Give local Montco businesses the gift of shopping small for the holidays.
Holidays are meant to be a magical and cozy time for you and your family, so take a break from the packed malls and overwhelming online options. Main streets across Montgomery County are decked with garlands, lights, and bows, ready for you to shop small. With cozy environments and a smile on everyone’s face, small business shopping is the perfect way to get in the spirit, find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, and support your neighbors. Check out the guide below to begin your small shopping journey.
For the Foodies
There is no better place to shop small for food and drink items than Montco. Festive creations from local wineries, distilleries, and breweries flow all season long and are perfect to pair with delicious treats served by small Montco businesses.
If you have a loved one with a sweet tooth, pick up an easy holiday-themed goodie at Sweet Annie’s Candy Shoppe in Ambler. The Grand Fromage in Skippack has a wide selection of artisan cheeses and tasty accompaniments. From blueberry balsamic to cherry bourbon chipotle spread, your gift from The Grand Fromage will be something they’ve never gotten before.
For those who think they’ve tried everything, check out Boyd’s Carinal Hollow Winery in Lansdale for a deliciously sweet whiskey mead, decadent black forest wine, or the ever-unique roasted red pepper & garlic wine. Stop by Round House Lansdale where you can pick up unique beers including the Meet Christmas in Hollis and give the sweet taste of holiday oatmeal cookies in the form of a decadent ale. Give the gift of homemade cocktails this year by picking up some Five Saints Distillery spirits—the Maple Bourbon Butter Pecan Flavored rum will make sure to warm up your loved ones.
For the Fashion Forward
At these fashion boutiques in Montco, the expert owners know their products in and out, making it a breeze to find a gift that won’t be returned. Or as a safer option, these small shops carry purses, shoes, jewelry and more to gift your friends and family.
Paper Dolls is a trendy boutique in Ambler with inclusive sizing and dedicated, helpful owners who can help you pick the perfect item. Hazel Mac in Skippack offers up bright and colorful clothing styles that pop, making the perfect gift option for any young fashion lover in your life. Ovich Boutique in Skippack covers all the bases with timeless clothes, purses, shoes, and even perfume. Accent on the Rocks in Skippack is a jewelry and accessory paradise so you can give a little sparkle to the people on your list.
For the Adventurous
Give an experience this year with a gift card to one of Montco’s many small businesses. Help your adventurous and outgoing loved ones make memories in Montco at some of these top spots for activities.
Send them on an escape mission at Escapopolis in Lansdale, where they can make it their own by picking out their desired escape room theme. Have them test their toss at Splitting Edge Axe Throwing in Pottstown, a smaller business dedicated to providing a fun physical activity. For the culinarily inclined, send them on a wine-tasting adventure at Cyrenity Sips, a small, Black-owned business where they can sip their way through a fine collection of wines.
Self-care items make fantastic gifts because they give your loved one a bit of relaxation and stress relief. Fortunately, Montco is filled with creators who handmake soaps, candles, and more for you to gift.
Love n’ Honey Candles specializes in candles made from high-quality coconut wax. They are made in small batches and can even be customized with a special order on their website. Cork and Candles is another option for creating personalized scents to give as gifts. They are an experiential candle bar, meaning you can craft a candle in-store while also sipping on a glass of wine or eating off a charcuterie board. They also have gift cards if your loved one enjoys the creation process.
Scent and Sip also lets its guests create their own scents, but their product line is extensive, allowing you to make not only candles but soaps, scrubs, bath bombs, beard oil, and much more. A custom scent you know will be loved is a great way to show your loved one you care this season.
Shopping small for the holidays is a great way to not only give special gifts that can’t be found anywhere else, but also get yourself into the giving holiday spirit by supporting your community. For more small business shopping in Montco check out our Day Trip Itinerary to Support Small. Now hit the main streets to pick up some one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season!