Holiday ornaments from local artists
Holiday Ornaments (Cat Clay, More Fire Glass, Tom Pollard Designs) | © MetroPops

We’re last minute shoppers, it’s terrible, we know. There’s just something about that deadline creeping up that really puts us into action. So this year we’re getting ahead and starting our shopping in November (super early, we know)!

Our local businesses have a lot to offer, so here’s a quick holiday gift guide to do more LOCAL gift giving this year.

Give Experiences: 

Art exhibit inside the Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery | © MetroPops

Give more than a physical item, give an experience. For those art lovers in your life consider memberships to galleries or museums like the George Eastman MuseumMemorial Art Gallery, and Artisan Works.

Want ideas for more gifts that keep giving? Try memberships to the Rochester Museum & Science CenterThe Strong Museum of Play or the Seneca Park Zoo.

Each of these places have great gift shops too, so don’t overlook those either. They are full of unique treasures you often won’t find anywhere else.

Know a theatre or music lover? Consider subscriptions to one of our many theaters like Geva Theatre or Blackfriars Theatre, or the RPO!

The Gift of Learning: 

Rochester Brainery Class
© Rochester Brainery

We’re life-long learners, we love to read, take classes and attend events where we’ll walk away having learned something and been inspired. Give the gift of knowledge through gift cards and classes from Rochester Brainery, the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery, or the Flower City Arts Center. These are also great for couples and friends, get 2 and take the class with them!

For the Home:

Home decor and art
Stacy K Floral | © MetroPops

Skip the big box stores and head to the small mom n’pop shops. Look for gifts at places like Stacy K FloralAXOM HomeMore Fire Glass Studio and Archimage. Even Peppermint has a great selections of local Rochester goodies! Don’t forget about the option of buying second hand either, check out Abode Rochester and Greenovation!

Clothing & Things: 

© Little Button Craft

Before you head to the mall or Target, stop into PeppermintSalty, or Statement Boutique. Shopping for an active friend? Try Fleet FeetRochester Running Co. or Rochester Parkour. Check out EvenOdd Creative who makes clutches, messengers bags, totes, wallets, bracelets and more out of old bicycle inner-tubes. Actually, explore all of the shops at the Hungerford! Know a tee-shirt lover? Don’t miss Crazy Dog T-Shirts and Transit Apparel.

And don’t forget about stores like Little Button Craft, and Parkleigh, you never know what great (and random!) gifts you’ll find.

Local Food & Gift Cards:

The Marquee outside The Little Theatre
The Little Theatre | © MetroPops

Lastly, as much as we love that super thought-out perfect gift, we’re also fans of local food and gift cards! Do you have a favorite place you think your friend or family member needs to try, what better way to get them to go than with a gift card? The list could be endless: McCann’sTRATARoccoThe Owl HouseThe Red FernBitter HoneyFiorella, all the Coffee Shops, or The Little Theatre, and actually any of the places we’ve already listed in this post!

Want to share your favorite local food or drink items? Head to F. Olivers, the Public MarketBlack Button DistillingLiving Roots Wine, give baked goods from Scratch Bakeshop or Get Caked.

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Whatever you may be shopping for, look LOCAL. What are we missing? Add to our shopping guide by leaving a comment below!

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the Rochesteriat

the Rochesteriat

Originally started in July of 2013, the Rochesteriat has been a blog focused solely on the most exciting places, events, and people in the city of Rochester, NY. Although the original site and blog has now been incorporated into our new MetroPops site, the city passion lives on!

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