Tired of shopping in the same old haunts around the holidays? Luckily, the oldest city in Georgia offers one of the most unique shopping experiences in the state. From boutiques set in historic buildings and artsy shops, you won’t find them anywhere else. Savannah boasts an array of options that are in a class all their own. Here are six of the best places to visit so you can load your sleigh with some memorable gifts this holiday season.
Wright Square for right-nice gifts
Completed in 1733, Wright Square is the perfect place for beautiful boutiques. Savannah’s second-oldest square includes an array of antique, original shops that provide a cultural shopping experience. Dog lovers can rejoice at Oliver Bentley’s and get organic, gluten-free treats for their canine companions. For an immersive shopping experience, stop by The Olfactory for unique soaps, teas, and spices while taking in scents from the Old World. If you need a break from buying, stop by the monument dedicated to the Native American leader Tomochichi before resuming your shopping spree. The stores in Wright Square stay open late in December, making this the perfect place for anyone who needs last-minute gifts with a distinct flair.
Visit River Street Shops
Travelers and tourists who are only in the city for a short window should head to the landmark waterfront stores along River Street. The cobblestone sidewalk road leads to shops of every kind: gifts, food, clothing, jewelry, books, and much more. Peruse standard gift shops with t-shirts and magnets or go to “Something Different” for one-of-a-kind crafts. There is a shop for everyone: like Books on Bay for bibliophiles, Mad Hatter for millinophiles (people who love hats), and The Peanut Shop for anyone nuts about . . . nuts. River Street makes for a perfect shopping spree for a wide variety of holiday gifts.
Set your sights on Starland District
Embrace your inner artist as you venture through Savannah’s art district. This downtown area is filled with all sorts of galleries, boutiques, and strange shops. Stop by the Starland Strange & Bazaar for a variety of items, from odd outfits to strange stickers to sprinkles for adults. Amid the oddities you can stop by the Front Porch Improv Theatre for a few laughs at one of the theatre’s weekly shows. Anyone treasure hunting, visit Picker Joe’s Antique Mall. Picker Joe’s features a wide variety of items, from mid-century furniture and architectural salvage to vintage artwork and cameras. Every artsy community needs a supply store, so head on over to Starlandia Supply for any art materials you or a loved one might need for the season. Savannah’s Starland District is a wonderful artsy area for anyone who loves giving gifts outside the ordinary.
Hussle on over to City Market
One of Savannah’s oldest shopping districts, City Market has served as the city’s central marketplace since the 1700s. Shop along several blocks of boutiques, gift shops and art galleries during the day. At night, enjoy sumptuous meals while listening to concerts. City Market features a variety of nourishment for foodies. Satisfy your sweet tooth by going to Byrd’s Famous Cookies or Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for a collection of confectionaries. Carnivores can head over to Beef Jerky Experience before washing savory flavors down with wine, smoothies, or beer at The Georgia Tasting Room. Fashionistas can spend hours browsing at Spartina 449 and Charleston Shoe Company. If you’re a romantic in need of the perfect holiday gift for that special someone, head on over to the Savannah Jewelry Gallery and browse a wide selection from featured artists or have a tiny treasure custom-made for your loved one. City Market is the ideal shopping venue for people of all ages and its variety of wares makes it perfect for fun holiday gifts.
Stroll over to Abercorn Walk
Stimulate your sense of style by going to one of Savannah’s newest shopping centers just south of downtown. This is the perfect place for anyone who wants an upscale wardrobe or to give glamorous gifts. With retailers like Talbots, The White House Black Market, Chicos, Ann Taylor and Jos A Bank, it’s easy to spend hours exploring the walks fashionable fronts for the perfect outfit. And if all this shopping makes you hungry, stop by Fresh Market for some ready-to-snack bites.
ShopSCAD for artsy gifts
Delight in distinct gifts by visiting ShopSCAD, the store operated by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Take in the hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, pottery, photography and clothing designed by a rotation of SCAD students and alumni. Due to the constantly changing roster of students and designers, you’re bound to find something new every time. Whether you’re a casual window shopper, traveler or a cultured collector, this is the perfect spot for anyone desiring a truly unique gift for the holidays.
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