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Yelp Rochester Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Stuck on what to get your loved ones this holiday season? Skip all things typical and go for the unique gifts made with love here in ROC. After all, isn’t supporting one another what the holiday season is all about? We’ve compiled the ultimate shopping guide—local, of course—to make crossing those names off your list a lot simpler.

1. Parkleigh

“So many wonderful items, teas, coffees, chocolate, lotions of every kind, and cards! We love the kitchen gadget section and always find something really interesting—last time was a tea infuser shaped like a monkey!” – Laura S

2. Red Bird Market

“The staff are amazing, always welcoming and smiling. There are great local products here! I always stop in around Christmas time to get some local treats for out of town family!” – Lauren R

3. Archimage

“A great place to find a gift for basically anyone in your life. The selection includes toys, jewelry, clothing, candles and incense, crystals, journals, imported goods, and list goes on.” – Amanda V

4. Little Button Craft

“In my experience, gifts have a deeper meaning here. Many times I have scored amazing greeting cards and unique trinkets.” – Ebbie P

5. Stever’s Candies

“When you go inside, prepare to be overwhelmed with choices! There is so much chocolate to choose from, and it is all so delicious! This is a must do for anyone visiting Rochester, and if you live in Rochester and haven’t been, what are you waiting for?” – Tarrin M

6. Stuart’s Spices

“I purchased several hard-to-find items including: pyramid-shaped salt, za’atar seasoning, and mace. I could have purchased some of everything in the store… They also offer classes and workshops!” – Katie O

7. Cooks’ World

“They have a great selection of small stocking-stuffer kinds of food and kitchen items (think kitchen gloves, sponges, tea towels, gourmet salts and baking mixes, craft cocktail syrups, cookbooks, aprons, etc.)” – Jen P

8. Hart’s Local Grocers

“This grocery store is unlike any you have ever been in. The selection is diverse and there are many local products. Each product is thoughtfully chosen. It’s a fun place to go for that unusual oil, that tasty sausage, or that craft beer you’ve been meaning to try.” – Alison B

9. Peppermint

“Peppermint is always my first stop when looking for gifts, especially if I have a general idea, but not a specific one for what I want to get someone. You cannot go wrong here.” – Brittany R

10. Leaf & Bean

“My favorite drink to get is their blended chai latte. I always try and purchase a bag of chai during the winter months.” – Taylor H

This list was compiled with the help of the Yelp Elite Squad, our core community of local loving folks. They write reviews and take photos of all their local experiences—all to help make Yelp a useful, funny, and cool resource to connect you to great local businesses. Join our community!