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


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.

Comic book and game store


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


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


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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