• Johnette Cruz

Local Holiday Gift Guide

Updated: Dec 1, 2019


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I am so excited to be launching my first ever Local Holiday Gift Guide! So why just Indy? Over the last year of my blogging and influencing, and doing social media marketing I have become friends and cross paths with some amazing local businesses. Brands that are paving the way for others, stepping out in faith and doing something they believe in and have passion for and killing it! I love this city. I fell in love with it after moving here...and granted it took awhile for me haha, but that's besides the point :) I love what this place means to me and the businesses and brands that keep it moving and I want to support that! I'm also friends with a lot of female entrepreneurs, so why wouldn't you support your friend trying to achieve her dream?! Not every business that I adore is on this list, but all of them speak to a different demographic and I know you'll find value in shopping local this holiday season. Take a look at some of the businesses I’ve partnered with for the holiday below and be on the lookout for giveaways taking place all season long on my social media platforms!


Abboo Candle Co






Abboo Candle Co

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Abboo sells clean burning, uniquely scented soy candles & melts: hand-poured & heart-filled from the small town of Fortville, Indiana. This company was founded by owner Michelle in 2017 and if you’re wondering where the name came from (like me because it’s so different and unique!) Abboo was the nickname that was given to her as a child by her grandfather. They use premium soy wax, cotton wicks, and phthalate free fragrance oils to bring customers a candle that burns as good as it smells! Their simple candle container style and label design fit well with any decor.


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Books & Brews at Hamilton Town Center





Books & Brews at Hamilton Town Center

13230 Harrel Parkway #100

Noblesville, IN 46060


A place this is family-friendly and oh so fun? Sign me up! Books & Brews has several locations throughout Central Indiana but I recently made a visit to their Hamilton Town Center location. At Books & Brews they are passionate about disconnecting people from technology and reconnecting them with each other. Books & literacy are a passion of theirs and it shines through in all aspects of the place! The front of the space sells gently used books of all kinds at an affordable price, and 10% of all proceeds goes to IndyReads, a nonprofit that offers adult and childhood literacy programs. They also have their very own craft beer, all cleverly named after books. Books & Brews is a place for the reader, the scholar, the gamer, the drinker, the music lover or for the individual.


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Club Pilates Downtown Indianapolis






Club Pilates Downtown Indianapolis

530 Mass Ave, Suite 160


The new Club Pilates Downtown Indy is located in Penrose on Mass Avenue and it’s one of the premiere spots to get your workout on! This place offers members a total body, Reformer-based workout to tone and strengthen while improving posture, balance, and flexibility. This state-of-the-art boutique fitness studio welcomes women and men of all ages into an inspiring atmosphere where that can choose from dozens of group classes that fit into their specific fitness journey. Classes include a variety of equipment such as reformers, EXO chairs, TRX, Springboard and Barre. Club Pilates Downtown Indy offers classes 7 days a week helping busy professionals and students downtown reach their fitness goals on their time.


Learn more about Club Pilates Downtown Indy here:

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Go Calendars, Toys & Games at Hamilton Town Center





Go Calendars,Toys & Games at Hamilton Town Center

13901 Town Center Boulevard Space #H17, Noblesville, IN 46060


Looking for the perfect white elephant gift for your office party or that special puzzle to gift someone? Go Calendars, Toys and Games has four Central Indiana locations and is your one stop shop for all your gifting essentials! They offer a variety of gifts like those hard to find calendars, and unique games along with the classics for anyone at any age! Stop by one of their other locations also located at Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing, Castleton Square Mall and Circle Center Mall.


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GRT Glass Design




GRT Glass Design

6400 S Brookville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46219


If you’re looking for a super unique place than you have found it! GRT Glass Design adapts glass into beautiful works of art. They create diverse, unique projects with glass and find innovative ways to combine other materials such as metal, stone, and water to produce a lasting aesthetic impression. They design, produce, ship and install art glass products around the world and may of their pieces have been utilized in both commercial businesses and residential homes. Looking to create something specific for a friend or a loved one for their home or office? OR- for the holidays you. can even create and gift someone their own glass ornament! (hint hint....watch my IG page for this one!) This is a great place to get creative and help produce a one of a kind piece for that someone special!


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Hamilton Town Center




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Hamilton Town Center

13901 Town Center Blvd, Noblesville, IN 46060


Hamilton Town Center is a premiere spot to get all your shopping needs done! It’s an extraordinary open-air streetscape environment that showcases a diverse mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment which includes 85 retail stores and unlimited dining options! Make it a destination stop- or even plan a date night filled with some retail therapy, a movie at the Hamilton 16 IMAX Theatre and then stop in to one of their many local eateries for a late-night snack afterwards. No matter what, Hamilton Town Center has everything you need and more!


