The season of giving is upon us! I love the feeling of giving someone a gift that makes their face light up. Plenty of shops in SoIN can help you get that “wow” reaction with your gift-giving while supporting local small businesses in Southern Indiana!
The local experts at SoIN Tourism are sharing their knowledge of where to get must-have gifts in Southern Indiana.
We asked the SoIN staff where they like to shop for others and where they would want someone to shop for them. Hint hint!
Clint Bryant, Digital Marketing Manager
I like to shop at Madhouse because they have excellent home décor and I recently bought a home with my wife. So, any time I can surprise her with something new for the house it will almost certainly give me a few brownie points 😊. I don’t currently have my eye on a specific item, but I’m sure if I bought her anything from Madhouse she would love it! #HappyWifeHappyLife
Where should someone shop for me? Easiest question I’ve ever been asked! A gift I’ve been wanting for a while is a gift card to one of Fuzzy Zoeller’s golf courses here in Southern Indiana, Champions Pointe or Covered Bridge. They are super nice courses that I’ve never played, and it’s one of my favorite activities to do.
Christa Ritchie, Communications Manager
When shopping for that extra nice person on my holiday list, I always like to select something personable, unique and memorable… that you can’t find anywhere else. Lavender Hill is a charming spot to pick up an artful floral arrangement or plant (which makes an ideal hostess gift). The shop also carries home goods and other great options for gift giving.
I would love to unwrap a gift from Dress & Dwell. I’ve been driving from my Louisville home to New Albany since they arrived on the local shopping scene years ago, and I rarely leave empty-handed. I am the newest member of the SoIN Tourism staff (I started in June) and my first week on the job, I couldn’t resist popping into the boutique and definitely didn’t leave empty-handed. HaHa! It’s a one-stop-shop for trendy and stylish fashions and one-of-a-kind gifts for your home. Interior design has become a passion of mine and I appreciate the unique lines they carry. Even the curated selection of books are must-haves. I always love incorporating a new piece from there into my wardrobe or my home. Dress & Dwell always delivers!
Mike Attebury, Visitor Services Coordinator
For the women (or anyone who likes good-smelling bath stuff) in my life, I’d recommend Wimsatt Soap Co. in New Albany. This unique bath boutique offers a variety of artisan handcrafted soaps, lotions, face and body scrubs, aromatherapy soy candles, wax melts, and more!
I’d want someone to shop for me at Maxwell’s House of Music. I can always make more space for another guitar. Maxwell's is Southern Indiana's premier music retail and education facility. With 12,500 sq ft, two full performance halls, fourteen teaching studios, and a showroom full of the best equipment available, you're sure to find what you need for the music lover in your life.
Nicole Kraemer, Operations Manager
I like to shop for gifts from Strandz and Threadz Boutique in Uptown New Albany. This space is two wonderful stores in one! Strandz Salon offers relaxing spa packages for men and women that include full-body massages, manicures and pedicures, facials, and scalp treatments. I love the Aveda products they use and sell. Threadz Boutique offers chic women’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories, as well as cute home décor. The staff is super friendly and will help you select the right gift.
I would like to receive gifts from Da•da Boutique. The racks are filled with edgy fashions, and as a big fan of accessories, the hats and handbags make an ideal gift for the fashionista on your list. You’ll also find a great assortment of stocking stuffers.
Todd Read, Trade and Consumer Sales Manager
I like to buy gifts for people at the Odd Shop in New Albany. Specifically, I like to find rare and/or unique vinyl record albums for people, and that’s one of the best places in SoIN to find them. Also, I love taking my daughters there to experience the nostalgia and oddities from my youth.
I would like for people to shop for my gift at Starlight Distillery. I would really like to have a bottle of their Bottled-in-Bond Carl T. Bourbon Whiskey. It’s one of my favorites in all of bourbon country. And although I am a rather snobbish bourbon fan, Starlight’s Gin is out of this world.
Katerina Guljas, Visual Content Manager
My go-to for fun, unique and weird gifts for anyone in my life is Regalo on Pearl Street in downtown New Albany! From clothing and jewelry, homemade candles, to gag gifts, they've got it all. I will often go here when I am shopping for someone who is hard to buy for and I like to just wander around. Something will always jump out at me that matches their personality perfectly.
I would love to receive gifts from True North Boutique in downtown New Albany. They carry an array of home items and accessories by independent artisans and designers and locally made products and clothing. Everything they carry matches the style I aspire to, and I love supporting the local artists!
Athena Fleming, Travel Counselor
I like to buy gift certificates to Taylor's Cajun Meat Co. in New Albany. I know a lot of people who like to grill and, for my money, that's the best place to go for fresh meats.
I enjoy going out to dinner with my parents and taking in Southern Indiana’s eclectic and top-notch culinary offerings. Board and You Bistro & Wine Bar is one of the latest spots to arrive on the scene, so I would love a gift card to experience it. I know people drive for miles for the beautiful and tasty charcuterie boards.
Luanne Mattson, Chief Marketing Officer
It’s tough to choose just one store for holiday shopping. So many fun choices! In my family, we have a lot of great cooks, and I have friends who love a good meal. I’d have to say Mesa, A Local Dining Show for a couple of reasons. One is they can get to know some of our area’s chefs. And when I say “get to know,” I mean that you can actually talk with the chefs as they prepare the meal that you will eat. The experience is so much fun! Arrive early so you can shop for some high quality cookbooks, aprons and other kitchen accessories.
A gift I’d wish for myself? The older I get, the more things I can do without. To me, the thing I crave most is the simplicity of an experience with friends. My perfect gift would be an invitation to a hike followed by lunch or dinner at one of SoIN’s restaurants. The hike could be at Charlestown State Park, the Falls of the Ohio, the Ohio River Greenway, Mount Saint Francis or Clark State Forest. The restaurant would be a place where we could sit on the patio taking in a crisp winter day. We’d stay warm with the sun and/or the restaurant’s heaters. We’d look out on a view of the downtown or the Ohio River.
Jim Epperson, Executive Director
I particularly like to shop at Huber’s Orchard & Winery for my out-of-town family. My daughters and nieces have great memories of going to Huber’s as kids. Sharing food is an important part of our family traditions so the selection of specialty foods, wines, cheeses, and even fall apples still available at Christmas make this a great one-stop-shop for a gift basket.
For myself, I prefer experiences over stuff, so I always get excited about a gift card from one of our local independent restaurants or for entertainment like Derby Dinner Playhouse or the Ogle Center.