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Rochester Gift Guide

Monday, December 7, 2020 8:00 PM by Rachel Laber

Gift shop at Living Roots Wine & Co. 

Give the gift of Rochester this holiday shopping season! Support small and local Rochester businesses and find unique gifts and experiences that your loved ones will enjoy all year round.

Gifted Rochester Experiences

New and different experiences will create new memories for you and your loved ones. Gift a unique experience for now (COVID-friendly) or later.

  • Virtual and in-person cooking classes with New York Kitchen.

  • Online classes from the Rochester Brainery. Sample from a wide range of topics and courses, including crafts, history, flower arrangements, cooking, art and so much more.

  • Take an online art class with Flower City Arts Center.

  • Host an exclusive exhibit experience at The Strong National Museum of Play. Organize an outing your friends and family won’t soon forget with private exhibit time and access to select exhibits after regular museum hours.

  • Tickets to the newest exhibit at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. Pair the passes with merchandise celebrating the new exhibit for a special gift bundle

  • Have a Happy Warholiday and give the gift of passes to the Andy Warhol exhibit on display at the Memorial Art Gallery.

  • A gift certificate to a GCV&M camp for a day learning a trade with their 19th century craftspeople.

  • Visit the historic landmark home of Susan B. Anthony when you gift passes to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. Follow up your tour of the museum with a visit to Mount Hope Cemetery and view the graves of Anthony, along with fellow Rochesterian and civil rights leader, Frederick Douglass.

  • Did you know the Seneca Park Zoo is open all year round? Make your visit extra-special with a private guided tour of the zoo. Your tour guide will lead you on a 90‐minute journey through the Zoo where you’ll get a deeper insight on the animals in our care and different areas of the Zoo. Your guide will gladly answer questions and share information on the Zoo’s mission to save animals from extinction.

  • Plan for warmer weather next summer and purchase a gift certificate for a cruise on the Erie Canal with Sam Patch and Colonial Belle tour boats.

Gifts for Families
  • Gift passes or a membership to local museums that are the perfect fit for families including, the Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Museum & Science Center and Genesee Country Village & Museum.

  • Spend the day with the animals and support conservation efforts with a family membership or gift passes to the Seneca Park Zoo.

  • Start planning for next summer now and gift passes to Seabreeze Amusement Park, the oldest family operated amusement park in the country! And in 2021, enjoy a belated (from 2020) 100th anniversary celebration for Seabreeze’s Jack Rabbit rollercoaster, the oldest continuously operating wooden roller coaster in the United States. 

  • Hit the slopes this winter with passes to Bristol Mountain, located just outside of Rochester and home to the highest peak between the Adirondacks and the Rocky Mountains.

Gifts for Foodies
  • Give the gift of chocolate hand-crafted in Rochester, with delicious options available from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, Laughing Gull Chocolates and Stever’s Candies.

  • Some dishes you can only find in Rochester, like the Zweigle’s “white hot.” But did you know that you can order Zweigle’s online and send to anyone on your shopping list, wherever they may be. Browse Zweigle’s available offerings and order here. 

  • Sample some of Rochester’s signature sauces like Boss Sauce, PepperNutz ROC City Hot Sauces, Guglielmo’s Marinara Sauce and Dinosaur BBQ Sauce.

  • Give the gift of holiday spirits. Choose from wine, gift cards or merch from Casa Larga Vineyards and Living Roots, or spirits from local distilleries like Black Button and Iron Smoke.

  • Rochester has a reputation as one of the best cities for coffee in the country. (Learn more about Rochester’s booming third wave coffee scene here).

  • Get many more gift ideas for foodies with our Rochester Food Gifts Guide.

Gifts for Craft Beer Lovers

Rochester is one of the best cities for beer in the country! With more than two dozen breweries in Monroe County alone, Rochester is brimming with gifts for fans of craft beer.

Where to Shop in ROC
  • Locals will tell you that “The Record Archive is the Place to Go!” And it really is the place to go for music, movies, vintage clothing and so much more. The Record Archive is one of the largest record stores in the northeast, and it is filled with unique gifts for all ages and musical interests. Shop in store or online here.

  • Find beautiful gifts and “improbable beautiful things” at a Horse With Wings gift shop. Shop home enhancements from artful gifts to unusual decor, furniture & lighting, unique apparel and jewelry, pet related & baby gifts and more.

  • Rochester museum gift shops are filled with unique gifts and treasures perfect for gifting.

    • Find unique pieces of art, clothing, jewelry and more at the Store @ MAG.

    • The museum shop at The Strong National Museum of Play features gifts themed around the museum’s permanent exhibits, like Sesame Street and Berenstain Bears, along with assorted puzzles, crafts, educational games and toys featured in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

    • Shop products made by the tradespeople on site at Genesee Country Village & Museum at the museum’s Flint Hill gift shop. The shop also featured games, activities and candy inspired by the 19th century, as well as cookies and confections baked by museum staff. Shop the gift shop online now.

    • The Shop at Rochester Museum & Science Center is the perfect spot to shop for the future scientists on your list! Find a wide range of items at the Shop at RMSC, including telescopes and binoculars, DIY science kits and museum merchandise.

  • Get Rochester themed tee shirts, mugs, stickers and more at Peppermint.

  • The Rochester Brainery shop is filled with products created by local makers. Even better, if you see an item you like, there is a good chance you can take a class with the maker at the Brainery and learn how to make your own! From pottery to macramé and much more.

  • Living Roots has transformed its tasting room to a gift shop filled with local products

  • Browse boutiques on Park Avenue, shops are open both in-person and online. See the Park Ave Merchants Association for a full list of merchants, but highlights include Stever’s Candies, Parkleigh, Salty Boutique, Mansa Wear, Statement and Bones Dog Bakery.

  • Give the gift of a custom piece of art! Visit artist Andrea Boccacino's Log Cabin Gallery and browse over 125 one-of-a-kind paintings, jewelry & cards in a 1934 log cabin surrounded by myriad of wildlife.

  • Score running shoes, apparel and other gifts for runners at Fleet Feet Rochester.

  • Who doesn’t want to give the gift of rest and relaxation? Purchase a spa gift certificate for a future massage, facial or other service from the Spa at the Del Monte Lodge, Ape + Canary, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa or Glenna’s CBD & Spa.

  • Give the gift of springtime in Rochester and put a smile on the faces of loved ones near and far with a wide array of Lilac Festival items. View the official Rochester Lilac Festival Holiday Gift Shop here

 

Author: Rachel Laber

Rachel Laber is the Director of Market Communications & Public Relations for Visit Rochester. A native of Rochester, Rachel is passionate about telling the stories of her hometown.