Once twinkling strings of lights brighten up the town, it’s time to look local to knock out holiday shopping lists. From one-day markets to seasonal shelves, shoppers are bound to find some of the most unique goods to gift in Oklahoma.
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Support small businesses while satisfying your loved ones’ holiday wish lists with a trip to some of Oklahoma’s long-running pop-up shops and tourism information centers. Simply explore Oklahoma’s array of small-town bazaars and brick and mortar stores offering seasonal stock.
Rather than making the trip to an overcrowded mall of stores in the hopes of stumbling upon the perfect gifts, rely on these Oklahoma winter markets to bring the goods to you. These weekend-to-month-long markets provide plenty of time for browsing booths without all the hustle and bustle that comes with more traditional holiday shopping methods.
When you’re in the mood for shopping local but don’t have time to trek through town checking out countless shelves, head to the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Oklahoma City. For four weeks each winter, a handful of local shops will pick a small sampling of their larger inventory to whimsically display in tents scattered around a festive Christmas tree lot. Located near downtown, this is the perfect place to seek refuge from the cold after ice skating or checking out nearby lights. After coming across potted plants and home décor to gift, visitors can even take home a Christmas tree from the urban tree lot located right outside.
For a truly unique holiday shopping experience, head to the Pambe Ghana Global Market in Oklahoma City. All goods for sale here are fair trade items crafted internationally from as far away as Africa. Musicians in the family will appreciate an African drum, while kids are bound to love stuffed fair trade frogs. Visitors can stock up on mittens knitted in Nepal, wooden puzzles crafted in India or Peruvian Nativity sets at this global market in the heart of the city. From fragrant felted soaps to detailed animal kites, this global market has some of the most unusual, hard-to-find gifts across Oklahoma.
Get in the holiday spirit with a trip to the Castle of Muskogee for Castle Christmas. The medieval holiday gift shop offers plenty of goods from local vendors as well as the opportunity to create your own candles and sand art. From tooled leather products to goat milk soaps, guests are sure to come across rare finds. Loved ones may also appreciate a handcrafted piece of wire-wrapped jewelry or handstitched stockings with their names embroidered on top. Kids are also sure to love choosing and stuffing their own animal toy on site. Come for the food, lights and Father Christmas photos and leave with a car filled with fun finds.
For one day only, these various Oklahoma craft shows and bazaars will offer visitors unique handmade goods and direct vendor sale products to take home and wrap. Take a trip to smaller Oklahoma towns for a relaxing experience picking out merchandise like cosmetics or upcycled furniture sure to be a hit with your loved ones.
Shop local while picking out gifts at the Mustang Christmas Bazaar. Shoppers are sure to come across plenty of handstitched blankets, baked goods and handmade holiday crafts here.
Check off many a holiday gift list item at Santa’s Village & Holiday Bazaar in Watonga. With more than 60 vendor booths available, searching for the perfect craft to give will be a cinch.
From vintage furniture to metal art, stock up on seasonal gifts at Winterfest Craft Show in Kingfisher. After shoppers make their initial selections, they can refuel with a cup of chicken and noodles.
Those who prefer more classic shopping routines can still select one-of-a-kind holiday products by visiting some of Oklahoma’s specialty shops. Enjoy the personal attention from local shop owners while grabbing Made in Oklahoma gourmet foods, seasonal decorations and regionally crafted clothing.
Northwest Oklahoma features antique stores and small shops hidden among the high plains. Venture to Ootsie’s Blossoms & Boutique in Fairview for Oklahoma-made popcorn, spice blends and decorative pillows. Shoppers will also find Sooner state hats and hand-printed tea towels with fun phrases like, “I’ve never been to heaven but I’ve been to Oklahoma.”
Culture-rich Northeast Oklahoma contains plenty of gift shops and local stores tucked along Route 66. Find house-made scented soaps and beard oils next to locally crafted soy candles and state-themed coasters at 1907 in Broken Arrow’s Rose District. Trek northwest along the Mother Road and come across seasonal wreaths, knitted ornaments and nutcrackers alongside its precious porcelain tea sets at the Belvidere Mansion in Claremore.
Head to the center of the state and discover seasonal stock within the Central Oklahoma short-grass prairies. Up-cycled goods run rampant at The Old Store in Piedmont, which also includes a local clothing section, state-shaped wall art and hand-painted holiday chairs. Visit the Museum Store Holiday Open House at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for locally-made Western gifts like decorated Native American gourds, hand-carved antler letter openers, leather purses and pinched pots. Tour through North Pole City in Oklahoma City for holiday decorations ranging from bells and bows to twinkle lights and decorative Santas.
Situated near historic sites, Southern shops in Southwest Oklahoma sell a diverse range of handcrafted goods. Explore handcrafted goods created by local artisans at Loud Mountain Trading Company in Cement. Shoppers can also come away with tepee wall hangings and crocheted dinosaurs inside this rustic specialty shop. Down south, Prairie Rose Gifts & Boutique in Duncan presents everything from women's clothing and trendy jewelry to Oklahoma-themed tees and Oklahoma-inspired gifts.
Look past all the flowing lakes and waterfalls in South Central Oklahoma and you’re bound to come across numerous small businesses with locally-made products. At Main Street Mercantile in Pauls Valley, make your selection from the handcrafted sugar sprinkles, hot sauces, roasted coffee beans and buffalo makeup pouches hailing from Oklahoma vendors. A short drive south, Okie Twister Co in Sulphur provides countless shelves’ worth of Made in Oklahoma goods like Frankoma pottery, handmade Chickasaw jewelry, country-style crafts and tasty sweets concocted regionally.
Beneath the picturesque mountains in Southeast Oklahoma lie an abundance of local shops with local treats. At Three Rivers Pecans, Fudge Factory & Amish Store in Calera, visitors will come across Amish cheeses, fresh baked bread, homemade fudge, local honey, soup mixes and jars of cider. Over in Quinton, shoppers can peruse the delicious jars of food finds at Apple Hollow, from house-made pepper patch salsa and peach preserves to pickled asparagus and green pepper jelly.
Next time you drive into Oklahoma during a vacation or road trip, be sure to take a look at seasonal souvenirs found at our many Tourism Information Centers, perfect for commemorating your visit. Stop by the Erick Tourism Information Center or Sallisaw Tourism Information Center in the Sooner State for your chance at landing state-themed ornaments decorated with familiar attractions like the Golden Driller or the Blue Whale. While you sip free fresh coffee at the Oklahoma City Tourism Information Center, arrange a custom gift basket of Made in Oklahoma jams, dip mixes and other food products available. Oklahoma-themed stuffed animals from the State Capitol Tourism Information Center are great for the kids, while state-shaped chocolate is the best bet for a sweet stocking stuffer. Friends may even appreciate Oklahoma pillows and towels or a souvenir set of cups found at the Blackwell Tourism Information Center. Merchandise varies by location, so call ahead to ensure each travel center has these local gifts in stock.
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