Shop Small, Gift Well

The holiday season is here.  With the Christmas cheer, comes an endless list of shopping to do.  After all, Christmastime is the season of giving.  Whether you are shopping for family, friends, or even a curtesy gift for the mailman or coworkers, there’s one thing to keep in mind.  Handmade or local goods make the perfect gifts and help the economy!  So often we are given generic gifts or gift cards from chain stores and major retailers, but the best gifts are personal, handpicked favorites from the local farmers markets, vendors, and businesses.  Check out Temple's local small businesses for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Booth at The Hub

Boutique Clothing For Women:

Boutique clothing and accessories is always a great idea for the fashionable women in your life.  Throughout Bell County there’s plenty of these fantastic, local shops to stop by and do some holiday shopping.  Whether you are looking for accessories like jewelry, hats, and scarves, or on the search for a stunning holiday outfit to gift, you’re sure to find something for all the ladies on your list. Some of our fantastic boutiques include Brickwood Boutique, Zootys Boutique, The Shoppes on Main in Salado, and The Hub. With all kinds of home goods, apparel, and more, The Hub is an excellent stop for local holiday shopping.

The Small Farm Holiday Pack

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Bath and Body

Looking to gift homemade soaps, spa kits, lotions, or candles?  The Small Farm both has wonderful options to choose from.  The Small Farm makes lotions, soaps, and gift sets featuring an ingredient local to the farm, goat milk.  Support this local small business and stock up on a few of their holiday gift sets.

Emporium Spices

Emporium Spices

Emporium Spices has all kinds of mixes, blends, and spices to choose from.  The cook or baking enthusiast in your family will love a gift from a local spice manufacturer. Emporium Spices sells anything from poultry seasonings, guacamole kits, and bread mixes to 5 pack gift boxes.


[Photo curtesy of Treno Pizzeria and Taproom]

Treno Pizzeria And Taproom

Treno’s is a downtown Temple favorite.  Lovers of this pizza place enjoy the ranch as much as the pizza. Stop by the gift shop in First Street Roasters to find home goods from local vendors and the infamous bottled ranch Treno’s has to offer.  The ranch comes in several delicious flavors.  Gift your food-enthusiast friends one of these condiments.

[Photo curtesy of Peggy's Coffee House]

Peggy’s Coffee House:

A local coffee shop with lots of character.  This coffee shop is located inside the Temple Mall and has specialty drinks like Butter Beer, Double stuffed Oreo, and The Jordan.  Give the gift of java chips this holiday season by grabbing a gift card to this local coffee stop, buying novelty mugs, or buying coffee by the pound.

Antiques and Collectibles:

Unique, curiosities and antiques can also make excellent gifts.  For something unique, one-of-a-kind, and vintage you can stop by a few of our exciting shopping areas in the downtown district. The Parlour Antiques, 2nd Street Emporium, and Relics Antiques are all filled with fascinating finds and gifts that are in a league of their own.  For fans of collectibles, all things vintage, and unique gifts, these shops are worth looking around.

Regional Gift Ideas

Salado Glassworks: Salado Glassworks hosts several blow-your-own-glass events throughout the year. Gifting tickets to one of these events will surely leave the artists on your list with something fun to look forward to.  Upcoming at the Salado Glassworks shop are ornament crafting and other holiday themed events.

Dough Re Mi: Gifting snacks and sweet treats is always a great idea for friends and family with a bit of a sweet tooth!  Dough Re Mi, a local treat shop in Belton, has edible cookie dough that comes in a variety of flavors.  Gift a pint or two of these delicious doughs.

McWha Books and The Book Cellar: Give the Gift of Reading.  The readers in your life will love personal book recommendations, first editions, and classic favorites.  Peruse the shelves at McWha Books in Belton and The Book Cellar in Temple to find the perfect book.

Texas Tour Gear: Have a musician in your life? Nothing makes a better gift than musical instruments or accessories for guitars and drums.  Stop by this shop in Belton for musicals wares and equipment.

The Candy Wall at The HubGifts, Guides, and Holiday Finds

Hand-crafted and unique gifts are always some of the most cherished items gifted during the holidays.  No friend, family member, co-worker, or significant other is quite alike.  With unique personalities comes the reason for personal, one-of-a-kind gifts.  Shop downtown Temple for curiosities, fashionable favorites, food, and more!