Here at Rocket City Mom, we’re all about supporting local! This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to shop small and support our neighbors and friends with locally-owned businesses. When you shop small, you’re supporting your community and as an added bonus, you’re getting a gift that is special and unique!
Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to shop here in the Rocket City and North Alabama. Whether you’re shopping for your little one, significant other, friends, or even yourself, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.
Gifts for the Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers on Your List
There’s some wonderful options for the babies and kids in your life! Whether you’re looking for clothes or toys, there’s a local shop for that! Below we’ve included some gift ideas that we think the kiddos in your life will love.
Outfits, Accessories, or Toys from Baby Boutiques
If you want something unique and special for the littles in your life, the local baby boutiques are a great place to look! We’ve included some cute items we think they’ll love, but be sure to check out our full list of baby boutiques in North Alabama for even more ideas of where to look near you.
A Gift Certificate for Local Classes
Babies & toddlers grow so quickly, it can be hard to know the right size clothing or shoes to get them, but a gift certificate to a local class is guaranteed to fit and encourage some social time. We’ve included 12 options below, but be sure to check out our full Classes & Lessons Page for even more ideas!
- Alabama Youth Ballet
- Colors Fine Arts Center
- Goldfish Swim School
- Huntsville Ballet School
- Huntsville Museum of Art’s Museum Academy
- Huntsville Gymnastics Center
- Music Together Rocket City
- Perfect Praise Music
- Project Dance
- SafeSplash Swim Labs – Huntsville | Madison
- Seeds to Sprouts at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
- Valley Conservatory
Gifts the Kids will Love
It’s always magical watching the kids open presents for the holidays. Below we’ve included some of the amazing local options with special gifts for the kids in your life.
Toy Shops in North Alabama
What kid doesn’t love getting a new toy for Christmas? Luckily North Alabama has some great options for toy shopping!
Memberships & Lessons Kids will Love
Want a gift that keeps giving? A membership to a local attraction or gift certificate towards a class will keep your kiddo having fun all year long. You can find links to become a member to six local attractions below or can browse our list of local classes & lessons for inspiration.
- Burritt on the Mountain
- Cook Museum of Natural Science
- EarlyWorks Family of Museums
- Huntsville Botanical Garden
- Huntsville Museum of Art
- U.S. Space & Rocket Center
For the Tweens & Teens in your Life
The holidays with tweens and teens can still be magical! These gift ideas will have them feeling the holiday spirit.
Comic Shops, Tabletops, & RPGs
For the teens that love comics, tabletop games, trading card games, anime, & more, you’ll want to head to one of the local comic shops in the Huntsville area!
- Bricks & Minifigs (opening December 10!)
- The Deep Comics & Games
- Haven Comics
- Magnolia Gaming Huntsville
- Lucky Dice Cafe
- The Raging Gazebo
Cheer on the Home Team
Whether they enjoy a night out with friends, a date night, or even an outing with the family, your teen will love tickets to an upcoming game. You can make it even more fun by adding on some team merch!
Gift Cards for Their Favorite Hangout Spot
Your teens and tweens will love the chance to play some arcade games, go bowling, catch a movie & more with their friends!
- AMC Theatres
- Cinemark Bridge Street
- Civil Axe Throwing
- High Point Climbing & Fitness
- Main Event
- Stars & Strikes
For the Foodie
There’s plenty of local tasty spots to enjoy in the Rocket City! Whether you buy a special treat from these locations or a gift card for later, you can’t go wrong.
- Chocolate Gallery
- Domaine South
- Mason Dixon Bakery
- Piper & Leaf
- Pizelle’s Chocolate
- Sam & Greg’s Pizzeria & Gelateria
Gifts that Mom Will Love
Moms are great at making the holidays memorable! These gifts will help make it special for her too.
A Special Keepsake
If there’s anything mamas treasure, it’s special keepsakes from their littles. These adorable pottery pieces can be customized by the kids to be given as a gift, or the entire family can enjoy a day at Color Me Mine in Huntsville creating together.
A Fresh New Look
Chances are high that mama will buy her kiddos new clothes at the drop of the hat, but it’s rare for her to do so for herself. Give her a fresh new look with a gift card or new item from a local boutique.
- The Cotton Gin
- Elitaire Boutique
- Monkee’s of Huntsville
- Serendipity Huntsville
- Shoe Fly Clothing
- Valley Chic Boutique
Something Cute & Trendy
Clothes not her thing? Find something unique and special at these local shops.
Gifts for Dad
Get a gift that shows dad how special he is this holiday season! If you’re stumped on what to get him, check out some of these local options below.
Gifts that Will Last
If you’re stumped on what to get the dads in your life, Holtz Leather Co. has some stunning options that we’re sure he’ll love!
Sports Gear from his Favorite Local Team
He’ll love cheering on the home team while sporting a new jersey or shirt. Add tickets for a date night or night out with friends for even more fun!
Unique & Local Gifts for Dad
Not sure exactly what you’re wanting, but looking for something as special as he is? Be sure to check out some of these local shops for ideas or consider a gift card for one of these cool experiences.
- Fow Wow
- Harrison Brothers Hardware
- Rage Room
- Rocket City Rover
- Stand Up Live Huntsville
- Pints & Pixels
Gifts for the Bookworms, Plant Lovers, Nerds, & Artsy Folks
No matter your area of interest, you’re in good hands in the Rocket City! Here’s some of our favorite local shops for your nerdy needs.
- Fiber Artwork
- Hook a Frog Fiber & Fun
- Little Green Store & Gallery
- Lowe Mill
- Mastermind Models & Miniatures
- Pure Joy Plants
- Rocket City Sewical
- Snail on the Wall Bookshop
- Sparkle Studio
Even more gift ideas
Didn’t see something that caught your interest? Don’t forget to check out our list of local holiday markets for specialty and handmade items!
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