November 20, 2019
Christmas is right around the corner and you don’t want to wait until the last minute to find gifts for all of your friends and family. If you know where to go, you can make a day of it and get all of your Christmas shopping done early. Just visit a couple of these unique shops and markets in Ephrata, PA and you’ll find enough gifts for everyone you love (and maybe a couple for yourself too).
Would you do anything to find that special someone the perfect gift? Search high and low, far and near, heck, even visit ten thousand villages to find that unique gift? Well, it may not be that strenuous and you may actually enjoy shopping at Ten Thousand Villages in Intercourse, PA. This maker-to-market shopping center focuses on fair trade, ethically sourced goods from artisans in ten thousand villages. You can shop around here for gifts that will not only make your friends and family happy but will benefit communities all over the world.
The newest market to Lancaster County is the Prussian Street Arcade in Manheim, PA. This boutique arcade is a space to find the highest quality, locally-sourced goods all in one convenient place. Fashion, beauty, home, this trending market has something for everyone. You’ll find hand-poured candles to live edge furniture and vintage clothing and jewelry all under this one roof.
You can’t discuss shopping in Ephrata without mentioning the infamous Green Dragon Market. Open only on Fridays, this market turns from a weekday ghost town to a bustling city center with artisanal merchants, bustling shoppers, and a live auction. You can find almost anything under the sun in this marketplace. Treasures include rare collectibles to custom made items and finely crafted goods all under one roof.
Wilbur chocolates are the perfect holiday treat. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these melty, sweet, and creamy chocolates that have been expertly crafted in Lititz, PA since 1894. Grab some of the smaller items for the perfect stocking stuffers or bring a box to the white elephant gift party. They also have beautiful holiday-themed tins with gorgeous artwork on the outside and are filled with delicious assortments of their signature chocolates.
If you are looking for something authentically Pennsylvania Dutch then head to the Ephrata Cloister’s Museum Store. While you may be used to finding cheap trinkets in most gift shops, the Ephrata Cloister’s Museum Store is the exact opposite. Everything in the store is made in the region and you can tell in the care and quality that goes into each piece. You’ll find stunning redware, hand-carved cutting boards and serving pieces, books, and other art pieces in this wonderful place. Items from this store will last a lifetime and will be a precious gift to keep for generations.
If you aren’t careful, you can easily lose track of time in BUiLDiNG CHARACTER. This marketplace takes over 10,000 feet of historic warehouses in downtown Lancaster and boasts a wide variety of handmade, recycled, or vintage items. You can find handmade greeting cards from local artisans, vintage clothing pieces, and beautiful pieces of art around every corner. Enter the market with an open mind and a sense of curiosity as you never know what kind of treasure you may find.
Kitchen Kettle Village is the best place to find Pennsylvania Dutch Country goods. Located just south of Ephrata in the little town of Intercourse, this village has the most incredible collection of leather shops, pottery collections, quilt stores, and an assortment of Pennsylvania Dutch Country furniture. This quaint European-style village is also a blast to shop in. Grab some food curated by the local purveyors or a hot cup of cocoa and wander around all the unique shops.
No matter what kind of gifts you are looking for, Ephrata will have them all, although be warned, you may find much more than you were originally looking for! Come visit us and look for gifts for your friends and family at one of these unique shops in and around Ephrata.
Ready to celebrate the holidays? Book a stay at the Historic Smithton Inn, a charming & modern bed and breakfast in Ephrata, PA.