Posted on October 9, 2023 by Dina Miller
You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it twice. Now you’ve got to figure out what to get those that made the nice list! Northern Indiana is full of awesome shopping opportunities. From authentic, locally made treasures, to eclectic experiences you’ll only find in the Cool North, holiday shopping is a breeze across our seven unique counties. And don’t be afraid to pick up a little something for yourself. After shopping your way around Indiana’s Cool North, it’ll be a well-earned reward!
Some of these special shopping events are early in December, so don’t delay!
You can’t go wrong with one of the largest retail centers in Northern Indiana. At Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Michigan City, you’ll find top fashion brands for the whole family—with prices that won’t blow your holiday budget. Find the perfect party outfit at Banana Republic, H&M, or Michael Kors. If your New Year’s resolution involves hitting the gym, get ready to look the part at Adidas, Champion, or the Nike Factory Store. In search of a little sparkle? Slip something extra special under the tree this year with a gift from Kay Jewelers.
Local creativity and craftsmanship come together to make one awesome shopping destination at Coppes Commons. Visit a number of small shops in the building. Drop by Dutch Lady Antiques for something that hard-to-buy-for friend will love. Watch for the Coppes Christmas on complete with an artisan market, live music, and the chance to win some sweet gift certificates. Neighbors Mercantile is the newest shopping destination in Nappanee, where you can find unique and nostalgic finds.
Spread some Christmas cheer with a selection from one of Northern Indiana’s acclaimed wineries. If you’re around Indiana Dunes, Anderson’s Vineyard & Winery offers free tastings of their award-winning wines, like Rhubarb Blush and Blueberry, so you can sample your way to the perfect gift. Plus, they’ve got all the supplies a budding home brewer needs.
For the outdoor person on your Christmas list, you need to visit Bass Pro Shops in Portage or Cabelas in Hammond. They have everything imaginable for outdoor sports, adventure, and fun. You might even consider a gift certificate to make it an experience, so that you can all visit the store together to enjoy all the entertainment and museum quality displays.
It’s quilt country around here, and we think there’s no better way to keep warm on a chilly winter night than bundling up in a quilt by the fire. Whether you know someone who’s looking to take on a new hobby, or you’re looking for the finished product hand-crafted by quality quilters, The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus in Middlebury has everything you need. Pick up supplies, pattern, and panels, or browse their selection of beautiful homemade quilts. Rebecca Haarer Arts & Antiques in Shipshewana has a wide variety of antique American and locally made Amish quilts, rugs, dolls, and furniture, as well as a gift for the quilter!
Downtown Shipshewana transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays. The streets are lined with lights, family-friendly events are all around, and seasonal markets and craft fairs provide plenty of opportunities to check a few names off your shopping list. The Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show on December 2, 2023 inside the Shipshewana Auction Antique & Misc. Building makes for a festive weekend that will put a little jingle in the step of even the biggest Grinch.
The Mistletoe Market has become a much loved holiday tradition for the Chesterton European Market Community. Favorite markets, merchants and chefs come together on December 2, 2023 to offer the opportunity to pick up that special gift. Perhaps it is a favorite market goodie you want to share, or something you’ve had your eye on and the holidays is your excuse to make the purchase!
Don’t forget to keep gifts on hand to take along to a hostess, or for that person you forgot to add to your list. Albanese has been crafting The World’s Best gummies, chocolates, and freshly roasted nutmeats for over 3 decades, making them perfect choices for delightful hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. Another thoughtful gift is from the ChicagoLand Popcorn at two locations in Merrillville and Gary. With over 250 seasonal flavors of delicious freshly popped gourmet popcorn to choose from, there should be something that your hostess or friend would love.
With more than a dozen shops and services all centrally located along gorgeous Winona Lake in Kosciusko County, The Village at Winona is the place to deck the halls, gear up for an outdoor adventure, and show a little local love. Put a personal touch on your gift from Pottery Bayou, discover the coolest selection of curated goods and vintage finds at Belove, or get out into the great outdoors with the help of Cloud 9 Multisport.
Visit this 1886 Porter County Schoolhouse Shop to discover all the magic that has been curated in this building for your unique gifts, artisan foods, and more. The store features affordable, quality clothing and accessories for both women and men from Dune Clothiers.
If you have a Fighting Irish fan in your life, you may not be able to treat them to the real deal with a ticket to a game this upcoming year, but perhaps you can pick up the latest Irish gear or other home decor by visiting the Hammes Bookstore either at the Eck Center on campus, on Eddy Street, or by ordering online