Your guide to local gift shopping

When Buffalo Holiday Market co-owners Jillian Cannan and Colleen Pandy set up a dry run to recreate the month-long Buffalo Holiday Market, they couldn’t help but feel some “magic” in the air, thinking of the vendors to fill it with cozy log cabins for families to enjoy.

“It’s like a Hallmark movie,” Kanan said. “It’s a whole different shopping experience. You’re finding things of people you’d never seen or thought of before, just by going to big box stores, and you’re meeting these people who put their heart and soul into what they do. It tells a story.”

This is just one of the many enticing gift deals popping up in the Buffalo area this holiday season, each bringing its own unique personality, but with an underlying message: Buying and gifting locally makes a meaningful difference, quite literally.

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Here are just 16 of these gift offers to get you started.

Buffalo Holiday Market. two sites. Buffalo Market is located at 202 Ohio Street from 3-8pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 10am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays November 25th through December 23rd. Hamburg Market is located at 202 Lake St. , Hamburg, from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from November 25 to December 18.

The return of this market brings all the magic of shopping in a European city, inspired by Pandy’s bivouac there, filled with cozy wooden chalets displaying festive goods, lined up under twinkling lights. It has 350 rotating stores. After shopping, have a special drink and warm up in an igloo, bring the kids to the activity area, or grab some food and enjoy live music.

Holiday Makers Market. 4-6 PM November 25 and 10 AM-3 PM November 26 at the Buffalo Museum of History, 1 Court Museum.

Immerse yourself in Erie County history or sporting heritage fairs while shopping at displays of sculptures, trinkets, and, of course, Buffalo history books. Three floors of the History Museum will be filled with goodies from more than 30 makers—from pottery to vivid floral designs—all of which can be packaged for you.

Buffalo women gifts. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 26 at Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

This women-owned and led market started as an idea for local women to sell their handcrafted creations. More than 20 years later, it’s still thriving, with 54 vendors offering great deals. You’ll find Josh Allen shirts dressed in Juicy sweatpants, jewelry made with silverware, dried flowers, and somewhat blunt cross stitching.

The holiday market for coffee, sweets and syrups. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 26 at Buffalo River Works, 359 Janson St.

Who does not like to eat sweets and go shopping? While the upper level is more of a smörgåsbord of cheesecakes, sponge pudding, apple pie cream whiskey and 60 other treats, the lower level is equally diverse. Curator Paul Maurer was intentional about this reservation for wood carvers, pencil architects and cigar makers for as much variety as possible without “too much duplication”.

Handmade holiday market. Noon to 8 PM on November 25, 10 AM to 5 PM on November 26 and 11 AM to 5 PM on November 27 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, 6815 Stanley Street, Niagara Falls, ON. Tickets are $10.

The selection of bags, clothes, natural bath products, and other handmade gifts seems like the epitome of comfort, not to mention the crepes, wine, and pizzas you can treat yourself to after shopping 175 vendors. Those looking to take a trip to Ontario should make a day of it, at that point, enjoying the lineup of five Canadian jazz songwriters and musicians.

Fall Makers + Shakers: The popular artisan market. 11am-5pm November 25th, 10am-5pm November 26th and 10am-3pm November 27th at The Powerhouse, 140 Lee St.

Not only is drinking cucumber in this market, it is also encouraged. While guests sip on Bloody Marys or mimosas, they’ll shop for jewelry, decor, a selection of local distilleries, drinks to take home, and gifts.

Larkin Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 1 at the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St.

DragonFly Jams & Jellies, Magic Bear Beer, and Park Edge Sweet Shoppe are just a few of the 35 vendors at this perfectly located market for hungry guests to grab a bite to eat at the Swan Street Diner or Toasted nearby after shopping.

Buffalo total 716mas. 10am-6pm 3rd and 10am-4pm December 4th at Buffalo River Works, 359 Janson St.

Take the kids to meet and greet with Santa and the Grinch while you cross over some Buffalo-inspired artwork, accessories, or glassware from the gift list.

Christmas in the country. 10 am to 5 pm on December 3 and 10 am to 4 pm on December 4 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave, Hamburg. Admission is $7 at the door, $5 in advance, and free for children 12 and under.

This is for those who not only want to support local artisans, but understand how they make their own good stuff. While shopping for stained glass, lattice wreaths, or other items from the 150 venues, guests can sit through demonstrations with the artists who made them.

Holy Ghost Lutheran School Christkindle Holiday Market. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 3 at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and School, 6630 Luther Street, Niagara Falls.

This is not a modest church fundraiser. It’s packed with over 50 vendors, a lottery basket and a homemade German lunch of sausage, pork schnitzel, Brat burger with fried sauerkraut, authentic German Rouladen, spaetzle with butter or cheese and German Bergholz potato salad.

Holiday Market and Tree of Light. Market 3-6pm and Tree of Light 4-6pm December 3 at Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway.

This is somewhat of a Rockefeller Center tree lighting in Buffalo: With the backdrop of the Martin House instead of an ice rink, light this tree with festive music from the Buffalo Girlchoir, food and a selection of local vendors.

Queen City Market. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 at Seneca Tower One, 1 Seneca Street

This gift offering embraces its mystical, eclectic flat sides with horror-themed candles, funky sundresses, and dazzling vintage clothing to gift to the stranger in your life.

Shop South Buffalo. 5-9 p.m. December 9 at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.

Starting with a performance by the Timon High School Choir, guests can shop from more than 60 South Buffalo businesses along Seneca Street, Abbott Road and South Park Avenue on their way from Buffalo’s Irish Center to the after party at Blackthorn Restaurant & Tavern.

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo Christmas Market 2022. 4-9 PM December 9, noon-8 PM December 10 and noon-5 PM December 11 at the Hofbräuhaus Buffalo, 190 Scott St.

Buffalo German’s favorite bar keeps traditions alive with horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday carols, barrel tree lighting, and outdoor shopping from more than 20 vendors.

Holiday market procrastinators. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Janson St.

When life gets in the way and shopping is left to the last minute, this diverse group of over 100 clothing and craft vendors is here to pick up the pieces.

Last minute holiday market panic. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 17 at the WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.

This is the perfect collection of eye-catching gifts for the book lover in your life – from paper artwork and screen prints to pennies and goodies from City of Light Publishing.

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