The Holidays are upon us! I don't know about you, but every year I try a little harder to be mindful of where my money is spent. Shopping local is important for so many reasons, from supporting your local economy to reducing environmental impact. Here are some of my favorite ways to gift local this holiday season!
1. Support your local Maker!
Handblown Glass Ornament from Hyland Glass
A beautiful piece of art is always a great option for that tough to buy for person on your list. These gorgeous ornaments will add sparkle and light to enjoy year after year.
Nature Inspired and Real Flower Jewelry from Meadowgrass Designs
Handmade jewelry with gorgeous wildflowers is sure to delight! Choose from earrings, necklaces, and bracelets all made with love, right here in Louisville.
Hand-lettered Mug from Field and Forest Design
I gifted myself with one of these a few years ago, and it has become my favorite mug! A great choice for the coffee, tea, or cocoa lover in your life. This shop has a variety of great gifting options including mugs, unique prints, and wood signs.
Organic Nut and Seed Butters from Wells Made Co.
These make the perfect gift for any foodie, and with so many delicious options you're sure to find just the right flavor!
Stylish and Cozy Handmade Accessories from Melanie Jean Boutique
Who doesn't love a new hat or scarf this time of year? Melanie's online shop is taking a break through the season, but you can catch her around town at local holiday markets.
Delightful Soy Wax Candles from Black Dog Candles
Let's be real, you can never have too many candles. These smell amazing and the gift sets are adorable. Bonus? A portion of sales goes to our local animal shelters!
Custom Wood and Metal Signs from Custom Wood Decor and More
Love this shop for custom decor for your home! You'll find states, skylines, and wreaths for any taste. Have something special you'd love to see made? Let them know! All products are made in Louisville.
Mindfully-crafted, affordable, and effective Natural Skincare from Belle & Rose (sorry, couldn't leave myself out of the fun!)
I've added some new products that I'm excited to share, along with these ready-to-gift sets perfect for anyone who needs a little self-care and pampering. Check out the shop for all of the latest! belleandrosenaturals.com
2. Support your local shops!
Block Party Handmade, 560 S. 4th St. Louisville, KY 40202
Block Party is one of my favorites. It's a retail space dedicated to supporting local artists and entrepreneurs with gift options galore! So many unique, vintage, and handmade items to choose from for everyone on your list!
Carmichael's Bookstore, 1313 Bardstown Road
Support your local bookstore and your child's love of reading! With a world of options, a book is always the perfect gift for kids of all ages.
Wild Ty Online Boutique
The lovely ladies of Wild Ty have made your holiday shopping super simple! Shop from the comfort of your home and take advantage of free shipping, always! You can find beautiful accessories, complete outfits, and everything in between.
Hey Tiger Vintage, 1572 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
I geek out at this store. Hey Tiger has such a unique mix of items and is so much fun to stop and shop! Check it out for vintage, totally unique, fun options for anyone on your list!
The New Blak, 839 E Washington St, Louisville, KY 40206
Woman-made, woman-owned, sustainably sourced clothing made right here in Louisville. Inside you'll find beautifully handmade pieces designed and created by this amazing all-woman team right here in the Ville.
Red Tree Nulu, 701 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Stop in "The Most Eclectic Store in Kentucky" for beautiful solid handmade mahogany furniture, local art, unique gifts, decor and more!
Work the Metal,1201 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Check out Work the Metal for unique gifts for all ages including clothing, jewelry, decor, and more. Something special is always in store, and they'll even wrap it up in a pretty blue box!
Regalo, 562 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Regalo has something for everyone on your list, and you'll have a blast looking around at all of the fun and ecclectic options! Everything from t-shirts, ornaments, kitchen decor and mugs, to the best collection of socks ever.
Check out Louiville Independent Business Alliance Holiday Gift Guide for more great local businesses to support!
3. Give Local Experiences for the Grown-Ups!
Weightless KY, 600 DistIllery Commons, suite 150
This one is first on my wish list! A wellness day spa featuring float tanks, massage, infrared sauna? Yes, please.
Louisville Salt Cave, 9800 Shelbyville Rd #200, Louisville, KY 40223
Just look at that space! From their website: "Halotherapy uses salt for its healing properties. Halotherapy uses salt for its healing properties. Research studies show halotherapy eases symptoms and supports relief for those suffering from:
respiratory issues, asthma, allergies, sinusitis, congestion, ear infections, skin disorders, eczema, psoriasis, acne, Cystic Fibrosis, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.show halotherapy eases symptoms and supports relief for those suffering from: respiratory issues, asthma, allergies, sinusitis, congestion, ear infections, skin disorders, eczema, psoriasis, acne, Cystic Fibrosis, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders." It really is a completely unique experience that leaves a sense of zen and relaxation.
4. Shop Local for the Furry Family Members!
Pet Wants, Frankfort Ave. and Jeffersontown locations
Offering up high-quality food, treats, and pet care products for all of your needs. They even deliver! You're sure to find a special treat to fill your furry friends' stockings.
5. Give Local Experiences for the Kids!
My kids love Camp Hi Ho, and I really can't say enough good things about it. It's basically Heaven on Earth for kids, offering anything and everything your kid could possibly want to do on a long summer day. Swimming, kayaks, fishing, horses, hanging out in the forts, arts and crafts, basketball, are always favorties, oh and of course the pet barn where we met our newest family member, Shenzi the Hyena Pup (aka Little Dog, aka Satan). Register now and they'll even throw in a t-shirt for your camper to bring along and tie-dye! So give the gift of camp and I promise you'll win the Holidays.
Purrfect Day Cat Cafe, 1741 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
For the animal lover on your list, come and visit with the cats and kittens of Purrfect Day Cafe! These adoptable furry felines will bring a smile to the faces of kids of all ages. You'll get 30 minutes of snuggles, frolicking, and fun in the cat room. My husband is allergic to cats, so my girls loved visiting and getting some snuggle time in. The cafe works as a foster facility for the cats and kittens of the Kentucky Humane Society, so you can feel good knowing your dollars are spent towards a great cause!
Art Lessons at Preston Art Center, 3048 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
A wonderful gift for your budding artist or avid doodler, Preston Art Center offers classes ranging from an Art Sampler where kids will get to draw, paint, and explore different areas of art, to more focused classes including comic drawing and painting. Check out their website for more details.
Cooking Lessons at Turnip the Beet, 1164 S. Brook St, Louisville, KY 40203
Choose from a variety of packages and options to fit your budget and give your little chef the gift that keeps on giving. Classes range from pizza making, cookies, sushi, to themed classes such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. Check out their website for more details.
Season Passes to Louisville area attractions:
Shopping local and supporting small businesses really does make a huge impact on our commmunities. So get out there, explore some new shops, and have fun! What are some of your favorite ways to support local with your holiday shopping? Leave your comments below, I'd love to hear them!