Five Favorite Quad Cities Shops: Find the Perfect Gift

I love finding the perfect unique gift and the Quad Cities has some of the best shops to find just the right present! Check out five of the best QC locally owned shops.

Lagomarcino’s has been making the finest chocolates since 1908 and you better believe they are really tasty! While you should also make time for a hot fudge sundae or some amazing rye bread sandwiches, stopping in for some of your holiday needs is a great choice. The chocolates and candies will delight not only the taste buds but also the eyes. An assortment of clever and fun, Lago’s delights make the perfect gift.

Locations: 1422 5th Avenue, Moline, IL & 2132 East 11th Street, Davenport, IA

Christmas in the Village: December 6 and December 7 (Santa arrives at 6 p.m.) Davenport Location

The tastiest boots around. From Lago’s.

The Plaid Rabbit offers unique gifts and papers for all occasions big and small. There is such a fantastic variety of items here from totes and scrunchies to flasks and cellphone cases. Personalized planners, coasters, notepads and more are some of their specialties. They can serve any invitation need from kids birthday parties to Christmas cards to wedding invitations. You’ll be surprised and impressed by the fun and useful.

Location: 1018 Mound Street, Davenport, IA

Christmas in the Village: December 6 and December 7 (Santa arrives at 6 p.m.)

Skeleton Key Arts and Antiques showcases over 80 vendors with a fantastic blend of art, antiques, crafts, and more. You can buy luggage, jewelry or candles. It’s a treasure trove of unique and lovely gifts perfect for a variety of personalities.

Location: 520 18th Street, Rock Island, IL

That Dam Shopping Trip is a fun time to visit since you can also win prizes: November 29 & 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fun light up Christmas tree on sale at Skeleton Key
Vintage Christmas tree on sale at Skeleton Key.

Splash is filled with creatively designed soaps, bath and shower bombs, lotions and oils, clever signs and useful odds and ends. The scents and colors will delight you. Most items in this shop are consumable so for my friends that don’t want more “things” this is perfect. Christiana Headley, the shop owner and designer/maker of their products, believes in keeping products as natural as possible. I especially love the “make your own candle”–it’s colorful and the scents are amazing!

Location: 425 17th Street, Moline, IL

Three holiday soaps with candy cane and snowflake decorations
Lovely holiday soap from Splash.

WaterMark Corners Gift & Stationery is an upscale gift store, a full-service stationery store and a children’s bookstore all in one! There are so many unique gifts available. Be sure and give yourself plenty of time to wander and play with some of the kids’ toys, admire the jewelry and check out the fun kitchen gadgets. Consider giving a fun (and useful) address stamp or personalized stationery. The designs and quick turn around are fantastic!

Location: 1500 River Drive, Moline, IL



About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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