When shopping for your holiday gifts this season, what could be better than knowing that you’re supporting a small local business and a deserving artist or artisan?
Here on the BRO Gift Guide we’re going to introduce you to some great options when it comes to shopping for the ultimate local gifts. Take Megan Carroll’s hand-knitted scarves for example. “I have been making what I call Crochet Strand Scarves for two years now,” Megan wrote to me. “And have been getting an excellent response from them. I sell tons at Thin Ice on Elmwood, as well at events such as Women’s Gifts. With each purchase, I knit or crochet one rectangle that I later combine with others to be turned into donated blankets that I will be donating to the Buffalo community. My items are a great way to promote locally made goods, as well as people trying to give back to the community.”
For those living away from Buffalo at this time, you can still check out Megan’s creations at her online Etsy shop (see here). But try to make it over to Thin Ice to choose one of her Crochet Strand Scarves (and slouch beanie style hats) in person. Thin Ice recently doubled in size, taking over the former Brian Art Gallery, which means that there are even more locally made artisan crafts to choose from.
Give and Take Knits scarves range from $20 to $35 – what a great deal!
719 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
If you are a local artisan and have a gift item available at a shop in the city, feel free to send along a photo and a description to this email address.
Gift #1: Buffalo-Opoly