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Where to find the perfect holiday gifts in Cape Girardeau

Imagine it: You’re walking along a bustling street, toting colorful bags full of presents for everyone on your gift list. You’re done. All that’s left is putting them under your tree.

Sounds nice, right? But more often than not, Christmas shopping leaves full-grown adults close to a mid-store meltdown because the perfect gift proves utterly elusive.

The secret to holly, jolly shopping is knowing where to look. In Cape Girardeau, we believe shopping should be part of the holiday fun – not an impossible chore. And we’ve got the scoop on the best places.


The Christmas mood begins to sink in before you leave your vehicle, with wreaths and tinsel spreading holiday sparkle along the street. Impeccably decorated window displays beckon you into antique shops and boutiques offering unique gifts sure to warm the heart of your Grinchiest relative – everything from stylish sweaters to retro toys.

Insider info: Stores will stay open late on Friday, Dec. 7 for the Downtown Christmas Open House, featuring giveaways, a visit from Santa and more.

Siemers Drive

One of the highest trafficked streets in Cape Girardeau, Siemers Drive boasts a multitude of places to shop: department stores, clothing, home improvement, sporting goods, pet supplies, even cars (hint, hint).

Insider info: If you start to feel a little less jolly, get back in the holiday spirit with your favorite classic Christmas movie. Cape West Cinema (just off Siemers Drive) is offering $5 admission for select holiday films through Dec. 13.

West Park Mall

If icicles start forming on your nose, stay toasty with one-stop shopping at West Park Mall. Peruse books, music, clothes, shoes, furniture, sporting goods, lotion, candles and no telling what else – all without braving the elements between stores. Plus, choirs often visit during the Christmas season to fill the mall with holiday cheer.

Insider info: Santa doesn’t stop by the mall just for kids. During designated Pet Nights with Santa, he’s available for photo ops with your furry family members.

Off the beaten path

The best thing about shopping in Cape is that no matter which area you’re in, the perfect gift could be nearby. From retailers on Kingshighway to secondhand stores, shops throughout town hold hidden treasures just waiting to be put under your tree.

Insider info: Most local retailers and restaurants offer gift cards, so your pickiest friends and relatives can select exactly what they want.

Celebrate your successful shopping trip with more holiday fun. Find out what’s happening in town this season.



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