Holiday Shopping Excursions


The Paper Gourmet – Shoppers will discover festive party decor, holiday ornaments and entertaining staples at this gift boutique. In addition to cards, stationery and beautiful desk calendars, there is jewelry, baby gifts and personalized items that make for wonderful gifts. 123 W. 8th Street, 260.927.2222

Essentials & Frosting – Well-known for its style and taste, this indie shop offers a selection of chic apparel and artistic accessories for women. The store also offers home decor and design services in addition to hand-selected home furnishings like furniture, pillows, planters and candles. 106 W. 6th Street, 260.451.2929


Nora Gray – This well-stocked boutique offers a charming selection of clothes for women and babies with shoes, accessories and jewelry to boot. The shop also stocks the popular Miss Mustard Seed milk paint, as well as the corresponding brushes, waxes and finishing products; it even hosts DIY workshops from time to time. This shop alone is worth the short, and charming, trip to the area, but Nora Gray has a comprehensive online shop and offers free shipping. 156 W. Main Street, 260.849.4119

Lasting Lite  You’ll find delightful home decor accents in this boutique that’s well-known around the country for its innovative approach to candles. The gift of an original Lasting Lite flameless electric candle will be one that’s cherished for years to come and can be customized for the seasons or decor changes. 113 W. Main Street, 260.589.5924

The Honeysuckle Shop – For a perfectly-curated collection of vintage finds, including furniture and quirky home decor accents, this is the spot to shop. The owner is a graphic designer who also creates awesome graphic posters. Most merchandise is available in the shop’s popular Etsy.com store. 155 Sprunger Street, 260.225.8226


Rubies and Whimsy – Swing into this women’s boutique for on-trend, casual clothing, accessories and wall art. Ranging from bralettes to graphic tees, the store has assembled a wide selection of apparel and rustic, down-home gifts. 113 S. Main Street, 260.244.5456


The Red Poppy – Find the perfect gifts for those on your list at this tasteful gift and gourmet food emporium. Stock up on savory spreads and cheeses, tapenades, baking mixes, specialty chocolates, jams and jellies for the gourmand on your list. Look for its signature teas, packaged in Mason Jars, which can also be refilled for $5. The shop also stocks out-of-the-ordinary gift items as well as bath and body treats, kitchen and dining staples, furniture, women’s clothing and jewelry. It also offers free gift-wrapping services for customers. 4910 Lincoln Avenue, 812.759.3312


Blacksheep Gifts – This indie boutique located in the heart of the historic Irvington neighborhood stocks a variety of non-traditional gifts and kitschy items for those with a sense of humor from candies and children’s toys to housewares, jewelry and bar accessories. 5626 E. Washington Street, 317.602.5442blacksheepgiftshop.com

Rusted Window – Shop this lifestyle boutique for home decor, gifts and gift baskets and floral arrangements. With friendly customer service and a selection of products created by local artisans, it takes great care in curating thoughtful and gracious gifts. 99 E. Carmel Drive, Suite 140, 317.205.1716

Roman & Leo – Finding cool, unique clothing for boys can be tricky, unless you know about Roman & Leo. With a well-edited lineup of on-trend apparel and accessories, this shop has become a favorite spot for fashion-forward moms who want to dress their boys with a modern twist. Snag a few new pieces for the pint-sized snappy dressers on your gift list. 8664 E. 116th Street, TK

Homespun: Modern Handmade – This packed shop is like a mini-mini-mall of indie goods, dedicated to showcasing contemporary handmade pieces by local artisans and crafters. The boutique-slash-gallery sells products made by over 300 makers from Indy and beyond, ranging from jewelry, bath and body products, paper goods, edible treats, clothing, home decor accents and more. You might even be able to start and finish your holiday shopping at this one spot. 869 Massachusetts Avenue, 317.351.0280


Picture This in Print – This framing shop offers readymade and custom frames in wood and metal, specialty glass and mirrors as well as matting services, including creative and custom mat designs. Located in the heart of historic and charming Kendallville, this shop also acts as a gallery for local artists. For framed art gifts, shop in-store or online. 124 S. Main Street, 260.349.1009


Just Be – Shop this boutique for trendy clothing, jewelry and accessories for women. With a modern yet rustic vibe, it stocks comfy tees and hoodies, casual jackets and sweaters, eye-catching jewelry and Hyde + Alchemy perfume. 15026 State Road 1, 260.376.1004

