Shopping inspiration from local restaurants, stores, NYRA, and more

ALBANY, NY – The holiday season is in full swing and finding the perfect gift for the avid sports fan to the aspiring gourmand has never been easier. Thanks to the variety of shops, eateries and sporting venues here in the Capital Region, holiday gift-giving is in the bag!

For instance, give the gift of local athletics. Any sports enthusiast will surely appreciate tickets to a local match-up or a NYRA Bets Gift Card for next summer’s Saratoga meet.

The Adirondack Thunder is once again offering its Holiday Pack: four flex tickets, an Adirondack Thunder winter hat and an autographed puck for only $75. Available at

Siena Athletics is likewise offering flex-ticket packages for Siena men’s basketball home games: six tickets to any games, with three different seating options at three different price points, starting at just $78. Available at

Alpin Haus can accommodate every skiing, snowboarding, and winter wish list. Find cold weather apparel from more than 30 name brands, including North Face, Patagonia, and UGG, plus important accessories like goggles and helmets. Alpin Haus also has an extensive collection of pools, grills, and patio furniture for those who are already longing for the return of warm weather. Visit for details.

NYRA Bets Gift Cards are the perfect gift for horseracing fans and are available for purchase exclusively at participating Stewart’s Shops in Saratoga County. The gift cards come preloaded with $50 to be deposited into a new or active NYRA Bets account and are on sale through December 26. Fans can immediately bet online at hundreds of tracks nationwide or save their NYRA Bets Gift Card for next summer’s Saratoga meet. NYRA Bets is the official wagering platform of The New York Racing Association, Inc. NYRA Bets Gift Cards are available for purchase by cash only; credit cards are not accepted. For a complete list of participating Stewart’s Shops locations, visit

The gift of food and drink is always in style and sure to please palates of any age.

Cardona’s Market is stocked up with homemade Christmas cookies, gingerbread kits, and two-pound cookie boxes. The three-generation, family-owned market offers holiday catering specialties, including appetizers, entrees and desserts. For holiday selections and catering, visit

Dunkin’ lovers can check off their holiday wish list and get wrapped up in the brand’s holiday merchandise exclusively on for a limited time this holiday season. Just like that cup of morning Joe, this collection won’t last forever and is available while supplies last.

In addition to scooping up Dunkin’s collection of holiday merchandise, Dunkin’ fans can get their holiday fix all season long when they visit Dunkin’ restaurants across the Capital Region. Warm up with Dunkin’s newest line-up of holiday drinks, including Holiday Blend Coffee, Toasted White Chocolate Signature Latte, White Mocha Hot Chocolate or the returning fan-favorite, Peppermint Mocha Signature Latte.

Regale holiday gift recipients with unmatched retail savvy from Capital Region shops.

Northeastern Fine Jewelry has dazzling selections to make a loved one’s holiday merry and bright. From stunning timepieces to sparkling diamonds, the possibilities are breathtakingly endless. Gift cards are always a popular idea, too, and can be purchased in-store and online. For those who prefer to shop in person, Northeastern Fine Jewelry has extended hours for the holidays and is open on Sundays now until Christmas. Shop now at

Stuyvesant Plaza is a one-stop holiday shopping venue boasting 60 stores and restaurants, featuring special holiday discounts. For example:

  • BARE Blends’ gift card special includes a free candle with the purchase of a $50 gift card.
  • Olivia! Gift baskets starting at $42 will make a foodie’s dreams come true! Baskets can be filled with oils, vinegars, condiments, spices, and more.
  • Pearl Grant Richmans is offering this year’s Spode Christmas Tree collection. The 2021 annual mug and tin set is available for only $40.
  • Rad Soap Co.’s holiday gift baskets are a perfect way to give the gift of relaxation. Get the All-Natural Skin Therapy basket for $44 or the Tranquility basket for $100.
  • Top Shelf Wine and Spirits is offering a holiday special on Prosecco; buy one case and receive 10% off the entire purchase; buy four bottles and receive 15% off.

For these and other gift ideas, visit


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