Dukes of Awesome

Christmas Shopping for the Buffalo Fan by pinkjerseyssuck
Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills, Sabres all the way...

Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills, Sabres all the way...

Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving’s on the horizon, it’s time to start your Christmas Shopping! You’ll thank me when everyone you know gets the best gifts ever and loves you more than your siblings. 

Combining the 2 things I love the most, I’ve compiled an easy to use list of online and local retailers for your Buffalo-Sports themed Christmas shopping. Obviously, you can visit the Sabres Sotre/Bills Store (don’t forget to show your season ticket holder cards at each for your 10% off), but if you want to reach beyond the typical items, use this list. (*Just as a disclaimer, none of these businesses are paying me (or related to me), even though that would be nice.)

  • WeSellSportsOnline. This website has a huge selection of Sabres memoribilia (here) and Bills (here) for the collector in your life ranging all the way from classy for the boss to cheesy for the mailman. Positive? – lots to chose from and somewhat reasonably priced. Negative? – terrible user interface. You have to scroll through pages upon pages of uncategorized gifts. 
  • Everything Buffalo.  This is a small store located in a deserted hallway of the Main Place Mall. This is an ideal store for those of you sending gifts to loved ones who have left home. She sells a multitude of gifts ranging from baby clothing to ornaments and coasters to framed art. It’s not so much Buffalo Sports themed, but I wanted to give it a shout out because she does carry a lot of nice gifts. Positive? – good place to find “classy gifts.” Negative? – Main Place Mall hours (and location).  
  • New Sabrestyle” clothing line. This is the ideal gift for that teenage punk child/sibling/cousin of yours who decided he likes Anaheim/Detroit this year. Making him feel cool in Sabres clothing might set him straight. The women’s line is nice too. It’s available in the Sabres store, which is open M-F 10-5 and on game nights. Positive? – Youngins like it. Negative? – a bit pricey and only available for a limited time. 
  • Buffalo Sports Tees. This website sells one of my favorite t-shirts, “Lindy for Mayor ’10” Unfortunately, the men’s is retired and the women’s is out of stock. They have lots of other tees though, including a “Remember the Aud” shirt which I am so sure was copied from my recent post on third jersey ideas. Football shirts here, hockey here. Positive? – Unique, and if for some reason you want 24 of them, you can get a discount! Negative? – availablity. Shop early. 
  • CityLoveBuffalo sells shirts both online and at 830 Elmwood Avenue. They aren’t sports based but they are purely for Buffalonians. Positive? – Local retailer. Negative? – No sports merch. 

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  • City Made features merchandise made in the region. The Sabres page is blank but the Bills page has a few things. The prices aren’t bad. Positive? – Supporting local businesses. Negative? – There’s only like, 16 things for sale. 
  • Maverly’s is located on Main Street in Williamsville across from Butterwood’s. Similar to Everything Buffalo, it’s a great place to buy gifts for the people who have left home. You can shop online (gifts including sports here) but I HIGHLY recommend going to their actual location. There you can make up your own baskets or buy her pre-made ones. The owner is a true Buffalonian with a big heart and she’ll work with your price range and help you build the perfect gift. Plus nothing’s cuter than Williamsville at Christmas. Positive? – unique gifts. Negative? – can be pricey, but like I said, she’d work with your budget.
  • Football Fanatics. The Bills page is actually organized and they have a huge selection, including some things I didn’t find anywhere else (a gourd with a helmet and an innertube). The Sabres page is less organized but still better organized than Sports Warehouse/WeSellSportsOnline. There isn’t nearly as much Sabres stuff as there is Bills, and theres very little non-slug merchandise if you’re trying to get away from it. Positive? – organized and $4.99 flat rate 3-day shipping, which is nice. Negative? – all slug. 
  • CafePress makes shirts and accessories only your Buffalo friends will get, including “Lindy is my Homeboy,” “Top Shelf” buttons, and some others. They aren’t the best shirts to wear to an away game, but would be pretty entertaining in a sports bar. You can get the designs on other items like mouse pads, coffee cups, and messenger bags. My personal favorite‘s from the oh-so-awesome WGR skits.  They even have gifts for your basic Buffalonian and your pregnant wife. Positive? – wide range of choices and quick shipping; Negative? – LOTS to look through. 
  • If you have a baby, pet, or even a female to shop for, Spawty.net leads to Bills and Sabres gifts for them. If you’re only shopping for a man, don’t waste your time. They sell those weird metal purses, too, but I wouldn’t recommend buying one unless you know the female you’re buying for wants one. Positive? – reasonable. Negative? – very small selection.  
  • twoeightnine.com sells only t-shirts, including Bills shirts and Sabres shirts. They also sell a large variety of Beast Mode shirts. Positive? – unique shirts, and I suspect a coupon code will appear soon. Negative? – a little one-note
  • Buffalo Sports Merchandise is definitely the best site. You’ll find the lowest prices and most interesting stuff there, including some low price jerseys. Positive? – low prices. Negative? – There isn’t as huge a selection but it’s definitely worth visiting. It’s almost too good to be true.
  • New Era Store. Obviously you can shop online for hats, but come on, there’s a New Era store right downtown! It’s located at 160 Delaware Ave (between Mohawk and Huron) and has a much larger selection than you’ll find anywhere else. Positive? – selection. Negative? – They only sell hats. I think. 
Now of course this is not an exhaustive list, and if you have a site or store you frequent, please don’t hesitate on letting me kow about it and I’ll update the post. 
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!!!