by Chelsea Chambers
Picking out the perfect gift for each person on your list can be daunting. Fear not, we have put together a list of unique places to find that special gift for all the people in your life. Oh, and get ready to shop!
Ava Rae Boutique
Ava Rae Boutique was founded by Marissa Krebs, a stay at home mom of two daughters, Ava Leigh and Adalyn Rae, three years ago as an ecommerce women’s clothing boutique. As the business grew, Marissa decided it was time to take the boutique to a store front and thought of no better place than in downtown Boise. Ava Rae Boutique offers affordable and quality boutique apparel for the trendy mom, business professional and student. Ava Rae Boutique offers new styles on a weekly basis, so the styles in the shop are constantly changing which guarantees you won’t leave the shop empty handed.
755 W BROAD ST | www.AvaRaeBoutique.com | 208.576.6681
Halo Hot Yoga
Looking for yoga apparel for that special someone this holiday season? Halo has the perfect setup for someone starting yoga or someone that needs a refresh to their yogi style. Located in one of the coolest eclectic warehouse locations, the hidden secret studio reminds you of something found in the east village of New York. With its fun whimsical atmosphere, Halo is a must visit.
3055 E FAIRVIEW AVE | www.HMYBoise.com | 208.888.3350
A stellar Boise based barbeque and rub company is at Boise Co-op. MFT Medium BBQ Sauce is a rich tomato blend sweetened with honey, brightened with local vinegar and spiced with cayenne pepper creating a savory and sweet flavor with smoky overtones and a little kick. Gluten Free and All Natural! Another tasty product is their MFT Gourmet Ketchup is a rich tomato flavor with peppery notes made with local Apple Cider Vinegar and natural ingredients. Gluten Free. All Natural. Vegan.
888 W FORT ST | www.MFTSauceandRub.com | 208.472.4500
City Peanut Shop
What better place to shop this season than the City Peanut Shop, a store the ties with the essence of Christmas gifts, baskets and stockings. The store features fresh-roasted and uniquely flavored peanuts, tree-nuts, nut butters and popcorns. This cool downtown Boise store is full of special gifts for the nutty someone!
803 W BANNOCK | www.CityPeanut.com | 208.433.3931
With high demand, this gift store expanded next door to have more space for November and December. There are so many options to choose from at Mixed Greens; cards, jewelry, bath products, home good, you can find something for everyone! They carry handmade items from over 35 local artists so you can choose the perfect unique gift! And remember, they have really nice gift wrap and will wrap gifts purchased at the store at no extra charge. Come see them at 9th & Idaho this holiday season!
237 N 9TH STREET | www.iLikeMixedGreens.com | 208.344.1605
What is Crazy Neighbor? A local independent shop offering unique and delightful gift options, from bowties to unique jewelry, quality hats, cozy winter scarves, colorful arm warmers and little treasures at every turn. You’ll find well chosen fashion accessories and gifts for both men and women with competitive pricing. Truly a remarkable store to visit any day of the week.
1415 W GROVE ST | www.CrazyNeighbor.biz | 208.957.6480
Piece Unique Clothing Co
An upscale men’s and women’s clothing, shoe and designer consignment store. You will find a large selection of some of the best local designer’s merchandise in town for the holiday season. Established in 1997 – Piece Unique is located in the historical Empire Building on the corner of 10th & Idaho – Downtown Boise – park free for an hour in the lot next to USBank. Everyone is UNIQUE, whether it’s the newest trend or a style, only you own the PIECES at the shop on the corner of 10th and Idaho!
205 N 10TH STREET | 208.387.0250
When visiting Echelon you’ll find unique décor ideas conceptualized into wonderful arrangements of the latest trends in home needs. Accessories, lighting, mirrors, artwork, and furniture to enhance any home, office or dwelling need. For the holidays, these festive wine toppers are sold in pairs for $19.99 and bring a little holiday cheer.
1404 W MAIN ST | www.EchelonFineHome.com | 208.906.0500
Rain Salon & Spa
A wonderful full-service spa and salon centrally located in the Treasure Valley. Their team of dedicated professionals, trained in the latest methods of advanced skincare and hair care technology, are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and beauty to last a lifetime. Customize instant gift certificates online and print for the holiday season!
1965 S EAGLE RD #110 | www.RainSalonandSpa.com | 208.887.7955
A favorite destination of Eagle residents for over 16 years, Impact Imports has a huge selection of one-of-a-kind items including dozens of natural edge slabs. Go there to explore 10,000 square feet of hand selected furniture, jewelry, architectural elements, garden stone, vessel sinks, hand blown glass art and unique gifts!
552 E AMITY RD | BOISE www.ImpactImportsUSA.com | 208.368.0300
44 ˚ North Vodka
Bloody Mary Seasoning
Try the Idaho made Farmers’ Bloody Mary Seasoning for a spicy and fun way to drink your vegetables. This is no “Plain Jane” mix. All Natural. Gluten Free. No MSG. No soy or dairy. No high fructose corn syrup. Contains a special blend of spices including black pepper, orange peel, turmeric, cayenne pepper and organic apple cider vinegar. Mix with tomato juice and your choice of garnishes. Each bottle makes 16 to 20 drinks depending on the level of spice intensity desired. Available for purchase at http://44northvodka.bigcartel.com/product $15.99 includes shipping.
Huckleberry Vodka + Flask
Mountain Huckleberries are a high elevation wild berry and the state fruit of Idaho. 44 North blends them with Idaho Potato Vodka for a rich, natural flavor. As the first vodka approved to wear the Idaho Potato Commission’s official seal, this naturally gluten free Mountain Huckleberry Flavored Vodka is the ideal spirit for drinking chilled, straight-up, on the rocks, or in an infinite range of signature cocktails. Newly launched flashy flask and vodka are available at local liquor stores. Flask price 24.99.
American Clothing Gallery
American Clothing Gallery, Inc. is a gallery of wearable art, fine weekend wear, beautiful accessories and gifts. Our customer dares to stand out in a crowd and be noticed! Shoppers will find unique labels such as Tasha Polizzi, Parsley and Sage, Scully, Venerio, Yest and Haiku; along with favorites like Brighton, Tribal, Old Gringo, and Icelandic Designs (just to name a few). While at the gallery, you might want to pick up a copy of our own Boise State University Bronco Cookbook! We invite you to visit us at the corner of 8th and Main in Downtown Boise. For the past eighteen years, we have followed the same motto…”Fashion comes and goes, but STYLE lasts forever”.
100 N 8TH STREET | 208.433.0872
Give the Gift of Kindness! Decent Beings provides high quality products with simple messages of encouragement to be decent to one another. Great selection of SUPER soft, premium shirts that convey kindness and compassion for all of the Decent Beings on your list!
SHOP ONLINE | www.DecentBeings.com | 208.890.9824