Shop at Home for the Holidays

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming! Pella’s stores are decked out in their Christmas finest with decorations and gifts for every person on your shopping list. Check out the below gift ideas to inspire your Christmas shopping and spread the local love by supporting Pella businesses. Then on Thursday, November 19 – Saturday, November 21, jump start your Christmas gift shopping during Pella’s de Kerstdagen Tour of Stores. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, scenic carriage rides and extended store hours. And of course, tons of holiday shopping!

And these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg! Visit in person or shop local online this entire holiday season to see the bounty of awesome gifts available. Oh, and if your name sneaks its way to the top of your shopping list…we won’t tell anyone. Promise. 😉

Tip: Don’t miss Marion County Bank’s Pella bucks on sale Thursday, November 19 and save 10% at participating businesses Nov 19 – 25!

1. Foodie

For the friend with incredible taste (literally!). Appeal to their refined taste buds with a food-themed gift. From unique flavored novelties, to gift cards to their favorite restaurants, to stylish kitchen accessories to step up their hosting game, your thoughtfulness will warm their hearts (and bellies).

Shop foodie gifts: Best of Thymes, Liberty Street Kitchen, In’t Velds, Graz, Blush by Simple Treasures, Butcher’s Brewhuis, Dutchfix, Van Veen Chocolates, Cranberry Stone Bakery & more!

Pictured: simple syrup from Best of Thymes; entree from Liberty Street Kitchen; charcuterie boards from Blush by Simple Treasures

2. Holiday Enthusiast

For the person that cranks up Christmas music in September, puts up holiday lights in October and watches Christmas movies year-round, show them you get their love for all things Christmas with a holiday-themed gift. You won’t have any trouble finding unique and charming Christmas-y gifts in Pella, as the stores are decked out!

Shop Christmas gifts: The Sanctuary, Simple Treasures, Thistles, Silver Lining, Blush by Simple Treasures, Work of Our Hands, Makers on Main + more!

Pictured: gnome mug + runner from The Sanctuary; Santa + trees from Simple Treasures (credit: @simpletreasures_pella); felt tree + message board from Thistles

3. Home

There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home! For that person whose home is their happy place, give them a home-worthy gift they’re sure to love.

Shop gifts for home: Simple Treasures, Best of Thymes, Thistles, Blush by Simple Treasures, Jansen’s Decorating, de Bloemen Hof, Dutch Meadows + more!

Pictured: homebody candle from Blush by Simple Treasures; SMEG appliances from Best of Thymes; succulent planter from Thistles

4. The Fashionista

Channel your inner fashionista and compliment your loved one’s sense of style with a chic gift from one of Pella’s fashion boutiques. The trickiest part will be narrowing down what to buy – for your friend…and you!

Shop for fashionistas: emBellish, 9Lilas, Luv Cole Boutique, Fashion by The HallTree, The Funky Zebras, Deja Vu Consignments

Pictured: clutch from emBellish; faux fur collar scarf from 9Lilas; button fly jeans from Luv Cole Boutique

5. Connoisseur

For the love of wine, chocolate and cheese! Dabble in the delicious and seek some insider knowledge into what makes these local treats so awesome.

Shop for the connoisseur: Van Veen Chocolates, The Wijn House, In’t Veld Meat Market, The Sanctuary, Smokey Row, Tassel Ridge, Brew Coffee House, Ulrich’s Meat Market, Vander Ploeg Bakery

Pictured: seasonal wine from The Wijn House; handmade chocolates from Van Veen Chocolates (credit @vanveenchocolates); meats + cheeses from In’t Veld Meat Market

6. Stocking Stuffers

Step up your stocking game! Unique gifts abound in every price point, for every age, at every store. Grab a memorable stocking-sized gift that won’t get regifted.

Shop stocking stuffers: Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, Silver Lining, Hometown Variety, Simple Treasures, 9Lilas, Fashion by The HallTree, The Wijn House, Jaarsma Bakery, Thistles + more!

Pictured: men’s solid cologne from Simple Treasures; #dutchology soap from 9Lilas; mixology mason jar from Simple Treasures

7. For Her

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Demonstrate your love with a gift that will pamper and daily remind her how you feel. There’s nothing that can replace the words themselves…but a sweet gift is a close second. 😉

Shop for her: Expressions by design, Blackstone Salon, The Funky Zebras, emBellish, Luv Cole Boutique, Blush by Simple Treasures, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, Silver Lining, The Wijn House + MANY MORE!

Pictured: heart necklace from The Funky Zebras (credit: @tfzpella); canvas art from Blush by Simple Treasures; Aveda products from Blackstone Salon (credit: @blackstonesalon)

8. For Him

Treat him to a local brew, spiffy new do, something for his ride, and more! Whether it’s a gift to enjoy now (bloody mary gift basket from The Cellar Peanut Pub) or later (bike accessories for Iowa Bike Co.), take your pick for things he’s sure to love.

Shop for him: GROOM Barber Lounge, The Cellar Peanut Pub, Franklin Street Clothing, Butcher’s Brewhuis,  Simple Treasures, Iowa Bike Co., ROCO, Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. +more!

Pictured: men’s product from GROOM Barber Lounge; bloody mary from The Cellar Peanut Pub; leather goods from Simple Treasures

9. For the Kids (& fur babies!)

Cuteness abounds for kid gifts in Pella! From babies to tweens – and even your pup – find gifts (and clothes!) for any age and interest. Tip: head to the back on the second floor in Simple Treasures for a room dedicated just for little ones!

Shop for the kids: Simple Treasures, de Bloemen Hof, 836 Main Street Boutique, Earthwise Pet Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa, Hartgers Doll Store, Silver Lining, The Funky Zebra, Little Wardrobe, Luv Cole Boutique

Pictured: Melissa & Doug toy from de Bloemen Hof; tulle dress from 836 Main Street Boutique; mix & match treats from Earthwise Pet Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa

10. Artisans & Vintage

Looking for vintage women’s clothing? Head to 9Lilas. Love to quilt? The Quilted Windmill is your wonderland. Searching for mid-century modern treasures? Check out Curious Rebellion. Want a variety of local artisan-made finds? You’ll love Makers on Main. And we could go on and on. Have a hayday with unique finds of a vintage or artisan kind!

Shop handmade & vintage: Makers on Main, Curious Rebellion Vintage, The Quilted Windmill, Remnants Antiques, 9Lilas, grāz, Van Veen Chocolates, Windmill Mall Antiques + more!

Pictured: artisan bread from The Breadboard at grāz (credit: @grazhelpfulfood); local artist note cards at Silver Lining; vintage finds at Curious Rebellion Vintage

This post is by guest blogger and Pella native, Melanie (De Nooy) Mapes, who recently moved back home from the Chicago area with her husband and two children. Melanie has joined Century 21 Signature Real Estate and is a licensed realtor.