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    Holiday Gift Guide 2012

    www.localfirstindiana.org

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  • 1We asked the Local First Indiana business members and a number of Bloomington residents, from students to professionals, to give us a list of their favorite gifts from local, independent businesses in Bloomington, and we created a guide that was made for Bloomington, by Bloomington.

    We also asked our business members to give us a list of the items they are most excited about on their shelves for the holidays this year. Some are best sellers and some are simply favorites of the owners, who we consider to be experts in their fields. I can guarantee that some of these items will be your new favorites, too. There are many possibilities here, from retail, to food and beverage, to entertainment or experiential gifts like dance lessons or theater tickets, to charitable donations. There is literally something for everyone on your list and with a large range of prices because this list was created by so many different kinds of people.

    Make a difference with your money this year and keep it in your town. You will improve your community and feel more connected at the same time. Could anything be more important?

    A special thanks to all of those who went out of their way to contribute to our list.

    Thanks for picking up our guide!

    Local First Indiana Sustaining Members

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    Why Shop Local?1. Protect our local economy. Locally-owned businesses pay taxes

    herenot in another state or on another continent. Those taxes help provide us with the services and infrastructure we need. A non-locally owned big-box store creates an annual deficit of $468 per 1,000 square feet.

    2. Owners of local, independent businesses are more invested in their businesses and communities. The same study in Austin, TX found that local merchants spend a much larger portion of total revenue on local labor to run the enterprise and sell the merchandise. In turn, the owners, vendors, and workers will tend to spend a large amount of their earnings locally.

    3. Additionally, local, independent businesses give two and a half times more per employee to local nonprofits than larger firms.

    4. Protect our environment. Local owners are often more invested in the environmental conditions of their city. They work with and for their neighbors. Many local businesses also tend to be situated well for models that support walking and biking.

    5. Ownership matters. Local business owners know Bloomington and they know your needs. If you have a suggestion or request or want to thank them for a job well done, you can sit down with the owner.

    I found shopping local for the holidays to be much more satisfying than previous years when I wasnt focused on supporting local businesses. I liked knowing that my purchases

    were helping to support Bloomington business, and I enjoyed the personal interaction with local business owners. If I couldnt find

    something, or needed a suggestion, it was nice to talk with people who took pride in their business and its products/services.

    Sarah Stup, graphic and web designer

    Shift Your Shopping CampaignLocal First Indiana is proud to participate in the Shift Your Shopping Campaign. This campaign, representing more than 38,000 businesses across North America, encourages residents to take job creation and economic concerns into their own hands by exercising their power to strengthen their own local economies.

    This is an effective strategy all year-round, but especially important at the holidays: The National Retail Federation reports that holiday shoppers plan to spend an average of $704.18 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011. Thats down slightly from the previous year, but NRF is still forecasting overall holiday retail sales to grow 2.8 percent during the months of November and December, to $465.6 billion.

    Keeping that money in your community will have a proven impact.

    Numerous studies have found directing that spending to locally owned, independent businesses will create impressive benefits. For example, a 2008 study of Kent County Michigan by Civic Economics projected shifting 10% of the countys per capita spending from chains to locally-owned independent businesses would create almost $140 million in new economic activity and 1,600 new jobs for the region.

    In addition, annual surveys over the last four years show that places that go local do better. For example, last year, the Institute for Local Self Reliance gathered data on annual revenue changes from nearly 2,800 independent businesses. That data revealed independent businesses in communities executing long-term buy local and independent campaigns averaged a healthy 5.6 percent increase over the previous year. This gain more than doubled the 2.1 percent increase reported by independent businesses in areas lacking such campaigns. All of those campaigns operated with support from the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and/or Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).

    Shift Your Shopping combines the efforts of AMIBA and BALLE with more than 150 local business alliances comprised of over 38,000 local businesses. Thank you for participating in Bloomington, Indiana!

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    Among independent retailers, which accounted for about half of the survey respondents, there was a

    similar disparity in how well they did over the holidays, with those in cities with active "buy local"

    initiatives reporting signicantly higher sales gains on average than those in cities without such an

    initiative:

    Institute for Local Self-Reliance

    2012 Independent Business Survey page 4

    Some facts and studies: For five years, a national survey has found that locally owned independent business have had increased holiday sales compared to overall retail sales figures. Locally owned independent businesses in cities and towns with Buy Local campaigns reported a higher increase in sales compared with cities without these campaigns. See our Resources and Studies page to learn more! www.localfirstindiana.org/resources/economic-studies/

    I prefer to buy from a retailer whom I trust has the knowledge it takes to stock the best piece of cookware, article of clothing or

    bicycle part. I also prefer that the profits from my purchases stay in my community rather than add to the fortunes of a few billionaires in

    Arkansas or masses of shareholders throughout the world. Christina Campoll

    The Think Local First Gift Guide

    Retail ............................................... Page 6Food and Beverage .......................... Page 25Gift Certificates ................................ Page 30Entertainment/Experiential Gifts ..... Page 33Charitable Donations ....................... Page 35

    : Local First Indiana Member

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    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Retail

    GiftsRetail

    American Futons 105 S. Walnut

    Futons Furniture-Sofas and Platform Beds Futon Covers Cotton and Buckwheat Hull Pillows Handmade gifts

    Anatomy Vintage116 S. Grant (just South of Soma in the alley)

    A piece of cool vintage clothing (a favorite of Jessika Hane, Oliver Winery) Fine clothing selection (a favorite of Alison Zook of AZ Vintage)

    Angles Cafe & StoreIU Art Museum 2nd Floor, 1133 E. 7th

    Protest postcards and Galleria umbrellas (a favorite of Jeanne Leimkuhler, Center for Sustainable Living)

    Athena 116 N. Walnut

    The wide selection of jewelry and scented oils (a favorite item of Hillary Detty, Monroe County History Center).

    Athena offers a huge variety of musical instruments from around the world that make great presents for kids. (a favorite of Grace MacNeil and J.D. Grove of Full Moon Milk Soaps)

    Pashmina Scarves Hand woven Rayon Jackets Amber Pendants Woven Bamboo scarves Salt Lamps

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    AZ Vintage 236 N. Morton St.

    Mid-Century furniture (a favorite of Heath Byers, Landlocked Music)

    A.Z. Vintage carries a variety of vintage goods, specializing in the retro and mid-century modern style of the 1950s and 60s.

    The shop has an eclectic and constantly changing mix of affordable vintage furnishings and housewares.

    Stocked with a wide range of clothing, for men and women, from the 1940s through 80s.

    Offering a large selection of jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Featuring locally handmade artwork and gifts.

