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A big long list of places to shop local

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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!

Gift shops

Mixed Greens

📍213 N 9th Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Info: www.ilikemixedgreens.com

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

Info: the-lost-and-found-208.square.site

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!

Derluj

📍701 S Latah Street, Boise Bench

Hours: Tue-Fri 12-6pm & Sat 10am-2pm

Info: www.instagram.com/derluj

Best for: Vintage & new clothes, the best purses ever, candles, jewelry, kitchen items, journals, baby clothes & an amazing selection of ornaments.

Idaho Made

📍108 N. 6th Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-3pm

Info: www.idahomadegoods.com

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.

Flying M

📍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

Info: www.flyingmcoffee.com

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

Info: larkandlarder.com

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.

Record Exchange

📍1105 West Idaho Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Sun-Th 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm

Info: www.therecordexchange.com

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.

Re-POP Gifts

📍210 N 10th Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Info: www.repopgifts.com

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

Info: salvagesistersandson.com

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

Info: www.peacefulbelly.com/farmstore

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

Info: www.featherandtwinehome.com

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!

Crazy Neighbor

📍1415 W Grove Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

Info: crazyneighbor.biz

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

Info: www.eyesoftheworldimportsboise.com

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.

Dragonfly

📍414 W Main Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Info: www.dragonfly-boise.com

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

Info: basquemuseum.eus/product-category/basque-gift-store

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!

Wearables

Wear Boise

📍They are moving I think? Can shop online & have free shipping

Info: www.wearboise.com

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

Info: www.shopshiftboutique.com, www.keystonestation.com

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.

Banana Ink

📍214 N 9th Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Info: banana-ink.com

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

Info: www.nonewvintage.com

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

Info: 3peatvintage.com

Best for: Sneakerheads, vintage sportswear & streetwear

Kate Dylan

📍Boise-based online shop

Info: shopkatedylan.com

Best for: small batch, eco-friendly, local clothing.

Local handmades

Fluff Hardware

📍1605 N 13th Street, Boise

📍765 W Idaho Street, Downtown Boise

Hours:

Info: fluffhardware.com

Best for: Metal stamped earrings, bracelets, necklaces & rings. They also do DIY stamping parties where you can make your own jewelry!

Clay Collective

📍3017 W State Street, Boise

Hours: Wed-Sat 12-5pm

Info: www.claycollectiv.com

Best for: handmade, locally-made clay pots, vases, earrings, bracelets, necklaces. These are some of my fave earrings!

Weave Gold

📍Boise-baed online store

Info: www.weavegold.com

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

Info: www.northendnursery.com

Best for: Incredible house plants, little gifts for the garden & plant-inspired gifts. They have xmas trees too.

Edwards Greenhouse

📍4106 Sand Creek Street, Boise

Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

Info: www.edwardsgreenhouse.com

Best for: Flower arrangements, houseplants, garden gifts

A Succulent Day

📍2753 W State Street, Boise

Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-5pm

Info: www.asucculentday.com

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

Info: www.ggwillikers.com

Best for: Toys, games, puzzles, science kits, crafts & so much more. They do free gift wrapping!

Fantastic Games

📍120 N 8th Street, Downtown Boise

Hours: Sun-Th 11am-7pm, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm

Info: www.fantasticgames.com

Best for: Games. All the games you can imagine.

ToyTown

📍3327 N Eagle Rd Ste. 120, Meridian

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Info: www.facebook.com/toytownmeridian

Best for: toys, games, balls, kits, crafts

Bricks & Minifigs

📍10150 Fairview Ave, Boise

Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm

Info: bricksandminifigs.com/boise-id

Best for: Legos! This is a Lego store where you can buy, trade & sell Legos.

Boise reads

Local bookstores: Rediscovered Books & Once and Future Books

Experiences

Sometimes the best gifts are doing something together! Some ideas:

Holiday Markets

The best place to shop local makers & handmades!

No idea

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,

Marissa

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