It’s that time of year again, when we scout out some of our favorite FINDS that make gift-giving easy and affordable. We checked out our local boutiques, researched some top Louisville makers and hunted down ideal gifts that will bring a smile to those on your gift list. Take a look at this year’s Louisville holiday gift guide!
25 Under $50: The Ultimate Louisville Holiday Gift Guide
Bracelets for a Cause
Your friends deserve the best in jewelry, and the best can be found at Wired Differently. Local jewelry designer Nancy Anderson is the founder of Wired Differently, a business she launched after losing her son to suicide in 2011. She discovered that jewelry making helped her move through her grief. Nancy carefully selects the finest materials, using natural gemstones and genuine Swarovski crystals, to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Plus, with each purchase, she donates proceeds from her sales to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Find these bracelets for $30 each HERE.
These delicate hand-wrapped copper, sterling silver and freshwater button pearl earrings, designed by local artist Shevvy Pearlman Baker, are a lovely way to celebrate a friendship during this time of year. Shevvy began making jewelry 10 years ago, and her earrings, necklaces and bracelets all incorporate silver, amethyst, coral, pearl and other natural stones. Find these earrings for $50 — and more of Shevvy’s designs — at The Watch Shop.
Connect with your wild side and slip on these cool creations by 17-year-old designer Chloe Tuminello of Shelby County. Her focus is on making each bracelet unique, and she definitely hits the mark. Chloe’s pieces incorporate old belts, buttons, brooches, fabric and charms, even spoons and silver cuffs, which she hand stamps with verses and inspirational quotes. The bracelets are $40, and they are available through Eight Twenty 8 Boutique.
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Give your body an invigorating shot of luxury when you dip into the exhilarating products from the Me Care Bourbon-Infused Body Care product line, created by salon industry expert Melissa Happel. The hand-crafted scrub exfoliates while hydrating, leaving skin silky. The gift of an at-home spa day will be much appreciated! Find it for $32 HERE.
This hanging case and cosmetics bag is perfect for travel — be it a girls’ getaway weekend or a long overseas adventure. Add a special touch by having it embroidered with a name or initials. Find it for $28 (plain) or $36 (embroidered), at Sew Cute by Katie & 502 Embroidery.
Bring a bit of luxury to someone’s loungewear when you gift this satiny iCollection robe. Available at Underpinnings Lingerie in Norton Commons, find it in festive red (pictured) and other colors, for $37; matching chemise is also available for an additional cost.
FOR THE KIDS
Unplug the computers and let the kids stretch their imaginations with their own Big Idea Gift Set. Available at the KMAC Museum for $24, this kit includes one Big Idea Sketch Book, one KMAC Museum pencil brush, one “Art is the Big Idea” eraser and one “Art is the Big Idea” pen, which is disguised as a paint tube. Find it HERE.
FOR THE HOSTESS
Perfectly Cordial cocktail/mocktail mixer
Whether your party is wet or dry, bring some flavor to your beverages with Perfectly Cordial’s Cardamom Pear mixer. The seasonal blend of sweet pear, warm cardamom, Meyer lemon, exotic spices and cane sugar combine to create a perfect pairing for wine, spirits, tea or even water. Find it for $7 at SB Shop.
Give the gift of on-the-go spirits, with a 5-ounce pink flask with gold lettering. Whether it’s holding Pinot Grigio or possibly something stronger, this playful accessory makes a great adult stocking stuffer. Find it for $18, at Something Blue.
Kicky Kitchen Towels
Cleaning dishes can actually be fun when you use these smart towels to help you get the work done. Just a little something to help your friends look forward to tackling those messy pots and pans (well, maybe …). Find them at the Frazier History Museum, in their well-stocked gift shop, for $8.
This functional, handcrafted wood serving tray, $45, is perfect for parties, picnics, or simply as a showpiece for a bar or den. Constructed from pine and repurposed hardware handles, the tray features a hand-burned state outline and a variety of hand-painted words that aptly describe the uniqueness of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Find this one, as well as other designs by Louisville artist Marie Drain, at Marie’s Crafts ‘N Creations, LLC. Orders can be placed via Facebook HERE or by email at [email protected].
Sweet on You cookies
Speaking of sweets, Sweet on You has some amazing cookies that taste like Kentucky! Their Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies combine the fantastic flavors of Ghirardelli chocolate with Maker’s Mark bourbon, each one made with a generous amount of grated chocolate and then topped with smooth chocolate chips. Buy them by the dozen for $30 (18 oz each) or pick up a platter of 30 minis (15 oz each) for $30. Learn more at iamsweetonyou.com.
