FOR THE FOODIE 1. Hand-crafted by the first official brewery in Rochester since the Prohibition, a growler from Kinney Creek Brewery is ideal for beer enthusiasts. $20 ($12 to fill, $8 container deposit), kinneycreekbrewery.com, 282-2739 2. Surprise your favorite chef—or holiday hostess—with a decadent artisan cheese board from ZZest Market & Cafe. Starting at $65 (individually priced gourmet cheeses also available), zzestmarket.com, 424-0080. 3. Smoked on-site in small batches, homemade hams, smoked turkeys and smoked salmon from Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe are perfect for meat-loving foodies or holiday gatherings, (pricing varies), yeoldebutchershoppe.com, 282-5908.
PAWESOME GIFTS AT LEASHES AND LEADS 4. Designed for subzero weather, the Canada Pooch dog coat comes in a variety of colors and sizes to keep any breed toasty, $21.50-$33.99, leashesandleads.com, 282-2710. 5. Need something for Fluffy’s stocking? This refillable scratching toy by Kong comes with catnip for your favorite feline, $7.99, leashesandleads.com, 282-2710.
FOR THE HOME 6. Do you know someone having a baby, with disabilities or who would like a little help with household chores? A gift certificate from Helping Hands Home Cleaning, Inc. is just the ticket, hhhcleaning.net, 287-9149. 7. Decorative but practical, the Dirty Dog Door Mat soaks up mud and water like a sponge but dries five times faster than an ordinary rug (also available in beige and brown), $30.49, leashesandleads.com, 282-2710. 8. Brighten the holidays with this elegant, yet modern, candleholder, It’s one of many unique home décor items and collectables at Hunt’s Drug, $43, huntdrug.net, 289-0749.
TIME TOGETHER 9. Looking for family time this holiday? Grab a family pass and hit the slopes at Welch Village, $90 for 2, $30 each additional, (discount passes also available at Tyrol Ski & Sport), welchvillage.com, 651-258-4567. 10. Treat a friend, a date or the whole family to a show at one of Rochester’s live theaters. Rochester Repertory Theatre, $20-25/ticket, rochesterrep.org, 289-7800; Rochester Civic Theatre, (call for pricing), rochestercivictheatre.org, 282-8481; Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, $30 (adults), $15 (students), commonwealtheatre.org, 800-657-7025. 11. Love art and wine? Try a class at Canvas & Chardonnay. For $35, you can create a masterpiece while sipping on a glass of wine (wine purchase extra), canvasandchardonnay.com, 258-4268.
FOR THE GRANDKIDS 12. Connect & Play puzzles by Hallmark are a two-in-one activity. After putting the puzzle together, kids (ages 3+) can use included pieces to visit a zoo, harvest crops or rescue people. Pictured: Day at the Zoo, $19.95 (other themes available), huntdrug.net, 289-0749. 13. Squishy yet durable, this Itty Bittys™ Star Wars Collector Set at Hunt’s Drug is perfect for small hands, yet it’s so fun and retro, mom and dad might even want to help destroy the Death Star, $29.95 (other sets and individual pieces available), huntdrug.net, 289-0749. 14. Looking for something different? How about acting classes at Rochester Civic Theatre? Designed for ages 5 and up, classes are offered throughout the year, including summer intensives, (tuition varies), rochestercivictheatre.org, 282-8481. FOR
OUTDOORS 15. The soft shell of these technologically savvy gloves keeps hands warm and dry but includes an e-tip on both index fingers for touch screen capability (available in women’s and men’s), Apex + ETip, $55.00, Tyrol Ski & Sport, tyrolskishop.com, 288-1683. 16. Slip these gems over your boots or athletic shoes for better traction and greater confidence on snow and ice, Yaktraks-Pro, $30.00 (shown with women’s Salomon Hime High boots, $160), Tyrol Ski & Sport, tyrolskishop.com, 288-1683. 17. Looking for a new winter activity? Try snowshoeing. Tubbs Wilderness snowshoes are durable and lightweight with excellent traction, $199 (adults), $59.95 (kids), Tyrol Ski & Sport. Not ready to purchase? Tyrol also rents winter sport equipment, $10-30/day, tyrolskishop.com, 288-1683. *All prices listed are those available at time of print and are subject to change.
BY MARLENE PETERSEN