And of course, if you’re still not sure if you’ll find something your loved one will like, there’s always art classes through the gallery.
Ferguson said she had no idea she had any sort of artistic talent before signing up for her first class all those years ago, but she’s glad she gave it a try.
“I always tell all my friends, just take some lessons because a teacher will stand over your shoulder and she’ll help you so of course you’re really going to do a good job,” she said. “If you have any interest at all just try it.”
For those on your gift-buying list who might be more interested in the written word or local history, the Buffalo History Museum is holding a local author book signing Saturday. Some 46 authors will take over much of the first floor of the museum, selling and signing copies of novels, history and picture books.
Visitors can bring their own copies of books for signatures, but a portion of the sales of all books will go toward museum fundraising, said Mary Louise Stanley, director of retail operations.
“They can meet the authors, they can have the book signed, they can do holiday shopping and our gift shop has all sorts of Buffalo merchandise,” she said, adding that admission to the museum is free for those coming to the signing event. “It’s a great event plus it makes some money for the museum.”
Kenmore authors John Percy, Town of Tonawanda historian, and Graham Millar, trustee of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, will be on hand at the event, signing their co-authored 1999 book “Images of America: Kenmore, New York.”
Millar said the book was reprinted a couple years ago and he’s hoping the signing event will draw some new interest in the pictorial.