As the holidays quickly approach, it’s time to start thinking about that perfect gift or memento for the special people in your life. Lucky for you, Syracuse, New York has all the shops for that particular person (or pooch!) in your life who could use a hand-picked pick-me-up perfect for the holidays or any time of the year!
For the Die Hard SU Fan
There’s no better shop to stock up on one-of-a-kind Syracuse University gear than Scholars & Champs. This apparel shop in the heart of Downtown Syracuse specializes in new, custom and vintage Syracuse University and Central New York fashions. Check out their extensive stock of flannels, polos, sweatshirts, jerseys and tees featuring all the local teams such as the Syracuse Orange, Crunch, Mets and much more. If you’re stopping by the shops at Destiny USA mall, swing by University Sport Shop for a huge selection of Syracuse University collegiate gear for men, women and children. Head over to the Hill and try Manny’s on for size. A staple shop on Marshall street, Manny's offers top tier SU apparel and has since 1949.
For the Furriest of Friends
A favorite four-legged friend merchant in the east suburbs of Syracuse, Mother Nature Pet Supply in Manlius has a vast selection of high quality apparel (including sweaters and jackets for all size pups), chews, toys and treats for your furry best friend. Bring the dog and compile the perfect gift basket for any pet with everything from Kongs to catnip. If you’re north of the city, swing by Dog Daze Pet Shop in North Syracuse for a variety of foods, toys and treats to keep any kind of tail wagging. Happy Trails Dog Shop in Dewitt offers ‘cool stuff for pups and their peeps’ shop for matching sets or accessories for the house here.
For the Sophisticated Sweet Tooth
Looking to drop off a generous supply of sweets to a special someone during the holidays? Or maybe you want to gift your sweetheart a concoction of confections to kick off the New Year or get a jump start on Valentine’s Day? Grab an assortment of cookies from Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen, an award-winning, woman-owned business based in Downtown Syracuse. Serving up an all-organic menu using natural ingredients, this bakery also offers gluten-free and vegan options (and paw-approved pleasures, too!). And if custom cakes or bouquets of cupcakes are more of what you’re looking for, scope out Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes in Manlius. This bakehouse whips up delectable and absolutely stunning seasonal-themed cookies, fondant baked goods and made-to-order indulgences to satiate any sweet craving. If gluten free specific options are what you’re looking for then checking out The Cookie Connection is a must! A the first certified gluten free bake shop in the Syracuse area, customers will easily find cakes, muffins, cookies, pies, breads, even pizza dough. Plan accordingly because this bake shop is all made to order, call at least 2 days prior to picking up your order.
For All the Local Likes
If all things Upstate are on your mind, Syracuse is home to plenty of quaint and quirky boutiques, shops and storefronts selling all kinds of goods designed and crafted by local artists and artisans. Mixed Methods in the Hanover Square district Downtown carries a mix of pottery, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, fiber, stationary, candles and more, all handmade by artists in New York and across the U.S. Grab absolutely gorgeous vases, mugs, frames, décor and more, all one-of-a-kind items to accentuate any home and any style — seriously, this store is a must-shop for those who appreciate exclusive handmade gifts. And if making the ultimate shopping stop at Destiny USA, check out the Central New York Welcome Center for the most abundant supply of over 1,800 rotating New York State products. Stock up on assorted goodies from Hoffman’s, Recess Coffee, Dutch Hill Maple, Syracuse Salt Co. and many more.
For the Love of All Things Pretty
If you or someone you love appreciates the pretty little things in life, peruse the racks Ecodessa, a new women’s clothing boutique in the Pike Block in Downtown Syracuse on South Salina Street. This attractive boutique specializes in accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry, candles and pottery, all while supporting sustainable and ethical brands. And if you’re heading west of the city, check out Synple in Camillus, a lifestyle boutique offering dozens of name brands and all kinds of home, bath & beauty, baby and women’s goods and clothing, and seasonal furnishings and ornaments.
For the Guys Who Love a Good Get-Up
Projex214 on East Water Street in Hanover Square provides contemporary options for the fashion forward man. Search the store for everything from hoodies, sweatpants and sneakers to custom clothing, garments and suits. And in the Armory Square district, find your fine-dressed friends something they’ll love at Mr. Shop or Vagabond Clothing. Mr. Shop stocks designer suits, shirts, shoes and more, and Vagabond Clothing is a great place to shop for unique pieces at a great price.
For the Lovely Littles in Your Life
Adorable onesies, cute and cuddly teddies, plush toys and wooden games — what’s not to love? Share the adorable apparel and sweet trinkets with the little ones in your lives by shopping at Chloe’s Closet in Fayetteville. This upscale baby boutique offers a charming selection of special clothing and rare gifts for babies, toddlers and children. And if you’re venturing out to the charming lakeside village of Skaneateles, pop into Pride + Joy, another delightful baby store featuring everything from bows and hats and rompers to books, toys and more. You can even grab matching Upstate sweatshirts for you and your little one to wear with pride.