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Find The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List In Albany

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 for your siblings...who always ask for too much. Take a look at our ideas below to get those ideas flowing!

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Gifts For Him


Food & Drink Gift Card

Give him a dining gift card to a local Albany restaurant like the always popular Albany Pump Station or City Beer Hall. He's sure to be happy no matter what choice you make!

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Brewery Fun

craft beer

Does your guy 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 a trip! Going on an adventure is a great gift idea for the guy who loves to discover new places. Look for an easy and inexpensive transportation method, like CDTA or Amtrak, and then pick where you'd like to go!

Gift Ideas For Her


Spa Day

What girl doesn't love some good TLC? Send the lady in your life to Rumors Day Spa and Hair Salon for a day filled with pampering!

Home Decor

Why not give her a new piece to hang on her wall from a local art gallery like the Sorelle Gallery. 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, it's sure to be a hit!


Visit Best Buy or the Apple Store at Crossgates Mall to pick up the new iPhone 6s... 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:

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!


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!

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

Whether 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!


A gift card to a local cafe where they can unwind with a warm cup from the Happy Cappuccino (in Schenectady), the Whistling Kettle (in Ballston Spa), Perfect Blend (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 local wine, beer and spirits? Pick up a gift card to the Saratoga Winery or the Adirondack Winery.

Sweet Tooths

Indulge in one (or a few) of the many Albany bakeries and candy shops in the area! Pick up a treat or a tray of goodies for the sweet tooth on your shopping list.

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

People love their pets, so for that friend who is most devoted to their 4-legged friend, head to Clifton Park Center location for a wide variety of items. Saratoga is also home to an array of pet boutiques.


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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