Shop the Best Local Christmas Gift Ideas in Decatur, IL

Shop the Best Local Christmas Gift Ideas in Decatur, IL

Christmas – the most expensive time of year. Shopping for Christmas can be a bit stressful, especially when you have no clue what to get.  

And these days, we all start early. Well, except the men who go out on Christmas Eve.

If you’re looking to get a head start on your Christmas list – and you’d like to support our local Decatur, IL businesses – we have some great gift ideas for you. There’s a little bit of everything, from snacks to jewelry to movie passes; we’re sure you’ll find something that fits the bill.

Del’s Popcorn Shop

If you have friends and family who love snacks (who doesn’t?), Del’s Popcorn Shop on Merchant is a great place to go.

Have your choice from a huge selection of goodies like homemade fudge (our office can personally attest to its amazing-ness), the famous caramel popcorn, and freshly roasted nuts.

The company’s tagline is “We’re more than just popcorn – there’s something for everyone.” And we totally agree.

Avon Theatre Movie Passes

All Decatur, IL residents know the Avon – the seats are comfortable, and the homey environment makes you proud to support the community.

The Avon Theatre on Water Street was built in 1916, and it was re-opened in 1999 by Skip Huston. The tickets are cheaper than the other theaters in town, and the most popular movies are always on deck. Movie passes to the Avon would make a great gift for the movie geeks in your circle.

The Brass Horn

Looking to impress the men in your life? The Brass Horn on Prairie carries high-end apparel, such as suits, dress shirts, sportswear, shoes, and more. The store carries brands like Hart Schaffner Marx, Jack Victor, and Robert Talbott.

A suit or nice dress shirt is a fun splurge, but a nice tie would also do the job if you’re looking to spend a bit less.

Flora Gems

Nothing makes a woman happier than diamonds. Flora Gems on Water Street is a full-service, local jeweler. A pair of diamond studs or a unique bracelet would make for a fantastic Christmas gift.

The other cool thing about Flora Gems is that they’re the top estate jewelry buyers in the area. You can browse through one-of-a-kind antiques, and they even have most of them listed on their website.

Lockhart’s Barber Shop

If your man still has hair, chances are he needs a cut fairly often. A fun and practical gift would be a gift card to Lockhart’s Barber Shop on Main. The barber shop has a classic, 1950’s atmosphere, and you can even enjoy a hot lather shave.

The service is excellent, and you’re supporting a local business.

Decanter Fine Wines & Spirits

Who would complain at a nice bottle of wine? The Decanter on Main offers over 500 wines, and they also carry craft beers and spirits.

One of the best things about The Decanter is the free wine tastings every Friday and Saturday. A great gift would be a gift card for your special loved one to purchase their favorite bottle after a tasting.

Embroidered Expressions

If you’re looking to give a personalized gift, Embroidered Expressions on Main might be exactly what you’ve been searching for.

You can personalize clothing, dog accessories, backpacks, and even blankets. It’s a great way to give something useful that has a loving, personal touch.

The Root Cellar

Located under Wildflour, The Root Cellar has a fun assortment of antiques, vintage items, and artisan crafts. From greeting cards to home decor items to jewelry, you’re sure to find that unique item you need.

If there’s that one person you know who loves vintage decorations, The Root Cellar might be the perfect stop.

Child’s Play Photography

If you’re looking to capture memories, Child’s Play Photography on Merchant offers professional studio sessions.

The quality of the photos are truly unbelievable – the photos are hand printed on the finest european fine art paper with archival ink. It’s as fancy as it sounds.

A family photo session would be a great gift that’s sure to last a lifetime.


Already full of fun Christmas decorations and gifts, Tournesol on Merchant is a local gift shop. Tournesol is inspired by cottage, French country, and contemporary styles, and inside, you’ll find unique items for the garden and home.

This is the type of store that has you ooh-ing and ahh-ing until you realize an hour has gone by! You could either pick out some fun items or give a gift card – how much does your subject enjoy shopping?

Gallery 510

If there’s an art-lover on your list, Gallery 510 is a local, non-profit art gallery with several member artists and a few consignment artists. A percentage of the proceeds go to the promotion of visual arts in area schools by way of art contests     and shows with student work.

Browse through the local art and you just might find the perfect piece!

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