If you’ve ever been caught running late to a gift exchange party or received a present from an unlikely acquaintance while you stand awkwardly empty-handed, we offer solutions to all your last-minute gift needs. Our staff picks include exceptional ideas for easy, elegant, quirky and sometimes irreverent gifts for close friends or distant cousins. Whether saying “thank you” to your child’s teacher or “happy holidays” to your boss, buying from a local business is even more convenient than purchasing online. Check off every lingering person on your list with our last-minute gift guide brought to you by the staff of The Voice-Tribune.
Laura Snyder– Group Publisher
Piper-Heidsieck champagne: on sale for $35.99 through the holidays. Available at The Wine Rack (2632 Frankfort Ave.). A toast among friends is the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer. Forego a wasteful gift bag and add this hand-painted ornament by local artist Sinisters ($12) from Revelry Boutique Gallery to make the presentation more festive.
Winter’s Warmth coffee beans: $14. Available at Heine Brothers’ Coffee (various locations). Flavors of nougat, cinnamon and chocolate make this certified organic and fair trade Latin American blend a comforting holiday treat for coffee lovers. The art by Karen Weeks is a reminder to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Awesome by Jenna tea towels: $15. Available at Revelry Boutique Gallery (742 E. Market St.). Wisdom can be found on a tea towel. Use a handmade flour sack embroidered tea towel by Louisville artist Jenna Gordon to spread enlightened messages like, “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry,” and “Bourbon is a food group.”
Kevin Oechsli Scenes of the Season mini paintings: $30 each. Available at Revelry Boutique Gallery (742 E. Market St.). While he works a lot of overtime this month, Santa has a pretty sweet gig for the rest of the year, and local artist Kevin Oechsli shows us how he spends all that free time with these adorable mini paintings that would liven up anyone’s holiday decor.
Bare Elephant soy candle: $28. Available at Revelry Boutique Gallery (742 E. Market St.). These soy candles are handmade in Louisville, and with scents like Cranberry Balsam, Apple Cinnamon and Sugar Cookie, they smell good enough to eat. While not exactly one of the delicious scents of the season, Santa’s Whiskers is my personal favorite.
April Corbin – Contributing Editor
Lindsay Lou bullet necklace: $20. Available at 5-0-Lou (2235 Frankfort Ave. #104). This necklace is perfect for that fashion-forward friend who’s a little more leather than lace. It’s understated in size but big on personality. The bullet conceals a tiny pocket knife, because a gal can never have too many ways to remind people that she is fierce.
Furry Friend Gift Basket: $31. Available at 5-0-Lou (2235 Frankfort Ave. #104). The only thing better than gifting somebody one locally-made product is gifting them a basket full of them, but arranging various products yourself can be time-consuming. Luckily, 5-0-Lou has grab-and-go gift baskets that are sure to impress. My dog Zap suggests the one for pets, but other themes focus on bourbon and jewelry.
Panda t-shirt: $21.99. Available at Mixed Nation (2315 Bardstown Road). Taking pride in multiculturalism is important to many bi- or multiracial people. For a thoughtful but quick gift for them, head to Mixed Nation, where they celebrate diversity through fun, lighthearted fashion. I am eyeing this graphic panda tee for the children in my life, but you can find offerings suitable for all ages and shades.
Fuji instax SHARE SP-2 printer: $199. Available at Murphy’s Camera (1440 Bardstown Road). How many of your photos and memories would be lost forever if Facebook went away overnight? If you know somebody whose answer would be “OH EM GEE! ALL OF THEM,” consider buying them this handheld printer, which connects to your smartphone and lets you make physical copies of your favorite selfies and artfully filtered food shots.
Remy Sisk – Associate Editor
All items available at Work the Metal (1201 Story Ave.).
Kentucky home wood print: $26. This rustic wooden art piece tastefully exalts the Bluegrass State we all know and cherish and showcases state pride while also serving as a very cool addition to anyone’s home decor.
Overindulgence Survival Kit: $39. Help a friend prep for the new year with this instant hangover cure. It includes a toothbrush and toothpaste to cover the bourbon smell, a sleep mask to help them get some rest, bath oil for a little rejuvenation, and eye cream to help them at least look fresher than they likely feel. And let’s be honest, this is something almost everyone will need come January 1.
Message coffee mug: $12. The snarky mug is a great reminder all year round to keep a cool head, and the sleek matte finish makes it a mug that will undoubtedly stay on the recipient’s shelf for years to come.
Journal: $15. The idea of keeping a journal and logging regular entries can sound exhausting and even intimidating to some. Give this vintage journal to someone and help them instead approach it from the perspective of simply a place to write down the “strange ideas and impure thoughts” that pop into their head.
“The Useful Book,” $19.95: I know I’m not the only one who needs help to sew a button, stop a drip, build a shelf or rotate tires. Sure, there’s WikiHow, but this insanely helpful book features a how-to on a host of skills that you didn’t even know you didn’t know how to do.
Tonya Abeln – Editor
Aquiesse candle: $42. Available at Liv Boutique (3704 Lexington Road). With a buy-one-get-one-half-off promotion, this is great way to check off two people on your list, or to keep a little something for yourself.
Kate Spade picnic blanket: $45. Available at Celebrations (3632 Brownsboro Road). For the fashionable friend who loves festivals. Assure that she has a cute comfortable place to lounge at Forecastle 2017.
Massage Envy Gift Card. (Middletown, 12911 Shelbyville Road, Suite 109; St. Matthews, 4600 Shelbyville Road #208; Jeffersontown, 2048 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.; Springhurst, 3563 Springhurst Blvd., Suite 29) We could all use the gift of relaxation following the busy holiday season. A 60-minute massage including gratuity would run about $75, but you can choose a custom amount. If you are terribly last minute or long distance, e-gift cards are also an option.
Double sequined pillow: $38. Available at 5-0-Lou (2235 Frankfort Ave. #104). Besides being a bright addition to anyone’s decor, what I love most about this pillow is that the double-sided sequins allow you to write your own message every day or just keep yourself entertained for hours.
Passport cover: $30. Available at Barry Wooley Designs (835 E. Main St.). I’ve always heard that a great gift is something that you want personally but would never buy for yourself (hint, hint).
Alex Hepfinger – Intern
Three-hole candle votive: $60. Available at Jason Cohen, Bourbon Barrel Artisan (218 S. Shelby St.). Bourbon lovers young and wise will go bananas over this piece, handcrafted from an authentic bourbon barrel in the heart of NuLu. I think it is pretty “neat,” if I do say so myself!
Louisville coordinates necklace, gold: $48. Available at Urban Farmhouse Market (2830 Frankfort Ave.). This is my go-to piece of jewelry. I received this necklace as a stocking stuffer last Christmas and have not taken it off since. This is the perfect grab for your Bluegrass born-and-bred beauties.
Tote + Able canvas canteen and shot glass: $18, $16. Available at Regalo (562 S. Fourth St. or 234 Pearl St., New Albany). We all have that one friend that would put these gems to good use! Paired perfectly with tailgating season or girls’ night, what is more sophisticated than a collapsible, canvas canteen. Am I right?
Embellished clutch: $124. Available at Barry Wooley Designs (835 E. Main St.). This beautifully designed handbag is a great buy for the fashionista in your life or to keep for yourself and carry to all your holiday outings.