snow on the ground in Buffalo Niagara, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit! However, some of us are still scrambling to check off everybody on our Christmas list. If you are racking your brain for last-minute gift ideas, don’t panic. We have got you covered! Check out this list of some of our favorite local places where you can score gift baskets, novelty items, certificates, and more!

Gallo Restaurants

This gift is perfect for: couples, parents, friends, and employees.

It all started with the creamy sausage dip from Gather American Eatery. Or perhaps it was the crispy, saucy coal-fired pizza from the Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen? Wherever the obsession started, we are drooling over the deliciously hot comfort foods from Gallo Restaurants! A gift card to a Gallo restaurant is the promise of a flavorful, satisfying meal. If you are looking for a tangible gift to pair with a gift card, take advantage of their pasta kits, jarred sauces, or a bottle of wine (half-price on Wednesday nights). 

Gather American Eatery is located at 453 Center Street in Lewiston (phone: 716-405-7162). Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen is located at 800 Center Street in Lewiston (phone: 716-405-7596). For more information, please visit www.gallorestaurants.com.

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Big Ditch Brewing Company

The perfect gift for any adult with good taste in beer!

Novelty items are always a big hit during the holidays, and Big Ditch is always brewing up something new! Take their signatures, for example- the Hayburner, a citrusy IPA with orange, melon and grapefruit notes; Low Bridge, a golden ale with plenty of hops and a bit of fruit; and the Excavator, a rye brown ale featuring 7 different malts with a lot of chocolate and a little bit of spice. They serve delicious American food, including customizable packages and game-day goodies. Lastly, they have a nice selection of merchandise– packaged beer, comfy apparel, stylish hats, glassware, stickers, Frisbees, and even ice scrapers! 

Located at 55 East Huron Street in Buffalo. Please visit www.bigditchbrewing.com or call 716-854-5050 for more information.

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Buffalo Cigars

The perfect gift for: parents, uncles, friends and coworkers.

As the only private cigar club in the region, Buffalo Cigars offers the best products, located in a beautiful 2,500-square-foot center. Guests enjoy a fully-stocked bar, plush seating, large screen TVs, and personal humidor lockers for members. With over 100,000 cigars in their inventory and a wide range of end-of-year discounts, it’s your one-stop shop for premium gifts and stocking stuffers. With so many choices and Christmas drawing near, you might find yourself sweating bullets- so do not be afraid to ask for help, and don’t feel bad if you would rather purchase gift cards and call it a day! 

Located at 2911 Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, 7032 Transit Road in Amherst, and 500 Main Street in Buffalo. Please call 716-674-PUFF (7833) or visit www.buffalocigars.com for more information.

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Anchor Bar

Shop here for: families, couples, friends, and out-of-town guests.

Not only does the Anchor Bar dish up the most famous wings in the region, but they also have the coolest gifts in stock! For the child at heart, there’s the notorious chicken wing hat, the chicken wing keychain, and the stuffed flying buffalo. They’ve got t-shirts, baby bibs, bumper stickers, glasses, and coffee mugs. If you have loved ones who like to cook or friends who have relocated, you can give them a taste of Buffalo Niagara by taking advantage of the variety packs of in-house wing sauces (or gallon-size jugs). If your family and friends are local, consider buying a gift card. While the wings are notoriously spicy (Suicidal Sauce, anyone?) there are milder wings, too- not to mention pizza, sandwiches and a kids menu. 

Located at 1047 Main Street in Buffalo (716-886-8920); 6635 Transit Road in Williamsville (716-932-7228); 4300 Maple Road in Amherst (716-833-WING); and 114 Buffalo Avenue (Holiday Inn) in Niagara Falls, New York (716-371-0234). Visit www.anchorbar.com for more information.

Check out the Anchor Bar online shop ➞

Walden Galleria Mall

Whether you are looking for apparel, entertainment, sports equipment, toys, or dining options, you will find something for everyone at the Walden Galleria Mall! For the kids, check out the LEGO store, Vans, Journeys, Kids Foot Locker, Hot Topic, FYE, Build-a-Bear, Baby Gap, Billy Beez, Claire’s, and Forever 21. For the foodie in your life, consider the Cheesecake Factory, Boba Stop Bubble Tea & Smoothies, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Fresh Healthy Cafe, Mrs. Fields, The Melting Pot, Oyishi Japan, P.F. Chang’s, and World of Beer. For adventurers, there’s Urban Air Adventure Park, 5 WITS, Great Escape Adventures, and Escape the Mystery Room. If you are hoping to get all of your shopping done in one go, while also enjoying a Starbucks coffee and getting your steps in for the day, Walden Galleria Mall is your answer!

Located at 1 Walden Avenue in Buffalo. Call 716-681-7600 or visit www.waldengalleria.com for more information.

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Spring Lake Winery

Wine is a well-loved tradition for holiday exchange gifts. Varieties in the shop at Spring Lake Winery include Seasonal Sangria, Chardonnay 2016, Zia Minx 2018, Cabernet 2018, Old Vine Zinfandel 2018, Syrah 2017, Estate Riesling 2017, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Gewurztraminer 2016 and Riesling 2018, which can all be purchased online for curbside pickup! Take advantage of holiday savings: Buy 3 bottles and receive 15% off; Buy two bottles of Sangria and get one for free! Pair your bottle with a helping of sponge candy, raisin clusters, or assorted truffles. Consider including a gift card– just in case your recipient falls in love! 

Located at 7373 Rochester Road in Lockport. You can also find a selection at the following retailers: The Wine and Liquor Outlet (Lockport), Outlet Liquors (Depew), Addy’s Fine Wine & Spirits (Williamsville), Six Friends Cabernet (Lancaster), and Wright’s Corners (Lockport). Please call 716-439-5253 or visit www.springlakewinery.com for more information.

Check out the Spring Lake Winery online shop ➞

Here’s to 2021

Indeed, the holidays are upon us. We hope that our list helps you in speeding up your shopping game so that you can enjoying the season like it was meant to be enjoyed. It’s been a rough year, and it’s time to relax. May the rest of 2020 be filled with nothing but peace, joy, and hope for the promise of a better year that is 2021. Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us at Welcome 716!

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