    Bikesmiths112 S. College Ave.

    Bike parts and apparel from Bikesmiths. (a favorite of Taylor Dean of Boxcar Books)

    Bloomingfoods (more Bfoods ideas are in the Food & Beverage section)316 W. 6th, 3220 E. 3rd, and 419 E. Kirkwood Ave.

    www.bloomingfoods.coop

    Christmas Trees and Wreaths! (at East side & Near Westside locations) (a favorite of Georgann Cattelona of Bloomington Area Birth Services)

    Locally Grown in Indiana onesies (a favorite of Georgann, Chelsea, and Joy, Bloomington Area Birth Services)

    Stanley Thermos at B-foods West. I would buy this thermos for everyone I know that drinks coffee, if I could. The best purchase Ive made all year! (a favorite of Nicole Wolfersberger)

    Handmade Cards by Autumn Carnival Full Moon Milk Soaps at (a favorite of Marci Hughes of Friends of Art Bookshop)

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    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Retail

    Bloomington Area Birth Services 2458 S. Walnut, www.bloomingtonbirth.org

    High quality baby carriers from Ergo, Moby, and Maya Wrap.

    The NoseFrida - a Swedish nose hose perfect for winter time sniffles.

    Sophie the Giraffe - a natural rubber teething toy that is lightweight and easy for baby to hold.

    Teething Bling! These stylish pendants make a great gift for mom to wear and are safe for baby to teeth on. Teething Bling is non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free.

    BABS also offers a wide variety of items for breastfeeding mothers. Everything from nursing bras and pillows to breastpumps and supplies.

    Bloomington Bagel Company113 N. Dunn (multi-location)

    Sugar Bomb cookies (a favorite of Liz Sanders)

    Bloomington Community Farmers Market401 N. Morton, Saturdays 9am-1pm, www.bloomington.in.gov/farmersmarket

    Alpaca Yarn, Red Rosa Farm (a favorite item of Michelle Giansante, Melody Music Shop)

    Pastured Meats, Schacht Farm (a favorite item of Michelle Giansante,

    Melody Music Shop)

    Bloomington Cooking School 114 N. College, www.bloomingtoncookingschool.com

    Jan Bulla-Bakers Truffles (a favorite of Paul T. Ash, U.S.Post Office Retiree and McDoel Gardens Resident)

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    Bloomington Handmade Market twice a year (Spring & Fall), Bloomington Convention Center

    *By the time the guide comes out, the Fall BHM will

    have come and gone, but these items are still available

    on the websites listed.

    Laura Brubakers beaded brooches are some of the most unusual accessories Ive seen in a long

    time! Nicole Wolfersberger www.laurabrubaker.com

    Ernst the Gardner print by Cordial Kitten www.cordialkitten.com/2011/illustration-gallery/cordialkitten/ernst-the-gardener/

    Leather Feather Journal with Antique Skeleton Key by The Binding Bee www.etsy.com/listing/83341358/leather-feather-journal-with-antique

    Fibonacci Cutting Board by 1337motif www.etsy.com/listing/43374689/fibonacci-cutting-board

    I am obsessed with Get Lathereds Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner Bars and my family has come to expect them as holiday gifts.

    Nicole Wolfersberger, Bloomington Handmade Market, Paper Crane Gallery. www.etsy.com/listing/62953390/rosemary-mint-solid-bar-conditioner-that

    Near&Dear Dolls from Opposite of Far www.etsy.com/shop/oppositeoffar $45 (a favorite of Talia Halliday, Conduit Press)

    DIY Embroidery Kits by Purple Hippo Stitches $20 http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePurpleHippo (a favorite of Talia Halliday, Conduit Press)

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    Ornaments by Purple Hippo Stitches (a favorite of Mia Beach, Bloomington Handmade Market and Paper Crane Gallery)

    Cordial Kitten Prints (a favorite of Mia Beach, Bloomington Handmade Market and Paper Crane Gallery)

    Stuffed Walrus by Wind and the Sail (a favorite of Mia Beach, Bloomington Handmade Market and Paper Crane Gallery)

    Kids hats by Seasonal Arts (a favorite of Mia Beach, Bloomington Handmade Market and Paper Crane Gallery)

    Sadly Harmless 2012 Calendar Grow (a favorite of Mia Beach, Bloomington Handmade Market and Paper Crane Gallery)

    Felt Woodland Masks by Opposite of Far http://www.etsy.com/shop/oppositeoffar

    Knitted Fingerless Gloves by Lit Knits http://www.etsy.com/shop/LitKnits

    Shadow Boxes from Sadly Harmless http://www.etsy.com/shop/sadlyharmless

    2013 Seasonal Wall Calendar by Katie Vernon http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatieVernon

    Book Boxes by Conduit Press http://www.etsy.com/shop/conduitpress

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    The Bloomington Print Collective401 W. 6th, Suite J. The Bloomington Print Collective is an awesome location for screen

    printing and letter press workshops! (a favorite of Talia Halliday of Conduit Press and The Bloomington Handmade Market)

    Bloomington Winter Farmers Market909 E. 2nd St., Saturdays Dec-Mar. Alpaca Yarn, Red Rosa Farm (a favorite item of Michelle Giansante,

    Melody Music Shop) Buy Local Bumper Sticker from the Local Growers Guild (a favorite of

    Maggie Sullivan, CSL, LLG, LIFE Farms)Bonnie Gordon-Lucas(local artist) Wearable Art (a favorite of Kathy Smith of Creating Harmony)

    Book Corner100 N. Walnut Rachel Pedens Speak to the Earth, republished by the IU Press with foreword

    by Scott Russell Sanders (a favorite of Nancy Hiller, NR Hiller Design) Books, gift wrap, and calendars (a favorite of Nancy Hiller, NR Hiller Design) Penguin classics (a favorite of Michael Simmons, Free University of

    Monroe County) Coloring books (a favorite of Michelle Giansante, of Melody Music Shop)

    Briar and the Burley101 W. Kirkwood Ave. #100 The selection of unique pens and mens bags from Briar and Burley ( a

    favorite item of Cory Burger, Monroe County History Center)Boxcar Books 408 E. 6th, www.boxcarbooks.org Lynda Barry Books (a favorite of Una Winterman, Local First Indiana) Books by local authors (a favorite of Michelle Hartz, Baugh Enterprises) Check out new work by local writers at Boxcar Books.

