Holiday gift list: Schuyler Bull

Schuyler Bull .jpg

Schuyler wants to give you a megaplex.

It's not about getting -- it's about giving. Everybody knows that. So instead of asking a handful of interesting people what's on their holiday wish list this year, we asked them what they'd like to give for the holidays this year.

Today's list, from Schuyler Bull, even includes something for you.

Gift giving is an art. Recognizing each recipient's unique styles, interests, and passions and subsequently finding a reasonable and appropriately-priced item that perfectly reflects those qualifications can mean the difference between a joyous and festive gifting experience and an awkward "Oh, look at that. You shouldn't have."

I believe the list below provides a balance that is imperative in the gifting process: it embraces technology yet sources locally; it shows an appreciation of history while thinking toward the future. Most important, though, it represents the desire to give meaningful gifts to those you love.

So here goes....

A gift for the 'Techie'
In my opinion, the go-to tech gift this year is the new Google Chromecast ($35). This little device plugs into a HDMI port on your television and streams your Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, etc. from your laptop or smartphone. It does require an additional USB port for a power source or you can plug it in, something the advertising doesn't show you. I bought one of these recently for the living room and have since added one to my bedroom. It's not that I watch a lot of movies, but when the opportunity arises I don't want to watch it on a small screen propped on my lap.

A gift for the 'Buy Local' person
Saratoga Filly is a local start-up that produces select high quality, fashionable clothing for those who want to show off their Saratoga pride, perfect for my sister-in-law who provides a safe and loving home to an off-track thoroughbred: my nephew-horse, Nox. Their product and shipping prices are reasonable, an added benefit for those shopping on a budget.

A gift for the history buff
Living in or around Albany, we sometimes get accustomed to the incredible amount of history that surrounds us each day. We forget to appreciate the important historical figures that walked this ground, the stunning architecture that lines our streets, or the story of our ancestors. For those who can't seem to get enough history, consider gifting a membership to one of the local historic organizations such as the Albany Institute of History & Art, Historic Cherry Hill, or Shaker Heritage Society, to name a few. Reciprocal memberships to other art and history museums around the United States may also be included. Or, visit their gift shops to find a unique and equally appropriate gift.

A gift for the family
If money were no object, I would treat my family to an international vacation. Growing up, we didn't often have the means to travel but I've been fortunate to be able to experience three overseas destinations in the past few years. Each time, I've returned with an incredible appreciation for a different culture and a new perspective on life. Sharing in this experience with those that mean the most to me and being able to spend time with them apart from a busy holiday routine or special occasion would be a gift for all of us to enjoy.

A gift for Albany
Lastly, I'd like to gift the people of Albany something that's long overdue: a new use for the Central Warehouse. Though not an original idea, and probably not on anyone's Christmas list except the mayor-elect, I'd still like to be able to turn the building in an IKEA-parking garage-giant piece of LED art-history experience center-indoor farmers market-grocery store-sustainable housing megaplex. Heck, throw an aquarium in there, too!

This idea seems far-fetched and impossible, but maybe that simply exposes a flaw in our thinking. Have we forgotten that the New York State Capitol took more than 30 years to complete, blew through multiple architects, and was the most expensive government building of its time? Let's embrace our roots and turn that eyesore into something residents and visitors can all enjoy.

Schuyler is the marketing manager at the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the opinions expressed above are solely his. When not promoting Albany, Schuyler is teaching a class at Saint Rose or tackling projects around the house he recently purchased. He contributes to the bureau's Discover Albany blog.

Comments

Central Warehouse could be the next 5Pointz!

...officially

You should also point out that he stars in the College of St. Rose banner ad, which looks to be the exact same head shot as the photo you used of him! I did a double-take when the banner ad showed up at the top of this page :-)

Schuyler, you have a great head on your shoulders. You set your mind to something and you do it and you can make this happen to. I am so proud of you and I know your Uncle Bob would be too!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warm start), to Thanksgiving,... (more)

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by donuts, weather that makes you want to sit inside and eat donuts, and hot chocolate that you want... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + It's the pivot and center of Albany's whirl -- and back in print.... (more)

Today's moment of late autumn

Otto got his first visit to Capital Hills since it closed for the season earlier this week. And by closed for the season, that means... (more)

New blog worth a look: Chefsday

One of our favorite things to do is to ask about people about their jobs. Not just "What do you do?" -- but more "How... (more)

Recent Comments

There is zen-like ritual to using and maintaining a straight razor, especially one that has over 100 years of history behind it. I highly recommend it.

Good neighborhood Christmas light displays?

...has 6 comments, most recently from steve keeter

What if Upstate New York and Downstate New York were separate states?

...has 21 comments, most recently from Johnny

A look inside The Shop in Troy

...has 10 comments, most recently from LB

Locally-made beauty products?

...has 16 comments, most recently from Nicole

The Anti-Rent War

...has 7 comments, most recently from Duncan Crary