’Tis the Season to Shop
We’ve rounded up 60 of our favorite stocking stuffers, over-the-top splurges, and unique experiences from the 918’s best boutiques, stores, restaurants and entertainment destinations.
No matter what holidays you like to celebrate at this time of year — all of them, some of them, or even if you don’t really celebrate a specific holiday at all — there’s still something magical about winter’s arrival, the ending of the year, and the sense of joy that fills the air around the holiday season. And with all the parties, work events, family get-togethers, dinners, dirty Santa games and even charity giving that happens at this time of year, there’s no better time than December to explore the vastly creative, inventive, excellent local mom-and-pop shops, boutiques, restaurants and entertainment destinations that are uniquely a part of Green Country.
To help you make the most of your shopping time this season, the crew at Preview 918 has gathered together a fabulous list of places that are locally owned and operated — one-of-a-kind places that will serve you well, whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, secret Santa presents, gifts fit for any Hanukkah or Kwanzaa celebration, even that Festivus-for-the-rest-of-us treat you’re buying as a tongue-in-cheek gift for your pals.
These are some of our favorites. And we hope they’ll become your favorites too, not just at the holiday season but all year long!
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 6 | Tulsa
The Farm | 5219 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Deck yourself or your special someone in the one-of-a-kind, trendy, casual chic apparel and accessories found at Abelina’s. They carry a range of choices, from elegant to eclectic. A gift certificate here will help your loved one choose something decidedly fun, whether it is denim, dressy tops, seasonal T-shirts, sweaters, dangly jewelry, floppy fashion hats, or other accessories great for a trip to a beach resort.
Beau & Arrow
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 11 | Tulsa
Make a special lady smile with a gorgeous chic holiday sweater from this trendy little boutique. Cute tops, perfect tees and sweet accessories that match everything are exactly what you’ll find at Beau & Arrow. For a woman who loves casual clothes with style or sporty, couture-looking tops and bottoms, this is a must-visit. You’ll have a hard time finding anything in this shop she won’t just absolutely adore.
114A S. Elgin Ave. | Tulsa
Graphic tees have been in style for what seems like forever. And if you grew up in Tulsa, Boomtown is a wearable treasure trove of childhood memories. This awesome shop in the heart of the Blue Dome District has so many custom designs inspired by Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma, you won’t be able to walk out without seeing at least a dozen shirts you just have to have. T-shirt designs include references from The Outsiders, Route 66, iconic Oklahoma landmarks, Oklahoma-isms, famous quotes, and college sports team fandoms, among others. But don’t just get a tee for yourself. Novelty tees are always a great gift to give, and Boomtown offers new designs regularly, great sales (including a $10 T-shirt of the month deal), and cute magnets and mugs too. It’s a great place to start shopping during the holidays.
502 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
Comprised entirely of shipping containers, The Boxyard brings a new aesthetic to downtown Tulsa — the kind of minimalistic, industrial chic that is usually only associated with larger cities like Denver or Austin. With all of its incredible food, retail, services, drink, and tasty treat options set in such a stylish venue, The Boxyard is a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy a unique relaxing and mingling experience. The stacked shipping containers form a two-story semicircle around a center courtyard, and the containers house independent, micro-crafted businesses — from coffee, candy, food, libations, and ice cream to clothing, gifts, jewelry toys, and locally made goods. There are also specialized services available, like a barbershop, foot and shoulder massage, and even a bank.
Drysdales Western Wear
3220 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa
10127 S. 71st E. Ave. | Tulsa
For nearly 40 years, the independently owned and operated Drysdales has been keeping Green Country residents looking and feeling good. Plan to spend some time here exploring the amazing array of authentic Western brand clothes, locally crafted jewelry, tribal turquoise and silver, Pendleton blankets and more. You’ll find the area’s best selection of Carhartt work clothes, as well as the biggest selection of boots from makers as revered as Ariat, Tony Lama, Lucchese, and Anderson Bean. And with 100,000 pairs of jeans to choose from, Drysdales will make your denim dreams come true. And for the young collectors in your life, Drysdales stocks plenty of Breyer horse figures, including the limited editions.
Dwelling Spaces & JoeBot’s Coffee
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Units 18-22 | Tulsa
For years, Dwelling Spaces has been an awesome place for shopping local. Moving to The Boxyard has given the shop an opportunity to expand their arts, music, and media gifts sections and develop an awesome coffee bar called JoeBot’s Coffee. Get your Bigfoot Oklahoma stuff like patches, T-shirts, stickers and more. Other local-themed tees, buttons and so many other cool, eclectic, locally crafted holiday gift ideas are waiting for the taking, so don’t wait too long.
