For too many of us, the holiday shopping experience comes down to a Google search and a confirmation email. Two or three clicks per present and we’re all done.
It’s an efficient process, but it can also feel unenthusiastic or “run of the mill.” After all, gifts purchased and given without cheer run a risk of being received that way too.
No matter who you’re shopping for, Ridgeland has a local business or charming boutique to match their interests as well as exquisite restaurants, local sights, and unique experiences to embolden your own holiday spirit!
For the Athlete
Some people are always on the go, and fittingly, their shoes don’t last too long.
Located in the Trace Station shopping center—home to dozens of locally owned stores and boutiques—Fleet Feet is your go-to shop for athletes of any level. For 40 years, Fleet Feet has been matching athletic shoes to the athletes themselves, giving them what they need most to keep active and happy!
Sportique is another locally owned boutique specializing in activewear for skiers and swimmers. With the latest brands in in men’s and women’s bathing and skiing apparel, you’ll find something trend-worthy for the beach lover and snow bunny alike!
Before you get to moving on for more shopping yourself, make sure to hit Sombra Mexican Kitchen for a zesty lunch! Tackle the chimichanga or enchilada combo or hit the restaurant early for huevos rancheros or the fantastic daily specials!
For the Kooky & Antique Obsessed
Call them “unique” or even better “eclectic,” but for some loved ones, the average gift card or tub of popcorn just won’t do. When you need a one-of-a-kind gift for an equally individual personality in your life, you’ll find it at Repeat Street in Ridgeland.
Repeat Street is home to a 17,000-square-foot showroom of constantly refreshed furnishings and fashions. Try the vendor market for consignment gifts sharing a similar vibe or browse the seemingly endless aisles, tables, shelves, and ceilings for that truly special find.
The appropriately named Antique Mall of the South offers its own 14,000-square-foot showroom with over 40 selected antique vendors and countless treasures. From display pieces to breathtaking furniture, home décor to collectibles, the Antique Mall of the South lives up to its name in every way.
Nothing says “unduplicatable” quite like locally produced works from Mississippi artisans! The Bill Waller Craft Center hosts the fine art works of over 400 juried Mississippi artisans covering numerous mediums complete with local quality and significance!
For the Spa Queen/King
What can you give to someone who has everything they need? Even the most content among us require some pampered time to themselves.
Aqua Day Spa knows just the solution for the one on your “Nice” list who has it all. Now offering gift cards at reduced cost, Aqua opens its doors for your loved ones in need of a massage, makeover, waxing, skin rejuvenation session, or even a HydraFacial!
Meanwhile, Drench Day Spa and Lash Lounge has mastered all things eyelash related among other relaxing services such as spray tanning, skin care routines and facials, waxing, and massage therapy. Lash lovers can have their eyes attended to and enhanced through microblading, extension, and styling services.
The gift of relaxation and confidence is bound to make itself known beyond the holidays and into the coming year!
For the Dapper Dan
The clothes make the man, or so it’s said. But when given the chance, a man may cultivate his look to literally and figuratively better suit himself.
Kinkade’s Fine Clothing can help any man—trained in fashion or finding it for the first time—achieve a look in keeping with his ideals. Offering tailoring and wedding attire services, as well as a dedicated team of fashion experts with the utmost experience in elevating the masculine appeal, Kinkade’s can take a man from worn jeans and once-white tennis shoes to bespoke and crisply outfitted in no time.
From office wear and formal wear to casual fashion including dress shirts and jeans, Kinkade’s has your man covered from the socks to paisley tie.
For the Monogram Master
Everybody knows at least one person who can’t help but put their family initials on every article of clothing, piece of luggage, or even across the back windows their SUV.
Charming, unique, and personalized gifts enjoy a certain kind of enthusiasm that few other gifts so easily receive. Gifts by KPEP understands the monogram mania of our families and friends. Better still, they understand the joy of giving gifts. This adorable boutique offers stationary, home décor, baby gifts, and party supplies—most of which can be customized with (you guessed it) monogrammed initials! You’ll even find the gift wrapping itself customized at Gifts by KPEP.
Smitten Gift Boutique offers gifts that leave the recipient just that—smitten. With monogrammed bags, pillows, backpacks, children’s apparel, and a whole host of fashionable accessories and jewelry, finding a charming gift at Smitten is just a matter of time.
For the Trés Chic
For the “very stylish” on our list, only the best will do. Hemline is the local hotspot in Ridgeland for brand name designer goods spanning bags, dresses, and outerwear.
Arco Avenue has the footwear and accessories any good outfit requires. Snakeskin pumps, suede boots, leopard-print sneakers, and even comfy sandals can all be had with the style included at Arco Avenue. Libby Story has all the hot looks for the up and coming fashionista on your list with fashion-forward tops, shoes, and casual wear, while CoatTails provides the season’s chicest outerwear. Pick up a knee-length wool coat, leather jacket, quilted trench coat, or elegant shawl for that style conscience name on your list!
You’ll also find all the hottest brand names and stylings at the seemingly infinite Northpark Mall. As Mississippi’s premier indoor shopping destination with more than 130 stores and specialty shops in its one million air-conditioned square feet, you’re guaranteed to get your steps in as you shop!
For the Chef
To any chef, a tool that makes the job easier can only be compared to a day of sunshine after weeks of storms.
For newlyweds and seasoned chefs alike, The Everyday Gourmet has every last kitchen essential. Plates, bowls, jars, mugs, serving dishes, decorative trays, even tea towels—a playful starter kitchen kit or new addition to the flatware cupboard is only a glimpse away!
Olive Fine Oils and Balsamics gives every chef something they desperately need—new and interesting flavors. With oils spanning the flavor range from blood orange and butter to basil and chipotle, and fascinating balsamic selections featuring apricot, coconut, and espresso, flavor and festivity meet and mingle with a gift from J. Olive!
Don’t miss a dining experience at nearby Caet (pronounced “Kate”) where you’ll find a selection of expertly dressed raw or broiled oysters and a whisky/scotch menu to warm you right up! We recommend the Jackson hot catfish or wood-oven baked crab fondue with a Hidalgo cocktail composed of bourbon, Cointreau, maple syrup, and sage!
Ridgeland, Mississippi, is a shopping destination like few others. Rather than shopping on the same laptop from the same couch, you can get out to support local businesses and have a little fun of your own!
After an unusual year, everyone could use the gift of cheer. The holidays offer us a chance to enjoy the last few months of one year as we come together to ring in the next!