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Top 5 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

In a Pinch? Pick Up These Gifts in Indy Today


We've all been there - the holiday event is tomorrow and you've got . . . nothing. That's okay. Whether it's a stocking stuffer for your kids, a Valentine's gift for your sweetie or a Mother's Day present, these ideas are quick and easy to pick up in the city.

1. Membership to Indy's Top Attractions

Sometimes an afternoon strolling a museum exhibit or visiting an Indy attraction is just the ticket. But those tickets can be expensive. That's why a membership to one of these places is the perfect gift for most people. Why not give a gift of an entire year of visits? For children or families, you can't beat the Indianapolis Children's Museum or Indianapolis Zoo. For art lovers, consider the Eiteljorg Museum. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is already free, but there are special perks afforded their members. For history buffs, the Indiana State Museum is a perfect solution.

Membership to these organizations can be purchased online so there's no need to rush out to a store.

2. Local Sports Team Gear

Sports team gear and memorabilia are always popular. If there's anyone on your list who enjoys local sports teams, you might want to consider a gift or gift card from the pro shops. Whether it's the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Indianapolis Indians or Indianapolis Ice, you're sure to score the perfect gift for the sports fan on your list.

3. Chocolates

Everyone loves chocolates. If you'd like to give a gift with local-flair, consider giving chocolates from locally-owned stores. These stores will offer more unique gift baskets and tins and would make a perfect gift for guests visiting the city or for friends who have moved away and might enjoy a taste of home. Topping the list of great chocolate places, consider a gift from Abbotts Also, Southbend Chocolate Company or The Best Chocolate in Town. Also, Godiva, though not unique to Indianapolis, does have two locations in the city.


4. Wine & Cheese Gifts

Wine has become a very popular gift. Not only is it perfect for wine enthusiasts, but it also makes a handy hostess gift. When visiting friends or family during holiday parties, bringing a bottle of wine adds a classy touch. Adding specialty cheeses with a bottle of wine, makes a complete gift. Wine can be picked up nearly everywhere including drug stores, grocery stores and of course, liquor stores. But if you want knowledgeable and personal assistance in selecting the perfect wine, I strongly suggest visiting a local wine shop that can ensure you select a good bottle. Stores such as Vine and Table, Kahns Fine Wine and Spirits, The Cheese Shop and Chateau Thomas Winery.

5. Gift Certificates to Local Eateries

Everyone enjoys dining out once in awhile and nothing could be easier than picking up a restaurant gift card at the last minute. If you're buying for an Indianapolis resident, I highly suggest buying locally. Not only is it good for the economy, but getting away from the chain restaurants will ensure the recipients will have a unique experience. If buying for someone out of town, you may need to opt for a chain. If you'd like to buy from Indianapolis-area restaurants, I suggest Harry and Izzy's or Rick's Boatyard Cafe for a higher-end experience. For something more middle-of-the-road, a gift card to Scotty's Brewhouse or The Aristocrat. Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream or GT South's are great for lower-priced meals.

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