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Holiday shopping season is officially here. Soo today I'm sharing a big long list of places and gift ideas that are all local. We don't need no Amazon or Best Buy or – dare I say – Target when we have so many great places to find local gifts. Target does have the best wrapping paper though... but anyway. Here's a huge list of places to shop local for Christmas 2022!
📍213 N 9th Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Best for: Idaho and other artwork, jewelry, candles, kitchen trinkets, baby gifts, air plants. Great place for little xmas decor & ornaments. My go-to for cards & cute wrapping paper. Also they will wrap your gifts for you!
Lost & Found
📍514 South Vista Avenue, Boise Bench
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-4pm
Best for: Stickers, patches, craft kits, cards, jewelry, cute socks, bandanas, puzzles, and lil stocking stuffer items. She also has a selection of cute vintage clothes!
📍701 S Latah Street, Boise Bench
Hours: Tue-Fri 12-6pm & Sat 10am-2pm
Best for: Vintage & new clothes, the best purses ever, candles, jewelry, kitchen items, journals, baby clothes & an amazing selection of ornaments.
📍108 N. 6th Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Best for: Everything in this store is handmade & locally-made things. Everything! They have ceramics, macramé, art, jewelry, magnets, cards, glass art & more! Also a good place for ornaments.
📍500 W Idaho Street #100, Downtown Boise
📍1314 2nd Street S, Nampa
Boise gift shop hours: Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 9am–4pm
Nampa hours: Mon–Fri 6:30am–9pm, Sat 7:30am–9pm, Sun 7:30am–6pm
Best for: Quirky gifts, journals, cards, stickers, books, funny socks. Ornaments, too! Also coffee lol.
Lark + Larder
📍233 N Orchard Street, Boise Bench
Hours: Tue-Th 10am-6:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Best for: Local goodies! Food items, beer/wine, cocktail mixers, ceramics, jewelry, artwork & more. Also they put together these cute curated gift boxes that make for super easy shopping.
📍1105 West Idaho Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Sun-Th 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm
Best for: Music, duh! But really, they have alllll the vinyl, cds, cassettes, music posters, books & merch you could dream of. Also the gift shop is amazing. Shirts, socks, bags, kid stuff, hats, magnets, kitchen trinkets, journals, Idaho things. Lots of great stocking stuffers. Great card section, too.
📍210 N 10th Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Best for: Everything pop culture! You'll find all kinds of things here from Big Foot to Harry Potter to Star Trek to Strangers Things. Action figures, towels, posters, clothing, pins, stickers, ornaments, keychains, costumes, artwork & more.
Salvage Sisters & Son
📍1767 S Broadway Ave, Boise
Hours: Tue– Sat 8:30am-4:30pm, Sun-Mon by appointment
Best for: Rustic & vintage housewares, kitchen stuff, bags, boxes, signs, vases, furniture & more. This is the real deal!
Farm store at Peaceful Belly
📍20023 Hoskins Road, Caldwell
Hours: Th-Fri 12-5pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Best for: Farm-fresh gifts like pasta, baked goods, etc. Also lots of little items from local artists. Super cute stuff in here. You could also get some Peaceful Belly cider for a stocking stuffer. And while you're out there, you should definitely get lunch! It's soo good.
Feather and Twine
📍3107 W State Street, Boise
Hours: Th-Sat 11am-3pm
Best for: Everything home decor. Wall art, tables, bowls, candles, kitchen items, rugs, pillows, etc. Lots of cute stuff here!
Hyde and Seek
📍1521 N 13th Street, Boise
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm
Info: No website or socials but here is the yelp page
Best for: This place is literally filled to the brim with things. It's a lil more on the spendy side but there's soo many things. Tons and tons of xmas decor, home decor, jewelry, trinkets, and my fave stained glass windows. They will gift wrap for you!
📍1415 W Grove Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Best for: Hats, bags & accessories. Also if someone in your life loves costumes, get them a gift card to here!
Eyes of the World
📍 1576 W Grove Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Th 11am-6:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6:30pm
Best for: The hippie on your xmas list. They have all kinds of jewelry, gems, crystals, tapestries, home decor, singing bowls, and some great clothing. My go-to gift here is pots & these little ceramic mushrooms that you put in your garden.
📍414 W Main Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Best for: Jewelry, tea towels, aromas, spa items, clothing, funny socks, purses, tarot cards, journals, etc. Cute ornaments too!
Basque Museum Gift Shop
📍611 W Grove Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-3pm
Best for: Everything Basque! Clothing, bags, books, cards, decor, kitchen items, jewelry & more. You may as well take a museum tour while you are there, too!
📍They are moving I think? Can shop online & have free shipping
Best for: The OG Idaho clothing brand has hats, tees, tanks, hoodies, socks, stickers & more allll about Boise.
Shift Boutique & Keystone Station
📍807 W Bannock Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Best for: Shift is best for ladies clothing, shows, purses, jewelry, etc. Real cute stuff in there. And next door (same owners) is Keystone, which is men's clothing, hats, accessories.
