Shop Local Las Vegas!
It would be nice if we could all say that we’re done with our holiday shopping for the year, but we all know that’s probably a lie. As you pick up the last of your stocking stuffers, gifts for family and friends, white elephant parties, co-worker gift exchanges, party hosts, and all the rest, check out these local Las Vegas shops and boutiques for truly unique, fabulous items and support our local small businesses!
The charming D’Annata Boutique, located at Tivoli Village, sells “a mix of all things pretty for you and your home,” and that includes plush home goods, cozy clothing and bedding, cute jewelry, beautiful books, elegant seasonal décor, gift items, and items for baby. This is a great place to pick up gifts for your friends and family and yourself!
The Vegas-based chocolatier makes some of the most mouth-watering boxed chocolates you’ll ever eat (eat your heart out, Godiva), and a beautiful box from Ethel M is always a great gift idea. They’ve got special collections in holiday tins or your can customize your own; for the Vegas Golden Knights fanatic in your life, they’ve also got collectible Golden Knights tins. They’re also offering a free collectible gourmet hot chocolate tin with a $60 purchase, and trust me, this is the best hot chocolate you have ever had in your life! In fact, stop by the chocolate factory in Henderson to do your shopping and grab a hot chocolate to sip on as you roam through their three-acre cactus garden decorated with over one million Christmas lights!
For ladies who love to look glam, give them a gift they can’t buy anywhere else: a custom-made lipstick shade from Dawes Custom Cosmetics! Even better: treat that special lady in your life to their own “Custom Color Lipstick Bar” party at the Dawes Custom Cosmetics Custom Lipstick Lab, where guests get to create their own lipsticks with their choice of texture, flavor, scent, and lip treatment, and then they even get to name their shade.
Is there anything better than the gift of cheese? I think not, but that’s just my opinion! Stop by the cheese-centric specialty food shop Cured & Whey and let the friendly cheesemongers help you design the perfect cheese and charcuterie board for your holiday party or host gift. While you’re there, grab a sandwich and enjoy a glass of wine, or sign up for one of their excellent cheese classes!
Fergusons Downtown is a historic motel located on East Fremont that has recently been reborn as a community hub filled with restaurants and adorable shops occupied by local makers. The shops are all open now and they are officially celebrating their grand opening this weekend, so check it out for your last-minute holiday shopping! Pick up some carefully crafted mineral soaks, soaps, and aromatherapy needs for athletes and active individuals from Mike’s Recovery; browse vintage clothing and handmade stained glass jewelry at Neon Cactus; choose from incredibly unique floral arrangements at the Tiny Bloom; and find hand-made wooden home goods and clever accessories at All For Our Country by onefortythree.
Vintage Shopping in DTLV
In you’ve never spent any time shopping in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District, now is your chance! There are numerous vintage and antique stores in and around the Arts District, each boasting their own treasure trove of unique vintage home goods, furniture, clothing, collectibles, and oddities. Check out the Antique Alley Mall, Retro Vegas, Modern Mantiques, Main Street Mercantile, and Vintage Vegas Antiques for starters.
The Neon Museum is always a Vegas bucket-list must, but right now with the Lost Vegas exhibit featuring site-specific sculptural and digital installations by director Tim Burton makes this worth a trip to Vegas all on its own. The gift shop is full of Lost Vegas memorabilia, including books, glassware, candles, magnets, tote bags, collectibles, and so much more. These make for some excellent gifts, as they are only available here and only while the exhibit is up through February 15. If you have a Tim Burton lover in your life—from Nightmare Before Christmas to Beetlejuice to Mars Attacks!—this is the best possible place to shop for them!
Cowboy Christmas is held every year at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo, and this exhibition of vendors selling a wide range of cowboy goods is absolutely free, and a hoot! Here you’ll find a massive assortment of gorgeous leather goods, cowhides, furs, cowboy boots, turquoise and silver jewelry, cowboy hats, and so much more. If you have someone on your list who’s a little bit country, this is the place to go!
We all have that friend who likes everything spooky. Macabre Mercantile at the Sahara Towne Square caters to that crowd year-round with a wide selection of gothic style and classy horror items. Whether you need a dragon skull, a skull throne, skull ornaments, or coffin-shaped purses, Macabre Mercantile has the perfect gothic-chic gift for that all-black-everything loved one in your life!
This natural beauty company was originally founded in Canada and is now based in Las Vegas, though it still honors its Canadian roots—all of their original skincare formulations are made from Saskatoon berries, which are highly regarded for their antioxidant properties and rejuvenating abilities. Order their products online or find them popping up at local events like Market in the Alley.
The Boulder City Soap and Candle Company makes soap that looks so good you’ll want to eat it. Don’t do that! Their natural bar soaps—using ingredients like goat’s milk, olive oil, coconut oil, sandalwood, and shea butter—will make your skin feel amazing, and you can top it off with some of their luxurious body butter. You can also make your home smell as good as you do with their soy wax candles. Their large selection of lush bath and body products make excellent gifts, but don’t forget to treat yo’self too!
The Writer’s Block is a bookstore, coffee shop, young writer’s workshop space, and “artificial bird sanctuary” in Downtown Las Vegas. For people who enjoy cozying up with a good book, there are few gifts more thoughtful than a book you picked out yourself based on what you know about that person and what they enjoy. Even if you’re not familiar with the titles, ask the friendly folks who work there for their expert guidance! They also sell stationary, toys, and other unique gifts.
Even Vegas locals who aren’t hardcore hockey fans still sport some Golden Knights gear, and that’s all a show of local #VegasBorn and #VegasStrong pride. The Arsenal inside the City National Arena—where the Knights practice (and yes, you can watch them)—is full of Golden Knights T-shirts, sweaters, jerseys, hats, pucks, sticks, glassware, skates, and more memorabilia, and is a great place to shop for the VGK fanatics and proud Las Vegan in your life.