shopINDY 2015 : An Indianapolis Holiday Gift Guide


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Welcome to #shopINDY2015! Indianapolis Moms Blog is passionate about connecting moms to each other and our community, and we are thrilled to be debuting our very first mom-approved Indianapolis Holiday Gift Guide. Let’s be honest: moms are usually the ones purchasing the holiday gifts for EVERYONE, and it’s not always an easy task. We often find ourselves scratching our heads wondering what to get everyone. Combine this with the stress of the holidays, and it’s easy to find yourself thinking, This is NOT the most wonderful time of the year! In an effort to take a little bit of that stress off of your plate and to encourage you to shop small and support the families in our community, Indianapolis Moms Blog has put together a holiday gift guide that you do not want to miss! It is our hope that this post will encourage you to turn to local Indianapolis stores and merchants for all of your holiday gifts and shopping needs.

We are honored to be highlighting a few of Indianapolis’s very own stores and merchants! And guess what? YOU have the chance to WIN the featured gifts highlighted in this guide. Make sure you are following us on Facebook because starting the Monday Following Thanksgiving, we will be announcing Flash Giveaways for EVERY featured gift in this guide. (Giveaways will begin at 9 am, and winners will be selected at 9 pm that same day. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize.)

{Disclosure: #shopINDY2015 is a paid advertising opportunity. That said, we sourced each and every gift included in this shopping guide and included only our very favorite local ideas, businesses, and products. If it is in this guide, it is IMB tested and approved.}

Now onto our favorite {local} holiday gifts this season!

Roman & Leo {Boys Apparel & Accessories}

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About: Roman & Leo is the only all boys shop and online store in the midwest, offering the most trendsetting apparel and accessories for your little styler, from ages newborn to six years! We carry celeb-favorite brands and styles in our Fishers store that you won’t find anywhere else in Indiana!

Featured Gift: Joey Tribbiani said it best– “How You Doin?” Our exclusive ‘How You Doin’?’ graphic tee is a super-soft, light-weight baseball tee in black and white, available in sizes 3-6mo up to size 6 for $25. (stay tuned for giveaway!)

Perfect Gift for: Your little future ladies’ man, ages 3mo up to 6 years!

IMB Readers Discount: Use code INDYMOMS10 to receive 10% off all orders until the end of the year!

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Cossettie {Baby Essentials}

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About: Happy kids are messy. Cossettie’s mission is to help keep little ones clean through innovative baby essentials that are easy to carry, use and wash. The co-founders of Cossettie are two sisters that grew up in Indianapolis and are now moms always on the go. Cossettie products were developed to make life simpler for parents and to provide quality, affordable, washable baby essentials to help keep little ones clean and away from germs. Cossettie on-the-go essentials can be found online at or locally at Nurture Baby & Toddler in downtown Indianapolis and at Lil Bloomers Children’s Boutique in Noblesville.

Featured Gift: Cossettie’s On-the-Go Changing Mat provides plenty of coverage to make sure your baby is lying on a clean surface for diaper changing. The extra-large sized mat completely covers public restroom changing tables and is great for diaper changes in the car, on the ground, floor and on a bed – anywhere you need to change a baby or toddler. Its’ small attached bag also makes it easy to store and carry around. Our machine washable, compact mat is so large that a clean one can also be used as a play mat too and retails for only $11.99.

Perfect Gift for: The On-the-Go Changing Mat is a must have for any parent that will be traveling during the holidays or is always out and about with little ones. Grandparents love this too for diaper changes at their house or for their own diaper bag.

IMB Reader Discount: Free Shipping for all IMB Readers through December 31, 2015. Just use “IMB” at checkout.

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Kits & Kaboodle Classic Toys

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About: Our Mission at Kits & Kaboodle Classic Toys is to provide families with a selection of toy entertainment that helps children develop balance, intelligence and harmony of mind, which will in turn help adapt children to an ever changing world. Our staff is trained to understand children’s developmental stages and what type of toy would be well suited for their current needs.  We understand the important of play in children’s lives. Timeless toys help children problem solve and by combining skills of ingenuity and creativity, increase capacity to concentrate and adapt to different situations.

