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You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Long after many of us have turned in for the evening, their night is just beginning. These men are also weekend warriors, rising early on a Saturday morning just to play the game they grew up loving as a child. From Riverworks to Lockport and everywhere in between, the hockey rinks of Western New York are full of grown men who continue to be intoxicated by the game of hock…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

It is officially the season for entertaining. Sure, you can compete with evening events like office holiday parties and neighborhood cocktails that take over our calendars come December, but If you want to get friends together in a relaxed setting without breaking the bank, hosting a festive brunch is a fabulous option. Plan ahead and you’re guaranteed a holiday hit. Here …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Picture this: a family sits down for a holiday meal. The table is set, anticipation for the meal has been growing throughout the day, and stomachs are growling as visions of holiday staples fill their heads. Only there’s no food. It’s a situation many families face in WNY — during the holidays and throughout the year. In any given month, the Food Bank of WNY provides…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

There’s never been a better time to play tour guide to friends and family coming home for the holidays. Sure, they might think they know where they want to go — old favorites like Chef’s, Duff’s and Mighty Taco offer tastes not found outside of Buffalo. But there’s also plenty of "new Buffalo" to show them: cocktail bars, breweries, restaurants and neighborhoods. Here a…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The bows, ribbons, scissors and brightly colored paper sit on a little bedroom table waiting for the First Lady to continue wrapping her Christmas presents. It’s a sentimental peek into the holiday preparations of Eleanor Roosevelt at Springwood, the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, about 5½ hours from Buffalo. FDR’s Georgian Colonial-style house is …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

For my family, it wouldn’t be the holidays without our annual Christmas cut-out cookie extravaganza. It started when I was 6 or 7 and I would get together with my Aunt Missy and usually a friend or two for mass production of cookies; this eventually snowballed into a family affair with anywhere from 20-25 people in attendance. There are some MVPs (on each of the fronts: de…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965, our young protagonist confessed to his friend Linus that he felt depressed and empty, that the holidays had become too commercialized. The show may have had a happy ending — with all the Peanut characters gathered around Charlie singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing — but Charlie may not feel bett…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

The Chabad House of Buffalo will once again host a handful of Hanukkah activities this year, including a Hanukkah Wonderland, an “electric menorah” parade and more. Rabbi Moshe Gurary, the Chabad House’s program director, said the season will kick off on the first night of Hanukkah, Tuesday, Dec. 12, when the first candle of the Menorah will be lit at an event held at T…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

If Dave Gordon has learned anything in the last 40 years while running a family business in Buffalo, it has been that people love shopping for Christmas and holiday decor. From upside-down Christmas trees to wreaths in pastel colors decorated with strawberries, his business has seen every trend imaginable. Dave’s Christmas Wonderland in Cheektowaga is the flagship store…

My real job is publisher and president of The Buffalo News. My columnist job is an excuse to try plenty of good wine. Sometimes I get to mix the two. The News was recently on the hunt for a new sports writer. A prospective candidate was in town with her husband, so I invited them to dinner to share why we love Buffalo so much. I came up with a dinner theme of sports …

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

In 1979, disco music was at its peak. Bell bottom jeans, afros, tight shirts with eye-popping patterns, platform shoes, and lots of gaudy gold jewelry were in. And dancing — lots and lots of dancing — was the best way to spend an evening. That same year, the Buffalo Convention Center first opened its doors. They needed a larger-than-life event to help mark the occasion,…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…