Final exams and winter break are right around the corner. Between logging late hours in the library and daydreaming about those four weeks of freedom, many UM students have probably not had the opportunity to even think about holiday shopping. So before you pack up and head home for the break, consider taking a look around Main Street’s selection of shops. You might find that the perfect presents for your loved ones are right down the road from your campus.
Montevallo residents know Eclipse Coffee and Books as their go-to spot for a steaming cup of java and a peaceful place to read, but there is also a variety of items that would make a great gift for your favorite bookworm. Among the collection of books available for purchase at Eclipse is “Tinglewood: The Carvings of Tim Tingle” ($17.50). It features glossy photos of the tree carvings that make Orr Park so unique and information about artist Tim Tingle’s inspiration behind each sculpture. Eclipse also sells various magnets ($5) and mugs and glasses bearing their logo and name ($8).
At Blue Phrog Gallery, customers can find marvelous creations by local and regional artists. Every wall and corner of the gallery houses sculptures, pottery, paintings, and photography. You can also browse the selection of stunning homemade jewelry. This includes one-of-a-kind necklaces inspired by paintings ($60) and earrings made from Civil War-era beads (four for $15).
Tingle’s work makes another appearance at Blue Phrog, as customers can purchase golf balls he carved faces and designs into ($10).
Smitherman’s Pharmacy has a gift for every member of the family. The array of scented candles ($1) will make great gifts for moms, while dads might enjoy something from the collection of colognes.
Any little ones on your nice list will look festive with the holiday-themed caps, diaper covers, and rattles that Smitherman’s sells ($6, $10, $5).
Most art majors are probably familiar with the materials that Falcon Art Supply has to offer, but there are plenty of gift worthy items to get everyone on your shopping list into the artistic spirit. Henna tattoo and origami kits are currently on sale ($10).
Henna tattoo and origami kits are currently on sale ($10). Adult coloring books seemed to become popular overnight, and Falcon Art Supply carries a variety of them ($16.99).
Additionally, instructional drawing books are always available for purchase for anyone that wants to increase their drawing skills.
Sassy Sisters Boutique opened their new location on Main in August. This cozy shop caters to the style of college students as well as older women. Patrons can peruse the latest fall fashions, including sweaters, cardigans, scarves, purses, and other accessories. Sassy Sisters also carries customized Christmas tree ornaments and holiday candles ($7).