📍214 N 9th Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Best for: All Idaho-inspired designs. Clothing, hats, pendants, mugs & more. This is my fave place for getting Idaho gifts for family out of town.
No New Vintage
📍409 S 8th street, Suite 101, Downtown Boise
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-5pm
Best for: Vintage lovers. They do gift cards too!
3Peat Vintage & Streetwear
📍1025 W Main Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-5pm
Best for: Sneakerheads, vintage sportswear & streetwear
📍Boise-based online shop
Best for: small batch, eco-friendly, local clothing.
📍1605 N 13th Street, Boise
📍765 W Idaho Street, Downtown Boise
Best for: Metal stamped earrings, bracelets, necklaces & rings. They also do DIY stamping parties where you can make your own jewelry!
📍3017 W State Street, Boise
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-5pm
Best for: handmade, locally-made clay pots, vases, earrings, bracelets, necklaces. These are some of my fave earrings!
📍Boise-baed online store
Best for: Amazing beaded & metal earrings & bracelets. Also some of my faves.
For more local handmades, go to one of the local holiday markets! Listed below & will be in upcoming Thursday newsletters.
Plants & garden goodies
North End Nursery
📍3777 W. Chinden Blvd, Garden City
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Best for: Incredible house plants, little gifts for the garden & plant-inspired gifts. They have xmas trees too.
📍4106 Sand Creek Street, Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Best for: Flower arrangements, houseplants, garden gifts
A Succulent Day
📍2753 W State Street, Boise
Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-5pm
Best for: houseplants!
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Things to eat & drink
Sometimes the best gifts are edible. Stocking stuffers, make a lil gift basket, attached something to the top of another gift. A few places to find unique food & drink things:
- Food Land International Market - 710 N Orchard Street, Boise
- Chicana Foods - www.chicanafoods.com
- Lee's Candies - 840 S Vista Ave, Boise
- Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen - 1340 S Vista Ave, Boise
- Shadow Puppet Natural Wine & Beer - 1526 S Vista Ave, Boise
- Hops & Bottles - 1420 W Grove Street, Boise
- Olivin Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom - 218 N 9th Street, Boise
- Basque Market - 608 W Grove Street, Boise
Toys & games
G. Willikers Toy Merchant
📍1508 N 13th Street, Boise
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm
Best for: Toys, games, puzzles, science kits, crafts & so much more. They do free gift wrapping!
📍120 N 8th Street, Downtown Boise
Hours: Sun-Th 11am-7pm, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm
Best for: Games. All the games you can imagine.
📍3327 N Eagle Rd Ste. 120, Meridian
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Best for: toys, games, balls, kits, crafts
Bricks & Minifigs
📍10150 Fairview Ave, Boise
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm
Best for: Legos! This is a Lego store where you can buy, trade & sell Legos.
- BoiseDev just put out Boise City of Trees, a coffee table book
- Here is a list of fiction books by Idaho authors
- Here is a list of non-fiction books by Idaho authors
- Here is a list of books set in Idaho
- Here is a list of children & young adult books by Idaho authors
Sometimes the best gifts are doing something together! Some ideas:
- Boise State football game - go sports
- Steelheads hockey game
- Tickets to Treefort Music Fest in March
- Do a cooking class with Season + Taste
- Get Bogus Basin passes, they aren't cheap anymore
The best place to shop local makers & handmades!
- Fri Nov 18: Holiday Night Market at Riverside Hotel
- Fri-Sat Nov 18-19: Wintry Market at Boise Centre
- Sat-Sun Nov 19-20: Handmade Idaho Holiday Show at El Korah
- Sat Nov 19: No New Vintage Market at Linen Building
- Sat Nov 19: 41st Annual Holiday Bazaar at Dick Eardley Senior Center
- Sat Nov 26: Holiday Market at The Warehouse Food Hall
- Sat Nov 26: Holiday Bazaar at Jordan's Tree Lot
- Th Dec 1: Holiday Pop-Up Market at Barbarian Brewing
- Sat Dec 3: Sockeye Holiday Market at Sockeye Brewing
- Sat Dec 3: Hip Holiday Craft Market at Flying M Nampa
- Sun Dec 4: Eguberriko Azoka - Basque Christmas Market on the Basque Block
- Mon Dec 5: Holiday Market at Telaya Wine
- Holiday Pop Ups at Lark & Larder
There's always that one person who you have absolutely no idea what to get. For those, I suggest:
- Hunt & Gather Gifts, a locally-owned custom gift basket service. She curates all local gift boxes with super cute items and in a beautiful handmade wooden box. They are really fun.
- A Downtown Boise gift card, so they can buy whatever the heck they want.
Ok that's all I got for ya. Happy holiday shopping and never forget how important it is to shop local - during the holidays & everyday!
With love from Boise,
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