There's less than two weeks before colorfully wrapped presents are torn into and everyone is filled with the joy of receiving - and more importantly - giving gifts.
However, if you are the annual last-minute shopper, this weekend is a big one for you and your family. Perhaps you aren't the last-minute shopper, but you've been struggling to find that gift for someone who has it all.
Well, in the spirit of keeping our dollars local, we've assembled a helpful guide of local shops that carry products that aren't necessarily the norm. Perhaps you could find that perfect gift for the person with everything at one of these locations within Menomonee Falls and Sussex.
Located at N63W23580 Silver Spring Dr. in Sussex, Ace's has been selling a wide variety of stones and gems to collectors and hobbyists for over 20 years. Everything is one-of-a-kind, so you won't have to worry about a duplicate gift. Ace's also sells handmade jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.
Kim Riley opened this women's accesories store in October at W176N9356 River Crest Dr. in Menomonee Falls. She sells a wide assortment of women’s hand bags, jewelry, scarves and other accessories. The store is arranged by color, and Riley said she prides herself on picking products that you won't find in big-box retail stores.
Sip 'N Strokes opened in March at W249N5267 Executive Dr. in Sussex. It's not so much about the products but the experience here, which can be just as valuable as any gift during the holiday season. Whether you are an art prodigy, or just enjoy doodling on scratch paper, you'll find this place is a blast. One of five teachers show you some basic art techniques, and you get to paint. But best of all, you can enjoy some wine, beer or mixers while you paint.
Arcade Entertainment, located at N90W16933 Appleton Ave, bills itself at the worlds most complete on-line comic book and game store in the world. The store has a large selection of comic books as well as video and board games.
Jeff's Sports, Inc. located in the Falls Plaza Shopping Center has been serving Menomonee Falls since 1983. Jeff's specializes in all sports memorabilia with an emphasis on the Green Bay Packers. With the Packers on a potentially historic run to an undefeated season, this is a must-stop to nab a piece of histroy. If you're looking for that special gift for a sports fan, Jeff's Sports probably has what you need.
Do you have any other suggestions for great local stores with unique products? Tell us in the comments below!