Wrap up your holiday shopping at these off-the-beaten-track gift stores.
Fred Segal Goods is the newest place in town for high-end novelty items.
It’s nearly impossible to browse the shelves at Alligator Soup without entering some kind of trance state. The emphasis here is on the eclectic, with handmade soaps, body lotions, stationery, candy, graphic jewelry cases, glassware, candles, baby blankets, and plush toys among the items you’ll encounter on a typical visit, and the shop is constantly updating its inventory. Plus, the west-side boutique offers services to simplify the gift-giving process, including custom calligraphy, wrapping, and mailing. 9350 W. Sahara Ave., 702-804-0544
Bauman Rare Books
A bibliophile’s paradise, Bauman Rare Books houses Las Vegas’s largest collection of first editions and signed texts. The books on offer run the gamut from kids’ classics like The Cat in the Hat and an autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to centuries-old editions of the King James Bible and an illustrated 1770 compilation of Shakespeare’s works. Visit for definitive tomes on history, politics, and philosophy as well as art, travel, and design—many of them marked by unique details like a personalized inscription from the author. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-948-1617
Fred Segal Goods
The new Fred Segal at SLS Las Vegas is actually a seven-shop collective, and each of the intimate boutiques presents a trove of must-have merchandise exclusive to the Southern California retailer’s Vegas outpost. If you’re looking for the kind of visually vibrant gift that turns heads, stop by Goods, the collective’s catchall shop for chic home décor pieces, design books, and out-of-the-ordinary accessories like watches and beaded clutches. SLS Las Vegas, 855-761-7757
You’ll be hard-pressed to find most of the items at Summerlin’s J. Glenn anywhere else; the shop’s owner handpicks its merchandise, scouring the marketplace for standouts from only the most spectacular accessory and décor lines. Leather handbags, luxe home furnishings, and fine jewelry from designers such as Dean Davidson and Anne-Marie Chagnon are just a few of the treasures on display this year, and all through the month of December the shop shines with two fully outfitted holiday trees, an overwhelming assortment of Kurt Adler ornaments, and twinkling Mr. Christmas music boxes and snow globes. 750 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-425-7636
Paper & Home
The custom design service started in 2010 by local husband-and-wife duo Michael and Brooke Coxen has broadened its focus since then, expanding from a bespoke stationery store to a full-fledged boutique. Today the gorgeous goods at Paper & Home include greeting and note cards, invitations, announcements, journals, and art prints, as well as a collection of chic accessories, like soy candles, design books, and batik linens. Gifts aside, it’s worth stopping by just for a roll of eye-catching wrapping paper from Snow & Graham or Rifle Paper Co. 4555 S. Fort Apache Road, 702-776-8243
If you’ve popped into one of the souvenir shops on Fremont Street in the past 20 years or so, you’ve probably come across enough scorpions preserved in Lucite and rattlesnake-head key chains to last a lifetime. The merchandise you’ll find at Silver Post is the polar opposite of the usual desert kitsch: Think authentic Native American pottery; jewelry from Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi artisans; and domestically manufactured cowboy boots and moccasins. 7680 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-227-3005