Roc the Holiday With These Local Gifts
A-Listers are a busy bunch, so the A-List elves are compiling the ultimate holiday gift guide. Surprise your friends and family with presents handpicked just for them from some of Rochester’s best local shops, businesses and local artisans. From gifts for the foodie, the fashionista, the golfer, the vegan, and the little ones in your life to the hard to shop for person who has everything, here are the first 5 gifts of the 2023 #shoplocalroc gift guide. We’ll be adding more local gifts each week.
The holidays are about giving + getting. And that’s exactly what shopping local does for you + for our community. Shopping local will make you look good and feel good. Roc the Holiday and make a profound impact in your community with the power of your dollar. Every dollar spent locally has 3x the impact! We’ll be giving away a santa’s sleigh full of these gift ideas on instagram in December, so be sure to enter to win and see what our elves are sharing there.
PS. Less time needed shopping means more time to enjoy the holiday celebrating. Save the date for the Dec. City Walk on Wed. Dec. 6, and the A-List Rooftop Holiday Party during the most prolific meteor shower of the year on Wed. Dec. 13th. Want more holiday inspo? Head to our calendar for some of our city’s fun holiday happenings. #Roc the Holiday!
2023 Shop Local Rochester Gift Guide
We’ll be adding gift ideas each week
A great wellness gift for yourself or a loved one is a sauna session at this gorgeous space- Lumos Sauna. Lumos is located at the Culver Road Armory and a second location in Webster. Scoop up their holiday offer – a buy one get one free 30 minute session – intro offer for all first time Lumos clients. It’s a value of $78 for just $39. Buy a gift card for this special or choose an amount to add to a gift card from their online store. The gift card can be sent to the recipient or you can print it yourself.
A great family gift or gift for your favorite movie buff is a customized holiday gift box of FLX popcorn. Choose two flavors of FLX popcorn. They will be packaged in a gift box, along with a bag of classic salted caramel corn and a container of local popcorn kernels. You can also buy individual bags. Choose from all of their flavors and be a gift giving hero at the office. This is also our pick for a great gift for your mailman, teacher, or dog walker. Free shipping for orders over $50.
For the cigar connoisseur, give a gift of premium hand rolled cigars from Santiago Cigar Factory. Handmade using the finest quality tobaccos, Santiago offers over 30 premium blends and sizes to choose the perfect cigar from mild to bold natural flavors, as well as infused options including bourbon, cinnamon and more. Stop in the shop located in the historic Valley Cadillac at 335 East Avenue in Rochester, or shop online.
Elevate the spirits of your loved ones and your holiday celebrations with locally crafted grain to glass spirits from Black Button Distilling. Bespoke Bourbon Cream, Citrus Forward Gin, and Four Grain Bourbon Straight Bourbon Whiskey are both featured in their cocktail kits. A Cheesy Eddies bourbon cream cheesecake and Bespoke Bourbon Cream bundle, bottles, apparel, and bar accessories are perfect gifts for the spirits enthusiast in your life. Buy online for pick-up in the Tasting Room or buy online and have shipped direct! Black Button Distilling is located in the heart of Rochester at 1344 University Avenue.
For the beer lover on your gift giving list, Rohrbachs has you covered. From puzzles, to beer koozies, shirts and hats, beer pairing tickets plus Rohrbachs has a gift card program running through Christmas. Receive $5 brew bucks for every $25 spent on gift cards. Available online & at both locations through Christmas Day. Brew bucks are redeemable at either RBC location 1/1/24–3/1/24. Shop online for delivery or in store pick up. The Beer Hall is located at 97 Railroad St. in Rochester, and the Brewpub Restaurant is located at 3859 Buffalo Rd. You can also buy cans, crowlers, and growlers at both locations to stock up for holiday entertaining. Get in the holiday spirit with Kacey’s Christmas Ale.
