Clay Terrace, Carmel, hoosiersister.com
Snap a free family photo in a Jeep Wagoneer staged for the holidays and stay for a laurel wreath that later dries out and can be used for cooking. This is one of the unique gifts that sisters Heidi Heldt and Gretchen Harter make for their Clay Terrace shop, which is a semi-permanent home for their vintage business, which features lots of decor as well as jewelry from women owned brands. After eight years, the sisters are professionals at finding inspired items from sources as diverse as antique dealers, artisans and watermelon farmers mixed with new housewares from the same wholesale sources that retailers like Pottery Barn use. Hoosier Sister usually sells in markets across the country and online. However, with many events canceled during the pandemic, they have settled in Carmel and are open a few weeks a month – currently until Sunday, December 13th, 10am Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 6pm and Sunday until 12pm. However, keep an eye on social media for a possible extension of the vacation. Best sellers include their own line of candles in concrete containers, including a masculine Huntsman fragrance ($ 28 and $ 35).
226 Park St., Westfield, @remedywestfield on Instagram
This shop at Root 31, a modern garden boutique, translates the lifestyle of plants and nature into gift form. Inspired modern small batches from manufacturers around the country include an eaten plant specimen storage kit, artisanal chocolate, cleaning bundles from the Broad Ripple Candle Company, and greeting cards with contemporary messages (“It’s okay to feel wrong”) mini artwork . Remedy will be permanently open later next year, but for now it’s open every day from 12pm to 5pm until December 24th.
Noblesville Town Square, moonshotgamesstore.com
Everyone you know has mastered every single board game and puzzle in their house during the quarantine. Update the play closet at this ex-Mass Ave retailer’s Noblesville outpost. From the puzzle collection, we love the two-sided wanderlust series Gray Malin with beautiful aerial photos of a dream destination like Hawaii or Italy (25 US dollars). Choose a place that is meaningful to your recipient – or a place you want to take them to when you want to travel again.
Harrison Center Vacation Pop-Up
1505 N. Delaware St., harrisoncenter.org/holiday-popup-shop
Art is an unsung gift and not as difficult to choose as you might think. Look for something that reminds you of the recipient in some way and that is instantly personal (not to mention unique and unexpected) and always has a place in that person’s home or office, be it decorative or functional. The Harrison Center’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop has paintings, pottery, pop-surrealist puzzles, local postcards (frame them!), Scarves, jewelry, and more. It’s open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 24 in the building’s City Gallery.
Crown and Fabric Floral Co.
West Elm at the Fashion Mall, Crownandcloth.com
The chain of branches always offers a selection of items from local manufacturers for sale. This Saturday from 10am to 4pm, the Carmel Florist Crown and Cloth Flower Company will be in the spotlight. The beautiful, modern arrangements in unusual vessels make great gifts for hostesses, and there will also be gift boxes, including items like Duke Cannon’s popular Lump of Coal soap. Prices start at $ 45.
A couple more: Raintree Market (822 E. Coil St.), a commercial-style gourmet store previewing its permanent opening Thursday through Sunday 11am to 5pm Thursday through Sunday 11am to 5pm. Eclectic Attic (2250 E. 55th St.) for vintage home decor, December 11th and 12th from 10am to 4pm The best chocolate in town (871 Massachusetts Ave.), which closed its permanent store earlier this year, is displaying its truffle boxes and decadent candy bars available for the holidays.