The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about what to give all of the special people in your life. Don’t know where to look? We have you covered with our 2022 Syracuse Holiday Gift Guide. This year, shop something unique and shop local for all of your loved ones.

For the Trend Setters

The best looks, the cutest bags, the newest sweater, we all know someone that has that “Oh I just have to have it” energy. To find that one-of-a-kind gift for the person who has everything, visit one of the area’s many boutiques. Check out The Local Branch for some graphic tees and leather goods. Stop at Wildflowers Armory for art prints, candles, apparel and more – all brought to you by artists that reside within the community. 

Jet Black Boutique and Skaneateles 300 are two high-end boutiques in Onondaga County offering brand name clothing and shoes. Pick out a few statement pieces, or go safe with a gift card and we guarantee it’ll be their favorite gift this year. 

The Foodie

The CNY Welcome Center located in Destiny USA sells a variety of locally made artisan snacks, candies, sauces and seasonings. These make the perfect gift for someone who loves Syracuse and wants to be reminded of the Salt City all year long. 

If they’re 21+ and into the craft beverage scene then pick up some goods at one of our Sip On Syracuse beverage trail stops. Maybe you want to give the gift of a quaint dinner for 2, or for the entire extended family. Check out restaurants in Syracuse to help make your decision just a little easier.

The Crafty One 

Picture this: you walk into that person's home, you see the decorative signs in the kitchen and dining room, the homemade candles in the living room, and the personalized towels hanging in the bathroom. This person loves crafts, so lean into this and pop over to Camillus for Holiday charm and crafts at Metro Home Style or head over to BeeKind Shop on Tipperary Hill for a homemade candle.


The Music Lover

Music is art and art is always appreciated around the holidays. The Sound Garden in Armory Square offers eclectic vinyl, CDs, and other music merchandise throughout the decades. Prefer to share a musical experience with them? Stay up to date with concerts throughout the year at venues including, St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, The Oncenter, Sharkey’s in Liverpool, or The Westcott.

The Kids

“But the children love the books.”- ELF So why not take them to Parthenon Books, the only independent book store in Syracuse. Let them choose their next favorite story or give them one of your favorite reads. If you’re looking to keep your little ones entertained during winter break, then gift them with a family-fun experience with tickets to the MOST or Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Another fun way to share tons of quality time with the kids is by checking out Destiny USA. Team up with your significant other, or a group of friends and while some of you do your shopping, the rest of you can take the kids to Billy Beez, Apex Entertainment, Get Air, Museum of Intrigue or one of the many other places Destiny has to offer.


The Pet Lover

Remember that the holidays are also a time to cherish and spoil our four-legged family members. Make sure your good boy or girl is on your list this year. Check out Storybook Wags N’ Whiskers for some toys they’ll love. Or, perhaps a trip to Wegmans Good Dog Park to run around and play with friends will be the perfect gift. Afterwards, swing over to The Lucky Pupp in Liverpool or Happy Tails Dog Shop in Dewitt for some unique pet items and fun treats. 

Looking for your new best friend? Then perhaps the best gift you can give this season is the gift of a forever home, check out Helping Hounds to see some rescues that are in need of a loving family this holiday season.