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It’s time to pull out your running list of Christmas gifts still to buy. I’m talking guys, hosts, teachers, crazy aunts, dog sitters…well, I think you get the point. I’ve had to organize my list of lists and found a recent visit to my downtown knocked off several names with a visit to a local kitchen gift shop. It sounds wild, but they had everything and even things I didn’t know I needed.
I love an intentional gift, especially at the holidays. As you look at those on your list, slow down and think about what they really love. Don’t grab the first thing you see. Consider how they will use it in the coming year or evoke a new sensory experience.
Fancy Frog | Bentonville/Rogers is a store with something at every price point. Fine Dining dishes, gourmet cookware and high-end cutlery adorn walls with kitchen towels, specialty teas and handmade shelf goods nearby. It is an excellent place for an elegant wedding present and Arkansas-made goods under one roof.
The Kitchen Store and More | Conway – a collection of beautiful things that are perfect for gifting or buying yourself. My favorite part is always their table of cookbooks, unique finds curated for every type of eater. Look around displays for attractive spreads, chocolates and seasonings.
Tummy Ticklers | Eureka Springs – a unique kitchen shopping experience for nearly 40 years. Customers say, “If you can’t find it here, you don’t need it.” A specialty curated blend of everyday kitchen gadgets and unusual handmade kitchen gifts.
Creative Kitchen | Fort Smith – a kitchen store that recognizes that life happens in the home and offers housewarming supplies for creative cooking, beautiful tablescapes and easy hosting.
The Savory Pantry | Hot Springs – knowing that every taste tells a story and every product comes with a desire to resolve a problem, they focus on telling the stories behind the products throughout their store. This holiday, they help with the hard stuff – people who love oysters, campfires, hot beverages and kid chefs.
Surfras Culinary District | Hot Springs – a kitchen store focusing on food service, including specially shaped baked goods pans, cake and cookie decorations, party paper goods and cooking syrups.
Everyday Chef | Jonesboro – gourmet essentials for the everyday chef.
Eggshells Kitchen Co. | Little Rock – “a toy store for foodies and amateur chefs,” this cornerstone store offers unique gifts like personal coffee grinders, electric corkscrews, meat claws, and Arkansas symbols sack cloth tea towels that are perfect for any occasion.
Krebs Brothers Restaurant Supply | North Little Rock – an Arkansas-based restaurant company equipping home or commercial chefs to cook like a pro!
Honeycomb Kitchen Shop | Rogers – a specialty kitchen store in the entertainment district of historic downtown Rogers. The unique part of the location is The Kitchen classroom next door, where local chefs and artisans teach classes for couples, business groups, and individuals wanting to learn something new.
The Dotted Pig | Rogers, 2 locations – gifts for all occasions emphasizing entertaining and hosting. Beautiful platters, wedding registry items, and decor to make your home feel comfortable and welcoming to guests. Purchases always include complimentary gift wrapping.
Kitchen Essentials | Russellville – a little of everything you need in your kitchen. The main focus is on kitchen gadgets and everyday items you need to keep a functioning kitchen. Watch for Simple Saturdays and upcoming events and classes.
Food Service Equipment Brothers | Springdale – commercial equipment, restaurant supplies and appliances, including dinnerware, concessions and janitorial supplies.
And, if any of these locations are not near you, many offer an online store. Visit their websites or message them directly through their social media accounts for a perfect gift that they can ship directly to your recipient.
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