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Local Christmas Shopping

by Delaney Ray | Dec 05, 2016

Do you still have lots of gifts to purchase? With finals coming up, you probably do not have much time to shop before Christmas Break, especially if you are thinking about going somewhere like Fort Wayne. But what if you could just drive a few hundred feet away? That’s right, you can just shop right here in North Manchester! I went around town and made a list of stores and what they carry to make your shopping experience just a little easier!

  • One World Handcrafts: This is my favorite small shop in town! All items in the store are fair trade (trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries) and absolutely amazing! Their incredible items include: Earth Divas’ purses and scarves made in Nepal, Pine Needle Jewelry made in Nicaragua, Recycled Aluminum Jewelry, Omiyo Jewelry, various scarves, cookbooks, ornaments, pottery, cards, décor, soaps, toys and books for children, baskets, and figurines. They carry local artisan items in the back including jewelry, knitted items, cards, scarves, and wooden items. They also carry lots of fair trade food including tea, coffee, cocoa, olive oils, soup mixes, jams, and chocolates. Even if you have no more presents to buy, I would highly recommend stopping by this shop anyway and I guarantee you will love it!
  • Manchester Marketplace: This little bulk and specialty food shop is the greatest ever. My parents know the owners and they are just the sweetest people and would be more than willing to help you with anything you might need. They have an array of food items including: specialty snacks, bulk candy, drink mixes, noodles, soup mixes, nuts, flours, popcorn, cheese, meats, and premade and custom gift baskets, all for discounted prices!
  • My Red Moon: This is an adorable antique store with a wide range of gifts ideas! They have: clothes (new and vintage), jewelry, shoes, boots, purses, furniture, glassware, kitchen supplies, games and toys, instruments, pottery, primitive décor, and two full floors of antiques!
  • The Do It Best Hardware: You may think that I am a little crazy for putting a hardware store on this list, but you would be surprised by they awesome things they carry! The hardware store has gifts for everyone on your list for great prices. They have: fun sodas and teas, Carhart brand clothing, bird feeders, home décor, candles, Fiestaware, lotions, flavored hot chocolate, various soaps, tumblers, placemats, napkins, rugs, unique jewelry, a mass amount of tools, Christmas décor, garden flags, wind chimes, wreaths, plants, and various stocking stuffers and unique gifts. Woah! I bet you didn’t see all of that coming did you?
  • Cottage Creations (Florist and Gifts): Check out this amazing little shop if you want slightly more expensive items of high quality! Different gift ideas here include: ornaments, floral arrangements, live plants, stuffed animals, décor, decorative pillows, lots of holiday décor, decorative mirrors, paintings, CDs, children’s books and toys, infant clothing, wind chimes, candles, adult clothing, purses, scarves, jewelry, candy, coffee, and lotions and soaps in great holiday scents! I would highly recommend checking this store out!
  • Blooms and Heirlooms:  A great little shop carrying floral arrangements, live plants, and antiques.
  • Nordman’s Nook: Adorable shop with country and primitive décor, amazing candles, handcrafted furniture, yummy pies, noodles, and some of the best cookies around.
Delaney Ray '19 is a Psychology and Sociology double major with a minor in Criminal Justice. She works as a Student Orientation Leader and a Library Desk Assistant in addition to blogging for MU. She never thought she would be a blogger, and her dream job is to work for the FBI in the behavioral unit.