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The Seven Gifts of the 716

The Seven Gifts of the 716

Don’t you just love how easy and stress-free holiday shopping is? Yeah…right! Holiday shopping can be a complete pain in the you know what! So let WELCOME help you with these seven holiday gift ideas from the Buffalo Niagara region.
1. For the moms on your list, whether it's your own mother or your friends who work selflessly every day taking care of others, why not treat them to a day of relaxation and pure bliss at Spa Alexis.  From massages to manicures and pedicures, Spa Alexis offers a luxurious getaway from the hectic trials of everyday life.  Moms always take care of everyone elses’ needs before their own and this time it’s your turn to be Santa and treat mom to a gift she will enjoy and appreciate.

Spa_Alexis_278w.jpg                                                A relaxing massage at the Spa Alexis. photo source:
2. If you’re looking for a gift for the kiddos, why not shake a tail and get them tickets to see "PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure" at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Your kids will be so thrilled they’ll be nice all year until next Christmas.

3. Teenagers, woof! Gift giving can be especially tricky with teens because they will not like anything you get them. Once you buy it, it officially isn’t cool because, well… you bought it. We know that they aren’t the easiest people to impress or to shop for but have no fear, Welcome 716 is here. If there’s one place teenagers love it’s the mall. So, why not save yourself the headache and let them pick out their own gift with a gift card from Walden Galleria Mall. They’ll enjoy the freedom of selecting their own gift and you’ll relax knowing that this year there’s no need for a return receipt.

Teenage_Shoppers_300w.jpg                                            As if! Cher and Dionne are the quintessential teenage mall shoppers.

4. Everyone loves a personalized gift. What about a custom made ornament from The Christmas Shoppe? Since it’s the largest Christmas shop in New York, there are plenty of personal and sentimental gifts to choose from. Whether you’re shopping for grandma, your kid’s teacher or your BFF, a custom ornament is something they'll cherish for years to come.  Every year when they trim their tree, your ornament will bring a smile to their faces. Want something custom that isn’t an ornament? Check out Oxford Pennant on Main Street in Buffalo. These American-made wool pennants and banners are the perfect customized accessories for anyone’s home or office.
Buffalo_NY_felt_banner_300w.JPG                                    Just one of the many pennant options on display at Oxford Pennant. Of course, you can     
                                     start from scratch and choose your own design too. 
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5. For the music lover on your list, we suggest tickets to see “Bruce in the USA: The world’s #1 tribute to Bruce Springsteen,” at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. Heartland rock makes for a heartfelt gift and with reasonable ticket prices it really is the next best thing to seeing the Boss himself.  So get loose with a little music from Bruce this holiday season!

Bruce_Springstein_300w_.jpg                                            Matt Ryan shines as he performs all the greatest Springsteen hits. photo source:

6. Need to find something romantic for that special someone? Why not head north for the evening and enjoy the breathtaking views from the Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room.  Whether you’ve been together two weeks or forty years, an intimate dinner with a breathtaking panoramic view will make for an evening you will not soon forget. After all, making memories is the best gift of all.  You might even see Santa and his reindeer flying by while you enjoy your meal.

Niagara_Falls_300w.jpg                                        View from 52 floors up at  the Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room. photo source:        

7. Let’s not forget about dad! True, dad often has no clue what’s in the gift that’s labeled “from mom and dad” but it’s the thought that counts, right? Why not stop by O’Connell’s Clothing and pick up a pair of Men’s Draper of Glastonbury Slippers. We prefer the “Greg” slipper in Wine Leather, but there are plenty of options to choose from.  Let dad sit back, relax, with his freshly slippered feet up on the couch while YOU pick up the wrapping paper this year.

OConnells_Clothing_300w.jpg                                                 Men’s Glastonbury “Greg” slipper in Wine Leather. photo source:

Still puzzled on what to get those tricky to shop for people on your list? Head over to and browse the best establishments to eat, drink, shop and be merry in the 716 this holiday season.


Have other great gift ideas in the 716?? Let us know in the comment section below


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