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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Bloomington Holiday Gift Guide

Categories: General, Shopping, Arts & Culture, Outdoors

The holidays bring about a flurry of season's greetings: friends & family, twinkling lights, many traditions across Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas, charming decorations, cozy hot cocoa, cult classic movies & specials, pillows of snow, scrumptious treats, and, of course, presents stuffed in stockings and placed under the tree. It's the most magical time of year, filled with the spirit of giving to the loved ones in our lives.

A display of holiday-themed kitchen and food items at Goods for Cooks

If you're looking for gift ideas for friends and family, look no further than the Bloomington Brick & Mortar Holiday Gift Guide. You'll find a variety of locally-crafted and curated goods, all sold by small businesses in Bloomington's downtown district. While placing your holiday gift order on Amazon may be as simple as tapping your phone screen, spending a day shopping downtown's locally-owned & operated stores celebrates the true meaning of the season: giving to others. 

Shopping small during the holidays means supporting the Bloomington community we all love so much. Beyond supporting local businesses, shopping small also offers a wonderful holiday experience that online shopping simply can't match. Enjoy an afternoon spent downtown with your partner, a friend, or a family member as you peruse downtown's many stores, handpicking items for your loved ones and basking in the magical holiday ambiance. Admire the twinkling lights lit by Santa himself, warm up with a Christmas-flavored latte from a local coffee shop, stop in Fountain Square Mall to see the intricate holiday displays, and enjoy a cozy winter dish at the finish of your excursion at one of downtown's many local restaurants — it's undoubtedly the most festive way to accomplish your holiday shopping this season!


Holiday Gift Card Deals

Score special deals when purchasing holiday gift cards from the following Bloomington businesses this season:

Purchase $250.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $50.00 gift card for free. Purchase in store, by phone, or online at www.wearalibi.com through December 20.

Bloomington Yoga Collective
Purchase $100.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $20.00 gift card for free. Purchase in studio or via www.bloomingtonyogaco.com.

Brilliant Coffee Co., Capisce Market, NOURISH Bar, and Village Pub
Pay $45.00 for a $50.00 gift card, $90.00 for a $100.00 gift card, $135.00 for a $150.00 gift card, or $180.00 for a $200.00 gift card. These gift cards work at all four of the small businesses! Available for purchase at 217 W. 6th Street through December 18.

Bucceto's Smiling Teeth Pizza & Pasta
Purchase $100.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $25.00 gift card for free. Valid in person at either Bloomington location through December 31.

Purchase $25.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $5.00 gift card for free.

Purchase $100.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $25.00 gift card for free. Valid through December 11.

Cafe Pizzaria
Purchase $50.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $10.00 gift card for free.

Cardinal Spirits
Purchase $100.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $25.00 gift card for free. Valid through December 31, both online at cardinalspirits.com and in person at Cardinal Spirits, 922 S. Morton Street.

Crumble Coffee & Bakery
Purchase $25.00 in gift cards to receive a free drink — limited to one free drink per order.

Crumbl Cookies
Enjoy 10% off all gift cards sold in-store on Black Friday, November 26, and 10% off all digital gifting on Cyber Monday, November 29.

Pizza X
Purchase $100.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $20.00 gift card for free. Valid through December 31.

Soma Coffeehouse & Juice Bar
Purchase $25.00 in gift cards to receive an additional $5.00 gift card for free.

Texas Roadhouse
Purchase $30.00 in gift cards to get an additional $5.00 gift card; buy $50.00 in gift cards to get an additional $10.00 gift card, or buy $100.00 in gift cards and to get an additional $20.00 gift card! Valid through December 28. Stop by the restaurant to get these deals.



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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, Millennial cat lady, and Formula 1 enthusiast.