Get your gifts on Route 66

Christmas Shopping for Route 66 devotees is easy in Springfield, Missouri. Find some of the best gifts in these unlikely places. Who would have thought that the airport, a campsite, and a candy store would be the best Route 66 gift shops?

A sucker for Route 66.

I know, me neither!

Candy House – The third amazing place to find Route 66 gifts in Springfield is The Candy House.
As if Route 66 gifts for friends is the only reason you want to come here. We can pretend, can’t we? We came in here for one purpose and one purpose only. Remember? Gifts for our Route66 buds. This is definitely the place to stock up on Road Trip Food. You will be the dream angel if he finds a glove box filled with Route 66 suckers.

Get your cricket on Route 66

Candy House Gourmet Chocolates, 3857 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807, Phone: (417) 883-3900, Fax: (417) 883-0008 Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30AM – 6PM, Sat 9:30AM – 6PM, Sunday 12:00PM – 5PM. Get FREE Shipping and a discount coupon on their web site.

Springfield-Branson National Airport – Make your trip short, so you don’t get caught up in that airport parking fee. Head straight to their gift shop. Mugs, key chains, candied crickets and Route 66 Sweatshirts. They have a big selection in the airport gift shop and the inventory does change seasonally. Who Knew?

Address – 2300 N. Airport Boulevard, Springfield, MO.   Phone: 417.868.0500. Hours: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The airport is accessible. I like the heavy clay coffee mugs. They remind me of Frankhoma pottery, with the roomy handle and the thick walled cup that keeps coffee warm longer.

Springfield/ Route 66 KOA – Then, who would have thought of the KOA campsite? In the office or supply store, find a big selection of Route 66 memorabilia and souvenirs. My favorite thing here: the sodas. Old fashioned soda bottles and old fashioned flavors like cream soda and the orangiest orange soda you ever did see. KOA even has a selection of T-shirts from dad size to the baby size Route 66ers. Now that is just precious, don’t you think?

5775 West Farm Road 140, Springfield, MO 65802, Phone:(417) 831-3645, Email:
Oh! One more thing at the KOA. They have Tick Tock Cat clocks, you know, the ones with a metronome tail and the tick tock, tick tock motion of their eyes?

Oh and just so you know, hang a candy cane from the rear view mirror while on the road trip. Santa can use the candy cane as a homing device when it is time to deliver presents. Really, Really. No, Really, I saw it on color television!

And here is the Bonus Buy: give a Gift Certificate at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven. Folks from around the world are flocking to these route 66 accommodations. The rooms have updated linen and towels, but the spirit of Route 66 is still styling the look and the feel of this crazy (crazy but comfy) hotel. Rooms are reasonably priced and a stay in the Elvis room or the Marilyn room will send you back in time.

Getting There: 203 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802 – 417.866.1963 or 800.304.0021 – Fax 417.864.7676 Only 8 minutes away from the airport, This Best Western is National List of Historic Places.

Patsy Bell Hobson is blogging at When not in the garden or on the road, find her in southeast Missouri USA. Read more travel stories at Striped Pot. Find more garden and travel on my Facebook