Artisan cheese, cheese gift boxes, cheese subscriptions, and tours are great gifts for the foodies and cheese lovers on your list, and hostess gifts. These gift options are available at East Hill Creamery. The farm is located in Perry, NY, but you can also shop online. East Hill Creamery has taken the ideal of traditional farmstead cheese and elevated it. By using raw milk exclusively from their own dairy farm, they are able to guarantee quality from pasture to plate. They offer $10 tours tours that include cheese tasting (the perfect compliment to any day-trip to nearby Letchworth State Park). What a great idea for family time together. Order from their selection of delicious cheese varieties, as well as gift boxes, monthly cheese subscriptions, and gift certificates.
Give the golfer on your list a chance to swing their clubs in the dead of winter with an indoor golf experience at Rochester’s original golf entertainment bar & grill Avid Indoor Golf Center. A-Listers save $10 on your gift certificate. $50 gift certificate (good for 1 hour of play) on a golf-simulator for 1-4 golfers, is available for $40 for A-listers until Dec 31, 2023. Gift certificates are available at Avid Indoor Golf, open 7 days a week during the winter. Avid is an upscale indoor golf bar & grill, located next to Ridgemont Country Club with 4 simulators. Golfers can play over 90 world famous courses swinging real clubs with real balls. Purchase online as well as gift certificates for any amount. Mention A-List when you stop in to get the $10 discount, or if you buy online, get $10 value added when redeem (when you mention A-List to staff).
A golf membership is a season long gift for the golfer on your list. Morgan’s Crossing has a great membership deal running through Dec. Save $100 on a 2024 Morgan’s Crossing Membership making the cost $499.99. Perks included with membership are no initiation fee, unlimited greens fees, discounted guest rates, BOGO range balls, Free club fitting, 15% off select pro shop brands, area golf course reciprocals, and membership card. Learn More and purchase online.
The perfect present for the person who loves experiences is a gift certificate to City Walk. City Walk is a walking happy hour and they happen each month on second Wednesdays exploring a new Rochester, NY neighborhood.City Walkers visit 3 local restaurants for food samples and drink specials. $32 includes tickets for two. The gift recipient can choose which City Walk they’d like to attend. 2024 Schedule. To order, email to A-List Events and we’ll mail a gift certificate to you or your loved one. Cheers!
The gift of craft coffee is sure to put a smile on any coffee lovers face. Just in time for gift giving season, Joe Bean has released a new line of coffee collections, each crafted to appeal to a different type of coffee drinker. Their new collections are online, and can be shipped immediately or pre-ordered for holiday delivery. Collections include nationally awarded coffees and coffees listed in Coffee Review’s Top 30 Coffees of The Year. Or send a Coffee Gift Subscription allowing you to send a rotating selection of single origin coffees, sourced in season, directly to your special someone. Choose how many bags you want to send, and they do the rest. The gift recipient receives an email, sent on the day you choose, letting them know they have a gift subscription—they can then choose to start it whenever it works for them. Coffees are all directly, ethically sourced and sustainably grown, so you can feel good that you are sending coffee that lifts everyone along the way. Purchase online
Some background- Joe Bean Roasters, located in the city of Rochester, actively participates in the entire supply chain in order to ensure ethical sourcing and sustainable practices. Their mission, Coffee that Lifts Everyone, is to give selling power back to coffee farmers and purchasing power into the hands of coffee drinkers. A certified B Corp and Women-Owned (MWBE) business, they have won numerous national awards including Good Food Awards, Golden Bean Medals and finalist in the U.S. National Roasters Competition. Feel good about your purchase.
A unique and beautiful holiday arrangement from Stacy K Floral is the perfect hostess gift. The design team at Stacy K can help you create something perfectly suited for the occasion. You can shop online or in store. Delivery is available as well as floral subscriptions, classes, jewelry, purses and bags, plants, candles and more gift items for the home. You can shop online or stop into their shop at 43 Russell St. Shop arrangements and wreaths online
Stay tuned for more (LOCAL) gifts! We’ll be adding new gifts next week.