2015 Hometown Holiday Gift Guide

shoplocalHere at Rocket City Mom, we are ALL ABOUT LOCAL. We eat, sleep, and breathe local. We cover local events, share information about local resources, and help our readers find local people and businesses to connect with.

So, of course, we think everyone should shop local this holiday season. By now you know that supporting small, local businesses helps the local economy but we’ve got another great reason to shop local – cool gifts. When you buy your holiday gift from a small local business you know it’s going to be unique. Why give the same old tired DVD or toy that anyone could buy from any big retail chain? This year, buy something AWESOME.

See a gift you like? Each photo in the galleries below is linked to a website, or Facebook page that will help you find more information so you can go to the local shop and buy that cool gift (or others like it). We’d also like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to our Gift Guide Sponsor – State Farm Agent, Meri Beth Mabry.


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NOTE: RCM has not been compensated for the listings below. However, since we are blessed to partner with many awesome local businesses you will see some of our sponsors in this guide. You will also find plenty of awesome local businesses that don’t partner with us. Regardless of where you choose to shop this holiday season we hope you’ll choose to do some of it with local small businesses.

Happy (Local) Shopping this Season!

Gift Ideas for Kids & Babies

  • For the Eccentric Musician
    For the Eccentric Musician
    $2.99 | Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • For the Out-of-This-World Baby
    For the Out-of-This-World Baby
    $40 | U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • For the LEGO fan
    For the LEGO fan
    $20+ | Bricks4Kidz
  • For Your Future Picasso
    For Your Future Picasso
    $15 and up | Huntsville Museum of Art
  • For the Gemologist
    For the Gemologist
    $.50 and up | Earlyworks Gift Shop
  • For Your Tiny Biologist
    For Your Tiny Biologist
    $7.50 each | Sci-Quest
  • For the Little Engineer
    For the Little Engineer
    $34 | Discovery Toys Noelle Martin
  • For the Grumpy Teether
    For the Grumpy Teether
    Varies | Acorn Treasures
  • For the Spitter
    For the Spitter
    Prices Vary | University Pickers
  • For the Early Reader
    For the Early Reader
    Varies | Usborne Books Molly Hall
  • For the Spiller
    For the Spiller
    $16 | Learning Express
  • For the Baby Who Always Has Cold Feet
    For the Baby Who Always Has Cold Feet
    $7 | All About Baby
  • For Your Future Mary Lou
    For Your Future Mary Lou
    $20 | The Matrix Gym
  • Stocking Stuffers for Every Age
    Stocking Stuffers for Every Age
    Varies | Learning Express
  • For the Kid Who is Always Borrowing Your Phone
    For the Kid Who is Always Borrowing Your Phone
    $19.99 | Schoolcraft
  • For the Spacey Stuffie Lover
    For the Spacey Stuffie Lover
    $17 - $25
  • For the Kids Who Want a Pet (but aren't ready...)
    For the Kids Who Want a Pet (but aren't ready...)
    Varies | Learning Express
  • For the Baby Who Needs Their Name in Lights
    For the Baby Who Needs Their Name in Lights
    Call for pricing | All About Baby
  • For the Minion Fan
    For the Minion Fan
    $39.99 | Southerland Station
  • For Your Favorite Techie
    For Your Favorite Techie
    $79.99 | Schoolcraft
  • For Your Threenager
    For Your Threenager
    $11.99 | Nonesuch at Lowe Mill
  • Tween Stocking Stuffers
    Tween Stocking Stuffers
    Varies | Schoolcraft

Gifts for Everyone Else on Your List

  • For the Geeky Huntsvillian
    For the Geeky Huntsvillian
    $20 | Geek Out Huntsville
  • For the Fragrant Hippie
    For the Fragrant Hippie
    Locally made tub teas, bath oils, & candles $9-20 | 3 Ring Apothecary
  • For the Hummingbird Loving Garden Piddler
    For the Hummingbird Loving Garden Piddler
    $50 | Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Space Mission Ties For the Rocket Scientist
    Space Mission Ties For the Rocket Scientist
    $30 | U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Dammit Dolls For the Road Rager
    Dammit Dolls For the Road Rager
    $12 | Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • For the Space Enthusiast Ornament Lover
    For the Space Enthusiast Ornament Lover
    $27 | U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • For Your Sister
    For Your Sister
    $22 | University Pickers
  • For the Guest Bathroom
    For the Guest Bathroom
    $14.99 | Josies' at Burritt
  • For Your Fav Storm Trooper
    For Your Fav Storm Trooper
    $65 | Mint Julep Market
  • For the Mom Who Needs Pampering
    For the Mom Who Needs Pampering
    $9-$15 | Posh Mommy & Baby
  • More Teacher Goodies
    More Teacher Goodies
    $3-$4 | Railroad Station Antiques
  • For Your BFF
    For Your BFF
    $8.99 | Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Bling for the Babysitter
    Bling for the Babysitter
    Varies | SOCA Gallery
  • For Mom's Stocking
    For Mom's Stocking
    $15 | Mint Julep Market
  • For Dad's Stocking
    For Dad's Stocking
    $5.99 | Southerland Station
  • For the Lazy Pie Lover
    For the Lazy Pie Lover
    $18 | Interior Marketplace at Hampton Cove
  • For the Chocolate Connoisseur
    For the Chocolate Connoisseur
    $7.50-$50 | Pizzelle's at Lowe Mill
  • For the Toast Lover (It's Magnetic)
    For the Toast Lover (It's Magnetic)
    $15 | The Little Green Store
  • Teacher's Gifts
    Teacher's Gifts
    Varies | Mason Dixon
  • For the Fan
    For the Fan
    $9.99 | Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • For the Popcorn Aficionando
    For the Popcorn Aficionando
    $14+ | What's Popp'n
  • For the Pop Culture Quilter
    For the Pop Culture Quilter
    Varies | First Contact Sewing
  • For Your Pilates Partner
    For Your Pilates Partner
    $14 | Fitzgerald Pilates Barre
  • For the Critic
    For the Critic
    $21 | The Little Green Store
  • For Your New Neighbor
    For Your New Neighbor
    $40 | Saori Weaving
  • For Your Favorite Alabamian
    For Your Favorite Alabamian
    $20 | Green Pea Press
  • For Your Favorite Comic Book Man
    For Your Favorite Comic Book Man
    $30 | SuperPowered Studios at Lowe Mill
  • Vintage Dominos for Grandpa
    Vintage Dominos for Grandpa
    $35 | Karma Rags at Lowe Mill
  • For Your Precious Pooch
    For Your Precious Pooch
    Prices vary at Burritt on the Mountain
  • For Your Favorite Native Alabamian
    For Your Favorite Native Alabamian
    $11.99 at Burritt on the Mountain

 


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The local stores covered here are just the tip of the iceberg. Did we fail to include your favorite? Share your go-to mom and pop shop in the comments so all our RCM readers can find great gifts this holiday season!

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