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Friday, November 6, 2020

Bloomington Gift Guide

Categories: General, Shopping, Arts & Culture, Outdoors

As winter approaches, all of us are looking forward to the holidays. This is the season to spend time with family and be thankful for one another. While this sounds great, we still have to stay safe meaning we won't be hitting the stores in large crowds during Black Friday and the holiday season. Support local businesses and cross everyone off your shopping list with these deals and online shops. 

2020 Gift Card Deals

There are some retailers and restaurants in Bloomington that are offering specials when you purchase gift cards! 

Bucceto's Smiling Teeth Pizza & Pasta
Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $25 gift card for free. The offer is valid November 27 - December 31. Purchase in-store at either location

C3 Bloomington
Purchase a $100 gift card and get $25 free. The promotion will run from November 23 - December 12. Gift cards can be purchased on C3's website or over the phone at (812) 287-8027. 

Cardinal Spirits
Cardinal Spirits is offering a gift card bonus. Buy $100 in gift cards, and get a bonus $25 gift card for free. Offer valid November 1 - December 31. Purchase online, by phone, or in person. 

Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse is offering bonus bucks. Buy $100 in gift cards, and get $20 bonus bucks for free. Offer valid November 1 - December 24. Purchase in person or by email (jake@crazyhorseindiana.com).

Crumble Coffee & Bakery
Receive a free drink when you purchase $25+ in gift cards. The offer is valid November 25 - December 25. Redemption for the free drink is only valid at the time of purchase. This offer is available at both locations

Gather Handmade Shoppe & Co.
Gather's gift card special is to buy a $100 gift card, get a $25 gift card for yourself. The offer is valid November 10 - December 20. Purchase online, by phone, or in person.

Grazie Italiano
Purchase a $25 gift card, get $5.  Spend $50, get $10. And if you spend $100, get a $20 gift card!  Offer valid November 23 - December 14.  Purchase in person or by phone. 

Nick's English Hut
Nick's will be offering one free genuine replica pound jar with every $25 spent on Nick's gift cards. The offer is available online and at Nick's and expires on December 30. 

For the holiday season, Oak is offering a buy $100 gift card, get a $25 gift card. The offer is valid November 10 - December 20. Purchase online, by phone, or in person.

The Owlery
Purchase a $25 gift card, get $5.  Spend $50, get $10. And if you spend $100, get a $20 gift card!  Offer valid November 23 - December 14.  Purchase in person or by phone.

Soma Coffee House and Juice Bar
Get a complimentary $5 gift card for every $25 gift card purchased! Purchase in person.
Southern Stone
Purchase a $25 gift card, get $5.  Spend $50, get $10. And if you spend $100, get a $20 gift card!  Offer valid November 23 - December 14.  Purchase in person or by phone. 

Underground Bakery
Purchase a $25 gift card, get $5.  Spend $50, get $10. And if you spend $100, get a $20 gift card!  Offer valid November 23 - December 14.  Purchase in person or by phone.  

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Online Shops

Looking to give someone a bit more than a gift card? Support local retailers while staying safe and shop online! Check out the list of places offering all their awesome buys on the web. 

For the Foodie at Heart:

Everyone has that one person in their life who is a great cook (or at least thinks they are). This list is for the ones who love to cook, dine out, and enjoy new culinary experiences.

Cardinal Spirits
To fit the times, Bloomington’s distillery is selling various sizes of its house-made hand sanitizer. You can also purchase Moscow Mule mugs and gift cards online. Visit their website to order bottles of their spirits and four-packs of canned cocktails for carryout.

Cup & Kettle Tea Co.
There are many coffee shops in town, but Cup & Kettle is one of the few tea shops around. You can find a variety of teas and tea-making accessories.

Goods for Cooks
Goods for Cooks is actually great for cooks. You can find just about anything that you could need in a kitchen, from small appliances to spices. We’re talking cutting boards (decorated with an IU trident), aprons and dishtowels (adorned with Bloomington and IU memorabilia), and barware. 

Wine Bottles On Display At Olive Leaf In Bloomington

Hopscotch Coffee
The popular local roastery has the perfect gift for the caffeine fanatic. Hopscotch sells all you need for the perfect cup of joe - coffee beans, tumblers, and mugs. There is also the option to give your coffee enthusiast a monthly subscription to their favorite blend. If you are unsure of what to purchase, gift cards are available too!

The Olive Leaf
Buy the culinary wizard in your life a bottle of high-quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Olive Leaf also sells handmade truffles and chocolates as well as gift sets. 

Oliver Winery
You can never go wrong with gifting a bottle of wine. Oliver Winery, one of Bloomington’s two wineries, has a huge selection of wine. If you aren’t sure what type of wine to choose, they also have gift cards.

Upland Brewing Company
Upland has a long list of gift options for the beer drinker in your life. There are apparel, accessories, and growlers that are available for pickup. Upland also has a Mug Club membership for regulars at their locations.

