As the Indiana temperatures drop, you may find yourself spending more time hiking about indoors, trying to take care of seasonal errands. November is prime holiday shopping season. Start now and you’re timely enough to pat yourself on the back for avoiding the last-minute rush, but not so early that you’ll forget where you’ve hidden your treasures before the holiday hits.
If you’re tired of the predictable presents you can find in big box stores, consider these creative and crafty events for singularly stand-out finds for everyone on your list.
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Shelbyville Middle School
1200 McKay Road
The 44th annual Gift and Hobby show, hosted by the Zeta Lambda Chapter of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority is the perfect place to shop for distinctive jewelry, apparel, florals, porcelains, and toys. Vendor space has sold out in past years, so you can expect a packed building with plenty of options to explore. This is also the same day as the Shelbyville Community Garage Sale at the Civic Center, so you can swing by this event for secondhand finds as well.
Wednesday, November 9 to Sunday, November 13, 2016
Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion
1202 E. 38th Street
Admission: $12 at the door, $10 online ($2 off ticket available)
The 67th annual Gift & Hobby Show at the fairgrounds is the largest event of its kind in the state, with more than 350 exhibitors. You’ll find something for everyone on your list, as well as plenty of treats to take home and deck out your own house for the season. Gifts, prizes, and Merry Money Giveaways add to the excitement. Holiday performers, Disney princesses, and local authors will be on hand for extra entertainment. Bring the kids to meet live reindeer and visit Santa.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Jay County High School
2072 West St. Rd. 67
Admission Fee (Unspecified)
This arts and crafts show will feature more than 130 booths offering distinctive gifts and handmade treats that are ideal for your holiday giftees. You’ll find munchies available as well, to keep you going as you make your way through the vendors.
Friday, November 18 to Saturday November 19, 2016
Delaware County Fairgrounds
1210 N. Wheeling Ave.
Admission: $4 ($1 off coupon available)
The 28th annual Holiday Handcrafters’ Showcase and Marketplace features exhibitors from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania in addition to Indiana. If you have art lovers on your Christmas list, this is the place to shop for them. You’ll find collectibles, antiques, fine arts, home décor, and more. The Claus Café will be serving lunch, dinner, and decadent desserts for the event.
Saturday, November 19 and Sunday November 20, 2016
Christkindlmarkt is a German heritage holiday event that takes over the town of Ferdinand. On the weekend of the event, you’ll find a shuttle available for convenient transportation between participating locations. There are seven market sites throughout town with vendors boasting a wide range of goods including antiques, vintage photography, collectibles, sterling silver, pottery, and more. You’ll find everything from hand-dyed yarns to personalized holiday ornaments. Special performances will take place throughout the weekend as well, including glockenspiel music, a marionette theatre, and visits with Santa.
Start sketching out your holiday list now and keep these events on your calendar for one-of-a-kind buys that will satisfy even the most difficult of gift recipients. As an added bonus, these events will give you a chance to widen your net and get a much broader view of some of the local talent and charming small towns that Indiana has to offer.