My mom and I needed to get out of the house this weekend. We had so many choices to choose from: Das Awkscht Fest, DCI Eastern Classic and Musikfest, among others going on in the Valley. So what does she want to do? Shop!

Whenever possible I try to stay clear of the malls. They are nice and all, but it's usually not my kind of shopping. So the first thing that popped into my mind was Lehigh Valley's newest store, Christmas Tree Shops in the Airport Center Shopping Plaza.

This new plaza is located right off Route 22 and Airport Road in Allentown. Currently there is a Five Guys Burger & Fries, Golf Galaxy, Target, Carter's, Famous Footwear, Wachovia, a mattress store, a craft store and a few others. 

When we walked into Christmas Tree Shops, we weren't exactly sure what we were going to find. Judging by the name, we thought we were going to be doing some early Christmas decoration shopping. Well, the name definitely doesn't match the contents of the store!

The store had a wide variety of items from dishes, pictures and yard items to food, toiletries and toys. Their prices seemed very reasonable. I ended up buying some tiled artwork for my kitchen for $3.99 each! Nothing Christmas-y about the place. Wonder how it got its name? 

We will definitely be heading back closer to the holidays to get some inexpensive gifts for friends and family. Have you checked the store out yet?