For the Fashionisto/Fashionista in Your Life

They know the newest trends and never go out of the house without their outfit looking perfect. This list is for the trendsetters on your holiday shopping list.

Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis is a perfect place to get a gift for the Dapper Dans in your life. They specialize in high-quality menswear, accessories, and grooming products.

EllieMae's Boutique
The local boutique has big-name brands, such as Brighton and Pandora.

Table And Furniture At Lola Rue In Bloomington IN

Lola + Co.
The lifestyle boutique is where you can find fragrances, beauty products, and more. You will definitely be able to cross a few people off your shopping list at Lola + Co.

Mainstream Boutique
This multi-generational women's boutique offers unique apparel and accessories.  Shop for yourself or for someone else this holiday season.

Mirth Market
If there is someone in your life whose outfit makes you say “Oh, I’ve never seen that before,” then check out Mirth Market for their gift. They are known to have a nice selection of eclectic clothing and accessories.

O'Child Children's Boutique
O'Child Boutique has the cutest little clothes for babies, toddlers, and small children. You can find everything from apparel and shoes to toys and crafts. 

The downtown apparel shop is perfect for the young ones in your life. Pitaya stays on top of the trends and guarantees to be the best place for the Gen-Z's in your life. 

Posh Boutique
Look no further than Posh Boutique for trendy and affordable fashion apparel and accessories.

For the Dedicated Hoosier

Win or lose, this person will stick by the Hoosiers so there is no better gift than something cream and crimson.

B-Town Store
At the B-Town Store's online shop, you will find ‘Bloomington’-adorned shirts, mugs, hats, and more. There are also a few gift baskets left that include products from local B-Town shops.

IU Varsity Shop
This is the one-stop-shop for all things "Indiana University". You can find anything from apparel to kitchenware. They even have candy stripe bib pants. 

Jerseys On Display In IU Varsity Shop In Bloomington

TIS College Bookstore
The best place to cross everyone off your shopping list is TIS because everyone needs a little cream and crimson in their life (even our Purdue friends). TIS has tees, hoodies, and of course the iconic candy stripe basketball tear-away pants.

Tracks on Kirkwood
Find the most unique IU apparel (and your favorite vinyl) at Tracks.

For the Loca-vore

“Shop Small, shop local” is the motto for those loved ones who prefer handmade items and all-natural products.

Gather Handmade Shoppe & Co.
Whether you’re shopping for someone young or old, you can find cute handmade gifts at this boutique.

Household items at Gather Shoppe In Bloomington

The retail shop specializes in indoor tropical plants, handmade pots, and other interesting finds. On Oak.'s online shop, they also sell temporary tattoos, bags, natural soaps, and so much more. 

For the Arts Aficionado  

They know the latest music and have the latest and most unique art; so, for the holidays help them add to their collection.

By Hand Gallery
For more than 40 years, this cooperative artist gallery has been showcasing jewelry, mixed media art, and more. Find the perfect gift on By Hand Gallery's online store. 

Landlocked Music
It doesn’t matter if your avid music listener is new to vinyl or not, Landlocked Music is worth visiting. They have a wide selection of new and used albums and they even sell “classics” such as turntables, magazines, and DVDs.

Handmade Items On Display At Hand Gallery In Bloomington

Monroe County History Center
There is an interesting selection to choose from in the history center's online store. They sell maps of Monroe County, a number of books (relating to the history of fashion, America, and Monroe County), and puzzles. 

The Venue Fine Art & Gifts
The locally-owned shop has pieces perfect for the art-lover in your life. The Venue sells ceramics, paintings, prints, and more. 

For the Outdoorsy One

No matter the season, this person finds a reason to be outside. Help feed their need to be outdoors with one of these gifts.

Bike Garage Inc. 
The Bicycle Garage's online shop sells everything from bikes to parts to clothing and accessories.

JL Waters & Co. 
Indiana's oldest outdoor adventure outfitters shop is located in the heart of downtown Bloomington.  Shop here for your favorite outdoor brands including The North Face, Patagonia, Chaco, Keen, and more.

For the Wanderlust Learner

You can find them jet-setting off to the coast or backpacking around Europe. If you need a gift for someone who has a love for traveling and learning about different cultures, check out this list.

The Book Corner
The Book Corner is well, a bookstore, on the corner. This cute little shop has been in business for more than 60 years and sells NYT bestsellers and limited-edition books.

The Briar & The Burley
The downtown store has been home to tobacco, luggage, leather goods, and much more in its almost 50 years of business. 

Christmas Tree Ornaments On Display At Global Gifts In Bloomington

Caveat Emptor Used Books
For rare and classic finds, check out this second-hand bookstore. Caveat Emptor filled with used and rare books along with scholarly pieces and foreign-language journals.

Global Gifts
Global Gifts is the perfect place to find fair-trade, ethically sourced goods. From jewelry to ornaments to accessories and even chocolates and coffee, this shop is filled with handmade items from over 40 different countries. 

Nia Jones

Nia Jones