Tis the season for bridal and baby showers, not mention birthdays, anniversaries, housewarmings, summer graduations, and any number of other celebrations! You want to make sure you bring the perfect gift. Something memorable and unique, something with personality, something that makes everyone say “aw” and the recipient's eyes sparkle with delight. Fortunately, Waco has plenty of stores where that perfect gift is just waiting to be bought!
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, start with the shops at Spice Village. With over 80 vendors under one roof, you’re sure to find the perfect gift to fit any occasion. Spoil the new little one in your life with whimsical wooden toys or darling handmade outfits. Bless the bride-to-be with customized home decor or stationery. Warm the new house with a handmade, heavenly-scented candle or kitchen gadget. Make sure the Baylor Bear in your life has all the Baylor University apparel and accessories they need, and while you’re at it, make sure you get a little something for yourself too! When you’re done shopping, take advantage one of the great restaurants in downtown Waco to replenish your energy! http://www.spicewaco.com/
The Blue Horse
Located just down the street from The Cotton Palace, at 1525 Austin Avenue, The Blue Horse offers gifts old and new, antique and repurposed. Inside the classic Craftsman style home from the late 1800's, you can find anything from art and stained glass to clothing, from jewelry to home decor. Many local craftsman showcase their talents at The Blue Horse, so come visit “Ol’ Blue,” the life-sized horse figure that serves as a mascot for the store, and find something truly unique and filled with personality. For more information, visit: http://www.thebluehorsewaco.com/
The Providence Hospital Gift Shop
Going to the hospital might be the last thing on your list of things to do, but the gift shop at Providence Hospital is a little-known gem for finding unique gift items. The main hospital gift shop, located at 6901 Medical Pkwy, boasts a wide variety of accessories such as jewelry, scarves and shawls. The shop also carries unique decorative items that you won’t find anywhere else. The selection changes from time to time, so you never know what you will find! The Providence Center for Adult and Pediatric Care at 6600 Fish Pond Rd, Ste. 202A also has a large selection of pink Breast Cancer Awareness items available. After you select the perfect present, have it gift wrapped and be on your way in no time! http://providence.net/
World Cup Cafe and Fair Trade Market
Grab a cup of coffee and shop with a purpose at the World Cup Cafe and Fair Trade Market, located at 1321 N. 15th, on the corner of 15th & Colcord Avenue in downtown Waco. Fair trade items are environmentally friendly, are anti-slavery and anti-child labor, and provide a sustainable way of life for developing communities. Mission Waco supports the Fair Trade Market in Waco for economic development in our own community and as a way to provide a livable wage for craftsmen around the world. Bring a global flair to your gifts with beautiful hand-crafted items from all over the world. http://www.worldcupcafe.org/