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Friday, November 18, 2016

Bloomington Gift Guide

Don't let holiday gift giving overwhelm you this year; there are so many wonderful shops in town with the perfect gift for the people in your life. We have rounded up some of our favorite gift ideas to help check a few more things off your list.  And don't forget to Shop Small on Saturday November 26.


For the Lifelong Learner

For the fashion historian or vintage enthusiast, check out Cactus Flower for beautiful baubles and curated collection of vintage fashion.

Bonsai Trees from May's Greenhouse are perfect for the gardening enthusiast on your list. They offer several hardy and tropical varieties, tools, and pots and more. They even offer periodic Bonsai workshops for people new to the art.

Angles Cafe and Gift shop inside the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art offers unique gifts inspired by the art world. We love their funky art umbrellas and the new catalog for the Vik Muniz exhibition would make a great gift for the art connoisseur in your family.

Fair trade goodies from Global Gifts are always a winner. They have a beautiful collection of scarves, blankets, ornaments, and other accessories perfect for the holiday season.

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Pictured: Global Gifts

For the Tastemaker

If you have a craft beverage enthusiast or hostess extraordinaire on your list, Cardinal Spirits and Upland Brewing Co. have you covered. Choose three of your favorite spirits (375 ml bottles) to complete your Cardinal Spirits Holiday Pack. They also have spiked coffee sets with Songbird Coffee Liquer and 2 glasses and Moscow Mule kits complete with copper mugs and their classic vodka. Upland Brewing's gift packs are back again this year featuring their award-winning sour ales and their logo tulip glasses.

For the cool kids that have everything head to Bloomington Dry Goods for something quirky and different. We love their crazy socks and vintage inspired Bloomington tees. 

For the vinyl collectors and music nerds visit Landlocked Music for new and vintage vinyl. Check out their list of special releases for Black Friday. They also have wooden crates you can purchase to store all your new lps. 

FARM Bloomington has a great gift basket collection perfect for the curious epicurean on your list. We're big fans of the Breakfast of Champions basket complete with real maple syrup.

Have a chocoholic on your list? Give the gift of chocolate truffles from Blu Boy

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Pictured: Bloomington Dry Goods

For the Ultimate IU Fan 

Color your favorite campus landmarks in the adult coloring book in the Color Your Campus - Indiana University

The Btown Store has a new collection of all things Bloomington and cream & crimson. 

Every Hoosier needs a pair of the classic candy stripe pants.

There's nothing like seeing IU Basketball in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall! Women's Basketball tickets are a great gift for IU alums or future Hoosier hopefuls.

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For the Pragmatic Planner/Host

Every planner needs a notebook. We love moleskin notebook collection at The Book Corner on the square. *Note - The Book Corner is currently closed but will reopen in December.

For the most unique cards and calendars head to Gather in Fountain Square Mall. 

Serving pieces make a great gift for the ultimate host. Goods for Cooks has you covered with unique platters, cheese boards, dishes, and more. 

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Pictured: Goods for Cooks

For the Outdoorsy Health Nut

For all things outdoors, head to JL Waters on the square. They have a huge collection of men's and women's apparel and gear. If your camper needs an upgrade, check out their sleeping bags and hammocks. 

Interested in climbing? Get a year membership to the IU Outdoor Adventures bouldering wall or a membership at Hoosier Heights climbing gym. If you're interested in building up your outdoor gear, check out the IUOA annual used gear swap

For the adventurer that sticks close to home, check out the Indiana DNR Annual State Park Pass. This pass is good for one calendar year and provides This applies to all State Parks and state-managed lakes like Monroe Lake at Paynetown, excluding Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Interpretive Center and Prophetstown State Park. If you don't have a pass yet, there free admission for all of these properties on Black Friday in case you need to work off Thanksgiving dinner.

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For the Festival Fan

Need the perfect gift for the comedy fan in your life? Check out the Comedy Attic punch cards available in 10 or 5 admissions.

For the festival lover that already has everything, you can donate to Bloomington's annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival to ensure their festival continues to thrive. 

Season tickets to the Cardinal Stage Company, Bloomington Playrights Project, or IU Auditorium is the perfect gift for performing arts lovers. Subscribing allows you to take advantage of priority seating, no lines, loyalty points and more. 

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Don't forget to shop small this Saturday for Small Business Saturday! Downtown Bloomington is also hosting a Countdown to Christmas giveaway to spread the word about shopping downtown for the holidays. To enter: Make a purchase at one of the participating shops and take a photo of yourself holding one of their #btownbrickmortar signs and post the photo to Instagram using that hashtag. 

Happy Shopping! 

Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines is a Bloomington transplant by way of St. Simons Island, Georgia and is the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she's not blogging or grammin' you can find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.


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