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Top 20 Holiday Gifts

Use the Hendricks County Holiday Gift Guide to find the perfect gift.

 

Halloween is over, and we all know what that means. It’s time to shop for Christmas!

Ok, I know some of you are done shopping. (Hi, mom). And some of you haven’t even started (me). But here’s the fun thing: in Hendricks County, Indiana, your holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a line item on your to-do list! Make it a fun experience for you and your friends and family!

Check out our holiday shopping roundup, write out your Christmas lists and mark your calendars for these fun holiday shopping events.  What’s even better is that you are supporting local businesses in the process.

Gilley’s Holiday Open House

Gilley’s Antique and Decorator Mall is known for its sprawling warehouse of goods and antiques. They’ll host their holiday open house, featuring the best of their holiday decorating and shopping, during a five-day Holiday Open House discount event beginning Nov. 10.

The savings will take place Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 10-14 through the entire mall. The dealers inside the mall will even have holiday treats for participants. The holiday fun will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all five days at Gilley’s, 5789 E. U.S. 40 in Plainfield.

Norelu Holiday Open HouseChristmas display at Norelu

Norelu is a local store in Lizton featuring the talents of owner Brooke Canada. At Norelu, you can purchase handmade wooden signs in various styles, sizes, sayings, colors and designs. Norelu can also create customized signs based on customer requests.

Norelu's Holiday Open House VIP event on Nov. 12 has already sold out, but a few tickets remain for the Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and include open house access, one hour to shop and a free gift at checkout. Sunday's open house hours are noon to 4 p.m. with no ticket needed.

There will be treats and refreshments to enjoy throughout so don’t miss it!

Brownsburg Lions Club Holiday Bazaar

The Brownsburg Lions Club in partnership with the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, will hold A Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 13

Shop local at one location inside the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex for all of your holiday needs. Several different types of businesses will be on hand offering holiday decor, sweet treats, clothes, gifts, jewelry and more. 

And you don't have to pay a cover charge or admission at the door, so come and see what your fellow Hoosiers are making.

uPaint Pottery Family Holiday EventsuPaint Pottery Studio clay handprint ornaments (Photo courtesy of uPaint Pottery Studio Facebook page)

What’s better than a homemade gift, especially from the little ones?

This walk-in, do-it-yourself studio has released family holiday event days to create clay handprint ornaments before the holidays, capturing those little hands for years to come.

Once the prints are fired, uPaint Pottery Studio staff will custom paint your ornament into your choice of a Santa, reindeer or tree. You can even do your fur babies, celebrating your little fluff of love by creating an ornament of their paw print.

These handprint events will take place on Nov. 10 and 16 with a special paw print event on Nov. 22 at their studio located at 1820 E. Main St. in Plainfield.

Washington Township Arts & Crafts Fair

Check another event off your arts and crafts fair list by attending the Washington Township Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at Washington Township Parks Pavilion, located at 425 Whipple Lane in Avon.

It's free to attend. Browse handmade and re-purposed crafts, jewelry, pottery, art and clothes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase to fuel your shopping frenzy.

2021 ICON Holiday Craft Show

Craft shows are the best because you're buying an original handmade gift made locally. That's a win on all fronts. 

Don't miss this craft show, presented by the Hendricks County ICON, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex in Danville.


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Small Business Saturday in Brownsburg

The Town of Brownsburg serves as a Neighborhood Champion for the American Express-led initiative that will once again take place this year on Nov. 27 to help promote locally-owned small businesses. Make a big impact by shopping small! Stay tuned for details on the Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce website. 

Shop with the AlpacasSome of Montrose Farms finished fleece goods

Hendricks County really does think of everything. If you want to take your Christmas shopping to the next level, plan to shop with the alpacas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Montrose Farms Alpaca Ranch in Brownsburg!

It's just like it sounds. Montrose Farms will open on Small Business Saturday for you to shop a variety of alpaca merchandise, including blankets, hats, socks, scarves and teddy bears all made from amazingly soft alpaca fleece.

They also will sell mini alpaca keychains, a children’s book that Lori wrote and dryer balls. You can meet some of the resident alpacas on the farm while you're there if you wish.

Gift wrapping is free, and this event is also free to attend.

Annual Holiday Fest and Cookie Walk

Support your local farmers, producers, food-inspired companies, artisans, bakers and direct sale vendors for a memorable afternoon of shopping. This annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3  at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex in Danville provides a great way to get to know the community, too.

Maybe you’ll find your new favorite local business while you shop. Admission is free, and there will be craft booths, entertainment and a cookie walk.

Beasley's Christmas at the OrchardBeasley Christmas at Orchard with Santa

Join us in welcoming the holiday season and be a part of a special holiday tradition at Beasley’s Orchard, 2304 Main St. in Danville, with their Christmas at the Orchard event on Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each of those Saturdays.

Sip on a delicious cup of Hot Spiced Cider and sample Beasley’s best-selling products while getting a jump start on your Christmas shopping with wonderful gift ideas including unique jams and jellies, baking mixes, custom gift boxes and shippable fruit baskets!

Be sure to have your children bring their wish lists!

You can also get your picture taken with Santa sitting in his authentic antique one-horse sleigh and enjoy the festive decor, smells and sounds inside the barn.

Pittsboro Parks Department Holiday Craft Fair

The Pittsboro Parks Department will host a free Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 4 at Schamahorn Park to kick off the holiday season. The event will take place in the Legion Building and will feature select vendors from the area selling their finest holiday items. This will be a perfect way to find a unique gift while supporting local artists.

There will also be a make-and-take area featuring free crafts for children.

Gingerbread ChristmasGingerbread Christmas

Finally the granddaddy of them all when it comes to shopping events in Hendricks County occurs each year on the first Saturday in December at Plainfield High School.

Don't miss Plainfield Tri Kappa's 50th Annual Gingerbread Christmas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.  This is the perfect opportunity to combine your Christmas shopping with improving the community.

This ultimate collection of the county's best craft items includes 120 vendors selling handmade items. This show is juried, so each vendor is selected by a committee to ensure an overall great shopping event!

Vendors even restock throughout the entire day. Proceeds from booth rental and admission go back into the community as Tri Kappa supports more than 30 local organizations in Hendricks County with the funds they raise each year.