Holiday Gift Guide

December 9, 2015


Hello Everyone! 


I'm excited to finally be getting a blog post published, as we have had so much to be thankful for this year at The Shops at 509. We've celebrated our 20 year anniversary, which we want to say a big thank you for all that have supported us through the years! We had a great turnout, as well as Moonlight Madness, and our Holiday Open House! A special thank you to all of the women who signed up and did a makeover on Moonlight Madness! Just to catch you up to speed if you didn't know, when I was in college I came back on break to work at Merle Norman and Alice had this wonderful idea for Julie Masching and myself to do a Makeover Madness for our customers! This year on Moonlight Madness, between the two of us, we scheduled makeovers all day long  every 45 minutes! The women who signed up received  a complimentary makeover, a free gift, 10% off their product AND were the first to try out the new winter colors! We had a blast! So once again we want to thank all of you for your support! 


Now, I'm sure all of you have started your christmas shopping already and some of you may even be done (GOOD FOR YOU... if you are done shopping!). I've rounded up and categorized my favorite gifts here by specific personality and interest! Plus a few splurge-worthy gifts for yourself or those extra special people in your life. (drool worthy handmade overnight bag) 


For the baker and cook


USA Pans are a must for every baker and cook! These commercial grade pans have a fluted/corrugated design to prevent warping and to provide the pan strength. I love these pans also because they are non-stick and they cook so evenly. From square cake pan to meatloaf pan, they are the way. 


Joseph Joseph are innovative and function kitchen utensils, storage and much more! I love the quality of this brand and their unique sleek look of all of their products! Joseph Joseph spatulas and knives are designed with a tool rest so that when you set it down on your countertop there won't be a mess! The storage containers make a great gift, because we all need it for left-overs or lunch. The problem with most storage containers is that they take up so much space, but with these the bases nest inside one another and the lids snap together- Space Saving Problem Solved! Joseph Joseph



For the traveler


Atenti bags are handmade in the USA and we are loving the exciting blends of color, texture and patterns. What I think is so great about these bags besides the beauty and quality of these bags is that they are completely unique and whimsical, yet classy all at the same time.  So just in case you're looking to go above and beyond this year, these would be your splurge-worthy bags, for you or for that special someone! 


They come in various styles: Overnight bag, Doctor Bag, Carry On, Betty Bag, Diaper Bag, Travel Bag, Satchel, Carpet Bag, Weekender Bag, Hobo. 




For any woman


Baggallini bags are for the traveler, the fashionista, for the woman who is both stylish and smart, and they can make any woman organized. Each bag is designed around organization with compartments you need to make it easier to carry everything you need. What I love most about these bags is how flexible and lightweight they are and how well they clean up and can look brand new even after years of wear because they are made with water-resistant nylon.  Beautiful, functional, and high quality bags and a perfect gift for any woman at any age. 


For the fashionista


Ginger Snaps are interchangeable fashion snaps! We have a brand new Petite Collection that are the same beautiful style, now in a smaller size. Combo jewelry and accessories fit both the original snaps and the new petite collection. We carry a variety of snaps for any personality and style. 


For the hardworking

Archipelago is our top selling fragrance line. Havana is just one of many fragrances in this line, which will transport you and your guests to the world of old Havana! This is a favorite for both men and women that features intoxicating notes of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Tobacco Flower. The body lotion contains antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids found in these natural ingredients that ensure this AHA body lotion effectively moisturizes and reduces redness associated with dry, rough skin. Give the gift of fragrance!


For the couple & entertainer


Moscow Mule Mugs are a great gift and are excellent for a variety of mixed drinks! Pick up your set of mugs today. 

Iowa & Iowa State Cutting Boards are a great gift for the collegiate fan. 

Black Walnut Cheese Slicer is a handsome and highly fuctional tool to add to your kitchen.

Bubble Glass Pilsners have a great look and is a sturdy glass to enjoy a cold drink after a long day.

Stainless Steel Ice Cubes are a non-diluting alternative to ice and are great for whiskey, vodka, liqueurs, white wine & more.

Shot Serving Tray features carved wood and elegant glassware perfect for any celebration.


For the little ones

 Jelly Cats make a perfect cuddle buddy while reading the book to go along with the animal! Variety of animals to choose from.

Snoozies aren't a sock, yet more comfortable than a slipper! They're the perfect footcovering for those chilly days. Available in baby, toddler & adult.

Ty Peek-A-Boo Plush make a great fuzzy friend.


Tis the season for holiday cocktails, christmas trees, nights snuggled up on the couch, and our favorite thing: GIFT-GIVING. Let us help make this holiday go smoothly with free gift-wrapping!





If you are still struggling finding the perfect gift for someone who has it all, let us put together a Gourmet Gift Basket along with a great Scandinavian Glogg! 



Happy Shopping & Merry Christmas!


-Ellen Tuel 

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