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10Best Stores and Boutiques for Reno Christmas Shopping



You don't have to head to the mall for the best Reno Christmas and holiday shopping. Reno prides itself on having a great selection of small businesses with loads of great gifts. They include everything from antique and vintage shops to beautiful bookstores and boutiques. Most of these 10Best stores are located very close to Downtown or in the Midtown area of Reno. The staff are friendly and helpful and will assist you in the finding the perfect gift.

Take home a bit of Battle Born Nevada with t-shirts from Reno Envy or a piece of metal art or handmade items from halfway around the world from Micano or the Melting Pot. Junkee Clothing Exchange has funky accessories and vintage items as well as a huge antique store with unusual items. For anyone interested in food and wine, check out Craft for their eclectic selection of wines and beers and also Wedge for their even more eclectic selection of fine cheeses and items for the kitchen.

For children, the best store in the area is Happy Happy Joy Joy (right across from Junkee), where both children and childlike adults will find toys, novelty items, fun games and an even more fun atmosphere.


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You will notice this pretty store right away by its eyecatching window displays lit up by colorful lamps. Located right across from the Nevada Museum of Art, the eclectic Neon Dragonfly boutique sells everything from beautiful clothing and accessories to home and garden decor. The store features both store brands and locally designed items like jewelry and handbags.The Neon Dragonfly handpicks each item of clothing in the boutique and stocks their store with items not found anywhere else in town. Their home decor includes lamps and small furniture items, garden decor, vases and decorative pieces and large prints and posters.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Neon Dragonfly has unique clothing items for the bgifter and great accessories for the giftee.

Christina's expert tip: If you are looking for an unique accessory for both your closet or your home, try the Neon Dragonfly.

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Happy Happy Joy Joy is located in Midtown Reno just south of downtown and is the place to take a kid or be a kid. The walls and ceiling of Happy Happy Joy Joy feature a wall of Vans shoes (named Shoezilla), unicorns and tangible white, fluffy clouds. In the middle of the shop are soft, plushy chairs for both tired adults and small children. The store sells a wide range of fun toys, books and comic books, novelty items and gag gifts, board and card games, Star Wars figurines, action figures, greeting cards and plushy items for infants. The store is tactile and comfortable with locally made art on the walls, and will sometimes feature special holiday events and various Reno crawls.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Happy Happy Joy Joy is the place in Reno to pick up a unique gift for both adults and children. Look for the big purple cat.

Christina's expert tip: Happy Happy Joy Joy's items are constantly being refreshed.

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The Melting Pot in Midtown Reno is the unofficial Burning Man headquarters where you can pick up costumes. EL wire and specialty items for the annual even in the Black Rock desert. The Melting Pot also sells incense items, handmade jewelry and items for meditation and yoga, beautiful locally handmade clothing, fake tattoo and henna equipment, candles, hat, scarves and purses and other items. The staff is very knowledgeable about their various items. There is a special area in the back for anyone who is interested in smoking various substances and you can also pick up tickets here for various concerts.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Melting Pot has eclectic, handmade clothing as well as fun home accessories and gifts.

Christina's expert tip: The Melting Pot is one of the best places in town to get gear for Burning Man.

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Craft is a wine and beer lovers paradise. Located in Midtown Reno they specialize in handcrafted wines and beers from around the world. They also have harder to find items that you won't find in stores. The employees and owners are very knowledgeable about each item. The beer is properly stored in a large climate controlled walk in cooler. Craft also has a small bar and rotates three beers on tap. They also serve several different types of wine every night and have special events on the weekends. The wine prices are very reasonable and run from around $6-$40 a bottle.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: You might end up spending a few hours in Craft looking for the perfect gift. They have samples.

Christina's expert tip: Check out the amazing beer selection in Craft's cooler.

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This little shop in Midtown is the place to pick up that special gift or to have a Sunday High Tea surrounded by everything Celtic. This refurbished home has holiday items, apparel, books, music and unique art from Ireland and Scotland as well as handmade lotions and soaps, glassware and items for the home and garden. The Isles has a tea shop as well with tea service that includes a pot of tea and some biscuits or scones.Their Sunday High Tea includes a full spread of Irish delights including tiny sandwiches with cucumber and chive cream cheese or smoked salmon. Also included are scones with clotted cream, jam, lemon curd, fruit and a "bottomless" pot of tea.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Isles has a shelf of food and snacks from Great Britain and Ireland.

Christina's expert tip: The Isles serves High Tea with sandwiches and desserts every day.

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Micano Home & Garden
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Micano Home and Garden in the Midtown neighborhood in Reno is an ethnic art gallery with handmade items for the garden and home decor. The style of most items is Latin and Native American and many of the items are made of wood, cast iron, iron and copper. Each item is beautiful and unique and the store itself is a little gem in the middle of town with a relaxed vibe and cool music. The price range from expensive for the larger furniture items, but you can also pick up some jewelry or smaller garden items for between $20 and $40.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Micano is great for anyone who loves Latin or African art for their home or garden. Be sure to check out the outdoor area.

Christina's expert tip: Check out Micano's outdoor area for metal garden art.

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Junkee Clothing Exchange is located in the up-and-coming MidTown Reno, which is just south of downtown. The place is fun, funky and full of cool used clothes, hats, shoes, jewelry, and accessories for Burning Man and costume parties. Junkee is next door to a great antique and furniture store where you can pick up some really unique items. The shopping experience is enhanced with great music and the staff and owner are fun and ready to help you find the perfect outfit or special piece for your home. The store features exhibits from local artists and special events include a Burner fashion show and various sewing classes.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Junkee has a huge selection of fun gifts and vintage items in their antique section.

Christina's expert tip: Don't forget your camera, Junkee is such a fun place to take photos.

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The Reno eNVy store in downtown Reno has several goals. One of them is to become the signature brand of Nevada and they do that with local artists' interpretations of why a lot of people visit the area and are envious of what we have. Their iconic trailer logo celebrates Reno's outdoor lifestyle while poking fun and not taking themselves too seriously. Reno eNVy sells graphic and printed T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps and children's clothes with the Reno eNVy or Battle Born logo on it in many different forms. Most shirts cost about $20 and most sweatshirts are around $40. Reno eNVy does have sales.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: At Reno eNVy, you wil be able to find a fun (and a little brash) souvenir from Nevada.

Christina's expert tip: Reno eNVy focuses on the gritty, fun side of the Biggest Little City.

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The beautiful Sundance Bookstore is located just south of downtown in a historical building from the late 1800s and houses not only new and used books but also a wonderful selection of magazines, newspapers, gifts, greeting cards, local artist's works, writing journals, music CDs and coffee and tea. They specialize in Nevada authors, unusual books and hard to find books and music. Special events such as author signings, lectures, performances are held here on weekends and the rose garden in the front of the store is a nice entry into the nicest bookstore in Reno. This is a great place to tuck away in a corner and read for a while.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Sundance Books has a wonderful selection of niche magazines and some great places to sit and relax.

Christina's expert tip: Sundance Books has a great section on maps and books about Nevada and California.

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Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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