Specialty shops gear up for holiday season

Christmas holidays are a special treat in many Kingman area gift shops and stores as the displays and gift merchandise take on the flavor of the season.

The newly opened gift basket and candy bouquet store on Stockton Hill Road uses special treats in a variety of bouquets that use interesting candy items in place of flowers.

Fay Towne, co-owner with her mother, Elizabeth Steinhoff, said the store delivers and makes up unique bouquets for special occasions.

"We specialize in corporate gifts that can let clients know their business is appreciated," Towne said.

Like many other stores this Christmas, a gift and craft store on Andy Devine operated by Linda Thompson is offering 50 percent discounts on holiday gift items.

Manager Cindy Misenhimer said a 20 percent discount on all Christmas merchandise began even before Thanksgiving.

Misenhimer said patriotic giftware is a favorite this season in response to the Sept.

11 terrorist attacks.

The store has sold eagle statuettes rapidly.

A full aisle of figurines and other gift items honoring firefighters, policemen and the military is a favorite spot for shoppers.

Elegant figures in many materials are a feature of Nora Speer's Bank Street gift shop.

A customer cannot avoid the winter and holiday spirit from the display outside to the inside Christmas tree, four-foot-tall Santas and other holiday creatures.

Speer will be sure you look at the animated elves "making" cookies for the holiday season.

Several of the gift stores make some of their own merchandise and offer classes that make good gifts that last past the season.

Gifts of doll making classes at Speer's, painting and crafts at Thompson's and at a downtown craft store are all available.

Collectible gifts are available at several locations.

Speer said collectible bears and special dolls make good gifts.

Misenhimer said popular brands and gifts include Fenton, Boyd's plush bears, snow buddies, Cherished Teddies and Precious Moments.

Several stores carry some of the brand name collectibles.

Local card stores have collectibles, candles and decorative items in addition to cards for the season.

Two card stores along Stockton Hill Road include unique items for the season.

Many of the gift stores handle special ornaments, decorating décor and lighted items to cheer the season.

Fiber optic angels and trees are just two such items.

Candles a part of the holiday gift-shopping list with a wide variety in the local stores.

Misenhimer suggested holiday scents in such as the Yankee candles.

Many of the gift stores offer a variety of gift baskets that can ease the shopping decision-making.

They can include candy, food, cosmetics and lotions, art supplies and craft materials.

Speer said the baskets are a real help for the man needing some help making a gift decision.

Thompson said a crafts or artist supply basket can express appreciation for the special talents of someone on the gift list.

The Kingman shopper can find a wide selection of gift items in the many unique local business establishments.

Pauline Steel, Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce marketing representative, said the chamber 'GiftChecks' are an extra option for gift buying that would allow the person to shop at many of the local stores, including the specialty gift stores.