‘Tis the season…to panic about holiday shopping! Lists of friends, relatives and co-workers are piling up and making you wonder if you’ll ever get all your gifts bought. Never fear, Columbia is here! We’ve assembled another festive list (one you can even sing along with) that can help you knock out those presents in a snap. Spend one day in CoMo then put your feet up to revel in having your shopping done.
On my CoMo holiday shopping trip, I bought on my spree…
Twelve Velvet Cupcakes
Pick up a dozen of the most delectable, unique treats you’ll come across this season. The cupcake menu at opens in a new windowThe Velvet Cupcake changes daily, but the guests at your holiday party or your aunt with the sweet tooth will be delighted no matter which flavor you choose.
Eleven Painting Classes
Grab your ten closest friends and have a night out at opens in a new windowThe Canvas on Broadway. At the Canvas, art is for everyone, and you’ll leave with your very own piece of art and great holiday memories. They also have a bar, so your creativity will undoubtedly be heightened.
Ten Terrific Tootsies
Some days, there’s nothing more relaxing than a nice spa pedicure. For the person in your life who could use some pampering, pick up the gift of relaxation in the form of a gift card for one of Columbia’s many spas. A couple of Columbia favorites, opens in a new windowRiversong and opens in a new windowSalon Adair, will always be winners.
Nine Gunther’s Tokens
Have someone who always wants the highest score? opens in a new windowGunther’s Games is back in downtown Columbia! Offering classic games as well as new titles, Gunther’s is a great place for your favorite kid or kid at heart.
Eight Tiger Goodies
You’ve probably heard that Mizzou has had a pretty fantastic year sports-wise. Show your favorite fans you care with some Tiger gear from opens in a new windowRally House or opens in a new windowTiger Spirit. From coffee mugs to keychains, pom-poms to Tiger ears, the Mizzou fans in your life will go crazy for your black and gold gift.
Seven Stocking Stuffers
Everyone likes to find a little something special in their stocking! Check out opens in a new windowCalhoun’s for fun little gifts ranging from unique jewelry to fun home decor and items for kids. Calhoun’s really is a one-stop-shop for that something extra special for anyone on your list!
Six Local Art Pieces
If there’s one thing Columbia really knows how to do, it’s art! Explore spots like opens in a new windowArtlandish, opens in a new windowPS:Gallery, opens in a new windowBluestem Missouri Crafts and the opens in a new windowColumbia Art League Gallery for pieces with a local flavor at all price points. Whether you’re looking for a small work or a statement piece to last a lifetime, Columbia’s galleries offer some of the most beautiful work around.
Fiiiiiive Flower Arrangements
Everyone needs a centerpiece for the big holiday meal, right? Volunteer to take care of that this year and get rave reviews with an arrangement from opens in a new windowKent’s Floral Gallery on Broadway. Just stepping inside Kent’s during the holidays is an experience. Kent and his team will make your holiday shine with an arrangement that’s ready to go or customize it to your preference.
Four Pints of Sparkys
You can also be the star of the holiday by showing up with dessert! Allow us to recommend stopping by opens in a new window Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream to pick up an array of flavors. You can choose from the ready-to-go freezers or have them pack up any of their available flavors as well. You can go as traditional or outlandish on your choices as you want…Sparky’s has something for everyone!
Three Bags of Coffee
Another thing Columbia does well is coffee. With three colleges and a population of hard-workers, there’s never a short demand for caffeine. Explore the different roasts and local shops like opens in a new window Lakota, opens in a new windowCoffee Zone and opens in a new windowKaldi’s to get the java lover in your life something new for their mornings.
Two True/False Passes
The opens in a new windowTrue/False Film Fest is one of the hallmark weekends in Columbia. What started as a small event 11 years ago is now one of the world’s most respected documentary film festivals. Throw in a parade, music showcases, a game show and nightly parties and you have pretty much the most fun someone could have in four days. opens in a new windowPasses are on sale now!
And a Gift Certificate Just For You From Me!
Need a gift for that one person who has everything? Let them explore Columbia for themselves! A gift certificate to opens in a new windowThe District will get that special someone into restaurants, shops and more!