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Kilwins Indianapolis




Kilwins Indianapolis

Kilwins Indianapolis

530 Massachusetts Avenue Unit 110


Kilwins Indianapolis is conveniently located along the Mass Ave District, in the new Penrose on Mass development, next door to the Old National Center. Their store offers a variety of sweet treats that will satisfy anyone’s craving, making it a must experience for both locals and tourists. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick gift for the holidays also, with pre-made and custom-made gifts that include complimentary gift wrapping. Here’s just a few items they offer: Kilwins Original Recipe Ice Cream with over 30 premium, unique and delicious flavors;  hand-crafted  Fudge, Caramel Apples, Corns & Brittles, chocolate dipped Pretzels and Krispie treats; and, only the finest Chocolates, Truffles, Tuttles, plus soft silky Creams. 

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The NinjaZone





The NinjaZone

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The NinjaZone, has crafted a program to give children the skills and confidence to continue learning and developing. Their program combines the coordination from gymnastics, the strength and agility from obstacle training, with the creativity from freestyle movement.

A child’s progression is determined by their own pace, handing them the tools to shape their own experience. By letting children advance individually, within a defined and collaborative program, children of all ages and genders receive more than athletic gifts. The NinjaZone has 9 locations throughout Central Indiana!


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Root 2 Rise Juice Bar and Yoga Studio






Root 2 Rise Juice Bar and Yoga Studio

916 E Main Street, Unit 112 Greenwood, IN


Located in Greenwood Indiana, Root 2 Rise is a Juice Bar and Yoga Studio that has all the things you need to get fit this holiday season (or even into the New Year!) Their juice bar offers a variety of juicing options, delicious smoothie combinations, and healthy snack options. The Yoga studio has classes available for anyone at any stage in their fitness journey. Classes range from Heated Shred Yoga that is a condensed version of their Yoga Sculpt and Shred class focusing on interweaving the benefits of weight training and yoga into a condensed 45 minutes to Traditional Hatha Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners that want to build their foundational practice.


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Sweet Escape Cake Company






Sweet Escape Cake Company

7745 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46217


Located on the Southside of Indianapolis, Sweet Escape Cake Company offers beautiful custom cakes and cupcakes for your special occasion or just any day of the week. Other sweet treats include cake pops, cookies, rice krispy treats and more. This place is so delicious plus their creativity is on another level! They are the perfect place to grab any dessert for a family get together, birthdays or even just because! They make a great option this holiday season as you find the perfect gift for the host of a holiday party or even you’re boss.


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Slapfish






Slapfish

15009 Gray Road Noblesville, IN


Who wouldn’t want the gift of good food this holiday season?! Insert Slapfish. Slapfish is a modern seafood shack – seafood redefined with a fresh attitude, simple flavors and a healthy smack of fresh- and a first of its kind in the Midwest! The Weghorst family brought this yummy spot to Noblesville inside @BroccoliBills. Slapfish started as a food truck serving boat-to-plate seafood and quickly grew into 23 brick-and-mortar locations Slapfish is a family-focused business that offers a kids’ menu (kids eat FREE on Sundays), beer and wine and catering options. This amazing eatery is known for their inventive dishes like the Clobster Grilled Cheese, Chowder Fries with an array of heart-healthy dishes including the Ultimate Fish Taco, Epic Burrito, Simply Grilled Fish Bowl, and the Power Bowl Salad. This establishment brings Hoosiers the freshest gourmet seafood dishes in the state while also offering a family-focused vibe at a price point that’s just right. 


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Buckle at Hamilton Town Center







Buckle at Hamilton Town Center

13904 Town Center Blvd Ste 100, Noblesville


Have you been into Buckle lately? If not, you need to! I was there a few weeks ago and I fell in love with all of their different options in store! Buckle is a leading retailer of medium to better–priced casual apparel, footwear, and accessories for fashion–conscious young men and women. They carry a wide selection of brand names and private label casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear- which can make your holiday shopping so much easier! And speaking of easy, they also multiple ways to make shopping truly a seamless experience. The Buckle Select Stylist is their monthly subscription box that is curated to your specific look, while in store you can make an appointment with a Personal Stylist who can help you select the latest trends, styles and must-have outfits for any event.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to look at these amazing Indy local businesses! I encourage to invest in our community and empower these local brands by shopping, supporting and spreading the love! Make sure to take a look at all of my social media platforms start Friday November 29 for special giveaways to all of these places!


XOXO,


Johnette



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