    --Sliding Glass Door, a photobook by Justin Clifford Rhody --Stunned Lungs, a poetry chapbook by Tara J. --Down, a history of Indiana prisoner rebels/rebellions written by an anonymous group of Bloomington anarchists. --Making the World Safe For Capitialism: How Iraq Threatened the US Economic Empire and Had To Be Destroyed by Chistopher Doran. --The Indiana Review, a nonprofit literary magazine showcasing the work of local writers.

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    Buskirk-Chumley Box Office 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.buskirkchumley.org BEAD t-shirt (a favorite of Miah Michaelsen, City of Bloomington) Local artist Mike Van Voorens hand-carved Indiana limestone

    bookends (a favorite of Miah Michaelsen, City of Bloomington)By Hand Gallery 101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Suite #109, www.byhandgallery.com By Hand Gallery offers a large assortment of products that are ALL

    locally made! (a favorite of Susan Bright of Nicks English Hut) Wildwood Furniture (a favorite of Patricia Coleman, Patricias Wellness

    Arts Caf) Jewelery by Marilyn Greenwood (a favorite gift

    of Kathy Smith of Creating Harmony and Susan Bright and Rags, Nicks English Hut)

    Prints by Randall Shedd (a favorite gift of Susan Bright and Rags, Nicks English Hut)

    Pottery by James Halvorson (a favorite gift of Susan Bright and Rags, Nicks English Hut)

    Beautiful textiles, jewelry and pottery (a favorite of Elizabeth Williamson, Indiana University Foundation)

    Count-erpillar handmade puzzle, Rachel Henry Designs http://rachelhenrydesigns.com/artwork/1614786_Count_erpillar.html (a favorite of Carey Beam, IU Library Student and mother of 3 boys)

    Hand-made functional and decorative pottery for those folks who like something beautiful and practical.

    Hand crafted Gold and Silver Jewelry in a wide range of prices for those who need something very special.

    Silk, hand-woven, and novelty scarves and other fantastic fiber creations for those who like to be warm.

    Hand crafted wooden furniture, bowls and accessories which will enhance any home.

    Beautiful locally made blown glass and stained glass for the lovers of color.

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    The Chile Woman 1704 S. Weimer Rd., www.thechilewoman.com Love her chile peppers, plants, tomatillos, and her pet llama, Petey!

    (David Martin, David Martin Design)LFI Clutter Wrangler www.clutterwrangler.com

    Hire the Clutter Wrangler for a friend who has always pined for a clean floor!

    Hire the Clutter Wrangler for yourself to get your house ready for Holiday guests!

    Creating Harmony www.CreatingHarmonyLLC.com, online and by appointment

    Creating Harmony LLC makes a rose and lavender dusting powder, massage oil, and Calendula Diaper Balm that are wonderful for babies. (a favorite of Grace MacNeil and J.D. Grove of Full Moon Milk Soaps)

    Boxed Aromatherapy Soap (Set of 3) Baby Gift Set (Diaper Balm, Talc-free Powder,

    Massage Oil & Castile Soap)

    Mens Shaving Kits Blooming Rose Lotion Bars Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Gift Sets (Sulfate-free)

    Conduit Press www.conduit-press.com Hollow books (a favorite of Grace MacNeil and J.D. Grove of Full Moon

    Milk Soaps) Leather journals in four sizes from small to chunky to large Refillable leather journals that make for great stocking stuffers New leather clutches Hollow books with flasks for the hard to buy for man in your life Hollow book Kindle, iPad, and iPhone cases

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    Earth and Wind Creationswww.earthandwindcreations.com

    My friend Sandi Kidwell makes awesome homemade soap, sold online and at Sahara Mart. These are really good gifts for my mom, sisters, and myself because I also take showers sometimes. (Josh Bennett, IU Library Student and IU Employee)

    EquiLibrium Thai Massage & Yoga Therapy www.EquiLibriumassage.com

    Traditional Thai Massage Yoga for Therapy Hatha Yoga & Thai Yoga Instruction In-depth Thai Massage Training Yoga Therapy for MS Certification Training

    Free University of Monroe County www.facebook.com/freeumc Ex Libris Book Discussion Group Irish Gaelic classes Jewelry classes Cooking classes Gardening classes Visit www.Facebook.com/freeumc for more information about

    upcoming classes.Friends of Art Bookstore 1201 E. 7th, Fine Arts Building, IU Campus,

    www.fa.indiana.edu/foart/ Nikki McClure 2013 Prepare Calendar Pantone Books, Stationery, Journals and Postcards Wiener Werkstatte Advent Calendar Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria

    Finlay (Friends of Art current Reading Group selection)

    Little Paper Planes: 20 Artists Reinvent the Childhood Classic

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    Full Moon Milk Soaps www.fullmoonmilksoaps.com

    (Bloomingfoods and other businesses around Bloomington.)

    Felted Milk Soaps (a favorite of Kathy Smith of Creating Harmony)

    Full Moon Milk Soaps at Bloomingfoods (a favorite of Marci Hughes of Friends of Art Bookshop)

    Our felted milk soaps make colorful and unique gifts and are some of our most popular items. The felt shrinks with the soap for a built-in scrubbie! We offer over twenty varieties of all natural milk soaps (and one vegan soap) with Juniper Berry, Pumpkin & Nutmeg, Cardamom Cafe, and Chocolate Rose soaps inspired by the fall and winter months. Our salves are a must for winter hands, especially our popular Sweet Medicine comfrey salve and our warming Lemongrass & Ginger salve. Visit us at the Bloomington Handmade Market, Holiday Market, or the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market this season and pick up a gift certificate for someone special!

    Goods for Cooks (more Goods for Cooks ideas are available in the Food &

    Beverage section) 115 N. College, Suite 117, www.goodsforcooks.com/

    Unique kitchen accessories (a favorite item of Diane Ballard, Monroe County History Center and Ruth Conway, By Hand Gallery)

    Swiss Diamond Cookware (a favorite of Paul T. Ash, U.S.Post Office Retiree and McDoel Gardens Resident)

    Cookie cutters and anything else for the kitchen (a favorite gift of Jason Evans Groth, Monroe County Public Library Its Your Money project librarian)

    Kitchen Gadgets (a favorite of Heath Byers, Landlocked Music)

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    The Green Nursery 615 W. Kirkwood Ave., (can shop online!), www.thegreennursery.com

    The Green Nursery carries amazing one of a kind and often organic and natural kids stuff. (a favorite of Talia Halliday of Conduit Press and The Bloomington Handmade Market)

    Bamboo Kids Toys (a favorite of Marci Hughes of Friends of Art Bookshop)

    Pip and Bean capes (a favorite of Chelsea Schoch of BABs)

    Chew beads (a favorite of Talia Halliday of Conduit Press and The Bloomington Handmade Market, and Chelsea Schoch of BABs)

    bumGenius diapers (a favorite gift of Talia Halliday, Conduit Press)

    Wooden Plan Toys (a favorite of Georgann, Chelsea, and Joy Jones, Bloomington Area Birth Services)

    PlanToys Barn and Farm Playset

    Skuut Wooden Balance Bikes

    Green Toys School Bus (made in the USA out of recycled milk jugs)

    PlanToys Rocking Horses

    Sophie the Giraffe

    Hidden Closet109 E. Kirkwood Ave.

