Shop Local: Make Your List and Check it Twice

There’s no denying holiday shopping can be stressful. Often, people seem to forget about holiday cheer as they’re trying to beat you to the last space in the parking garage. We all dream of a shopping experience with no crowds, no lines, plenty of parking, friendly shopkeepers, and locally made, one-of-a-kind presents you can feel good about giving.  Oh … and cocktails. Those always seem to make shopping more enjoyable.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not if you shop your local boutiques. Since we found our favorite places to buy gifts, our holiday shopping is a breeze and we’re going to let you in on a few of our gift-giving secrets.
 
For the Music Lover:
Know a Beatlemaniac or a Deadhead? Get them die-cut record art from Music City Minis at cityminis.com or at Fanny’s House of Music. Each classic album is cut into a shape representative of the artist or an iconic album, creating a one-of-a-kind piece that will be a welcome addition to anyone’s collection.
 
One Stop Local Gift Shop:
East Nashville’s Old Made Good, known for their “general badassery,” is packed with affordable, unique gift items including home goods, clothing and accessories. OMG gets the Stella Shops stamp of approval when it comes to gifting. If it comes from OMG, you know it’s going to rock.
 
For the Jewelry Lover:
We gift a lot of jewelry. For gorgeous statement necklaces, head to Serendipity for the steampunk inspired line, Re-Creating Juliette. We are in love with these wallet-friendly pieces.

Carla’s secret spot for locally made jewelry is Nest Interiors. Anita Schmadtke Designs and Sarah Stob are just two of the talented local jewelry lines that you’ll find here.
 
For the Party Host:
Tired of always bringing a bottle of wine to parties? Pick up some Alchemy of Sol soaps and candles at The Green Wagon in East Nashville. These wonderfully scented, all-natural products are handmade in Tennessee and make easy and affordable presents.

For another out-of-the-box hostess gift, check out Baby Bear Shop’s Cheeky Baby Butter and Lavender Vanilla Soy Wax Candle. Order direct from babybearshop.com and use checkout code ‘XOHER’ for free shipping, USA only, on orders over $40 through December 31st.
 
Gifts that Give Back:
Support local artists and artisans all over the world with gifts that give back. Ten Thousand Villages is the perfect place to start — this fair trade retailer gives artisans in developing countries the opportunity to earn a fair wage. The store is stocked with amazing gifts in all price ranges from around the globe.

In keeping with the spirit of fair trade, give a fashionAble scarf (pictured). Purchasing these stylish, affordable scarves helps create sustainable businesses for women in Africa. You can find them locally at Posh.
 
For the Fashionista:
Local Honey is the place to shop for  unique apparel made by some of Nashville’s best designers. For something truly special, check out Jamie and the Jones or White Rabbit; many of their pieces are straight off the Nashville Fashion Week and nD Festival runways. For the guys, pick up a piece of vintage-inspired Tidwell and Perryman.
 
And Don’t Forget the Pooches!
Our dogs like presents, too! The pups literally drool over the homemade iced cookies from See Spot Eat. They’ll do anything for Paw-tinis and Jimmy Chews.
 
Check out StellaShops.com for more great picks!!

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Heidi Lavern's picture

I know there are friendly people in the world, but they seem to get out of their potholes on the holiday season. I surely hope these places are as great as you say, I can't wait to check them out. For the last year and a half I've been shopping online, on the Omaha classifieds websites, but I miss the times I used to go with my mom to buy presents for my little brothers and sisters.

EllaRochelle's picture

Yeah, even though our little creatures need gifts, as well, mine is not getting any this time. She was so naughty the last time, I had to leave the store because she managed to do her stuff where she shouldn't have. I still don't know show he got there, but she won't get any game day dresses this Christmas.

myroona's picture

Have to recognize that you suggestions for the jewelry lover are pretty good. I already took a look on those online stores and the offers found there are very attractive.
By the way, I also want to point the idea about shopping local. Since I like shopping online and i do it already for a long time, shopping local appear to me as a way to reduce my costs and reduce the shipping time consistently. And this happens due to small distance between the online store and your location. So, surfer the internet for best offers, and if there is not a big jewelry sale difference of price always makes your choice in favor of a local shop.

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I saw a cute doggie bakery in London, once. My boyfriend and I were in holiday there, due to some Travelocity promo codes we got, and when we saw the store, we started to laugh very hard, because our dog is kind of fat and we thought that that store was his heaven.

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Old Made Good is such a funny good name for a shop, because its acronym is OMG. I've checked the website and I've seen that the online shopping is only an option, unlike shops that are entirely online, like http://www.wambamcase.com/, because it also has a place to sell its stuff. And it's great, it's a little house!

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Shopping during holidays is really stressful. It is the time where everyone goes to mall, jewelry stores, boutique, etc. That is why I prefer online shopping for my wholesale jewelry supplies. Aside from stress free, I can also save my money from tempting products.

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The best way to do shopping is to plan your shopping properly. Shopping from local boutiques is a good idea. If you hate to shop in the crowded stores, you could easily opt for online shopping. You will find good online store with large collection and good offers.

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I'm going to start my Christmas shopping early to avoid the shopping rush. I think 90% of the gift will be purchase online, since my US address for shipping is still active until the end of the year, might as well use it for worldwide bargains. The downside of online shopping during holidays is I find it hard to return the items of bad quality or wrong sizes during this time of the year. Overall, online shopping is pretty convenient during the holiday season.

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