Christmas is less than 10 weeks away, and that means gift “hunting” season in Oklahoma is upon us! Finding the perfect presents for everyone on your list can seem like a daunting task, and if you’re like me you’ve probably settled into a Christmas shopping routine: socks for the hubby, a candle for gramma, andddd a gift card for the person who “already has everything”. So. Boring. This year I’ve challenged myself to find unique and meaningful gifts for everyone on my list, AND I want to help you do the same. To help bring an end to the boring-gift-giving cycle, I’ve rounded up a list of the top 5 best places to find unique gifts in the Oklahoma City Metro.
1. The Market
14001 Joel McDonald Drive
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73134
(Located just West of Quail Springs Mall)
If you only go to one store this holiday season, please make it this one! Since The Market offers goods from dozens of local vendors, they have a wide variety of unique fashion, home decor, and gifts. You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list! Come prepared to spend some time browsing all the different showrooms and boutiques, once you’re here you won’t want to leave!
2. The Vintage Pearl
1289 E 15th St #112
Edmond, OK 73013
The Vintage Pearl is my favorite place to find personalized jewelry and gifts. Every piece of jewelry is fully customizeable and hand-stamped at their studio in Tulsa, so they are each as unique and beautiful as the ladies who will wear them. I wore one of their necklaces on my wedding day, and I love it so much I haven’t taken it off since. Because each piece is custom made, don’t wait until the last minute to place your order! It will take them 1-2 weeks to create your masterpiece, but a keepsake from The Vintage Pearl is definitely worth the wait! Orders can be placed online, or by visiting their store in Edmond.
3. Altar’D State
1901 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(Located inside Penn Square Mall)
This little gem is part of a small chain of boutiques located across the South and Midwestern states, so even if you aren’t from Oklahoma, there may be a store near you! Altar’D State sells the best womens fashion, as well as carrying a selection of home accents and gifts. What I love about this company is their commitment to giving back to their communities by donating 1% of all sales to charities, and funding employee volunteer hours every month. Shop here for the ladies in your life and you’ll feel as good about your purchases as they will look wearing them.
4. Blue Seven & Just OK
7518 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
These sister shops, located right next to each other, are locally owned and are the best places to find items for your friends and family who love to show off their Okie pride! Blue Seven is a fantastic boutique with a huge selection of stylish Oklahoma and Thunder apparel and gifts. Just OK carries a variety of made-in-oklahoma items ranging from clothing and accessories to art and coffee. Have fun exploring both stores and see what our great state has to offer!
5. The Paint ‘N Station
7906 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
The most unique and personal gifts are the ones you make yourself, that’s why I love the Paint’N Station! Choose from a HUGE selection of pottery, and design your piece using stencils, stamps, and sponges. Then, the folks at Paint’N Station will glaze and fire your piece and have it ready for pick up in about a week. Not the creative type? Don’t worry! They have hundreds of sample photos to get your started, and they also offer custom painting for a small fee. Have your kiddos hand-paint plates or mugs for their grandparents, take your hubby out and paint Christmas ornaments, or get the whole gang together to make some art and awesome memories! James and I did this when we were dating, and it was so much fun! We love having a reminder of our time together to display in our home! Check out their website and Facebook page for project ideas, pricing, and more!
What are some of your favorite places to find gifts in the 405? Leave a comment to share!