    Cool clothes (a favorite of Ruth Conway, By Hand Gallery)

    Unique gifts (a favorite of Jaia Stidd of Sole Sensations)

    Dress scarves, gloves, and handkerchiefs (a favorite of Michelle Hartz, Baugh Enterprises)

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    Howards Bookstore101 W Kirkwood Ave., # 116

    Gardening books (a favorite of Michael Simmons, Free University of Monroe County)

    Rags favorite place to buy a book (a favorite of Rags from Nicks English Hut)

    So Cold the River by Michael Kortya. This mystery explores West Baden Springs back in its heydey of gambling, mob activity, and of course murder. (a favorite of Maggie Sullivan, CSL, LLG, LIFE Farms)

    Books (a favorite of Ruth Conway, By Hand Gallery) Books by local authors (a favorite of Michelle Hartz, Baugh Enterprises)

    In Case of Emergency Pressincaseofemergencypress.com

    In Case of Emergency Press is a local screen printer that specializes in band t-shirts and posters! (a favorite of Talia Halliday of Conduit Press and The Bloomington Handmade Market)

    Karen Knight, MS, LMHC Counseling Services 812- 361-3601, [email protected]

    Come in for Reiki, Matrix Energetics, Munay Ki Attunment, Reiki Attunment or Soul Detective sessions.

    Give the gift of mental wellbeing this holiday season! With holiday stressors rising, new year resolutions to be made and the reunion of family issues in the near future, why not give the gift of a counseling session? It is a spa treatment for the mind! One hour session is $85.

    Kleindorfers Hardware

    1401 W. Kirkwood Ave.

    Tools (a favorite of Michelle Giansante, of Melody Music Shop)

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    Landlocked Music 202 N. Walnut, www.landlockedmusic.com

    Gift Ideas for music lovers that you are scared to buy music for:

    New releases from Landlocked (a favorite of Taylor Dean of Boxcar Books and Chelsea Schoch of BABs)

    Beatles Vinyl Box Set & Reissues! 14 Albums available.

    Turntable - nothing beats the sound and feel of those old (and new) vinyl records, portable turntables also available!

    Vinyl Record Care System - includes a brush and record cleaning fluid. Landlocked T-shirt - show off their favorite store and display Indiana

    pride at the same time!

    Recent albums from Neil Young, Cee Lo Green, Alicia Keys, Sufjan Stevens, Green Day, Carrie Newcomer, reissues from Frank Zappa & The Beach Boys plus thousands more new & used CDs & LPs!

    The Laughing Planet Caf (More Laughing Planet Ideas are available in the Food and Beverages Section.)322 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.thelaughingplanetcafe.com Laughing Planet T-Shirts

    Mays Greenhouse 6280 S. Old State Road 37

    This is my favorite place to go where I always find something to buy. (a favorite of Susan Bright of Nicks English Hut)

    Melody Music Shop 402 W 6th, www.melodymusicshop.com Assembled and Tuned Drumsets for Kids starting at $159 Mini Musical Instrument Ornaments of All Types (kids

    love these!) Instrument and Voice Lessons starting at $16 Yamaha Starter Guitars starting at $139 Affordable European Violins with bows and cases,

    starting at $399

    Moda Industria www.modaindustria.com MOD Classics Collage Clock (aluminum cut with a waterjet) (a favorite

    of Una Winterman, Indiana University) Web Cuff bracelets (leather cut with waterjet) (a favorite of Una

    Winterman, Indiana University)Monroe County History Center 202 E 6th, http://www.monroehistory.org/gift-shop.php

    Pioneer bonnet and toys (a favorite of Maggie Sullivan, CSL, LLG, LIFE Farms)

    assortment of fun books about Indiana including recipes, stories from local authors, and snippets of local history. (a favorite of Maggie Sullivan, CSL, LLG, LIFE Farms)

    Clay City Pottery Pieces Books written by local authors, Rachel Peden, Michael Shelden, Bob

    Hammel, Nancy Hiller and many more!

    Historic remakes of childrens toys and books Historic Places and Scenes in a custom woven coverlet, choice of Blue,

    Green or Red, bargain at $30.00

    Best of Indiana Gift Baskets at different price levels to meet everyones budget

    2nd hand books and films in the lobby (a favorite of Jane Walter, Spanish/English Interpreter)

    Mythdemeanor www.mythdemeanor.com & www.crescentwench.etsy.com

    Free delivery to Bloomington residents with the code Shoplocal on our webpage. Steampunk ties (a favorite of Talia Halliday of Conduit Press and The

    Bloomington Handmade Market) T-shirts Featuring science legends Tesla or Oppenheimer Funky Upcycled Neckties in a variety of Designs Handmade Convertible Bustle Skirts Printed suit jackets for Men and Women Custom clothing and corsets in a variety of styles

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    NR Hiller Design 3450 S. Garrison Chapel Rd., www.nrhillerdesign.com Cabinetry (a favorite of Paul T. Ash, U.S.Post Office Retiree and McDoel

    Gardens Resident) Published by the IU Press: A Home of Her Own Available from Gallery

    406, The Book Corner, Bloomingfoods, and the IU Press, $29.95, or purchase a signed copy from NR Hiller Design, Inc.

    Commission a piece of custom furniture made with local wood for someone special!

    Looking for an unusual gift? We have two handmade Arts & Crafts style wall shelves with handcut inlay, made as props for a Fine Woodworking magazine project article. $600 each. (Please note: Articles displayed on wall shelf in illustration are not included in the price.)

    Signed copy of The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History, published by IU Press in 2009, $29.95

    Nicks English Hut (more Nicks ideas are in the Food & Beverage section)423 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.nicksenglishhut.com Rags Roast Fair Trade Organic Coffee Nicks bbq sauce New retail items: magnets, coasters and hooks made on

    Botticelli Marble from Italy

    Oliver Winery (more Oliver ideas are in the Food & Beverage section)8024 N. State Road 37, www.oliverwinery.com Gift Cards The perfect solution for those who are hard to shop for Rachel Henry Designs: puzzles for young child (also available online at

    http://rachelhenrydesigns.com/home.html) (A favorite of Carey Beam, Bloomington resident)

    Bella Bella Art Trivet, gift for the perfect holiday hostess (favorite item of Lisa Simmons, Indiana University)

    A variety of work from local artisans like ceramists Susan Snyder and Kristin Busch, and Bella Bella Arts Lara Moore

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    Opportunity House 907 W. 11th St.

    Unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list, from gently used practical items to one-of-a-kind objets dart

    Clothing for every holiday event, from formal dresses to cozy sweaters Holiday decorations, cards, and wrapping

    Opposite of Farwww.etsy.com/shop/oppositeoffar

    Near & Dear dolls (a favorite of Talia Halliday of Conduit Press and The Bloomington Handmade Market)

    Red fox mask (a favorite of Grace MacNeil and J.D. Grove of Full Moon Milk Soaps)

    Patricias Wellness Arts Caf & Quilters Comfort Teas 725 W. Kirkwood Ave., www.hartrock.net Meditation Cushions by Yuko Okumura (a favorite of

    Kathy Smith of Creating Harmony) Herbal, Beer, Wine and Coffee Jellies Quilters Comfort Herbal Teas Ichiyo (One Leaf) Meditation Products Local Art Jewelry

    Piace Boutique120 E. Kirkwood Ave. Date night dresses and accessories (a favorite of Chelsea Schoch of

    BABs)Pygmalions Art Supplies108 N. Grant, www.pygmalions.com Bookmaking supplies like paper, bookboard, thread and decorative

    paper (a favorite of Marcella Hughes, Friends of Art Bookshop) Paints (a favorite of Patricia Coleman of Patricias Wellness Arts Cafe &

    Quilters Comfort Teas) Portable Watercolor Kit (a favorite of Marci Hughes of Friends of Art

    Bookshop) Art pens (a favorite of Michelle Hartz, Baugh Enterprises)

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    Revolution Bike and Bean 401 E. 10th, www.revolutionbikeandbean.com

    Kids bikes (Theyre awesome! -- Sarah Stup, Finelight) Rev. Bike and Bean t-shirts to go with the bikes (Sarah Stup, Finelight)

    Rogue Renovation roguerenovation.com

    House painting (a favorite of Kathy Smith of Creating Harmony)Sadly Harmless www.sadlyharmless.com, sadlyharmless.etsy.com Affirmation Shadow Boxes - $20 (a favorite gift of Talia Halliday,

    Conduit Press) 2013 Calendar

    SK Tarot www.sktarot.com Tarot reading for a friend!

    Sole Sensations 414 S. College, www.solesensations.com

    Keen Boots (a favorite of Una Winterman, Indiana University) Spa Services: Experience Sole Sensations Spas Exclusive Signature

    Services. Designed to offer you physical rejuvenation as well as emotional renewal. Manicure / Pedicure / Massage

    Spa Ritual organic vegan hand, foot, and body products! Haflinger Slippers: slipper in cozy, breathable felted

    wool outlined with cute contrast stitching. The cork-and-latex midsole offers cushioned, anatomical support for exceptional comfort.

    Smartwool Socks: A perfect sock to celebrate winter in. Made using WOW technology, youll stay warm and comfy shopping for holiday gifts or kicking your feet back by the fire.

    PACT Socks: 100% organic cotton / made in the USA powered by wind energy!

    Fair Trade Scarves, jewelry, bags and more!

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Retail

    Soma Coffeehouse (More Soma ideas are avail. in Food & Beverage Section.)322 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.iheartsoma.com SOMA Coffee ceramic mugs SOMA Coffee tumblers

    SOMA T-shirts SOMA Gift Cards

    T&T Pet Supply2375 S. Walnut We love T&T for dog food and special treats. They carry Merrick wet food

    and we always get Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas dinner at the holidays. (a favorite of Elizabeth Williamson, Indiana University Foundation)

    Time Flies Antique Shop725 W. Kirkwood Ave. Antique glass (a favorite of Patricia Coleman of Patricia Wellness Arts

    Cafe & Quilters Comfort Teas)Upland Brewery (more Upland ideas are in the Food & Beverage section)350 W. 11th, www.uplandbeer.com Upland Growler and Growler Coozie Upland T-Shirt Upland Logo Pint Glass or Frankfort Mug Upland Baseball Hat

    The Venue114 S. Grant, www.thevenuebloomington.com Twisted Limb Upland Brewery card sets (a favorite of Talia Halliday of

    Conduit Press and The Bloomington Handmade Market) The Venue carries a line of Twisted Limb Paper products that are

    awesome! (a favorite of Talia Halliday of Conduit Press and The Bloomington Handmade Market)

    The scrap bags from Twisted Limb Paperworks spark my creativity to make beautiful gift cards. (a favorite of Grace MacNeil and J.D. Grove of Full Moon Milk Soaps)

    Art glass by Anne Ryan Miller www.anneryanmillerglassstudio.com (a favorite of Nancy Hiller, NR Hiller Desgin)

    Pride of Lion, Knot of Toads beautifully illustrated childrens book from Bonnie Gordon Lucas, available through her etsy store - http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyBonnieDesigns (a favorite of Maggie Sullivan, CSL, LLG, LIFE Farms)

    Mikey Newins jewelry (a favorite of Mia Beach, Bloomington Handmade Market and Paper Crane Gallery)

    Artwork by Lydia Burris (a favorite of Michelle Hartz, Baugh Enterprises)

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    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Retail

    Victor Settle Jewelers403 S. College

    I love them for their fantastic customer service. They are not pretentious at all and work with you on something that fits your budget. (a favorite of Elizabeth Williamson, Indiana University Foundation)

    Lovely precious stone from Victor Settle Jewelry (a favorite of Jaia Stidd of Sole Sensations)

    The Village Deli 409 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.villagedeli.biz Village Deli T-shirts Village Deli Gift Cards Pubs of Bloomington Posters

    Wonderlab store in first floor of Science Museum308 W. 4th

    Magnetic poetry kit; $13.50 (a favorite of Carey Beam, mother of 3 boys and IU Library Science student)

    3-D wood puzzle, $5.25 (a favorite of Carey Beam, mother of 3 boys and IU Library Science student)

    Mini moody faces (squeeze balls with faces--stocking stuffers); 1.50 ea (a favorite of Carey Beam, mother of 3 boys and IU Library Science student)

    Wonderlab family pass (a favorite of Gabe Gloden, Bloomington Playwrights Project)

    Science gifts and experiments for big kids (a favorite of Abby Noroozi, The Green Nursery)