3311 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
7731 E. 91st St. | Tulsa
9025 N. 121st E. Ave., Suite 100 |
Who doesn’t love delicious food? With all the indulgences you’re about to allow yourself this month, consider evening out the health score by bringing a fresh fruit arrangement from Edible Arrangements to holiday parties. Beautifully arranged gourmet fruit gift bouquets, fruit salads, chocolate dipped strawberries, adorable chocolate covered fruit pops… all make unique gifts for the health food lovers, children, and special someones in your life. Some locations offer fresh smoothies — a great reason to give a gift card. And each Edible Arrangements delivers to many towns around Green Country.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
Who doesn’t love rock ‘n’ roll? You’ll be singing “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” after getting all your rock-themed merchandise for friends and family from the gift shop inside the casino. Grab a hat with one of the world’s most iconic logos on it. Snatch a collectible pin or two for the teens in your life. Pins and buttons are kind of big right now, and this shop has got them. Afterward, look to score at the casino that features more than 2,600 electronic games and one of the largest arrays of table games from blackjack and roulette to craps and poker. Or splurge on the gift of a hotel room, spa treatment, dinner out, or a concert for two at The Joint: Tulsa.
8108 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
Hooters is an American institution. Those easy-to-spot orange shorts and white tank tops with the owl on the front have been etched into the minds of millions. You don’t have to work there to get your own Hooters uniform. Now, you can get one of your own or for someone you love at the gift shop. They’ve got hats, calendars, mugs and koozies too. And if you can’t exactly find that perfect Christmas gift, get a gift card to the restaurant. Beyond the heavenly wings, other eats, drinks and wait staff, Hooters continues to thrive because it sticks to what it knows while always looking for ways to be tastefully innovative.
I-44 Antique Mall
5111 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Whether you know a collector who’s hard to buy for, a friend who adores antiques, or a loved one who wants to wear vintage clothes, you can’t go wrong browsing the many shelves at the I-44 Antique Mall. You’ll find so many clever, unique, quality collectibles here — petroliana, Frankoma pottery, vintage toys, sports memorabilia, furniture, marbles, buttons, purses and more. If you can imagine collecting it, you’ll probably find it here. Buyers come from all over the U.S. to shop here, so don’t miss out on making it a vital holiday shopping stop.
3336 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
208 A N. Main St. | Tulsa
Visit Ida Red on Peoria, and you’ve reached the pinnacle of gift shops for all-things-Tulsa and Oklahoma. Custom T-shirts and mugs and so many other tchotchkes fill this store to the ceiling. Plan plenty of time to visit, because there’s so much to see, you’ll have a hard time deciding which gift to buy Aunt Erma for Christmas. In addition, the store’s Tulsa-themed coaster collection is a hit with customers. Bearing images of Tulsa landmarks both new and old, the coasters can be mixed and matched as you please. Even the candy section is impressive, featuring lots of nostalgic, unusual, hard-to-find treats like Valomilk, Cherry Mash and other brands. Visit the downtown location and get a malt from their old-school soda fountain after making your holiday purchases.
8314 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
Whether you’re looking for something a little more physically active for the kids to do while the weather outside is frightful, a place to book a company holiday party for the coworkers and their families, or simply some delicious pizza and homemade goodies, this huge and conveniently located fun zone may be the answer. All under one roof, this place houses a roller coaster, bumper cars, mini bowling, games, trampolines, laser tag and go-kart racing, and a wide selection of video games for all ages. If you get hungry after all that fun, Incredible Pizza offers much more than the average pizza buffet. Satisfy any sweet tooth with soft serve ice cream, freshly baked cookies, pies, cobblers, bread pudding and more.
Indigo Spa & Salon
4329 S. Peoria Ave. #325 | Tulsa
There’s just about nothing better than receiving a gift that allows you to pamper yourself a little more than you usually do. For that, Indigo Spa & Salon is right up your alley. Escape to pampering, pleasure and a wellness retreat where all-over body bliss is not in short supply. The bright, open spa environment is perfect for indulging in facials, manicures, pedicures, organic microdermabrasion, body wraps, massages, and more. Get a gift card for a special someone, and while you’re there, take advantage of getting a cut, color, polish or other treatment to prepare yourself for holiday parties. The stylists and technicians are all upbeat and cheery, a sure sign they like where they work and what they do. Many of them have worked at Indigo for years, giving a sense of continuity and reliability to their clientele.
6333-B E. 120th Court | Tulsa
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, shoes, jewelry and other accessories — or a gift certificate that your significant other can use to splurge on items you can’t find at an area department store — Jules Boutique is a great place to start. Owner Julee March constantly stocks limited quantities of unique clothing, so you can rest assured you’re probably not going to run into someone else in Tulsa wearing what you’re wearing. Whether shopping for chic office attire or a dress for a special evening, we know you’ll be in for something both lovely and unique. And she and her staff are great at helping customers find just the right fit. A visit here is an experience your loved one won’t soon forget.
