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Find The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List In Albany NY

Unique people deserve unique gifts. Don't you think? Albany and the Capital Region are in no way lacking those special shops to find just the right thing for that one friend that is always the hardest to buy for, or for your father who never asks for anything, or your siblings...who always ask for too much. Let the lists below get the ideas flowing until you think of the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season!

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Gifts For Him


Food & Drink Gift Card

Dining Out

Give him a dining gift card to a local Albany restaurant like the beloved Bombers Burrito Bar, Albany Pump Station or City Beer Hall, he's sure to be happy no matter what choice you make! Browse Albany restaurants »

Brewery Fun

craft beer

What guy doesn't love a nice, cold beer? Give him a gift card or a brewery tour to one of the many breweries throughout the Capital Region! Check out Brown's Brewing Company - you'll find a great taproom menu of food and beer!

A Getaway

Car Wash
Plan an trip! Going on an adventure is the perfect gift idea for him - much more exciting than a boring sweater or socks. Look for an easy and inexpensive transportation method, like CDTA, and then focus on where you'd like to go!

Gift Ideas For Her


Spa or Wax Day

What girl doesn't love some good TLC? Check out this exfoliating gel from European Wax Center! This is the perfect gift to pair alongside a day at the spa (try Rumors Day Spa and Hair Salon) or a wax from the European Center!

Home Decor

Why not give her a new piece to hang on her wall from a local art gallery like the Sorelle Gallery or Albany Art Room. There are also many on Beekman Street in Saratoga. With all these great options, you are sure to find pieces that will complement her current home decor.


Stop by Frank Adams Jewelers in Stuyvesant Plaza, or head to one of the other jewelry shops in the area to find the perfect piece that will make her feel special this holiday season.

Gifts For Kids & Teens


Laser Tag

laser tag
Fun for all ages, laser tag is a sure-to-please gift for any child or teen this holiday season. Whether you get a group together or simply give a gift card for a future trip with their friends, Albany Battlefield Live Laser Tag in Crossgates Mall is a great option!


Visit Best Buy or the Apple Store at Crossgates Mall to pick up the new iPhone 6... or perhaps a case for their iPads or Amazon Fire!


For iPhone addicted teens, opt for an iTunes gift card so they can buy mobile apps or music to their heart's content. Just don't try to talk to them while they've got their headphones on!

Indoor Play

Girl Playing
Once the cold weather sets in, kids are left longing for some high-gear, playground fun. Try gift cards to:

  • Tumbling Tykes in Latham
  • Tiny Tots Tearoom in Clifton Park
  • Bounce Around in Clifton Park Center
  • Rollarama Skating Center in Schenectady

Holiday Outing

holiday lights
Give them the gift of a holiday memory: take them to enjoy a night of lights at the Capital Holiday Lights in the Park display in Washington Park. Proceeds go to support a great cause, and it's really fun for the kids. On certain nights, they'll even get to meet Santa!


Teens with books
For the bookworms, choose an Amazon gift card so they can order books and download e-books. They can also buy music, food, and just about anything else on Amazon, so you know they'll find something they like.

Gift Ideas For Anyone


The Gift of Sunshine

Shopping bags
Who doesn't want some sun during these harsh winter months? Check out Total Tan and pick up a giftcard for someone special! Plus, with any Gift Card purchase of $50 or more, you'll receive a $20 Gift Voucher! (The Gift Voucher must be redeemed by 01/31/15.)

Dave and Busters

Adult gaming fun
This adult playground is a great outing for everyone on your list. A competitive group of dudes will have a field day, ladies night will be far more entertaining, and double dates will gain a whole new appeal! Get a gift card or plan an outing to Dave and Busters in the Crossgates Mall.

Ski Trip

Ski TripWhether for downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more, a gift card to a local ski mountain, like Maple Ski Ridge, McCauley Mountain, Catamount Ski Area, Jiminy Peak or one of the other local ski areas near Albany makes the perfect holiday gift this season!


Coffee and laptop
A gift card to a local cafe where they can unwind with a warm cup from the Coffeetime@Hellasbakery, Divinitea (in Schenectady), the Whistling Kettle (in Ballston Spa), Java Jazz (in Delmar), or one of many other local cafes.

Paint & Sip

paint and sip
Everyone deserves a night out with their buddies. Give them the gift of Saratoga Paint & Sip! It's a great idea for any group to get together and enjoy a drink while learning to paint a personal masterpiece.


Know someone who loves to entertain? Pick up something from Capital Wine & Liquor, Oliver's Beverage Center or Saratoga Brewery. You could also opt to celebrate local wine with a bottle or two from Altamont Vineyard & Winery.

Sweet Tooths

Get a gourmet gift basket from Anthony's Chocolate Dipped Fruit, featuring a wide variety of fruits and options. Or, grab some yummy dairy products from Argyle Cheese Farmer - you can't go wrong with cheese!

Foodie Gifts


If your foodie loves to cook, there is always Different Drummer's Kitchen in Stuyvesant Plaza. If they love to eat, but aren't too interested in doing the dirty work, check out local restaurants for gift cards and a night out.

Concert / Event Tickets

Pick up tickets to a local show you know they'll love, whether it's to go see their favorite comedian, music group or sports team... Albany always has great events coming up. Looking to do something more traditional? The Albany Symphony Orchestra offers concert tickets as well as annual memberships.

Gifts For Pets


Toys and Treats

cat and fish
People love their pets, so for that friend who is most devoted to their 4-legged friend, head to Sloppy Kisses in Saratoga Springs or Clifton Park Center location for a wide variety of items. Dawgdom in Saratoga is another great option for nearly everything a pet could need or bark for.


trim puppy
Bark Avenue Salon in Burnt Hills is a full-service pet grooming salon and boutique, offering baths, nail clipping, pedicures, teeth brushing and many other services for all breeds of dogs and cats.


Because sometimes pets could use a nice getaway, Milton Manor Pet Spa & Resort and Pet Spas of America offer all the frills of a luxury vacation for almost any kind of pet!

Looking For More?

Of course, this list does in no way cover everyone's friends, family and gift lists, but it's a good start! For some more suggestions, browse other Albany shops for great local gift ideas!

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