Posted on December 16, 2018 by Indiana's Cool North
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!
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 the Countryside Shoppes Showcase, where small businesses from around Elkhart County have the opportunity to showcase their unique creations. Drop by Dutch Lady Antiques for something that hard-to-buy-for friend will love. They’ll be holding a Christmas Open House December 5 and 6, complete with an artisan market, live music, and the chance to win some sweet gift certificates.
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. Butler Winery in Chesterton also offers a wide selection of wines that make the perfect present—including Traminette, made with Indiana’s signature grape.
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 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 Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market is open Fridays and Saturdays, October 4 through December 7 and makes for a festive weekend that will put a little jingle in the step of even the biggest Grinch.
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 Green Earth Multisport.
If the Fighting Irish fan in your life has every piece of team swag they could ever need, treat them to the real deal with a ticket to a game at the University of Notre Dame this upcoming year. Cheer on the men’s ice hockey team in the Compton Family Ice Arena, or get your game face on for basketball action at the Purcell Pavilion. Whatever the sport, the thrill of a live game just can’t be beat, plus South Bend has endless activities and attractions to build an incredible weekend itinerary to compliment your Fighting Irish fun.
Now that you’ve got some shopping inspiration, why not plan a holiday getaway in Indiana’s Cool North? Check out even more things to do in Northern Indiana here.