There is no time like the holiday season for festive family activities, feeling cozy, and getting to spend some extra time shopping for holiday gifts. Plano, Texas, may not have snowy weather, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the festive spirit and enjoy some holiday activities. There are many great spots around the area where you can look for unique gifts, purchase charming decorations, and get in the spirit of the season. Here’s a list of places you can go for your holiday shopping that won’t disappoint.
CU*RAT*ED: A Modern Pop Up Market
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On Sunday, December 13, head to Legacy West at 6007 Legacy Drive for CU*RAT*ED, a fun-filled pop-up market that runs from noon to 5 p.m. It has a few different markets throughout the year, with the theme of the holiday market being “Home for the Holidays.” Here you can meet the makers of one-of-a-kind items and learn about their work, while you browse over 35 booths to find the perfect gift. There will be food and hot drinks, a holiday wagon, and a photo booth, so plan to have a fun afternoon enjoying this community event.
Plano Christmas Market
The Plano Christmas Market is at Carpenter Park Recreation Center on Saturday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by this local Christmas market to shop for handcrafted gifts made of wood, fabric, ceramic, glass, and more. You’ll find vendors selling handmade jewelry, clothing, and accessories, as well as locally made bath and body products, and cozy candles. Jams, jellies, and other preserved foods also make excellent gifts for anyone you know who values quality, handmade items that support local craftspeople in the community.
Be sure to check out the Holiday Warehouse for all your holiday decoration needs. This one-stop decoration shop is located at 2819 W 15th Street in downtown Plano and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. The shop is closed Sunday. It has everything you could ever want for your Christmas decorations, including baubles, balls, ornaments, ribbons, wreaths, wrapping greenery, and much more. You can browse for scented candles with notes of cinnamon, bourbon, and gingerbread. You may also find festive Santa figurines, colorful nutcrackers, elegant Christmas stockings, as well as velvet and metallic tree skirts.
Holiday Warehouse has several sizes of artificial Christmas trees, available in green or flocked/frosted with white, along with energy-efficient LED lights. The trees come equipped with Always Lite technology. All you have to do is connect the tree segments, and the lights will work, making for easy setup and takedown. Tree decorations include cute holiday animal ornaments, glittering jewel ornaments, sparkling ball ornaments, and elegant star and angel tree toppers. At Holiday Warehouse you can also take bow, wreath, and decorating classes for beginner and advanced participants. These classes are a fun and productive way to get into the holiday spirit.
Downtown Plano Arts District
The Downtown Plano Arts District is located along 15th Street in the heart of Plano and has many fun local boutiques where you can get your holiday shopping done. You can spend an afternoon exploring the shops and art galleries, then stop for drinks or a meal at some of the many eateries and watering holes in the area. At Holman Pottery on nearby 18th Street, you’ll find handmade ceramics, including art pieces, pottery, and sculpture which would make excellent gifts. Stop by Stitches Boutique and Lounge and give the gift of yarn to the knitter in your life. Lyla’s Boutique offers clothing for women and children as well as accessories, home decor, kitchen items, and gifts. Its clothing options include shoes, cute dresses, comfy lounge wear, and more. If you need something for a special man in your life, check out Lyla’s man cave items. This includes beard products, men’s socks, mugs and glasses, and grill mitts. Other shops in the area have Custom Scooters, offering sales of scooters for all ages, and La Foofaraw with interior design, gifts, cute jewelry, and home decor. Sweet Home Bath and Body offers up healthy alternatives to mainstream bath and body products. If you’re traveling during the Holiday season, be sure to check out McKinney, TX’s holiday shopping guide!
Holidaze and Gifts
Holidaze and Gifts is a seasonal gift and collectibles store offering many great items. You can find holiday decorations including figurines, scenes, stockings, and tree ornaments to get your home into the festive spirit. They also have a selection of gifts such as jewelry, cozy clothing and socks, holiday scented candles, bath and body products, and much more. This family-owned and operated business has been open in Plano for over 20 years and is a valued part of the community. Located at 3400 Preston Road, Ste. 300, its hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.
Holidaze and Gifts also offers unique snacks and preserves, which are perfect items if you’re compiling a holiday gift basket or a present for a foodie. You’ll find selections of hand-crafted popcorn with flavors like pimento cheese and jalapeno cheddar. Don’t forget to check out the wine chips, flavored with cheese such a gouda and Manchego, which are meant to be paired with wines. Other fun gifts are cocktail mixers and cocktail bombs, including the Moscow mule bomb. Gifts for pet lovers include soft toys for dogs as well as dog bandanas with cute sayings.
The holidays are a fun and festive time of year, so don your ugliest Christmas sweater, stop by a local cafe to grab yourself a seasonal peppermint mocha or drink of your choice, then head out to some of these great holiday shopping destinations. At Huffines Hyundai Plano, we hope you’ve been inspired by this list and are ready to enjoy the merriest time of the year at these festive shops. Do you have a favorite gift shop in Plano that we’ve missed? We’d love to hear your best recommendations, so contact us with your gift or decoration buying tips.