Does someone on your holiday shopping list love to show off their Albany pride? Albany's small businesses and local makers have an assortment of awesome Albany-themed gifts for born-and-raised locals and enthusiastic transplants alike. Keep reading for a few unique Albany-themed gift ideas for this holiday season.
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Fort Orange General Store
Downtown Albany's Fort Orange General Store is a charming neighborhood shop with a curated selection of home goods and gifts from designers, artists and small companies from the local area and beyond. It is a go-to spot for awesome gifts for those Albany enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list! Pick up this handmade Albany pillow for a cozy gift or choose between a variety of Albany posters and prints for a thoughtful present. Fort Orange is stocked with an assortment of "Upstate of Mind" goods from Compas Life including t-shirts, socks, mugs, hats and sweatshirts. Browse these items featuring Albany's top dog Nipper for a fun gift. Need a stocking stuffer? The shop has a selection of wood ornaments featuring Albany's skyline, Nipper and an Upstate pennant.
Empire State Plaza Visitors Center & Gift Shop
The Empire State Plaza Visitors Center and Gift Shop is stocked with unique Albany-themed gifts. Browse the official online shop for gifts that can be shipped anywhere in the United States, perfect for those relatives or friends far from home this holiday season. Gift this long-sleeve t-shirt paying homage to Albany's Dutch roots or this quirky Egg t-shirt that is guaranteed to provide a few laughs. This Nipper baseball cap, Capitol GPS t-shirt, or vintage Albany kitchen towel are thoughtful gifts too.
Local designer Paul Hergenrother brings historic architecture to life with unique products that are perfect for the Albany cheerleader on your holiday shopping list. From canvas tote bags, to ornaments, to mugs, to coasters, to magnets, the local maker has a variety of cool products highlighting Albany landmarks such as the New York State Capitol, Palace Theatre, Shaker Heritage Society and Empire State Plaza. Nipper fans will adore these color-coordinated mugs and keychains or a stunning poster to decorate their home with. Purchase one of his designed items at the Discover Albany Visitors Center, Lark Street Mercantile, Shaker Holiday Market or Fort Orange General Store.
Discover Albany Visitors Center
The Discover Albany Visitors Center Gift Shop is a go-to spot for unique Albany gifts! Tucked in Quackenbush Square, pop into the gift shop on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Pick up Albany-themed mugs, bookmarks, postcards, ornaments and much more! The gift shop also has a wide selection of books including The Smalbanac 2.0: An Opinionated Guide to New York's Capital District by Christine M. Garretson-Persans and Cradle of the Union by Erik Schlimmer for a street-by-street history of Albany.
MW Neighborhoods is a staple at downtown Albany's Fort Orange General Store. The local maker showcases Upstate New York's neighborhoods with posters, t-shirts, pint glasses and more. For the Albany enthusiast, gift an "Albany Has Neighborhoods" t-shirt or poster detailing the names of the neighborhoods within the City of Albany. Check out the MW Neighborhoods Etsy for more Upstate New York-themed gifts.