    The Warehousecorner of 2nd & College, behind Furniture Exchange

    Amazing furniture (a favorite of Alison Zook of AZ Vintage)The Wind and the Sailwww.laurastantz.com The Wind and the Sail makes whimsical, affordable stuffed animals

    that kids love from beautiful fabrics. (a favorite of Grace MacNeil and J.D. Grove of Full Moon Milk Soaps)

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Food & Beverage

    GiftsFood & Beverage

    Bloomingfoods (more Bfoods ideas are in the Retail section)316 W. 6th, 3220 E. 3rd, 419 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.bloomingfoods.coop Chocolove Almonds and Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate (a favorite of Una

    Winterman of Indiana University) Artisan Cheese, Swiss Connection (a favorite item of Michelle

    Giansante, Melody Music Shop) Local Honey, Hunters Honey Farm (a favorite item of Michelle

    Giansante, Melody Music Shop) Pounds of Bloomington Coffee Roasters Mexico Light Roast (a favorite

    gift of Jason Evans Groth, Monroe County Public Library Its Your Money project librarian)

    The little caramels by the checkout with sea salt added (a favorite of Una Winterman of Indiana University)

    Artisan Jam, Dillman Farm (a favorite item of Michelle Giansante, Melody Music Shop)

    Dillman Farms Cherry Butter and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (a favorite of Una Winterman, Indiana University)

    Eggnog! Local Goats Cheeses (a favorite of Ruth Conway, By Hand Gallery) Delicious local food and treats (a favorite of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill

    Organics) Oliver Winerys Port Daddy Bobs peanut brittle (great for a stocking) (out of Nashville, IN) Brown County Coffee Beans (a favorite gift item of Christina Campoll) Hunters Honey Lip Balm (a favorite of Susan Welsand, The Chile

    Woman) Hunters Honey Spun Honey (Blueberry is a favorite) (a favorite of

    Susan Welsand, The Chile Woman)

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    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Food & Beverage

    Local Folks Food Jam (a favorite of Susan Welsand, The Chile Woman)

    A huge selection of items not available to some of our friends outside Bloomington! (a favorite of Susan Welsand, The Chile Woman)

    Various spices to mix and create DIY spice mixes like chili seasoning, pie spices, etc. (a favorite of Sarah Stup)

    Traders Point chocolate milk (a favorite of Michelle Hartz, Baugh Enterprises)

    Bloomington Brewing Company 1795 E. 10th, bbcbloomington.com

    Ruby Bloom Amber Ale (a favorite of Michael Simmons, Free University of Monroe County)

    A (full) growler (a favorite gift item of Martin Sorge, former Local First Indiana volunteer)

    Growlers of Bloomington Brewing Company Double Hop Ale (a favorite gift of Jason Evans Groth, Monroe County Public Library Its Your Money project librarian)

    Bloomington Winter Farmers Market909 E. 2nd St., Saturdays Dec-Mar.

    Pastured Meats, Schacht Farm (a favorite item of Michelle Giansante, Melody Music Shop)

    Blu Boy Chocolate Caf and Cakery112 E. Kirkwood Ave.

    You cant beat their truffles and other confections. (a favorite of Sandy Baker, Mythdemeanor)

    Gorgeous (and delicious) soft caramel chocolate truffle. Its blue and almost sparkly and tastes like heaven! Many other flavors available, to suit all tastes. (a favorite of Maggie Sullivan, CSL, LLG, LIFE Farms)

    Assorted chocolate treats (a favorite of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics)

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Food & Beverage

    Butler Winery6200 E. Robinson Rd., www.butlerwinery.com Wines and wine jelly (a favorite of Patricia Coleman of Patricias

    Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilters Comfort Teas) Bottle of wine (a favorite of Susan Welsand, The Chile Woman, and

    Paul T. Ash, U.S.Post Office Retiree and McDoel Gardens Resident) This is where I buy wine supplies-carboys, yeast, corks, and the

    supplies needed to make wine. So i can make wine to drink and give as gifts. (Josh Bennett, IU Library Student and IU Employee)

    Chelsea Morning Bakery2970 E. 3rd St.

    Cake (a favorite of Patricia Coleman of Patricias Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilters Comfort Teas)

    The Chile Woman 1704 S. Weimer Rd., www.thechilewoman.com Chile pepper ristras (hanging strands of chiles) Chile powder packets make great stocking stuffer

    Goods for Cooks115 N. College, Suite 117 (More ideas in the Retail section)

    Specialty vinegars (a favorite of Michael Simmons, Free University of Monroe County)

    The Laughing Planet Caf (More Laughing Planet Ideas are available in the Food and Beverages Section.)322 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.thelaughingplanetcafe.com Laughing Planet salsa--8oz and 16oz--perfect for holiday parties Break from shopping to have an LP Burrito (a favorite of David Martin,

    David Martin Design.)

    LIFE Certified Organic Farm www.eatlifeup.com CSA Membership, gift for the foodie (favorite item of Lisa Simmons,

    Indiana University)

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    Musgrave Orchard Apple House8820 N Old State Road 37, Bloomington, IN 47408-9748 (812) 339-5006

    They sell awesome apple cider (along with a lot of other things), but I use their cider to make Cyser (mead). (Josh Bennett, IU Library Student and IU Employee)

    Nicks English Hut (more Nicks ideas are in the Retail section)423 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.nicksenglishhut.com Nicks Hot Sauce

    The Owlery118 W. 6th

    Sunday brunch at the Owlery! (a favorite of Taylor Dean of Boxcar Books, and Ann Marie Neeley Burkhart of BABs) Get there at 10 and listen to This American Life!

