If you still need to buy some last-minute gifts for your friends and family, consider shopping at one of our many local boutiques and gift shops. You'll support local businesses and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Here are just a few of our local shopping spots. 

BUN's Soapbox

Visit BUN'S Soapbox in Valparaiso to pick up locally handmade goat's milk soap and shampoo. The soaps are made using raw goat milk sourced from a local farmer. BUN's also has a full line of lip balms, scrubs, deodorants, and lotions.

BUN'S Soapbox shelves of soaps


Chelle's Boutique & Garage

Chelle's Boutique & Garage sells socially conscious clothing, accessories, home furniture, local artisan wares, and more. If you're looking for an especially green gift, this downtown Chesterton boutique also offers affordable, gently-used items under their label, Second Love.

handmade boots at Chelles


Chesterton Toys

In the heart of historic downtown Chesterton, you'll find a wonderland of classic and wooden toys as well as unique, modern playthings. Chesterton Toys offers toys that help kids' minds grow while playing.

A young child stands next to a man sitting in a wheelchair. Both are smiling broadly and holding puppets.


Extra Mile Fitness Company

Runners and other fitness fans will surely love a gift from Extra Mile Fitness Company. The staff's unmatched product knowledge and customer care skills will ensure you get just the right gift for your friend or loved one. 

Interior shot of a sports store.


Galactic Greg's

Look no further than Galactic Greg's for the comic book lover or gamer on your list. This shop carries collectible card games, graphic novels, action figures, and miniatures. It's no problem if you don't know what items to choose, as Galactic Greg's offers gift certificates as well.

A retail wall filled with colorful comic books.


Ellen Firme Gallery/Glenn L. Firme Art Supplies

This Beverly Shores gallery offers two shops in one! For lovers of art, Ellen Firm Gallery sells works of art and handmade gift cards. With a rotating exhibit, you're sure to find something new each time you visit. For the artists on your shopping list, the attached Glenn L. Firm Art Supplies shop

An aisle in an art store filled with various art supplies.

Indie Indie Bang! Bang!

Valparaiso's Indie Indie Bang! Bang! is the place to find products that "bang, pop, and sizzle." You'll find bold, fun, and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list—even those hard to shop for friends. Be sure to check out their selection of puzzles, mugs, and curated gift boxes!

Indie Indie Bang Bang Lifestyles Shop



If you need a little help with shopping decisions, stop by Lifestyles where they offer excellent customer service, personal shopping assistance, and will even gift wrap your gift for you! This huge boutique offers everything from garden wind chimes to novelty mugs.

Gift baskets at Lifestyles


Miller's Toy Box

Kids from ages 4 to 99 love LEGO sets. So if you're looking for a gift for someone young or just young-at-heart, Miller's Toy Box is worth a visit. The shop offers LEGO sets, rare LEGO, and a build-your-own-minifig table. 

A retail wall filled with shelves of LEGO sets

O'Gara & Wilson Ltd. Booksellers

The oldest bookseller in Chicago, O'Gara & Wilson, now calls Chesterton its home. If you have a book lover or collector on your shopping list, this lovely local shop is the place to go. O'Gara specializes in used and rare books but also carries a selection of maps, documents, photographs, and collectibles.

O'Gara & WIlson bookseller interior picture


Old World Market

Your foodie friends and family are in for a treat when you shop at Old World Market. Shop their selection of packaged foods and wines, or buy a gift certificate to be used later. For a gift that will definitely be enjoyed and remembered, grab some wine, snacks, and a gift card, and wrap them up together!

Old World Market Foodie Gifts


Over Yonder Dunes Gift Shop

For those on your list who love the Indiana Dunes, Over Yonder Dunes Gift Shop in Beverly Shores surely has the perfect gift. The shop is run by local artists and makers and offers locally designed Dunes merchandise, Beale Pottery, and a variety of well-crafted treasures.

A wide shot of a store filled with gifts like pottery, jewelry, and art.

Pickles Kids

If adorable children's clothes and accessories are on your list, Pickles Kids is where you want to be. This boutique carries items that are "curated for the hopeful and energetic."

An in-store table display of clothes for children.


Schoolhouse Shop & Antiques

Schoolhouse Shop & Antiques is the home to Lake Effect Florals, Dune Clothiers, the Magic Pantry, and more. This former Porter County Schoolhouse in the heart of Furnessville dates back to 1886 and is a one-stop shopping experience.


Happy gifting! These are just a few of the shopping options in the Indiana Dunes communities. For a complete list of local shops, visit our Shopping page.


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