From boutique shops to antique stores, give the best gifts of the season from Temple businesses
The holidays have arrived, which means it’s time to start making your gift lists and checking them twice. If you’re running low on inspiration and can’t seem to find it amid the big box stores and online retailers, take your gift search local with one-of-a-kind finds from Temple businesses.
Whether you shop downtown or on the outskirts of the city, you can fulfill all your holiday shopping needs right here in the Temple community. From boutique shops to antique stores, you’ll find no shortage of handmade gifts, gourmet treats and unique apparel to choose from.
Whether you’re looking for an ensemble that will turn heads or some eclectic vintage décor, Temple is home to a host of locally owned businesses that offer something for everyone. Located in downtown Temple, shops like 2nd Street Emporium and Relics Antiques offer a plethora of unique collectables, art and knickknacks. Want to bring back memories of simpler times? Find sentimental value in A Darling Thrift Store’s 20th century furniture, china and decoration. Or check out The Parlour Antiques & Oddities, where an assortment of statues, rare books and collectibles are sure to satisfy even the most eccentric of tastes.
Family owned and operated shops have a long history of success in Central Texas. Known as the largest American antiques store in Texas for more than 30 years, nearby Salado Creek Antiques offers unique furnishings that add character to any room. Plus, if you need a little help decorating for the season, shops like Darling Décor & More and Exchange on Central provide consignment and upcycling options to add an exquisite touch to your home.
Whether you’re looking for casual wear, formal attire or something to spruce up the house, Temple’s boutique shops offer style and flair. Shop designer clothing, shoes and jewelry at Shar’s Consignment or create your own inspired jewelry at Just Because Bead Boutique in West Temple.
Newly opened Lenna Lane is already creating timeless shopping experiences for customers in downtown Temple. Find the perfect accessory for a friend or a loved one at the hat bar or peruse their array of thrifted items. Only a short drive away, Zooty’s Boutique offers fashionable women’s clothing and accessories to keep you and your loved ones dressed to the nines.
Also located in downtown Temple is The Hub — a shopping center that houses 40+ unique vendors in a building brimming with historic charm. Shop artisan soaps, apparel and gifts, plus swing by for First Friday to enjoy late-night shopping, cocktails and live entertainment.
For the little ones on your list, Temple offers several one-of-a-kind shops just for children. Callie’s Boutique carries an assortment of adorable woven shirts, ruffled dresses, baby accessories and other children’s clothing. Twice Upon a Clothesline is a consignment store that has a wide selection of youth clothing and kid-sized furniture suitable for a child’s room, along with some men’s and women’s apparel.
Gifts & Goody Shops
Holiday shopping can work up an appetite. Thankfully, Temple has several options for snacks, candies and other artisan treats. While you’re picking up some gifts for the foodies in your life, be sure to grab something extra for yourself.
For the ones who always want a little extra spice in their life, Chef Flaco’s Gourmet Foods in downtown Temple offers a wide range of award-winning fresh salsas, dips, spices and more. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from Chef Flaco’s small batch hot sauce line goes to support addiction recovery and prevention.
On the west side of Temple you’ll find Om Spice & Sweets — a one-stop grocery store for international spices, seasonings and other hard-to-find ingredients. Grab some authentic Indian food at the in-store café to the make the most of your shopping excursion. West Temple also houses Terp’s Toys and Comics, which specializes in collectable figurines, action figures, graphic novels and vintage record clocks.
No holiday shopping trip would be complete without a little something sweet. Mud Pies Pottery & Sir Wigglesworth’s Homemade Fudge in Salado has been in business for close to three decades. Find handmade Texas fudge made with only the finest ingredients, like real butter and cream — just make sure you stop in early before the holidays to snag your favorite flavors!
Check out even more holiday shopping options in Temple and take the stress out of gift giving this season.