During the holidays, sometimes stocking stuffers can outdo the actual gifts under the tree in popularity. From socks and bangles to hair bands, jewelry, soaps, CDs, DVDs, little toys and candy, those little special add-ons in the stocking can make everyone smile. Here in Vegas we have shops for everything, including that extra something for your loves ones.
Ethel M Chocolates
2 Cactus Garden Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 435-2608

Ethel M has been creating delectable preservative-free chocolate for over 30 years, so if anyone can enhance your Christmas stockings, this shop is the master at it. This year, you can choose from little four-piece sampler boxes ($8) featuring four tasty treats, little plastic keepsake gift boxes with foil-wrapped milk and dark creamy caramels (the cutest thing ever), individual chocolate bars in eight different flavors plus pieces of peppermint bark in the selection case, or large bars in seasonal flavors like buttered rum. There are also small boxes of liqueur chocolates for the adults on your list, so check it twice and head out to the Chocolate Shop for the tour, the lights in the cactus garden during the evenings and the chance to put a check mark beside each name.

Alligator Soup
9350 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 804-0544

This boutique is a bit pricey, but if you are looking for a stocking stuffer for that someone special, it may just be here. You can find everything from stationery, notepads, journals, pens and books to candy, soap, lotions, candles and other items that are uniquely different from those at the big box stores. Spend some time browsing, chuckling and shaking your head at the selection before making your final choices.

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National Atomic Testing Museum Gift Shop
National Atomic Testing Museum
755 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 794-5151

The Atomic Testing Museum is one of Las Vegas’ largely unappreciated attractions. The Area 51 Exhibit is fascinating and a tour of the museum teaches you so much about the Atomic Age and the history of Nevada. The gift shop carries a lot of wonderful stocking stuffers like inexpensive “Resident Alien ID” mugs, Mercury Test Site badges, a Miss Atomic Bomb 1957 fridge magnet, Area 51 and CIA mugs, vintage toys, books galore, pins and coins, t-shirts and polo shirts, baseball caps and more. There is a lot to choose from and anyone with any curiosity about this time in history, the history of Nevada or in memorabilia will appreciate a unique gift from this shop.

The Mob Museum Gift Shop
The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 229-2734

The Mob Museum is an experience that is not to be missed. With the history of Las Vegas and the battles between the mob, law enforcement and the cattlemen that started this town, its storied past makes for some fascinating keepsakes. Right now, the museum is working on getting a shop set up on premises while still offering items online. Imagine Bugsy the String Doll, coins, key chains, cups, books, pewter flasks, lighters, poker chips, magnets, books, games, pens, apparel, model cars, shot glasses and stuffed toys, and that’s just part of the collection! Perfect for any occasion that ‘youse guys’ could possibly imagine, these collectibles are also ideal stocking stuffers.

The Purple Monkey
11 S. Water St., Suite D
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 558-4438

The Purple Monkey is a relatively new addition to the Water Street District, offering unique gift and craft consignment items. If you are looking for something very different and one-of-a-kind, this may just be your shop. From gifts for the ladies (including jewelry, of course), wind chimes, soaps, lotions and scarves to home decor and collectibles with that special touch, you are sure to find exactly what you need as stocking stuffers at The Purple Monkey.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.