One of a Kind Gifts from Downtown Frederick

Lucy Adkins, Writer

As we move into the holiday season, one of the big things on our to-do lists is to give our loved ones gifts. Gifts that say ‘thanks for being there’ or ‘I love you’. Gifts that are inside jokes, or that are just jokes. For some, gift giving is an easy feat, but for others, inspiration is hard to find. Luckily, people who live in Frederick have an excellent place to look for gift ideas. Downtown Frederick has a plethora of stores that house all kinds of gifts, knick-knacks and trinkets perfect for the holidays. Even with this great resource, some might still be lost as to which shops to go to get the perfect gift, which is where this article comes in hand. This piece will help anyone lost this holiday season by highlighting some of the one-of-a-kind gifts that Downtown Frederick has to offer.

Let’s start out with a popular store everyone knows – the Pop Shop. The Pop Shop boasts an amazing collection of interesting flavored sodas, with normal flavors such as cherry and not-so-normal flavors like bacon and alien guts. These fun sodas are a great present for someone who’s always looking to try something new. They also sell fun stocking-stuffer candies, and if you’re looking for a snack, hot dogs and milkshakes. 

Retro Metro is another fun, wacky shop that has holiday gifts galore. They sell literally anything you can think of, from socks to games to kitchen ware to baby toys. They have an amazing selection of jewelry, and cute, small items that are perfect Secret Santa gifts. Retro Metro also has a great selection of games, such as the Goat Yoga game and the Box of Bad Advice. This store does not disappoint when it comes to gift shopping, and you will not come out empty-handed.

If you’re looking for artsy, beautiful gifts that are handmade with love, go to The Muse. This shop downtown does not miss if you need a thoughtful gift for a loved one. They have shelves of handmade pottery, kitchenware and decorative items. All of their items are colorful and bright, and will make anyone’s holiday. If there’s someone in your life that collects candles like it’s a holiday, The Muse is also a great place to go. They have candles in every scent known, such as Monkey Farts, Maryland, Lil Bacon and the Perfect Man. They also supply soaps that look like geodes and rocks, which are both pretty and useful.

Curious Iguana is every book-lover’s dream, and they have perfect gifts for the holidays. Right now, they have a holiday-themed selection of books, which includes book such as The Christmas Carol and A Season for Second Chances. They also sell journals, cute tote bags and book-themed stickers and pins. Curious Iguana houses a wide variety of books, from baby books to young adult to travel guides. They have something for everyone, and is a shop everyone should check out when they’re downtown.

If rocks, geodes and gems are something you are looking for, Earthly Elements has it. They have piles of rocks and gems, beautiful jewelry and fossils. You can get a random bag of stones out of a treasure chest or get a guidebook to the gems of the world. These items can be used for a number of different gifts, and are also great stocking stuffers.