Written by: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator
Still working on crossing off your shopping list? A few of my favorite shops in downtown Appleton are great spots to find those last minute unique gifts for your family and friends!
Eco Candle Company
123 E. College Avenue 920-830-0123
These candles make the perfect little gifts! I’ve picked these up for holiday party hostess gifts, something for my Hairdresser and as a house-warming gift. My favorite item in their store are their hand-poured soy candles. I enjoy checking out their candle of the week specials, all the different fragrance and Holiday Candle selections. They also carry natural bath and body products, beeswax candles, handmade soap, home fragrance, accessories, incense, unique gifts and more!
Blue Moon Emporium
227 E College Avenue 920-205-2114
Blue Moon carries many unique wares of Wisconsin and Fox Cities-themed clothing, ceramics, screen-printed pillows, jewelry, and other handmade goods and candy. I was looking for something unique to send our daughter and found a cute t-shirt, I was able to choose from an assortment of screen print designs and they made the shirt for me; it was ready in less than 10 minutes. A friend of mine has a Wisconsin Home sweatshirt from here and says how comfortable it is. One of my favorite purchase from here is a key holder made from a spoon, it’s made to hang just on the inside of your purse so you never have to go searching for your keys!
Items of Interest
10 College Avenue 920-831-0295
Whether you’re looking for an unusual gift or great items for you, your home, your pet, or someone you love, this is the place to go! They’ve got fun little gifts with something for everyone on your list. Featuring jewelry, toys, cards, games, gourmet items, candles, handmade soaps, baby gifts, t-shirts and more.
Just Act Natural
129 E College Avenue 920-574-2932
You can find a wide range of products from cooking tools to bath products, household items to organic apparel, this store is aimed at the environmentally conscious. One of my favorite purchases from here is their reusable mesh produce bags, I have two and use them often. They’re made from recycled material and work great for transporting my produce from the grocery store to home. Just last week got a compliment on them!
Flanagan’s Stop & Shop Liquor Store
522 W College Ave 920-733-6689
Our last stop to pick up that extra Holiday Cheer! The staff here is always very helpful. They’ve got a wide selection no matter what type of spirits you’re looking for. We were unsure about which wine to choose and they offered to let us sample.
I hope this gives you some ideas for those last minute gifts. Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas to all!!