Abode – Just across the street from Just Be, this boho-chic home decor shop is full of great giftables like candles, local art, charming accents and air plants. Shoppers will also find reworked, pre-loved furniture, many of them vintage pieces which have been lovingly restored into modern gems. 15025 Center Street, 260.348.9576

The Shed – With a Shabby Chic, rustic vibe, The Shed creates wooden, hand-painted signs with all manner of inspirational and spiritual sayings and quotes. Its weathered yet elegant aesthetic has been so popular, the brand opened a brick and mortar shop and stocked it with wall art, signs, small decor accessories, gifts and botanicals. It also takes custom orders for signs and furniture. 17535 N. State Road 1


Bloomin’ BREWtique – This is a one-stop-shop for seriously gorgeous blooms and floral arrangements and great gift selections by local artisans. Look for the owner’s own line of handmade pottery, soaps and bath bombs from nearby Sweet Life Honey Farm. 106 S. Jefferson Street, 260.622.7000


Paper Moon – Swing into this darling shop for vintage collections, letterpress stationary, baby goods and gifts, trendy jewelry, home accessories and novelties. Then walk across the street to its sister store, Moose & Mollie’s Cafe, for light lunch fare, espresso drinks and hard-to-find, retro candy. 188 E. 2nd Street, 260.676.2020

The Trove – Packed with delightful goods for everyone on your list, this shop home to a wide variety of treasures. Think funky barware, wall art, books and cards, adorable gifts for kiddos, cheeky tea towels, chic clothing and loads of jewelry of all price points. 270 N. Main Street, 260.672.0878

The North End – Shop this high-end clothing boutique for unique, hard-to-find labels in clothing, accessories and gifts for women, men and children. With fun fringe jackets from Haute Hippie and local brand Emily Kai’s jewelry, fashionistas flock to The North End. Fun fact: The boutique is also home to two luxurious suites on the second floor for out-of-town guests or those looking for a fun staycation. 196 N. Main Street, 260.676.2582 

Fearless Cook – Fort Wayne foodies have long been flocking to #thenoke’s La Dolce Vita, the culinary headquarters of Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Laura Wilson. As an extension of the company’s popular cooking classes, Wednesday lunches and European food tours, Wilson has opened Fearless Cook. This sister store stocks the latest and greatest kitchen must-haves by Le Creuset, Wustoff, Sferra Linens, MerSea, Bella Cucina and much more. 142 N. Main Street, 260.341.4300


Green Oak Antiques – Get lost in this massive and expertly-curated antique shop to find one-of-a-kind gifts. With refinished antique furniture, primitives and vintage goodies, Shabby Chic and cottage pieces as well as miscellaneous parts including trash-to-treasure project pieces, Green Oak Antiques is a wonderland spot for antique lovers. The store also crafts tables, counters and cabinets and other special orders like TV bases and display cabinets. 3024 S. 425 East, 574.223.5702


Davis Mercantile – With over 20 shops located within, this massive yet quaint shopping mecca has tons of delights in store. From clothing to home decor and furniture to pantry staples and ready-to-eat foods, the whole family will love to shop for holiday gifts. Don’t miss the third floor, which houses a full-size, lovingly restored carousel plus candy and toy stores. 255 E. Main Street, 260.768.7300, davismercantile.com


Marelli’s – This trendsetting floral boutique also sells eclectic accents for home and casual women’s clothing. With handbags, jewelry and apothecary items as well as handmade items and homemade treats, there are gifts galore in stock. 35 W. Market Street, 260.274.4102


Elysian – Shop for beautiful clothing, accessories and home goods at this lovely emporium. With fantastic customer service to help choose the perfect gift, find gorgeously packaged candles, jars and vases, throw pillows and marble salt cellars, as well as chic clothing, jewelry and shoes. 110 E. Center Street, 574.267.2259

Green Earth Multisport – Find the perfect gift for the sports enthusiast at this specialty equipment store. With an emphasis on gear and accessories for running, riding and swimming, GEM is a locally-owned resource for outdoor enthusiasts. 1009 E. Canal Street, 574.306.2004

LetterWood Paper Co. – This cheerful studio is home to original, hand-painted fine paper goods such as greeting cards, invitations and stationery, calendars and more. Find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. 802 Park Avenue, 260.615.5893

Rocket Fizz – This candy cottage stocks hard-to-find treats from the past as well as contemporary sugary novelties. Tantalize tastebuds with oddities such as ranch-flavored soda and bacon cotton candy. Beyond the sweets, find toys and novelty gifts, great for stocking stuffers or assembling a fun gift box. 1005 E. Canal Street. 574.267.3789


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