Charming Antique Shops
Seek out the region’s many antique stores to score some retro decor and gifts for the most puzzling people on your list. Wander through aisles and stalls of well-curated goods at places like the Lewiston Antique Mall and Shawnee Country Barns Antique Co-Op to find totally unique presents. Silver picture frames, delicate coupe glasses or jewelry and memorabilia from a favorite sports team or childhood television show are all guaranteed not be re-gifted. (Pro-tip: If you’re hosting a holiday gathering, consider stocking up on inexpensive glassware and a punch bowl at one of these vintage shops, too — which can add a little style to your party.)
Explore mom-and-pop shops in Niagara County’s quaint towns, like Research and Design in Lewiston — where you can check off almost everyone on your list, including the little ones! In North Tonawanda, Martinsville Soapworks offers a robust range of scented soaps, scrubs and lotions, and in downtown Niagara Falls, the Book Corner is a bookworm’s haven. Find something for everyone on your list among the stacks and aisles of books of every genre, including the largest selection of children’s books in western New York. (Bonus: They do free gift wrapping.)
Big-box Stores USA
What can’t you find at Target? The iconic mega-store is popular for good reason, and home to everything from iPads and other electronics (for the ones who’ve been extra good this year) to well-priced wrapping paper, gift tags, ornaments and even faux Christmas trees. Nearby, the Walmart Supercenter has a similar selection of discount-priced gifts, wrapping paper and other goodies, and is also home to a grocery store, pharmacy and photo processing center. At either of these stores, pick up some small denomination gift cards for the group on your list you’re not quite sure what to get: teachers, dog walkers or anyone else who would appreciate a mini-shopping spree somewhere that sells virtually everything under the sun.
New York Grocery Stores
When it comes to food shopping, not all grocery stores are created equal. To optimize your food shopping trip, make a pilgrimage to Wegman’s, Latina Importing Co. and Aldi. At Wegman’s, tackle your holiday grocery shopping in one trip, picking up freshly baked pies, craft beer and wine and cut fruit and vegetables to make meal prep a breeze, plus antipasti like olives and charcuterie to throw together an easy-yet-impressive charcuterie board. The family-owned-and-operated Latina Importing Co. is set on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, and offers fresh fruits and vegetables, plus meats, cheeses, dressings and sauces, desserts and more. Finally, Aldi sells award-winning products at low prices, so stock up on pantry staples like holiday baking ingredients and much more.