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Are you tired of buying the people on your list the same old toys and non-personal gifts? Let’s talk about ideas of experiences and unique holiday presents for anyone and everyone on your list this year. Oh yeah, and as much as possible while KEEPING IT LOCAL (Iowa City/the greater “corridor”). Photo gifts make especially unique and custom presents for most everyone on your list. Here are some of my favorite holiday gifts in Iowa City for your whole family.

This comes just in time for “Small Business Saturday” downtown Iowa City on November 25th. Check out Think Iowa City’s article on shopping local as well:

Experiences for the Family:

These are absolute favorites as they are all about quality time together and enjoying each other’s companies. Experiences lend themselves to making memories with your littles! We have special cloth bags that include an experience each year for Christmas.

For the Small Children:

For Older Kids/Tweens:

For Him:

For Her:

Tell me below what ideas did you love on my list? ORRR what should I add to this Iowa City local shopping guide?! Do you have other favorite holiday gifts you have purchase in Iowa City?

If you are interested in a photography session next year in 2024, feel free to reach out. I can send over physical or digital gift cards.


Holiday Gift List Iowa City 2023: Local and personalized gifts