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! And, because of the pandemic, this year more than ever it is important to support local small businesses in southern Indiana!

The local experts of 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, Website Manager

House decor and goods at Madhouse


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

Putting green at Covered Bridge Golf Course

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 the perfect activity to do and still be able to social distance.


Mike Attebury, Visitor Services Coordinator

Christmas tree in the store among shelfs of products at Wimsatt Christmas  Handmade bath soaps at Wimsatt Soap Co.


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!

Two men with masks on chatting among guitars at Maxwell's House of Music

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

Skin and hair products from Strandz and Threadz


I like to shop at and receive 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. 


Todd Read, Trade and Consumer Sales Manager

Racks of clothes and records at Odd Shop


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.

Bottles of bourbon whiskey from Starlight Distillery


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

Inside the store of Regalo with hats and other store goods

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.

Home goods from True North  True North


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!


Luanne Mattson, Assistant Director

Inside of the Sukhino Salt Cave


What’s a gift I’d love to give to someone? For all of us, 2020 has been a year of stress. The people on my holiday shopping list could probably benefit from a little self-care. I’d love to take away the whole coronavirus nightmare. I know that it will take time, so I can do my part by giving them a brief reprieve from the world. I’d treat them to a float and some time in the salt cave at Sukhino Float Center and Salt Cave. I’d give them gift certificates so they could find some calm and help them destress!

Fall foliage and stacked rocks along Charlestown State Park Trail

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 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

Produce section of the Huber Market


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.

On-stage performance at Derby Dinner Playhouse

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.