Last Minute {Local!} Holiday Gift Ideas

Christmas is staring us down. In less than a week, all those beautifully-packaged gifts will adorn a tree skirt and if you're anything like me, there are still last-minute needs on your list. 

And while we know Amazon can ship what you need in a matter of minutes, there's always a special touch when your gift comes with some local love. Here are a few of our favorite stand-by gifts with some local flair:

The Gents: Dads, Husbands, Brothers and more
  1. Bacon of the month club, courtesy of Goose The Market. I mean really. Who WOULDN'T love this? 
  2. An evening out to Books N Brews of Fishers. Half gently-used book store, half craft brewery, this spot features literary-inspired brews, live music and plenty of reads.  
  3. Fine. We'll spill one of our favorite secrets. It's a boxed subscription service created by a local who now operates out of Texas. CityBox allows you to 'discover a city from your doorstep.' Past boxes have included goodies from Kenra, Sun King, Bee Roaster Coffee and Silver In The City.

Honorable mentions:
 Anything from James Dant in Irvington, beginning brewing class gift certificates at Great Fermentations and the delish bacon marmalade from local Scratchtruck food truck {available at Monon Coffee Company locations}.

The Ladies: Moms, Aunts, Sisters or Friends
  1. An afternoon date at the Little Nail Shop - whether a pampering pedi or a mini hand massage are on the gift list, the incredibly sweet and accommodating ladies at LNS take wonderful care of their clients. {Take a peek at our recent evening with them here.}
  2. A Blue Capri candle in Volcano scent, courtesy of Girly Chic Boutique of Broad Ripple. 
  3. For the daring and brave woman in your life, this suggestion comes with the most confidence-boosting photo session imaginable: Cindy Johnson Boudoir Photography offers gift certificates in any amount. Her photos are individual works of art and will make even the shyest of females feel alive and in her most gorgeous state. 

Honorable mentions include: Any fun finds at the retro101 pop-up shop at Fashion Mall at Keystone, stylish wares from a new CityMom fave Karisma Boutique of Noblesville or class packages with Invoke Yoga & Pilates for a little 'om'. 

The Kids: Friends, neighbors, or your own
  1. BobalooKids is always my go-to for kiddo gifts. This crayon apron has been gifted to too many family members to even mention and rumor has it there are plenty in stock for quick shipping. 
  2. A gift certificate to The Urban Chalkboard might not be the most exciting to unwrap but this fun play cafe located in Carmel has hours of entertainment for kids. The staff in friendly and engaging and there are plenty of activities for kids to enjoy. Bonus: Wi-fi for the working mom. Learn more here.
  3. Here's a 2-prong suggestion: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio in downtown Indy stocks plenty of kid-friendly marionettes in the lobby of their theater. While you're there, pick up tickets for an upcoming 2015 show and package all of them together. Read more about Peewinkle's here

Honorable mentions: A trip to Earth Explorer Toys in Zionsville or Mass Ave Toys on {you guessed it} Mass Ave is worth every minute spent. The staff at both spots encourage play in-store and will pepper you with millions of wonderful suggestions. 

The Little Ones: For all the babies in your life
  1. Local line Vivie & Ash offers clothing in whimsical prints like this "Let's Go Camping" hat. Order through her Etsy store OR visit her this Saturday {12/20} at West Elm Indianapolis for some up-close-and-personal views! 
  2. The Nawgum teether - designed by a Michigan-based mom - has been a hit for our CityMoms. The long 'arms' on the sides cater to older children dealing with molars and the smaller knobs for teething infants. Nawgum is available only at Little Green Bean Boutique {10th and Rural Streets}. 
  3. Another crafty local momma runs a line of homemade goodies called Scraps N Threads. From her Cabbage Patch Kid-Style wigs to zippy cup cozies, there is plenty to choose from. Gift certificates are available.

Honorable mention: Pop over to nurture baby & toddler on Mass Ave and owner Ashley will pepper you with tons of great suggestions! 

The Family: Yours OR someone else's 
  1. A 3-bounce pass at BounceU of Fishers is a win-win for parents and kids because it usually equals an afternoon nap on the car ride home. Retailing for $19.99, this pass is good for any open bounce session. TIP: Check out the Parents Night Out program while you're there! 
  2. Green BEAN Delivery is a year-round local and organic produce delivery service that services the greater Indianapolis area. 'Bins' are delivered according to your schedule and can be customized to your family's needs or likes. Great way to introduce the family to new types of produce AND support local farmers. 
  3. A family membership to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. First things first: YES, we too were surprised by the announcement last week that the IMA will begin charging an $18 admission fee. And the news has taken our members into a conversational storm as well. But theCityMoms have had the incredible fortune over the past year to frequent some of the IMA-offered, family friendly-programming such asWee Wednesdays and Art In The Park.  We've had a one-on-one with their inspiring Director of Innovation and staff. We sat in on their presentation of 2015 programming which includes an immense collection of family-friendly activities designed to continue engaging little ones, kids, teens and more with this cultural powerhouse. And if the price tag of a single family visit to the IMA after April 2015 worries you, the annual cost of a family membership is worth a review: $75 for an entire year of admission. 

Honorable mentions: We're all about gifting with 'experiences' in this category like memberships families can use all year round. Some of our staples include The Children's Museum or Conner Prairie. For the musically-inclined family, consider a Rhythm Discovery Center membership. Or for the outdoors-minded crew, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources State Park pass cannot be beat. 

Extra credit: Teachers, postal workers, newspaper delivery folks - any extras you'd like to gift! 
  1. Yums at Just Pop In!. From the 'standard' cheddar cheese corn to the innovative 'Elf the Movie Buddy Blend', there is always something new in-store. Buy 2 - 1 for your recipient and 1 for the car ride home.
  2. Goodies from the delightfully new Cake Bake Shop of Broad Ripple. A slice of caramel cake would be absolute heaven to a hard-working teacher deserving some "me" time. 
  3. Gift cards to the Monon Coffee Company {two locations in Broad Ripple and 25th/Central} will keep your extra credit giftees warm throughout the winter months. 

Honorable mention: Silver In The City on Mass Ave features oodles of unique gifts and the staff has always been amazing with suggestions. If downtown Indy is too far to travel, visit their pop-up location inside Mass On Main in downtown Carmel. {And check out other Mass Ave faves while you're there!} 
So there you have it: Our best suggestions for last-minute local gift ideas. Did I miss any? Leave a comment below.
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A Michigan native and die-hard Wolverines fan, Jeanine is an Indy transplant. After time spent in the marketing business she is now living the dream with a fabulous job that allows her to spend time with her two adorable kids. In her free time Jeanine feeds a small Anthropologie addiction, strikes a pose like a true yogi and is the Digital Editor of Indy's Child Parenting Magazine. Follow Jeanine on Twitter @themomista.

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