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.
Aster & Gray
Aster & Gray in downtown Valparaiso is a unique boutique that carries over 250 ethical, fair trade, and artisan brands. They have perfect gifts for foodies, pet lovers, artists, and anyone who enjoys a bit of self-care. A wonderful selection of clothing, toys, jewelry, and home goods is also available.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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