Local Spotlight: Holiday Shopping Picks

Posted by Ryan Renner on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 at 9:02am.

The time has come to make your list and check in twice...and that means shopping for holiday gifts for all your loved ones. Luckily for all of us who call Omaha our “homaha”, there are tons of independent small businesses that make unique gifting a breeze. Read on for ten of our team’s favorite small shops in Omaha and beyond.


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Sweet Favorite: Chocolat Abeille

This Old Market chocolate shop offers almost too pretty to eat morsels along with locally-sourced honey and other specialties. Their top seller lately? The internet famous hot cocoa bombs, which can be picked up locally or shipped nationwide. Stop into Chocolat Abeille for all of your elevated sweets needs!


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All Local Favorite: Made in Omaha

With two convenient locations, Made in Omaha is exactly what it sounds like: a hip marketplace of goods produced by over 80 local artisans and companies. Consider a visit to the original location in Countryside Village, or stop into the new iteration downtown. Some well-known names you might recognize in the shop that make some great gift options are Pleasant Avenue Paper, Julia Mason Art, earthenJOY jewelry, Artemis Tea, Benson Soap Mill, Wax Buffalo candles and so many more.


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Farmhouse Favorite: Salt Creek Mercantile

Located in nearby Ashland, Salt Creek Mercantile is a rustic and welcoming farmhouse dream. From handmade kitchen boards, to furniture crafted with care, to hand poured soy candles, this small town shop brings all the charm to holiday gift giving this year. SCM also has a newly expanded selection of cookbooks and kitchenware perfect for your favorite home chef.


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Plant Favorite: The Green House

For the plant-lover and beyond, consider a visit to Little Bohemia’s standout shop, The Green House. Located right on South 13th Street, this cool business is home to tons of funky house plants and pots, plus goods and gear to satisfy any outdoor enthusiasts on your list. (Bonus: Be sure to check out the attached Dusk Goods & Gifts as well for another lovely local option! Their vintage glassware is particularly solid.)


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Beverage Favorite: Omaha Wine Company

An adult beverage makes for a thoughtful holiday gift, and there’s quite the selection at the Miracle Hills’ area’s Omaha Wine Company. Though this shop boasts wine from all over the world including both old and new world regions, they are most celebrated for their rare Napa Valley offerings. Stop in for a gift for yourself and/or the discerning oenophile in your life.


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Bibliophile Favorite: The Bookworm

A longtime Omaha independent bookstore, The Bookworm delights for all ages. Alongside their massive book selection, including a large Midwestern author catalog, this establishment also stocks gifts like stationary, upscale lotions and candles, and seasonal items in their Loveland location.


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Kid’s Favorite: Fat Brain Toys

West Omaha’s Fat Brain Toys can help with any kiddos on your holiday shopping radar. Known for their focus on educational toys that help kids learn and interact with their environment, this awesome toy shop is sure to provide “a smarter way to play”.


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Men’s Favorite: Jerry Ryan

For over forty years, Jerry Ryan Clothing & Sportswear has been the go-to spot for men’s clothing from sportswear to formalwear. Consider supporting this family-owned shop for your holiday shopping needs right here in Omaha.


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Furniture Favorite: Revival

Perched on the main drag in Benson, Revival offers the best selection of mid century modern furniture and decor along with handmade jewelry and pre-loved clothing. Consider a special custom furniture piece, thrifted artwork, or dainty necklace for those on your shopping list this year.


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Vintage Favorite: Esther’s

For those who prefer to hunt for a bargain and focus on sustainability in their fashion choices, look no further than Esther’s. This longtime Westside area haunt has decades of experience in the high-end fashion market and always offers something new. For the label lover in your life, Esther’s is a winning choice.

Do you love to shop local? What are your favorite small businesses in Omaha?

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