Keep your holiday gift shopping local with these stellar sites and stores:
Local brand Heartell Press makes beautiful cards and art prints from hand-carved wood blocks, with national distribution to independent boutiques. This fall, they debuted their first ever textile product, a line of oversized, multitasking towels. The Generous Kitchen Towel collection features 6 different colors and designs: Green Herbs, Blue Corn, Yellow Lemons, Red Tomatoes, Grey Oysters and Natural Bread. The generously sized towels are made of double weight 100% cotton, dyed with non-toxic pigments and screen printed with water-based inks, and are packaged in 100% recycled and recyclable materials. These midwestern made towels make for excellent hostess gifts, stocking stuffers for your favorite cook or additions to a fun, kitchen themed gift basket, especially when paired with its corresponding art print or letterpress card. heartell-press.myshopify.com
The stocking stuffer HQ for all good little children in Northeast Indiana has to be Hopscotch House. Little sister store to Fancy & Staple, this toy wonderland is the closest thing you’ll find in Fort Wayne to Santa’s workshop. There are gobs of affordable options to fill stockings with care – teeny erasers, cute pens, pencils and sharpeners, stickers, stamps, pins and costume jewelry, die-cast cards and mini blocks, temporary tattoos and coin pouches, glitter wands, bike streamers and gummy candies that look like pizzas and tacos. Beyond ideas for stockings, you’ll find a selection of children’s books, onesies and swaddles, storage crates and stuffed animals, wooden toys, musical instruments and way too many other things to list here. 1301 Broadway, 260.424.0376, hopscotchhousefw.com
VimAnnVigor is known for an extensive array of delightful Fort Wayne-centric illustrations that adorn greeting cards, art prints and tree ornaments, as well as notepads, notebooks and buttons. In the fall, the brand launched their most stylish celebration of the Summit City yet – a luxurious silk charmeuse scarf featuring an abstract map of downtown and its celebrated three rivers, hand drawn by VimAnnVigor owner and artist Nicolle Ginter. The scarf is available in three sizes and each can be styled in a multitude of ways, making it a chic and unique gift for Fort Wayne fanatics near and far. shopvimannvigor.com
Tuff Girl Gang’s colorful and cheeky pencils are fun stocking stuffers for kids of all ages. With hilarious phrases, as well as seasonal quotes, there’s at least one silly message for everyone. Inspired by the brand’s popular houseplant themed pencils, owner Karah Ellington worked with artist Julie Wall of The Hedge to create a trio of snarky plant stakes. The waterproof signs add personality to any plant and make giving the gift of greenery unique, especially when paired with a plant and pot from local specialty store on Wells Street, Honey Plant. Shop Tuff Girl Gang’s creations at Fancy & Staple and The FIND, and follow @tuffgirlgang on Instagram for new releases and more.
Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot stocks the greatest adventure threads and gear, with brands like Patagonia, Cotopaxi and Kavu well represented in their charming, historic depot on the Wells Street side of Promenade Park. From splurge items like the warmest puffer coats, kayaks and tricked out bikes to affordable accessories that pack a punch like sustainable water bottles, Farm to Feet socks and Eno hammocks, the shop is fully equipped to get everyone on your gift list fully equipped for any outdoor adventure. 1004 Cass Street, 260.420.3962, fwoutfitters.com
The FIND is fully stocked for the holidays with tons of gift options, including their oh-so-popular faux fur mittens. These fluffy, fashionable and fingerless hand warmers allow for easy smartphone use while keeping hands toasty. The store sells out each year, so this time around, their selection includes a wide array of fun, new colors, as well as the classic neutrals, and with mini versions for kiddos. Scoop up a pair for all the stylish people on your gifting list, including perhaps yourself. While there, you’ll find cozy clothes for women and children, home decor accents like Barefoot Dreams blankets, a popular gift item. You’ll also find loads of jewelry for every budget, and many pieces from Fort Wayne makers. Be sure to check out their comprehensive collection of coffee table books and hard to find cookbook titles. 133 W Wayne Street, 260.203.3498, thefindfw.com
Shop goodMRKT at Jefferson Pointe for a bevy of brands giving back through their retail operations. The expansive store is well stocked with curated goods from independent brands on a mission to change the world in positive ways. Shopping for holiday gifts at goodMRKT makes the giving all the more sweet when the purchase gives back in multiple ways. Look for beautiful and stylish gifts from brands like 4Ocean, Mud Love, Bel Kai, FarmHouse Fresh, New Hope Girls, Two Blind Brothers, Sackcloth and Ashes, Able, Urban Petal, Sea Bags and so many more. 4130 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite I-3, 260.960.6758, agoodmrkt.com