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10Best Gift Shops and Boutiques in Reno



What couldn't be considered a gift? It depends on the person you're shopping for and the shop itself. Cheese, cigars, crystal figurines, toys - they're all give-able, and they're just a sampling of what you'll find on the list we've put together. These Reno shops rank among the city's top gift stores, and they're ideal stop-offs when you need a souvenir for friends and family or when you want a special remembrance of your own from a trip to Reno.

For a taste of the funky side of Reno, head to Reno eNVy and pick up a t-shirt to show your love for the Battle Born state. Visit Sundance Books for some unique books, magazine and gifts or Natural Selection for the ultimate in curiosities including taxidermy, animal skulls and air plants. If you want to pick up something for yourself, check out Junkee Clothing Exchange and its partner across the street, Happy Happy Joy Joy.


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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 Gift Shops because: Craft can help you find a unique or hard to find beer or wine for a great gift.

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

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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 Gift Shops because: Micano sells gift items for all price ranges. Check out their jewelry on the walls.

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

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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 Gift Shops because: Happy Happy Joy Joy has wonderful gifts for children and teens.

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

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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 Gift Shops because: Check out Neon Dragonfly's beautiful, Asian-inspired lamps for a unique gift item.

Christina's expert tip: If you don't find what you are looking for at the Neon Dragonfly, ask one of the store employees. They can order it for you.

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This fun curiosity shop in the heart of Midtown Reno is full of quality, natural specimens like air plants, bonsai, animal skulls, taxidermy, and gift items made of natural materials like bark, wood, bone and leaves. Other oddities that you can find in this pretty, little shop would also make great gifts. How about real squirrel, raccoon and weasel tails? Glorious prints of bugs and beetles? Tiny succulents in unusual pots? Bird winds and feathers? For anyone who is into the weird and wonderful, Natural Selection is the shop for you. Natural Selection is right across the street from Wedge Cheese Shop.

Recommended for Gift Shops because: Natural Selection has the most unique selection of gift items in the area.

Christina's expert tip: Natural Selection's range of items are constantly changing.

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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 Gift Shops because: Reno eNVy's signature shirts are always sporting fresh designs.

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

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Junkee Clothing Exchange is located in funky Midtown Reno. The shop is fun, playful 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 Gift Shops because: Junkee's gifts are varied. How about a fake mustache? Antique postcard? Handmade planter shaped like a shoe? You decide.

Christina's expert tip: Bring a camera to Junkee, this place is fun!

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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 Gift Shops because: The Isles has a wall of Irish, English and Welsh food and snacks. Perfect for an anglophile!

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

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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 Gift Shops because: Sundance Books sells beautiful books and unique gifts in a beautiful, historic building.

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

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Meet Christina Nellemann

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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