Fabulously Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Call me crazy, but I love the cold weather. The chilly weather means the holidays are coming, and one of my favorite parts of the holidays is shopping for little stocking stuffers.

Thankfully, Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to several local shops full of unique stocking stuffers for every type of person.

For the Fashionista

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Just a few of the bold socks you can pick up from Juniper.

Juniper is a great place to shop for those who’d love a little fashion in their stocking. Located in the Wabash Landing Shopping Center, the boutique offers trendy pieces for an affordable price. I recommend checking out their patterned scrunchies. Scrunchies are super popular this year, and Juniper’s are covered in pretty patterns and colors. I also really love their fun socks. They have a ton of options to choose from, so you are sure to find a pair that matches everyone’s personality. What’s the best part? Both of these items will fit perfectly into your budget and a trendsetter’s stocking.

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Scrunchies at Juniper.
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Von’s has a wide selection of comic books!

For the Bookworm

Von’s Book Shop is so much more than a book shop. Their shelves are full of small gifts like beaded necklaces, mix-and-match stick incense, fun-shaped sunglasses, and tie dye headbands.  They also have a huge comic book section. You could check out the first edition of “Stranger Things” or something more classic like “Wonder Woman.” Comic books are great stocking stuffers for those who love superheroes (and villains), action-packed graphics, and adventure.

Main Street Books is another local shop that offers a wide selection of titles, both new and used, to choose from. Their selection is mainly made up of fiction, but they do have a small selection of non-fiction as well. The staff is friendly and always willing to help pick out that perfect book.

For the Sweet Tooth

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Assortment of chocolate at Kathy’s Kandies.

Kathy’s Kandies is locally owned and full of fresh, homemade sweets located right on Main Street. Chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered cherries, truffles, peanut butter cups, and Oreo bark are just a few of the chocolate confections available at Kathy’s Kandies. Kathy’s Kandies also offers gummies, licorice, and gourmet popcorn that comes in a variety of different flavors. I recommend buying a different kind of popcorn for each stocking. This gives you the perfect excuse to snag a little popcorn from everyone on Christmas morning.

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Just a few popcorn options at Kathy’s Kandies.

McCord Candies is another candy store located on Main Street. Each year, McCord Candies produces handmade candy canes to sell during the holiday season (they also offer candy cane tours for visitors to see the candy cane making process). Since the candy canes don’t contain any preservatives, their texture is unique and completely different than the candy canes you would buy at a grocery store.

For the Purdue Fanatic

These decals can be used on several surfaces.

Follett’s Purdue Bookstore is generally regarded as a textbook store, but it is also great place to shop for Purdue apparel and accessories. They have a number of small gifts ranging from coasters to Purdue golf balls. Follett’s also carries decals for moms, dads, alumni, and current students. They are both movable and reusable, so you won’t have to worry about sticking it on straight in one try.

The Purdue Team Store has several categories to choose from like tailgate accessories, car accessories, and kitchenware. You can find bottle opener keychains, wine glasses, and license plate frames with the Purdue logo. There are also two shopping locations, Purdue Memorial Union and Ross-Ade Stadium, to choose from.

The Purdue Team Store in the Union.

No matter who you are shopping for, the local shops have you covered. For more information on these local shops or other shops in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Kirsten Rhine, Purdue University Student.

Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018 Details

It’s our annual Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest to Home of Purdue! This year’s contest is worth over $550! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • 122 rooms, luxury bedding, indoor pool/whirlpool, complimentary wired/wireless internet in every guest room and public areas, The Bistro serving breakfast and dinner with a full bar; this list can go on and on! Where? Courtyard by Marriott- Lafayette!
  • From vintage books to best sellers, Main Street Books has what you love to read! This book store offers a wide array of fiction, from science fiction and fantasy to mystery and classic literature.
  •  Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery can assist in returning the painting to all its glory by creating a frame that magnifies its beauty.
  • Learn, create, inspire at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. This museum has offers special exhibits, fun and engaging special events, and a museum shop!
  • Looking for a high-fashion women’s clothing store without the high price? Then look no further than Juniper. You’ll love Juniper’s eclectic style and chic accessories as you shop at this local, specialty boutique.
  • CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. And this play is coming to Elliott Hall of Music on January 12, 2019!
  • Did you know there is a local wine tour bus that takes you to wineries in our area? Beyond the Vine Wine Tour specializes in custom and pre-created tours to enjoy an afternoon of delicious wine tasting!
  • Christmas is near and the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art will be decked out! You’ll find Christmas trees in almost every room. Kids can play in the gingerbread-style house or ride in a sleigh behind two (stationary) reindeer. Santas, garland, wreaths, nativity sets and interactive musical characters that sing and dance add to the Christmas spirit.
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Painting, beer, wine and fun is to be had at Painting with a Twist. You may be a novice artist, but this art studio will make you feel like you are a world acclaimed art star!
  • Nine Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting. We are proud to be home to 2 great locations!
  • What’s your favorite pizza topping?  Ours is pepperoni and there is nothing like a fresh Arni’s Pizza right after it comes out the oven, served along side a famous Arni’s Junior salad and garlic bread.
  • Bruno’s Pizza: Established in 1955, this restaurant is famous for its Bruno Dough; Bruno’s pizza dough deep fried, brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served with a dipping sauce of your choice.
  • Share a bag of flavored popcorn, a slice of licorice and artisian chocolates at Kathy’s Kandies, serving the community since 2000.
  • Digby’s Pub & Patio offers an informal tavern serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and amazing burgers along with handcrafted cocktails.
  • Triple XXX is known for its root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • Looking for some of the best Homemade corned beef hash around? Look no further than Town and Gown Bistro, that is minutes from Purdue University!
  • Did you know the Igloo Frozen Custard’s recipe for frozen custard dates back to 1932? It is sure to satisfy your next frozen treat craving!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

A Day of Holiday Shopping in Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_3282Local shops offer holiday cheer and the perfect gift or compliment to a holiday party!  Yesterday I  spent the day out with some friends shopping for the perfect gifts while also picking up some much needed items for our holiday party my husband and I are hosting this weekend. I got all our Christmas shopping done at local shops and I feel so thankful I got everyone crossed off my family’s list.  I would like to share my great buys, and maybe it will inspire you to head out and finish your shopping at our great local businesses.

These are the awesome purchases:

IMG_4567Oh, I love the holidays!  I love shopping and picking the perfect gifts for loved ones, while also hosting fun holiday parties.  The holidays are a time to be merry!  For more information about these great locations visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Shop Til’ You Drop! Lafayette-West Lafayette

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Hot House Market at Tippecanoe Mall

Shopping, shopping, shopping!  This weekend is the time for awesome holiday shopping and we are heading out to embark on the retail journey. Are you? If you are out and about share with us any great deals and/or crazy holiday shopping stories!

Today marks Black Friday, known to many as the biggest shopping day of the year.  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 9 plazas/shopping centers, major super stores, and one mall, the Tippecanoe Mall. Specials on everything from clothing, electronics, appliances and more can be purchased at stores like Target, Chico’s, Sears, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, and more.

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists' Own!

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists’ Own!

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Not in the mood to embark on the Black Friday shopping madness of fun? Go local and shop this Saturday during Small Business Saturday. Lafayette-West Lafayette has so many unique, specialty shops that make this day full of shopping glamour. This day is one of my favorite days of the year because our local shop owners have their hand crafted items (many are one of a kind) on sale. My sister, mom, and mother in-law have been recipients of some lovely gifts that I can happily say I purchased at a great price! Plus, with the discounts, I usually purchase a little something for my own household!  For a complete list of shops that are participating, visit the Shop Small Saturday Facebook page.

Have a fabulous weekend of shopping!  And don’t forget to share with us your shopping news.  For a complete list of shops and other fun weekend events, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Grateful Heart

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

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Congrats to our “Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest 2015″ Winner!

We have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest 2015″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Ken from Lafayette, Indiana.

Ken answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

QUESTION: Go to http://www.readysetgodowntown.com/ ***QUESTION: Which page can you find the image below?***  Please either share the direct web site link (example: www.readysetgodowntown.com) AND/OR the Page Name (example: Home Page).

He answered “Shop”, which is correct. The image was on the shopping page.

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in January, 2016. The theme will be “Romance” in excitement for Valentine’s Day!