Christmas time is my absolute favorite time of year. The snow-covered trees, cuddling up next to the fire place, all the delicious goodies, and spending time with loved ones. Although I love Christmas, I struggle with Christmas shopping. Figuring out where to go and what to get is beyond stressful. I always end up waiting until the last minute and making a mad dash to the mall. But, I am determined to change my ways this year and not only get my shopping done on time, but support some of the amazing local businesses in our city.
I am currently obsessed with Terra Cotta. These fun, flirty earrings are the perfect addition to any outfit. Jenna Wilson, the creator and owner of Terra Cotta, taught herself how to mold terra cotta clay into jewelry from online tutorials. Recently she decided to turn her hobby into a business so she could work from home as a mom. You can find Jenna’s amazing creations at the Garnet district in CDA, The Bohemian in Spokane, or you can order them directly by dm’ing her Instagram @terracotta_beautybyclay.
As many of y’all know, Swank is one of my go-to stores in Spokane. The team at Swank travels across the country and hand picks items to be featured in their store. The result? Cute, chic clothing perfect for every occasion! The Swank girls are extremely knowledgeable and can help you find the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life. They sell clothing, shoes, jewelry, perfume, and tons of accessories.
The mission at The Lookout is to provide quality, hand-crafted goods to our community while simultaneously supporting artisan makers- both locally and across North America. Owners Alex and Amy handpick each artist based on their integrity in design, sustainability, and craftsmanship. The artisans that are featured in The Lookout constantly rotate, but there are a select few that remain at all times. From natural skincare products to handsewn baby goods, The Lookout offers a variety of incredible products, and you are sure to find a gift that will “wow.” Come check them out in the Dormitory Building at the edge of the Browne’s Addition.
If you are searching for a gift for someone with a green thumb, Ritters is your place. This family-owned and operated company had been serving the Spokane community over 75 years. The team at Ritters strive to provide the best customer service and expert advice for all of your gardening needs. Not only is Ritters the destination for plants, trees, and shrubbery, they also have an adorable shop with pottery, gifts, wine, and bouquets.
The Tin Roof is a 3rd generation, locally owned Spokane business. Heather Hanley, creative director and current owner, believes every person in unique and that their home should be too. To achieve this vision, The Tin Roof has a highly talented staff of interior designers and stylists who work hand-in-hand with their clients to make their home picture perfect. Constantly on the hunt for interesting products, all three showrooms at The Tin Roof are lively and fresh with new, exciting looks to explore. The Tin Roof also has the ReSkued furniture outlet, which features designer styles at discounted prices.
Named after the character in “To Kill a Mockingbird” who collected unusual and wacky items, this novelty shop is the perfect place to find unique stocking stuffers, fun toys, and gag gifts. Owner Andy Dinnison is committed to filling his store with unique products that will delight, or disgust, his customers. From vintage lunch boxes to funky t-shirts, there is really something for everyone at Boo Radley’s. Make sure to check out their sister store, Atticus Coffee and Gifts, for more amazing gift options!
Even better than giving/receiving an item….? Giving/receiving an experience! We all have those people that are super hard to shop for because if they want something, they will go buy it themself. So, you have to get creative. Enter Luxe Salon & Spa. Give your special someone something they don’t know they want but will definitely enjoy. For example, we are completely obsessed with the Hydrafacial treatment from Luxe Salon & Spa. In addition to the Hydrafacial, Luxe also offers a variety of other facial treatments as well as cosmetic procedures, chemical peels, lashes, waxing, hair, etc. They also sell a variety of amazing hair products (Unite) & skin products (Epionce) for your product-junkie friends and family.
So, now there’s nothing left to do but go out and shop ‘til you drop!