With the holiday shopping season in full swing, here’s part two of my series of gift guide articles on district shopping. To promote local businesses and shopping small, there is one photo from each place to showcase a sample of what they offer, and at the same time, inspire some gift ideas. For today’s shopping guide, I’m highlighting Oklahoma City’s Midtown District.

The Black Scintilla - photo by Dennis Spielman

1112 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
The Black Scintilla is all about fitting the body and the budget.

TRADE Men's Wares - photo by Dennis Spielman

1112 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
The gentleman who shop at TRADE Men’s Wares value the “ageless and enduring over the trendy and fleeting and is looking for the highest quality merchandise with timeless design.” If you know a guy who fits that description, get him something at TRADE.

Chirps and Cheers - photo by Dennis Spielman

1112 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
If you’re searching for cards to give, make a visit to Chirps & Cheers. One of the other things people love there is the pen section, which has been described as “candy shop of pens” because of the a variety of pens in every color.

Fruition Designs - photo by Dennis Spielman

1120 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
Jared & Ellise Perryman started Fruition in the summer this year after realizing the world needs more emphasis on the good. As a designer/artist couple, they realized they could use their passions for art and design to curate a space that showcases artists from all over the world. When people’s passions come together in unity, good things come to fruition.

Nhu Avenue - photo by Dennis Spielman

1111 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
Nhu Avenue Boutique (pronounced “New” after the owner’s late father) is a women’s contemporary apparel store that offers quality classic style at an affordable price. Owner, Lanh Nguyen, said some of their biggest sellers for gifts in the past have been their hats, scrafs, and necklaces.

mode photo by Dennis Spielman

1227 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
For the latest trends in women’s fashion and accessories, Mode brings them to Midtown. From when I featured them last year, they’ve expanded so they have an even bigger selection. You definitely want to follow mode on Instagram for some style inspiration. They’re next door to Hanks Coffee if you need a pick-me-up while shopping.

Commonplace Books - photo by Dennis Spielman

1325 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
Commonplace Books is a bookstore “for people who want to lead meaningful, thoughtful lives and a flourishing life of the mind.” If you need a quality recommendation for a book, stop by and see them.

Opolis Clothing - photo by Dennis Spielman

1111 N. Hudson, Oklahoma City
Opolis Clothing is known for their vintage OU, OSU, OKC, and local apparel. They love all things sports, all things Oklahoma, and all things vintage. Plus, their tees are Made in the USA and designed and printed in Oklahoma.

This is only a sample offering of what can be found in Midtown. Don’t forget about the gift of food like from Brown’s Bakery, Esca Vitae, and Jerky.com, and. Learn more about the district at midtownokc.com.

For more gift ideas from local retailers, browse the gift guide tag and be sure look at past Creator Conversation interviews for movie, book, music, and game suggestions.

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com