A List To Give You A Stress-busting Head Start On Your Holiday Shopping in Lancaster County

Gift shopping can be stressful…and become more and more so as the time ticks away before Christmas. One way to cut back on the anxiety is to shop where you know you’ll find something fabulous–even for the folks who are exceptionally difficult to buy for.

Within less than a five-minute drive from the Historic Smithton Inn, we have several wonderful retailers that offer an array of unique gift ideas. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season and all year round:

Gift Shops In Downtown Ephrata

Sheldon’s Gallery – 20 W. Main Street, Ephrata
This family-owned store offers all kinds of distinctive home décor (for indoors and outdoors), jewelry, custom framing, and plenty of Christmas-inspired gifts. Their broad selection offers plenty of potential for finding the perfect gift for those people who seem to have everything.

Parkhill Jewelry – 5 W. Main Street, Ephrata
Besides their stunning jewelry, you’ll find other creative gift ideas, too! You’ll definitely want to add Parkhill to your shopping agenda.

Gift Shops Close-by

Ten Thousand Villages – Rte. 272, 240 N Reading Road, Ephrata

You’ll be in awe of this store’s fair trade gifts, hand-crafted jewelry, home decor, and other practical creations made by artisans from developing countries all over the world. Ten Thousand Villages lets you find an amazing gift AND make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Extra Olives – 358 N. Reading Road, Ephrata

When you have no idea what gift to buy, this shop will give you a nudge with its eclectic collection of fashionable jewelry, wine accessories, sauce and dip mixes, soaps, lotions, table ware for entertaining, and all sorts of other creative items made by local craftsman and artists.

Ephrata Cloister Museum Store – 623 W. Main St., Ephrata
Treat those on your list to a gift that reflects Lancaster’s local heritage. At the store, you’ll find redware pottery, hand-woven textiles, watercolors, paper cuttings, calligraphy and more. Much of it is inspired by originals in the Cloister’s historic collection.

Want to really make holiday shopping fun? Visit one of these Lancaster County holiday craft shows: 

Zion’s Annual Annual Craft Show and Fair Trade Fair – Fri. Dec. 4 and Sat. Dec. 5

Brickerville Fire Company Holiday Craft and Vendor Show – Sat. Nov. 28

12 Shops of Christmas (by the folks who do the Best Kept Secrets Tour) –  Dec. 3 – 12

Akron Volunteer Fire Company Craft and Vendor Show – Sat. Dec. 12

Gifts That Give Hope – Sat. Dec. 12

I hope this list of where to shop will take some of the pre-holiday pressure off of you. Happy shopping!

Rebecca Gallagher

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