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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n50 (12/14/2011) » Last Minute Gift Guide

Keep 'Em Cozy


Warming gifts for the cold weather that is bound to come. Any day now...

Even though this winter has been creeping in like a lamb (like a daydreaming, behind-the-pack, slow-as-molasses lamb), don’t let your guard down. This is still Buffalo, which is known for lake-effect snow, surprise storms, and a lion’s roar of chill. No matter what is in store for us this season, the lack of sunlight is enough to drive your loved ones into hibernation mode for the next few months. Any recipient on your list would be relieved to receive a cozy, comfy, winter-ready gift instead of another scented candle.

Acorn Versafit Socks, Vidler’s 5 & 10 (676-694 Main Street, East Aurora)


If you have left your gift-shopping to the very last second, grab a pair of Acorn Versafit socks for each person on your list. Made out of Acorn comfort fleece, these socks provide warmth while inside or outside under a pair of sturdy winter boots. These socks aren’t constructed with any run-of-the-mill fleece; this fleece is hydrophobic and breathable, which prevents odor, and the patented flat-lock seams provide a comfortable fit.

If you don’t have time to wait for shipping, swing by Vidler’s 5 & 10 in East Aurora. Once you have felt the softness of these socks, you’re going to want a pair for yourself.

Buffalo Santa Pillow (


The buffalo silhouette design and pop of bright red make this pillow the perfect addition to your bed or couch. Embrace your city pride while switching your décor over to a time-appropriate seasonal ambience. Add some glitter-encrusted snowflakes on the walls and some garlands over the doorways and the mood will be set.

Additionally, the high quality wool felt and cotton material used means this pillow is an excellent nap aid after a rich holiday meal or as you unwind with a book on the couch.

Handspun Bulky Wool Yarn

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Perhaps your artistic, exuberant, crafty friends have had a strenuous year and are short on cash. Or maybe they just need some fresh inspiration and a push to get back into knitting. The satiny soft and handspun bulky wool yarn direct from the Knox Farm in East Aurora might be the perfect gift to nurture a creative spirit. This deep brick red yarn would bring a cozy holiday glow to any knitted item. Show your support for the crafter in your life and hope that the scarf that results from this luxurious yarn is your holiday gift.

Premium Microplush Blanket

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It’s 2011 and methods of warming up have moved far beyond throwing a log on the fire (although that option is always a welcome addition to a cozy living room). The Sunbeam Premium MicroPlush Heated Blanket will take your snuggling to the next level. With 10 heat settings, a preheat feature that warms cold sheets before bedtime, and an auto-off setting for safety, this cuddle-able gift will keep any recipient from leaving their bed. Ever. As if that isn’t enough motivation, this blanket also has ThermoFine technology, which senses cold spots and adjusts to deliver consistent warmth while you sleep.

Hero Design Studio

Buffalo City Hall Organic Pullover Hoodie

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You can layer sweet, embellished cardigans and trendy, printed scarves under a fitted peacoat; or you can reach for an item of clothing that will take you from chilly to snug in one swift motion, the pullover hoodie. The Buffalo City Hall design will broadcast your Buffalove and prove it too: Hero Design Studio is locally owned and operated, and each hoodie has been hand-printed with non-toxic ink on a certified organic cotton/post-consumer recycled poly. This hoodie is unisex, so feel free to give one to Buffalonians and ex-pats alike, regardless of gender.

Wool Scarf

Shop AK (1285 Elmwood Avenue)


When it comes to chill-proof fabrics, wool is always a sure thing to battle the elements. Luckily, Shop AK located inside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has plenty of artful gift items, including 100 percent wool scarves from weaveTree, which are embroidered and come in taupe, cherry red, and black.

Keep in mind that the gallery admission fee is not charged if visitors are only stopping into the shop, making Shop AK a great last-minute gift destination.

Coffee Gift Basket

Caffe Aroma (957 Elmwood Avenue)


Now is the time to stock up on warm drink supplies, before January sets in and the simple act of stepping outside is an ordeal in itself. Caffe Aroma offers a variety of gift baskets filled with coffee, espresso, and drink accessories; the biggest basket is stuffed with pasta, sauces, and cheese. Just picture a late-night pasta piled with warm marinara, or a piping hot coffee on a frigid winter night. Doesn’t that sound temperature-raising and palate-pleasing?

Plus, once the gift basket has been emptied it can be used to store a stash of mittens and gloves by the door for easy access.

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