FOR THE DECOR DIVA
This all-American piece is perfect for your patriotic loved one. Created by the highly skilled Nick Dawson of Laser Creations, these flags come in two styles: one with a walnut hardwood layer, and the other with cherry hardwood layer, both with a birch backing. Each 9.5-by-5-inch flag costs $25. Nick also takes orders for custom-designed signs, plaques, ornaments and other very cool items.
Embrace our city with this original Erika Roberts print of our city skyline! Perfect for all Louisville lovers. Professionally printed on 11×14 heavy watercolor-type paper. Each print arrives signed by the artist, is hand-embellished with gold ink and enclosed in a protective cellophane sleeve. Found at SB Shop, online, for $34
Give a customized pillow to your one-of-a-kind friend, with a Stuck on Hue pillow cover. Owner and local designer Hollie Rich says her goal is to help design lovers create unique spaces that express their individual style, and she does that with her handmade custom designs. Right in tune with the season is her “Malachite” design, which resembles the beautiful malachite stone, with variations of light green to almost black. The custom-made pillow covers start at $50. Learn more HERE.
This hand-painted pottery piece is as adorable as it is functional, and the whimsical design makes it perfectly seasonal. Plus, the ceramic piece is oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Find the piece, by Etta B Pottery out of Etta, Mississippi, at Gather, the sole outlet in Louisville for Etta B Pottery. Get it for $40.
Let the door do the talking with this stylish, wooden, all-weather art. The 19-inch piece is designed by Lisa Bird of Fleur De Lisas, located in Norton Commons. Her items are also featured at A Taste of Kentucky. Find this adorable adornment for $48.
Blooms Boutique is the best in town when it comes to unique decor and one-of-a-kind gifts, especially during the holidays. This season, they’ve gone above and beyond to showcase some fun finds. We are particularly smitten with their felt stockings that have a decidedly nostalgic feel. Your friends will find pure joy in adding these cuties to their Christmas collection. Find them for $29.95 at Blooms.
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FOR THE GUYS
2019 Woodford Reserve holiday bottle
This special edition bottle of Woodford Reserve brings the spirit of the season with a holiday landscape of the Woodford Reserve Distillery Visitor’s Center, one of the first Kentucky distilleries to welcome guests. Painted by renowned Kentucky-based artist Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty, this snowy scene showcases the warmth of the holidays in a perfectly tasty way. Find it for $50 at woodfordreserve.com.
Ties and pocket squares
Gussy up your guy with this line of festive hand-sewn ties, bow ties and pocket squares from E.F.Meeks. Their timeless accessories are made from cotton, performance pique and chiffon, depending upon the application, and each makes dressing up fun! Find E.F. Meeks locally at The Hat Girls, Him’s Gentleman’s Boutique, Circe + SWAG and House of K. The adult bow tie is $50, junior bow tie $30, and the pocket square is $40.
FOR THE BIBLIOPHILE
Budding authors and daytime doodlers will appreciate this beautiful leather-bound journal that feels as lovely as it looks. Filled with 192 pages of thick, warm-white writing paper, this journal is truly functional, offering a magnetic snap and pen loop in contrasting leather. The journals are available in a wide variety of colors and styles from designer Kris Stewart, at Scroll & Ink Bookbinding, for $49.
21 Days to Self-Love
Books will always top the list of favorite affordable gifts, so pick up this new title by Kentucky native Sara Drury, 21 Days To Self-Love. Sara spent a decade as an entrepreneur in the beauty industry, which led her to discover a missing link between inner beauty and outer beauty. She works towards closing the gap by leading women through processes to create the life of their dreams. Find it for $21, HERE.
FOR THE HARD-TO-SHOP-FOR FOLKS
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the Rolling Stones or dig the Man in Black, all will agree that these shirts from Vintage Van Stella, created by local designer Erika Wooldridge, make a bold statement. Erika works with her customers every step of the way to combine plaid, denim, and camo shirts with vintage T’s. Pricing varies, but you can find them for $45 and under.
Add a little sparkle and a lot of fun to your gift-giving this season, with these adorable 30-ounce handmade glitter drink tumblers from Jennifer Pineda and Precious Threadz Boutique. Each tumbler, $29.95, comes in three colors and can be customized with a name, monogram, logo or a short phrase. These are the perfect gift for those who enjoy a little whimsy with their drink.
String art is no easy art form. That’s why we’re even more in awe of this piece by the talented local artist Heather Vanderpool of String Art Creations. “Pouring Wine” would be the perfect addition to a wet bar and will leave onlookers both intrigued and thirsty! Find it for $45 HERE.
We hope our 2019 holiday FINDS will put you on the right track for gift giving. Happy holidays!
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