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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: 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…

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: 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: Home

Every year, the holidays go by way too fast — and we often get far too little out of them. From the whirlwind of cookie-cutter parties to the family gathering that goes south before the first snap of the game, it can get old. So why not try something new? Buck tradition this year and consider incorporating some new ideas into your celebrations. You just may find they br…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but as any ‘elf’ can tell you, the wonderful doesn’t just happen. With so many celebrations and so much to do, getting in the holiday spirit can seem an exhausting proposition. But there are ways to get from festive point A to joyful point B without losing it. Try these holiday hacks for speedy ways to get your merry on. 1. Get the…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

When it comes time to get your gift list together and strategize a game plan, you may encounter some tough scenarios. Often it’s the people we’re closest to who are the most difficult to buy for. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the most challenging people in your life, with a handy guide for the perfect holiday gift. Even better, it’s all local. Grandpa who doesn't need…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Just 222 steps from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, is the Silent Night Chapel, where nothing is for sale. Away from the hurly-burly of holiday commerce, the peaceful chapel in Frankenmuth, Mich., is a replica of the original church in Oberndorf, Austria, where “Silent Night” was composed in 1818. The lyrics to “Silent Night” are pos…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Food traditions bind us to family, but especially so during the holidays. Chefs of local restaurants are really no different. For them, November through New Year’s Eve often means working unbelievably long hours. Yet they still find time to celebrate. Here is some of the history that helped shape them. Mary Ann Giordano, chef and owner of Gigi’s Cucina Povera, said her …