Every holiday season is a struggle to get your loved ones something you know they will cherish for years to come. Playing Santa can come with a very specific set of struggles- namely how do you find presents that are as unique as your family? While malls and online outlets are packed with options, finding something special can be difficult when your search radius only extends to corporate America. That’s why this Christmas we’re helping you Shop Local for the perfect gifts from Huntsvillians like yourself. Just consider us your elves.

For the Fashion Icon

Is your loved one always scouring fashion magazines? Do they look like a street style segment come to life on any given Monday? Then these chic spots are perfect for their gift. 

  • Elitaire Boutique: With clothing for every occasion and accessories galore, you’re sure to find a unique piece for that special someone. Our favorites include the Able bags and Shop Moss earrings. 
  • Roosevelt & Company: Trendy finds aren’t just for the ladies, and Roosevelt & Co. proves that. Their website bears the label “A true Gentleman’s supply company” and we have to agree- with everything from suits to denim to an in-house barber, they cover it all.

For the Coffee Lover

Gift shopping for a friend whose love language is caffeine? Let these two downtown spots fill up your cup.

  • Honest Coffee Roasters: Sure, you know you can get a great latte at Honest, but did you know they also have great gift-ables like mugs, shirts, brewing gear and even socks
  • The Kaffeklatsch: This is your go-to spot for coffee lovers who want their stocking stuffed with unique blends. Whether your cup of cheer needs whole bean or grounds, you’ll find what you need here.

For the Experience Junkie

Some gifts can’t be wrapped in a bow. For those with a spirit of adventure you have to think a little outside the present box.

  • High Point Climbing: If your true love has decent biceps and no fear of heights, High Point’s indoor rock climbing will fit perfectly into their New Year’s fitness goals. Explore several types of climbing, and don’t miss the Saturn V photo opp in the kid’s area.
  • Touronimo: This North Alabama tour company offers experiences ranging from local music insider access, to nights at the observatory to historical walking tours. Your biggest problem will be deciding which to try first.

For the Music Fan

Whether their forte is playing instruments or playing records, the music lover in your life will be filled with Christmas cheer if you find their gift at one of these two local staples.

  • The Fret Shop: This store specializing in stringed instruments has an inventory rivaled only by the expansive knowledge of the staff. Guitars and ukuleles are abundant, but you’ll also find banjos, mandolins and harps here.
  • Vertical House Records: With over 20,000 new and pre-loved records, you can find a gift for the vinyl lover in your life no matter what their genre of preference is. Vertical House is also home to records from several local artists if you want to expand your local love a little further.

For the Interior Decorator

Do know a hostess with the mostest whose home is always straight out of a Southern Living magazine? These two shops may have the missing piece she’s been looking for.

  • Cailey Paige: This new addition to downtown Huntsville has adorable home decor and gift-ables. But be warned: It’s hard to walk in and leave without buying one more throw pillow.
  • Preservation Company: If you have a Home Project DIY-er in your life, look no further than Preservation Company. Their unique pieces come fully completed or ready for your TLC. Whatever you find here will be a truly one-of-a-kind item.

No matter what you’re looking for, shopping local will provide enough gifts for all 12 Days of Christmas. Don’t forget- Santa’s workshop is a small business also.