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 8 | Tulsa
Owned by the same folks who own Spexton, Landella offers an interesting blend of gift items for the elegant bohemian you know. The handcrafted jewelry mixes leather and beads, hammered metal, brushed Tulsa diamond charms, and more. They also carry hip cosmetics such as theBalm Girls, Meet Matt(e) Hughes, and Bahama Mama, as well as a great selection of body butters, scrubs, bath salts, nail polish, makeup bags, hair ties, keychains, candles and other similar gift items.
106 E. Main St. | Jenks
It’s like stepping into the past with every visit to one of downtown Jenks’s most unique collectible and antique shops. Find something for that someone who has everything this holiday season, and you’ll make a memory that lasts forever. For gifts as little as coins or jewelry, or as big as a vintage armoire or settee love seat, you’re practically guaranteed to find a gem of a deal at this dealer and consignment shop. Don’t forget to pet the store’s mascot, Boomer, while you’re there.
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 4 |
This risk-taking little fashion shop is perfect for finding those eclectic, boundary-pushing clothing and shoe choices that scream girl power. From sparkly shirts and cats-eye sunglasses to cute leather jackets and silver shoes, you’ll find something perfect for the significant other in your life who loves retro style, maybe a bit of glitter mixed with casual denim.
3700 N. Old Hwy. 66 | Catoosa
It’s a hard choice as to when to visit this cool gift shop — whether before or after having one of the most amazing dining experience in Green Country. Molly’s is known around the country as one of the best restaurants along the Old Route 66 highway. Inside Molly’s gift shop, you can take a little bit of this Route 66 gem home with you. Jelly, jam, collector spoons or kitschy lamps, Molly’s is a great place to find a little Americana to take home. The gift shop is full of beautiful jewelry, unique boxes carved from stalagmites, and souvenirs of all varieties. People like to shop in there while waiting for their table or on their way out.
501 S. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
For the DIY kings and queens on your gift list, consider making a shopping trip to Plaster Paint Company. This locally owned, craft paint shop sells specialty paints in over 40 colors for DIY furniture and crafting projects. They also carry paintbrushes, cleaners, paste wax, aging wax, gloss and other products perfect for the person who loves repurposing old objects for new uses. Visit their sister site, Wild Heart Marketplace & Cafe, to shop their one-of-a-kind gift items or get a gift card to the cafe.
POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat
5323 W. 31st St. N. | Tulsa
One of the best gift ideas we can think of this holiday season is a gift certificate to POSTOAK. Send loved ones zip-lining through the Osage Hills next spring. Give a newly married couple a chance to work on their relationship-building skills, all while staying at one of Green Country’s premier retreats. Or just buy a certificate for you and that special someone and slip quietly away from the daily grind. POSTOAK is all about relaxation and recreation. Activities that lodgers enjoy include swimming, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, in-room massages, outdoor heated Jacuzzis, bird watching, and relaxing in the peace and quiet of the site’s thousand acres of wooded fun. There are seasonal activities including lawn games, basketball, and volleyball in warmer seasons and bonfires, s’mores, indoor board games, and a grand fireplace in the main lodge during cool weather.
River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
A gift certificate this holiday season to River Spirit’s Emerge Spa and Salon can help your loved one float away in peaceful tranquility, and then return home refreshed and ready to have fun. Amazing, out-of-this-world spa treatments that relieve stress — body, mind and soul — could be the best gift ever. Or book a staycation in one of the hotel’s 483 luxury rooms, and forget the world for a while. It may be just what Mrs. Claus ordered. Coordinate your shopping visit with a concert at the Paradise Cove or work on the wish lists while dining at the Fireside Grill, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Rose Rock Microcreamery
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 35 | Tulsa
We had to include this place for the ice-cream lovers in the family that have everything. The artisans at this microcreamery serve some of the freshest, all-natural flavors found in Tulsa, and it makes a difference with every bite. With new, hand-crafted flavors all the time, a gift certificate to this place would be a gift that keeps on giving. Exciting, mouth-pleasing flavors like Sage Salted Pecan, Vegan Lemongrass, Honey Blood Orange with Cardamon and Mango Sorbet make you wonder what they’ll come up with next.
Safari Joe’s H2O
4707 E. 21st St. | Tulsa
One of the best stocking stuffers this year might be a 2018 season pass to Tulsa’s best and greatest swimming hole — Safari Joe’s H2O. Green Country’s one of a kind, state-of-the-art swim park combines mammoth slides and wave pools with a world of live animals and reptiles. A season pass gets you through the gates any time the park is open, with just a few exceptions. Get a Mega Pass for this holiday season, and you’ll also have unlimited tube rentals all season, among other cool things.
