Whenever possible, I like to spend my gift-giving dollars locally. What could be better than choosing unique gifts for your friends and family that also support our neighbors in the community? Here are some outstanding local vendors to help you finish up your Christmas shopping when Amazon Prime just won’t do:
For EVERYONE on Your List:
My absolute favorite one-stop Christmas shopping extravaganza?? Crafty Feast! Coming up THIS Sunday, Dec. 9 from noon – 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, you can browse through goodies from 100 local and regional artisans while sipping a mimosa and listening to Christmas tunes. Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? ‘Cause I can’t.
The Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop
For the Coffee-Lover:
The Best Beans in Soda City
For Your Besties:
Unique art and handcrafted plush from the endlessly-talented husband and wife team that is JellyKoe are perfect gifts for your quirkiest, artsiest friends and family members.
Nestled in the incredibly charming Arcade Mall, Pelliclaude is chock-full of hand-made, vintage, and hyper-local gifts. (And they have a resident bunny.)
Soda City Market
Where else in Columbia can you buy local art, handmade candles, infused bottles of honey, gorgeous jewelry, an outstanding cup of coffee, and your brunch all in one spot? Soda City Market (every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Main Street) is the perfect place to grab absolute heaps of fabulously local gifts.
For the Columbia-Lover in Us All:
Columbi-Yeah! t-shirts and koozies are perfect for any local who “has it all.” (Also, I want one.)
Can’t-Lose Local Gift Cards:
Did you really wait until the last minute, but still need a thoughtful, local gift? Try a gift card to somewhere unique and amazing:
–Sid & Nancy for your vintage-loving sister.
–Sweet Cream Co. for literally anyone. Who doesn’t love hand-crafted ice cream??
–The Nick for your art-house film lover hipster cousin.
–Ally & Eloise Bakeshop for anyone who loves homemade French macaroons. (Which is everyone.)