    Oliver Winery (more Oliver ideas are in the Retail section) 8024 N. State Road 37, www.oliverwinery.com A yummy bottle of Sangria (a favorite of Jaia Stidd of Sole Sensations) Creekbend Vineyard Estate Bottled Wines locally grown and bottled

    right here in Monroe County. Stop in and pick up a bottle of our 2010 Vidal Blanc Sparkling Wine, hand-produced in the traditional Champagne method. $25.00/bottle

    Gourmet Wine and Food Gift Baskets & Boxes Unique selections, wrapped and ready for giving. Available at the main tasting room or downtown. Price range $40-$100

    Ingas Popcorn Indiana-grown, certified-organic and locally produced popcorn treats. $6.25 each

    Best Boy Dessert Sauces Delicious fudge and caramel sauces. Indiana-produced, using the finest ingredients and donating all profits to charitable causes. $8.50 each

    One World Catering and Events 2234 West Industrial Park Drive, oneworldcateringandevents.com Any sweet treat, especially their strawberry cupcakes! (a favorite of

    Jessika Hane, Oliver Winery)

    Upland Brewery (more Upland ideas are in the Retail Section)350 W. 11th, www.uplandbeer.com A (full) Growler and Growler Coozie (a favorite gift of Martin Sorge, BALLE) Growler full of Dragonfly IPA (a favorite of David Martin, David Martin

    Design)Rachaels Caf 300 E. 3rd, www.rachaelscafe.com Cup of Chamomile w/ Honey, gift to me while out shopping for

    everybody else (favorite item of Lisa Simmons, Indiana University)Rhodes Family Farmwww.rhodesfamilyfarm.com Locally grown pork (a favorite of Michelle Giansante, of Melody Music

    Shop)Soma Coffeehouse (More Soma ideas are avail. in Retail Section.)322 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.iheartsoma.com lb. holiday gift pack: Comprised of all FTO coffees including a Holiday

    Blend, an Indonesian, a Central American and an African Blend.

    Coffee beans (a favorite gift item of Liz Sanders, Village Deli, Soma Coffee, and Laughing Planet and Christina Campoll)

    Strangers Hill Organics Info at www.strangershillorganics.com I bought a CSA share this season for the first time ever and it was way

    worth it. I got an email each week with the weekly vegetable listings and it also came with recipes. It was also very helpful because I got to eat healthy and do less shopping which saved a lot of time. plus, plus. (Josh Bennett, IU Library Student and IU Employee)

    2013 Strangers Hill CSA Membership Full Share (for 3-5 people) (a favorite item of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics)

    2013 Strangers Hill CSA Membership Half Share (for 1-2 people) (a favorite item of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics)

    Sweet Claires Bakery309 E. 3rd, www.sweetclaire.com Anything! (a favorite of Nicole Wolfersberger) Gourmet pastries (a favorite of Michael Simmons, Free University of

    Monroe County)

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Food & Beverage

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    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Certificates

    Gift Certificates

    Athena 116 N. Walnut

    A.Z. Vintage 236 N. Morton

    Bloomingfoods www.bloomingfoods.coop (a favorite item of Jaia Stidd, Sole Sensations, and Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics)

    Bloomington Area Birth Services (BABS) 2458 S. Walnut, www.bloomingtonbirth.org

    Boxcar Books 408 E. 6th, www.boxcarbooks.org

    Buskirk-Chumley Box Office 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.buskirkchumley.org Gift certificate holders have access to all tickets on sale through the BCT Box Office, including those at off-site locations.

    The Comedy Attic Corner of 4th & Walnut, www.comedyattic.com

    Creating Harmony LLC www.CreatingHarmonyLLC.com, 505-690-8679

    Downtown Bloomington Inc. Bloomington Convention Center, 302 S. College, www.downtownbloomington.com Good at dozens of downtown shops and restaurants. (a favorite of Miah Michaelsen, City of Bloomington)

    FARMbloomington 108 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.farm-bloomington.com (a favorite of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics)

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Certificates

    Feast Bakery Caf 581 E. Hillside #104, www.feastcateringonline.com (a favorite of Marcella Hughes, Friends of Art Bookshop)

    Finchs Brasserie 514 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.finchsbrasserie.com (a favorite of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics)

    Free University of Monroe County www.facebook.com/freeumc

    Friends of Art Bookstore 1201 E. 7th, Fine Arts Building, IU Campus, www.fa.indiana.edu/foart

    Full Moon Milk Soaps www.fullmoonmilksoaps.com (Will be offering gift certificates at the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market throughout December.)

    Karen Knight, MS, LMHC Counseling Services 812-361-3601, [email protected]

    Landlocked Music 202 N. Walnut, www.landlockedmusic.com

    The Laughing Planet Caf 322 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.thelaughingplanetcafe.com

    Lennies / Bloomington Brewing Company 1795 E. 10th, bbcbloomington.com (a favorite item of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics, and The Chile Woman, Susan Welsand likes to get these for her out of town guests.)

    Massage on the Square 101 W. Kirkwood Ave. #19, www.btownmassage.com (a favorite of Jessika Hane, Oliver Winery)

    Melody Music Shop 402 W 6th www.melodymusicshop.com

    Moda Industria 2120 W. Industrial Park Dr, www.modaindustria.com

    Monroe County History Center 202 E 6th, www.monroehistory.org

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    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Certificates

    Nicks English Hut 423 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.nicksenglishhut.com

    Oliver Winery 8024 N. State Road 37, www.oliverwinery.com

    Opportunity House 907 W. 11th St.

    Panache School of Ballroom and Social Dance 325 E. Winslow Rd., www.panachedance.com (a favorite of Sandy Baker, Mythdemeanor)

    Patricias Wellness Arts Caf & Quilters Comfort Teas 725 W. Kirkwood Ave., www.hartrock.net

    Restaurant Tallent 208 N. Walnut, www.restauranttallent.com (a favorite of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics)

    SK Tarot 115 N. College Ave. Suite 214, www.sktarot.com

    Sole Sensations 414 S. College, www.solesensations.com

    Soma Coffeehouse 322 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.iheartsoma.com (a favorite gift of Jason Evans Groth, Monroe County Public Library Its Your Money project librarian)

    The Rail 825 N. Walnut, www.therailcocktail.com (we arent absolutely sure that they offer Gift Certificates, but we are including them anyway!) (a favorite of Marcella Hughes, Friends of Art Bookshop)

    Upland Brewery 350 W. 11th, www.uplandbeer.com (a favorite of Rick Dietz, Strangers Hill Organics, and Gabe Gloden, Bloomington Playwrights Project)

    The Village Deli 409 E. Kirkwood Ave., www.villagedeli.biz

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Entertainment/Experiential

    GiftsEntertainment/Experiential

    The Bishop 123 South Walnut, www.thebishopbar.com

    Advance issue concert tickets, order at http://thebishopbar.com/Calendar2.html

    Bloomington Cooking School 114 N. College, www.bloomingtoncookingschool.com

    To sign up for classes, email [email protected] or call 812-333-7100

    Gift certicates (Classes range from $45 - $54, though any amount is acceptable.)

    Sign up for a class -- also a great place to host your business holiday party (a favorite of Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, Twisted Limb Paperworks)

    Bloomington Playwrights Project 107 W. 9th, www.newplays.org

    Season Tickets (a favorite of Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, Twisted Limb Paper)

    12/13 Season Subscription 5 tickets for the price of 4

    The Comedy Attic , (more Comedy Attic ideas in the Retail Section) Corner of 4th & Walnut, www.comedyattic.com

    Look online to see who is comingnational acts come through regularly, and the owners strive to fill their roster with quality comedians.