9136 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Treat your loved ones with the gift of pampering this holiday season with a gift certificate to the excellent massage, skin and body therapists at Spa810. Even their traditional style, 60-minute signature massage takes it up a notch by incorporating warm towels, a sugar foot scrub, scalp massage, aromatherapy, and essential oil treatments. Choose hot or cold stone therapies, body wraps, a Kundalini back treatment, reflexology, or more. Their skin, laser and body contouring services will have you feeling young and lean again. Spa810 is a great splurge gift, any way you look at it.
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 10 | Tulsa
1609 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
If handmade jewelry sounds like a great gift, then you need to visit Spexton at either of their two Tulsa locations including The Boxyard in downtown Tulsa. Customers can watch the owners craft jewelry in the store while browsing for the perfect bangle bracelets, arm cuffs, charms, uniquely subtle rings for men and women, and other fun, casually classic, well-crafted jewelry. You can also request a custom-made item. Whether you want a classic gold, black zirconium, titanium, stainless steel, Damascus steel, or Inconel alloy, each Spexton ring is made to your exact specifications. Spexton prides itself on offering a fun atmosphere with no salespeople and no suits. You always deal directly with the artists who will craft the jewelry. As an added bonus, Spexton offers a free lifetime cleaning, resurfacing and repairs on all their products.
STEMcell Science Shop
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 5 | Tulsa
If someone you know and adore loves brain power, cruise on over to Tulsa’s only store specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM, for short). Classic science books, stones to add to a mineral collection, telescopes, microscopes and more — this place has all the cool stuff. If your loved one is more casually STEM-minded, get them pint glasses featuring marine plankton or the star chart glass set.
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 13 |
People just can’t get enough of good sweets, chocolate or snack shops. Taking a trip to Sweet Boutique at The Boxyard is like visiting a mini Willy Wonka factory, and there’s something different every time you go. Melt-in-your-mouth French macaroons of many flavors, gummies, tasty taffy, Wasabi-themed trail mix — they all just make the mouth water thinking of them. If a gift card to this place doesn’t make a nice little stocking stuffer, we don’t know what does.
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 36 | Tulsa
Some say barber shops are making a comeback. Maybe you haven’t noticed. Maybe you thought they were a thing of the past, well, not at The Boxyard. Between the nostalgic and trendy, Tonsorial offers a setting that reminds men of the places their fathers or grandfathers brought them to, but also provides them with the absolute latest haircut, mustache trim, facial, eyebrow wax, or scalp shave and the skillful consult-savvy barbers and hairdressers who know how to pull those services off. After No-Shave November, what better way to get your favorite man away from all that growth than with an appointment or gift card to Tonsorial. Or pick up some grooming products to put in stockings or hand out at the office holiday party.
Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
For the person in your life who is artistic and loves creating beautiful, hand-crafted items, a gift certificate for a class at Tulsa Stained Glass may be just the thing. Owner Richard Bohm has been crafting stained glass locally for years, and he’s an upbeat, encouraging teacher to study with. For those who love art but don’t want to make it, shop the store to choose from a variety of handmade stained-glass art, ranging from small to large, even custom-ordered, to find a gift that is not just unique but brings light, color and artistic wonder to that special someone you’re buying for.
Twisted Soul Sisters
13160 S. Memorial Drive | Bixby
The owners of Twisted Soul Sisters — who dub themselves Okie girls with gypsy souls — love finding unique, trending items and then making sure they are one of the first to carry those items in their store that focus on city flair in a small town. So, when you shop in this sweet shop that is positively bursting with eclectic clothing and accessories, you’re assured of discovering interesting, trendy women’s apparel, fashion boots and shoes, graphic T-shirts, custom jewelry and handbags, and stylish one-of-a-kind home goods for the fashion-forward ladies on your gift list.
Xtreme Racing and Entertainment
708 W. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow
A gift card to Xtreme in Broken Arrow is great for any adventure seeker. What can’t you do at this place? You can race on their state-of-the- art asphalt track in a race kart that goes so fast, you’ll think you’ve been transported into a Days of Thunder remake. Up to 50 mph of pure adrenaline rushing through your veins as you speed around the track will make you look at life a little differently. And speaking of being transported, Xtreme has virtual reality games that are so good, you’ll never want to leave. Taking virtual reality gaming to a new level, the 30-minute shooter pits six participants in a free-roam, multiplayer experience that puts you in a setting so realistic you’ll completely forget that you are in a 2,000-square foot warehouse. An Xtreme gift card equals a happy, satisfied adrenaline junkie!
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