Whether you’re gathering your wish-list or getting ideas for others, you’ll want to visit these local shops and stores to find the best gift ideas this holiday season.
Artifacts Gallery (2 West State St.)
Artifacts has a fun selection of gifts in every shape and size. Artifacts carries specialty coffee mugs for the caffeine junky in your family. The walls are lined with rows of handcrafted ceramic mugs, dishes and decorations. There’s comedic gifts for your special someone that’s got a unique sense of humor. Guests can also find jewelry, men’s and women’s clothing, artwork and stained glass displays designed to light up your house.
White’s Mill (2 Whites Mill Dr.)
For more than two centuries, White’s Mill has sat on the shallow banks of the Hocking River, and for a good reason. What once was a bustling flour mill is now a prospering feed and nursery barn. White’s earned its spot on our gift list for their hand-crafted ceramics and trinkets found throughout the store. They have a wide selection of native Ohio flowers and plants, perfect for any devout green-thumb preparing for the spring growing season.
Blue Eagle Music (40 North Court St.)
The signature blue eagle on their storefront is recognized instantly as your walk down Court Street, as the shop continues to serve budding musicians and seasoned performers. It’s an excellent place to start shopping for those with music running through their veins. They sell a wide variety of new and used instruments, from woodwind to brasswind and even vintage guitars and amps. Want to give your budding performer some pointers? Blue Eagle Music offers lessons for musicians, whether they’re just starting out or have experienced the music scene.
Haffa’s Records (15 West Union St.)
Haffa’s Records has the classic record store vibe rarely found elsewhere. Haffa’s is the last remaining authentic record store in Athens and shouldn’t be overlooked when searching for heartfelt gifts for the holiday season. They sell an extensive collection of vintage records alongside brand new releases. You might come with a specific record in mind, but after only a few minutes of looking, you’ll likely grab a handful of classics destined to bring you back.
Passion Works Studio (20 East State St.)
Passion Works remains one of the premiere outlets for regional artists to exhibit their works to the public. Jewelry, ceramics and handmade crafts line the glittering walls of Passion Works Studio. Do you have your heart set on finding an Athenian classic perfect for your loved one? Search no more, they sell the renown Passion Flowers of course! Their made from recycled aluminum that shows your love for that lucky someone as much as it does for the environment! Pick one up today to avoid missing out.
Rocky Outdoor Gear Store (45 East Canal St., Nelsonville)
There’s no shortage of things to do in the outdoors here in Athens, but there aren’t many shops to cater to your outdoor needs. Luckily though, the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store in Nelsonville is a leading brand in outdoor footwear and rugged-ware. A great store to shop around; they have clothing to fit every variety of need. While you’re there shopping for that special someone, why not treat yourself to lunch at their delicious Boot Factory Grill, home of their famous bison burger!
Nelsonville Emporium (31 Public Square, Nelsonville)
The Nelsonville Emporium is your one-stop shop for meaningful gifts suited for that special someone. The store carries artwork from local artists all year around. You can spend easy knowing your purchase benefits the artists as well as contributing to spreading Nelsonville’s rich Appalachian culture. Visitors to the Nelsonville Emporium can expect handmade soaps, ceramic mugs, wall decorations and decor for any room. Don’t waste the day shopping online, get out of the house and visit Nelsonville for many more seasonal shopping ideas.
A reminder to all the Athenians at heart, keep an eye out for the #ShopAthensCounty on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during our 25 Gifts of Athens County for this year’s best personalized Athens gifts.