Find something different in these area gift shops
Sometimes you have to leave the beaten shopping path to find truly unique holiday gifts. The area has many gift shops that feature items related to the venue as well as the unexpected. The next couple of pages detail the offerings of seven local favorites to try.
CANTON MUSEUM OF ART
1001 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44702
Museum hours: Monday through Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday evenings: from 7 to 9 p.m.; Sundays: 1 to 5 p.m.
At this time of year, you will find plenty of Christmas decorations here. Hand-painted ornaments, collectible Santas and angels, and a huge assortment of gift ideas can be found. Check out the jewelry selection — beautiful fine-art jewelry at reasonable prices. For children, find educational and fun games, books, and artistic items. You will also find typical museum fare, such as gift cards, posters and art books.
Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; Sunday: 2 to 5 p.m.
This gift shop is great for the local-history buff and local-art collector in your life. Museum exhibit books and other art books are available. It offers a large selection of local-history books and prints of old photos from its collections plus printed greeting cards. Stocking stuffers include stuffed animals, jewelry, T-shirts and key chains.
MCKINLEY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM
800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44708
Museum hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Items here fit the mission of the museum — to teach history, science and industry, nature and astronomy. This may be the perfect place to stuff your child’s stocking with everything related to dinosaurs, snakes, turtles and frogs. Kids who love science experiments will love the museum’s science kits, such as the popular snow-making one. Exclusive to the shop are their handmade rugs, made by volunteers on an antique loom.
AKRON ART MUSEUM
One S. High St.
Akron, OH 44308
Museum hours: Tuesday,Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays.
The new Museum Store has a range of contemporary artful objects for the home and lifestyle. Find a variety of handmade objects, some from local artists, such as Susan Scaparotti’s red lariat necklaces, and some from as far away as Africa, such as the telephone wire baskets created by Zulu artists. Children likely will be drawn to the selection of unique art supplies and art toys. Also available are museum T-shirts, Sandy Chilewich’s signature textile, woven vinyl bags and zips, and Acme Studio business accessories. Shoppers do not need to pay admission to shop at the museum gift shop.
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
2121 George Halas Dr. NW Canton, OH 44708
Museum hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Christmas)
Sure, Browns and Steelers items are everywhere in the mall, but what do you do for the Saints fan in your life? The Hall of Fame gift shop features items from every team in the league, along with exclusive autographed footballs, helmets and other items, by both Hall of Famers and current NFL stars. Other merchandise includes NFL-related books, CDs, posters, games and novelty items. All proceeds help support the mission of the museum. Online shopping is available at www.profootballhof.com/store.
FIRST LADIES’ LIBRARY IN SAXTON HOUSE
331 Market Ave. S Canton, OH 44702
Gift shop hours: Monday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no museum tours on Mondays).
The National First Ladies’ Library Gift Shop offers a large selection of unique, practical and collectible items. Unique First Ladies’ Christmas Ornaments began in 1999 featuring Ida Saxton McKinley, and then a different first lady each year. The ornament for 2008 will feature Hillary Clinton. Flowers of the First Ladies China features the flower associated with each first lady. In 2006, the gift shop began a collectible holiday plate series. Past china patterns featured a poinsettia and a nutcracker. A Victorian winter scene was chosen for 2008.
500 Edgewood Ave. Akron, OH 44307
Hours: November through April: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May through October: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Barnhardt Family Welcome Center Gift Shop features a large selection of zoo toys, clothing, jewelry, games, bags and decorative items. Every purchase helps support the zoo’s animals and programs. In addition, proceeds from many items benefit conservation organizations around the world.