Gifts the Whole Family Will Love

Family Photoshoot

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...and a family portrait is priceless. Schedule a family photoshoot with Anatoli Photograffi (map) or Sarah Heppel Photography (map)!

Live Theater

Give the gift of theater and carry the festive spirit into the New Year with Broadway in Syracuse’s exciting line-up featuring Hamilton (March 15 – 27) and Cats (April 26 - 30).

If musicals aren’t your thing, the Blue Man Group performs at the Landmark Theatre this February, and Riverdance will dance its way into The Oncenter’s Crouse Hinds Theater in April. 

The curtain goes up for the first production of Sister Act on December 3rd  at the Redhouse Arts Center (map), which runs through December 19th. Tickets to all shows this season are on sale now at this link.

Milk & Cookies

Bring home a Show Them the Love Pack featuring milk and cookies for Santa (and the little elves in your home) from Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen (map).

Erie Canal Experience 

Go back in time and bring the experience of the Erie Canal into modern life through apparel, books, maps, posters, music and toys at the Erie Canal Museum Store (map).

Museum Membership

Share the gift of art all year long by purchasing a membership to the Everson Museum of Art (map).

Donuts for Days

One dozen gourmet donuts make the perfect conversation piece - or centerpiece - for a breakfast or dessert table! Visit Glazed & Confused (map) and check out their holiday selection!

A Night Away

Everyone needs a night away. Gift your relatives a stay at one of Downtown’s luxurious hotels, the Jefferson Clinton Suites (map), Marriott Syracuse Downtown (map), Courtyard Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square (map), or the Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square (map). And, if you’re feeling especially generous, throw in a gift card to one of Downtown’s delectable restaurants. Visit for inspiration! 

Fine Gifts

Pick up jewelry for your sweetheart, or explore M. Lemp Jewelers (map) second floor for fine gifts or baby gifts, like a piggy bank for the newest member of the family!

Wonder of Science

The wonder of science and discovery never ends! Explore science kits, books, plush toys, games, and an array of rocks, minerals and fossils at The MOST’s Science Shop (map)!

#DealAlert: Receive 10% off with a MOST membership!

Genealogy Discovery

Book Genealogy Research Time at the Onondaga Historical Association (map) and map out your family tree to get past the small talk and make meaningful conversation at your holiday gatherings. Central Library (map) can also help you research your history and preserve memories, with fun activities to help you connect with family and friends this holiday season.

Estate Planning

Gift the gift of Peace of Mind by getting your affairs in order. Prepare your Last Will & Testament, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Proxy with The Marrone Law Firm.

Rock Out

Get soundtracks filled with all the sounds of the season, vinyl to add to your aspiring rock star’s collection, or cult classics for the movie lovers at The Sound Garden Syracuse (map).

Symphoria Performances

With Messiah at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (map) scheduled for Saturday, December 4th, and Holiday Pops’ Home for the Holidays at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater (map) set for December 17th & 18th, Symphoria promises to deliver spectacular performances this holiday season.

Root for the Home Team

Cheer on the Syracuse Crunch (map) with a flex package of tickets for your crew!

Reserve the Super Stocking Stuffer Pack, which includes two tickets to the Crunch game on Saturday, January 8, two ticket vouchers to any regular-season home game, a Crunchman plush doll, cowbell and mini-stick. The Super Stocking Stuffer Pack is priced at $75 and valued at $144. 

Disney Magic

Disney on Ice returns to Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial (map) December 30th – January 2nd!

Level Up

“Level up” and outfit the gamer(s) in your home with the newest video games and accessories, or appeal to retro tastes with vintage finds at Voltage Video Games (map)!


Feed your guests with dozens of wood-fired bagels from Water Street Bagel Co (map). We hear they pass the New York City bagel connoisseur’s taste test!

Family Membership

🎵  It’s fun to work out at the Y…M…C…A! 🎵
Sign up for a family membership at the Downtown YMCA (map) to start 2022 on the right foot! 

#DealAlert: "Pay The Day" sale every day in the month of December! For example, if you signed up on December 7th, you would pay only $7 to join the YMCA! For more details, click here.

Knot a Problem

Give the Gift of Wellness this holiday season with savings on Gift Certificates, Gift Bags, Aromatherapy Massage and more at Hand in Health Massage Therapy (map)! Visit to view all of the savings.

Upgrade Your Workspace

Do you need a change of scenery from “working from home” life? Sharecuse, a coworking office space located at 224 Harrison Street (map) is offering 50% off your first month’s membership for the rest of December and all of January. Just mention the elves!

Message from Dash & Dot

Downtown Businesses: If you would like to submit an item for the Dash & Dot Gift Guide, please send the elves a message via email to [email protected]!

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