With over 150 shops, boutiques, restaurants, wineries, confectioners, art co-ops, and more, Brown County is the perfect place to conquer your Christmas shopping! Not only will you score one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find anywhere else, but you’ll also avoid the crazy big box crowds. Our laid-back, quaint, “shopping mall in the woods” vibe is sure to put you in the holiday spirit…and we guarantee crossing those names off your list will never be easier!
Now, where to begin? Let us help! We put on our thinking caps and have pulled together some gift ideas by category, so you don’t have to. Consider this Brown County Holiday Gift Guide our present to you!
Everyone has a cook in the family…a lover of food and pretty much all things kitchen. Satisfy that inner chef with some amazing spices and sauces from the Nashville Spice Company. We personally can’t get enough of the Roasted Vegetable, Spicy Thai, and Gingerbread spices! Another great spot to stock up on artisan ingredients is The Wild Olive. You’ll find tons of high quality, unique flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Hit up Kiss the Cook and Harvest Preserve for kitchen gadgets that are sure to get your foodie’s seal of approval!
Home & Design
Home is where the heart is! That’s why it deserves to be as special as its owner. From custom carved tables and benches to funky lamps and barnwood trays, find beautifully handcrafted furniture at Hoosier Barn & Table, Peter Grants, and Trilogy Gallery. For smaller home décor items, pay a visit to Madeline’s, the Ferguson House, and The Olde Bartley House. We’re talking cool signs, quilts, themed decorations, knick-knacks, and so much more. Get some gardening loot from Michael’s Flowers and score one-of-a-kind pottery from Spears Gallery!
Have some little ones on your list? Check out The Toy Chest! Hands down the best place in Brown County to shop for the kiddos, you’ll find games, books, craft kits, toys, and more…for all age ranges! With tons of creative and intelligent toys to choose from, give the gift of play this year! As far as clothes go, you’ll find a few items for babies and tiny tots at Foxfire Gifts and The Olde Bartley House. Another great gift idea for kids is an experience! Get a gift certificate to go horseback riding, kayaking, or zip lining and come for a family fun trip.
Maybe there are some people on your list who deserve a little pampering. Treat them to lotions, potions, relaxing aromas, and more this holiday season. Pick up some homemade soap from Bathology or stock up on lotion bars, along with all-natural deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner from Plum Natural Products. Swing by New Harmony Soap Company to score a skin nutrition starter set or satisfy the senses with a smelly good candle from The Twisted Wick. For a really special gift option, book a custom massage with Ethereal Day Spa!
A night out on the town makes a darn good gift! Grab some tickets to a live show at the Brown County Playhouse. There’s also the brand-new Brown County Music Center! See a concert on the lineup that someone on your list would love? Buy them tickets! Maybe the people on your list would rather drink their entertainment than listen to it. We’ve got you covered! Snag a gift certificate for a distillery tour and tasting at Hard Truth Hills or Bear Wallow. You’ll find games for adults at The Toy Chest too!
Outdoors & Fitness
If you’ve got an outdoor enthusiast or fitness junkie on the list, then Brown County is probably already a favorite. If not, it should be! Buy your go-getter an exhilarating excursion. Zip lining or an ATV outing at eXplore Brown County, a private mountain bike workshop with DNK Presents, a kayak trip with Most High Adventure Outfitters or Indigo Birding, and yoga sessions with Simply Fitness are all great options. You also can score some high-quality, cushy socks from For Bare Feet, as well as Merrell shoes and Tilly hats from Head Over Heels for all those active adventurers.
Food & Drink
You can’t go wrong with the gift of food! Everyone needs it and everyone most definitely LOVES it. Treat someone on your list to a dinner out. Get a gift certificate to his or her favorite Brown County restaurant! Stock up on snacks with delicious homemade fudge and popcorn from the Nashville Fudge Kitchen…they will ship anywhere. Score cool pancake mix/syrup and make-at-home-popcorn kits from the Nashville General Store. You’ll find convenient and oh-so-tasty gift baskets at the Nashville Spice Company too. As far as drinks go, local beverages are best! Have a coffee lover? Buy a bag of Brown County Coffee from The Chocolate Moose. For the boozers, get some wine, beer, and/or spirits from our local wineries, distilleries, and brewery. Cute alcohol accessories and mixology supplies at these places make awesome presents as well!
Fashion & Style
For the fashionista, pay a visit to one of our unique boutique clothing stores. From the latest trends to classic styles, you’ll find it all at August Moon, Foxfire, Mulberry Cottage, September Elm, 58 South, and At Home with Heartland. Head to Moonshine Leather or K. Bellum for beautiful, handcrafted leather purses and stock up on scarves at The Olde Bartley House. If it’s jewelry you’re after, Touch of Silver, Gold, and Old and New Leaf Gallery have some pretty special pieces you’ll only find in Brown County!
Looking for some fun items for the dudes on your list? Check out the Men’s Toy Shop! Guns, knives, and cigars…need we say more? A good spot to find men’s clothing and hats is at Male Instinct. Chances are you’ll walk out with some quirky stocking stuffers too. You can hit up J.B. Goods for more casual, outdoor-themed clothes. Local coffee and alcohol, as well as jerky from the House of Jerky are great gifts too!
Hard to Please
We saved the most difficult person for last…you know, the one who either already has everything or has such eclectic tastes it’s hard to win. Nail it this year with something as original as the person you’re shopping for! Get a piece of one-of-a-kind, local art from Hoosier Artist Gallery, Brown County Craft Gallery, B3 Gallery, or Ascension Fine Arts. Whether it’s a mosaic bowl or pastel painting, there is something for all tastes at these funky art co-ops. You also can go the custom route and have a stone piece engraved at Through the Looking Glass, a wood sculpture created at Wooden Wonders, or a blown glass item made by the Lawrence Family Glassblowers. One gift to please everyone is an overnight getaway to Brown County! This one takes a little more coordination, but it’s sure to be a hit. Go big this year, we give you permission!
Well there you have it, a Brown County Holiday Gift Guide full of ideas for every person on your list. Happy shopping friends!