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Even though the holiday season is still a few months out, it’s never too early to start thinking about the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life.
Whether its for the holidays, for a birthday, or any other special occasion, we have compiled a list of some of the most unique and eclectic gift spots in the St. Louis area.

Shopping local can not only help you find that one-of-a-kind gift, but can help support our local economy and help us all to thrive.
It’s time to get your shop on!

The Porch

the proch st louis1700 S. 9th Street, 314-436-0282

The Porch is a little brick building tucked across the street from the farmers market in the Soulard District. Filled with eclectic gifts including local wares and farm products tucked seamlessly into a garden setting, this place will have you falling in love. If the original products aren’t what you’re looking for however, make sure to stop by for their wide selection of fine local wine.



refab st louis3130 Gravois Avenue, 314-357-1392

Reuse. Recycle. Refab. The three Rs have a new meaning. Refab is a local business that works with nonprofit groups to reduce waste by selling building components and relics from homes and businesses that are being refurbished or reissued. With a huge array of usable and antique building supplies as well as lots of quirky items to fill your home, you won’t want to miss this for that hard-to-shop for person in your life.


Bowood Farms

bonwood St Louis4605 Olive Street, 314-454-6868

After 4 generations of growing and creating for their community, this perennial growing family opened up this quirky shop that not only features a highly rated farm to table cafe, but a home and garden shop that has everything for the green thumb in your life. Need something even more out of the box? Try one of their workshops held in “The Studio”.


Enchanting Embellishments

Embellishments st louis4732 McPherson Avenue, 314-361-5300

Know a fashionista who is in need of the perfect piece of jewelry? How about that one of a kind blouse that tells everyone who she is. Chances are you will find it at Enchanting Embellishments. This boutique in St. Louis is chock full of both local designers and the top names in fashion.


Zee Bee Market

zee bee st louis3211 S. Grand Boulevard, 314-932-1000

Handcrafted fair trade items rule at this ethical retail trade store that features sustainably produced eco friendly gifts. If that sounds like a mouthful, know this: you will find eclectic wares from around the world in this locally run store. And with a cause that helps communities here, at home, and around the world, you know that gift will do more than put a smile on your friends face.



165 Carondelet Plaza, 314-725-7205

If you are looking for that perfect high-class gift, look no further than Lusso. Repeatedly voted best gift shop in St. Louis, they offer everything from jewelry, to home decor, and designer gifts. Plus, everything is wrapped up in signature boxed that have come to be highly desired in the St. Louis area.


St Louis is full of amazing and unique gift giving options. If you want something a little more personal for that special person in your life, consider giving a gift certificate to TSPA St. Louis. A service at our student salon* and spa might be the perfect gift you have been looking for.

*All services performed by students supervised by trained and licensed instructors.