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Find that Perfect Gift in the Starved Rock Area

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a time for family and friends, and Starved Rock is the perfect place to make memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.

There’s no better way to spend the holiday than celebrating with loved ones and enjoying all of the excitement that Christmas has to offer. Whether you’re looking to explore the beautiful winter scenery or stay cozy indoors, Starved Rock has holiday festivities for everyone. During your trip to Starved Rock this winter, you can enjoy holiday shows, winter hikes, Christmas lights trolley tours, weekend brunches, flight nights, live music in the Back Door Lounge, Christmas buffets, and so much more.

You might be worried you won’t have time to finish your shopping, but you can relax knowing that Starved Rock can be your one-stop shop this Christmas. You can find unique and meaningful gifts for everyone on your list during your trip to Starved Rock.


Give the gift of health and wellness with a relaxing spa experience at SaltTreeYoga. Their very rare Himalayan Salt Cave provides healing and rejuvenation in the form of massage therapy, hydrotherapy, dry salt therapy, Reiki services, and more of the latest natural healing methods. You can also find essential oils, handmade jewelry, salt lamps, and other healthy products. If you want to treat your loved one with a personalized wellness experience, stop by SaltTreeYoga to find a gift that restores wellness and balances the mind, body, and spirit.


For the food lover in your life, take a trip to Nonie’s Bakery for some delectable treats. Sip on a cup of Peppermint Chai as you explore the delicious homemade pastries, donuts, breads, cakes, and pies. Be sure to pick up a tray of Nonie’s famous homemade Christmas cookies, or take home Nonie’s frozen cut out cookies to bake and decorate at home!

You’ll find the perfect gift for the kids at Rock Paper Scissors in downtown Ottawa. There’s a wide array of educational toys, games, crafts, school supplies and more for children of all ages. You’ll be sure to find a unique and creative gift in this charming toy store!

Tangled Roots

Tangled Roots

If you’re shopping for someone who loves beer, Tangled Roots Brewing Company is the perfect place to find special handcrafted beer. Connoisseurs of craft beer can expect to find a wide variety of beers like no other, providing a unique ‘farm-to-foam’ craft beer experience. Be sure to stop by The Lone Buffalo in downtown Ottawa where you can enjoy delicious food from the beer-inspired menu.

August Hill Winery

For wine-lovers, August Hill Winery is the perfect place to find unique, handcrafted wine. You can purchase a bottle of your favorite, or even a case to share with friends and family. For a more personalized gift, you can customize the label on your bottle of choice. Be sure to sample their creations in the tasting room located in downtown Utica.

Clarks Run Creek - Wine

Clarks Run Creek - Wine

If you’re shopping for someone who loves both beer and wine, Clarks Run Creek is the perfect place to find everything you’re looking for! There is also an antique shop where you can find vintage furniture, home décor, jewelry, wellness and beauty products, and even ready-made gift baskets. With delicious hand crafted wine and beer in Utica’s largest antique store, you can be sure that you’ll find something for everyone.

As you explore the Starved Rock area this winter, be sure to check out these shops to find a unique and special gift for everyone on your list.