    Tickets (a favorite of Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, Twisted Limb Paperworks)

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    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Entertainment/Experiential

    ISU The May Agency Corner of 17th & Walnut, www.MayAgency.com

    The holiday season is about peace, and we offer PEACE OF MIND.

    Let us do the shopping for you! We are independent and local, we take care of the hassles and we make insurance fun.

    Prepay your loved ones insurance premium for an unexpected and thoughtful gift.

    Take care of your family even after youre gone with affordable life insurance.

    Provide your child with peace of mind by getting super inexpensive insurance for them as a kid they can keep it cheap forever!

    Panache School of Ballroom and Social Dance 325 E. Winslow Rd., www.panachedance.com

    Ive never not had a blast at a Panache class and they offer gift certificates so you can take a class with your special someone or pass on the gift of super-fun exercise. (a favorite of Sandy Baker, Mythdemeanor)

    30 Day Unlimited Pass, $50. With this pass, you can come to as many group dance classes or dance fitness classes as you can handle in 30 days!

    8 Lesson Pass, $57. This pass can be used on any group dance class series or drop-in class here at our studio.

    30-Minute Private Dance Lesson - Free! Learn dance in a one-on-one format from a professional instructor for FREE!

    8-Group Lesson or Dancefit Class Pass (a favorite of Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, Twisted Limb Paperworks)

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Charitable Donations

    GiftsCharitable DonationsThe season is not only about giving gifts to the ones you loveits about giving to the community you love. Consider giving to Local First Indianas nonprofit members:

    Bloomingfoods

    316 W. 6th, 3220 E. 3rd, and 419 E Kirkwood Ave. www.bloomingfoods.coop Bloomingfoods conducts its annual Share the Harvest campaign during

    the month of November, inviting contributions to Mother Hubbards Cupboard. Our Bloomingfoods Cooperative Community Fund (BCCF) is a fund to which patrons can make tax-deductible donations in support of cooperative and community development.

    Bloomington Area Birth Services 2458 S. Walnut, www.bloomingtonbirth.org Support Bloomington Area Birth Services by donating (through Paypal)

    on their website (bloomingtonbirth.org ), in person, or via mail. You can also donate gently used maternity clothes at the BABS office. Sales from maternity clothing donations go to support local families with a financial need as they participate in childbirth education classes, prenatal and postpartum exercise classes, new parent support groups, lactation consultations, and parenting education classes.

    Bloomington Playwrights Project www.newplays.org The BPP provides opportunities for development, education, and

    production for promising and established writers and theatre artists in a professional environment. You can support the BPP by volunteering your time or donating in any amount to their annual campaign or in larger increments for their Rainy Day Fund.

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    Boxcar Books 408 E. 6th, www.boxcarbooks.org Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer powered, non-

    profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community; Become a Friend of the Boxcar! A one time $10 donation gets you 10% off F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Plus every month youll receive an additional 10% off our sections of the month. BFF? FOB.

    Center for Sustainable Living www.simplycsl.org Join at the Individual level for $20 or Family level for $25. You can also

    contribute at any amount to help sustain this important organization that generates fiscal sponsorship for many of your other favorite local organizations.

    Friends of Art Bookshop 1201 E. 7th St, Fine Arts Building Room 120, Indiana University Call 812-855-1333 or check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/foabooks

    If youd like to become a member of the Friends of Art, go to http://www.fa.indiana.edu/foart/ and select Become a Member, where you can make an online contribution. Gifts made to the Friends of Art are donated to Fine Art student scholarships in the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University.

    Local First Indiana www.localfirstindiana.org

    LFI supports and celebrates local, independent business in Monroe County and provides consumer education about how local, independent business supplies our economy and provides all community members with a high quality of life. Become an individual member for $15 or get a family membership for $25.

    The Think Local First Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts - Charitable Donations

    Monroe County History Museum 202 E 6th, www.monroehistory.org Give the gift of membership this season! The History Center has many

    levels of membership and your gift is 100% tax deductible and gives all year! Members receive free admission, special member-only invites, our Historian newsletter 6 times a year, 10% off in our gift shop, reduced rates for our meeting space and much more! Membership levels start at $35.00. http://www.monroehistory.org/get_involved/membership.htm

    Monroe County Humane Association3410 S. Walnut, www.monroehumane.org Giving a donation in someones name (a favorite of Paul Mui, Oliver

    Winery)

    Mother Hubbards Cupboard 1010 S. Walnut, www.mhcfoodpantry.org The recipient of your gift to MHC will receive a personalized card

    informing them of your gift. Please provide name and mailing information for your recipient.

    Give $50: Feed a family of 4 for a week. Give $100: Sponsor a child in the Youth Garden program for a season. Give $250: Sponsor a course in our nutrition education series.

    Opportunity House and Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) 907 W. 11th St., www.mcum.org Donations of gently used items (including toys, housewares, books,

    collectibles, and clothing) are accepted 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday-Saturday. Your donations will benefit the affordable childcare and basic needs assistance services of Monroe County United Ministries.

    Sycamore Land Trustsycamorelandtrust.org SLT offers a way for you to conserve your favorite properties

    through outright ownership and conservation easement agreements with private landowners. (a favorite gift of Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, Twisted Limb Paper)

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    The Updraft Supplementary Scholarship Project www.usspkids.org We help low-income and foster children achieve their dream of a

    higher education by awarding supplemental scholarships for one-, two-, four-year and advanced degrees. Donate via their webpage or call 877- 451-8535.

    WFHB www.wfhb.org WFHB, started in 1993, is a nonprofit, volunteer-powered community

    radio station, depending on direct local support to pay for their broadcast operations. Their award-winning news programming provides an open forum for the community to explore issues and events affecting life in south central Indiana and beyond. Become a member starting at $60 and receive premiums such as their Lotus Live or Local Live albums, recordings from their very own studios that you cant get anywhere else.

    Windfall Dancers 1101 N. Dunn, www.windfalldancers.org Windfall seeks to ignite a passion for dance in the community by

    providing quality instruction, engaging performances, innovative community outreach, and an environment for creative expression. Donations to Windfall Dancers assure that dance remains a vibrant and intricate part of Bloomington. Your contribution may be used to sponsor dance classes for a child, purchase materials and equipment for production of events, help maintain our beautiful, one-of-a-kind facility, or cover costs associated with one of our outreach programs. Every donation makes a HUGE difference. Donations start at $5.

    We also encourage giving to the many other local nonprofits this holiday season.

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