We got an email from Baikinange asking for unique local places that would have stocking stuffers. She shops at Saraga and Sakura Mart for "oddball" candies and snacks which we think is a great idea. We try to put all of the great local places that we like under the Unique Indiana Shopping label in the right margin. However, since it is that time of the year, it's worth going over some places that we think might have great little gifts.
Some people on our list are receiving gift baskets that we assembled from various Indiana places such as Appleworks, Lisa's Pies, Heartstrings, Oliver Winery, and Willowfield Lavender Farm. We were going to include goodies from Country Mouse City Mouse too but we used up our budget before we could get them. We also think that the following local places would be good for unique and not-too-expensive gift shopping. (of course, you'll let us know your favorites that we didn't include)
At Home in the City
Christkindl Market at the Athenaeum (we went to this a few years ago and found some unique things)
We sorely miss Turandot in Broad Ripple but there is still Chelsea's and The Bungalow.
We'll see if it has good gift items this weekend but the Binford Christmas Market could be cool.
There are always treasures at antique stores like the ones in Fountain Square or at Midland. Also, mixing the old and new merchandise is the wonderful Logan Village Mall in Noblesville.
For a shopping and sweet treat combo, we've gotten into the tradition of visiting the Heidelberg Haus during the holiday season. This place is packed with unusual gifts from Germany and has been featured on the Food Network. During this time of year, their springerle and pfeffernuss cookies are all the rage.
Of our museum gift shops, we particularly like the one at the Indiana State Museum and the one at the Historical Society.