Featured Gift: Play ‘n Trace by the makers of Boogie Board from Cleveland, OH has done it again. Anyone over the age of 3 will enjoy tracing and learning with ease on this erasable writing tablet. Writing board comes with dual writing utensil and 3 learning templates. Additional templates and writing tools can be purchased separately.  Additional learning tools are featured on free app for tracing beneath tablet. Retail $39.99

Perfect Gift for: Kids ages 3 & up!

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The Urban Chalkboard {Play Café}

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About: The Urban Chalkboard is Indy’s first play café and the perfect hang-out spot for families raising young children. The space is includes a free-play area with pretend play nooks, train table, and plenty to build with alongside comfortable seating for adults. We offer superb local coffee, small plates, and must-have snacks for kids. Parents, grandparents, and nannies enjoy meeting up to play, socialize, or a get a little work done. We host birthday parties, story time and live music. Winner of Best New Hangout for Kids by Indianapolis Monthly Best of Indy List 2015.

Featured Gift: Gift certificate from The Urban Chalkboard in an amount of your choice, 8 oz of coffee or tea from Noble Coffee & Tea in Noblesville, 2 oz of local honey, and a taste of organic chocolate.

Perfect Gift for: Any adult caring for young children under 6 years of age…moms, dads, teachers, friends, grandparents, nannies.

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Magnolia Boutique {Women’s Fashion}

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About: Magnolia was founded by a Fashion Merchandiser turned stay at home Mom. She realized that many women (like herself) didn’t have the time to spend hours searching the mall for the perfect outfit. Magnolia Boutique was born to provide you with a well edited, budget friendly selection of on-trend styles that help you find your own unique look. We offer easy local pick up at our office in Greenwood, as well as free shipping on all US orders $50 and over.

Featured Gift: Add a preppy touch to basic tops with our must-have Plaid Infinity Scarf.

Perfect Gift for: The fashionista in your life.

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Mass Ave Toys

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About: Opening in 2006, Mass Ave Toys quickly became the city’s premier award-winning toy store, featuring toys, dolls, books, puzzles, games, stuffed things and crazy things from all around the world! Our staff will help you find the perfect present for everyone….even crabby ol’ Uncle Louie.

Featured Gift: French-designed Djeco Topanifarm, is a store favorite and best-seller. Little ones love stacking the colorful building pieces as well as playing with the animals, making them talk, sing, move into the cube “homes” and go on adventures.

Perfect Gift for: Little ones ages 18 months and up!

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J. Benzal {Menswear}

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About: J.Benzal, a private label created by local designer Ben Diallo, specializes in all aspects of a man’s signature wardrobe. The collections include: suits, sport coats, shirts, ties, denim, outerwear, shoes and accessories. Pieces incorporating hand stitching and an exquisite attention to detail make our collections timelessly stylish. We offer custom items, complimentary fittings and alterations. J. Benzal suits and shirts are designed by Ben and made in Italy and the newly launched shoe line is made in Portugal. We are located in Downtown Indianapolis at 739 Massachusetts Avenue and in Carmel at 31 W. City Center Dr. at Carmel City Center.Visit for more information and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed about our latest looks and holiday specials.

Featured Gift: Designer cufflinks

Perfect Gift for: J. Benzal cufflinks are the perfect gift for the stylish men in your life.

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More Great Local Gifts

For Her

Bath Ballz from Bath Junkie Carmel

Cable Knit Beanie from Dottie Couture

Indiana Charm Necklace from Silver in the City

Best Day Ever Tee from Lily & Sparrow

Gift Certificate to Studio 2000 Salon Day Spa

For Him

Beard Balm from James Dant

Holiday Gift Box from Sun King

Gift Card to Studio Movie Grill

Cologne from J. Benzal


Kids’ Safari Set from Global Gifts

Geode Starter Kit from Earth Explorer Toys

Donut Bracelet from Global Gifts

Bandit Beanie from Roman & Leo


Baby Moccasins from Made By Molly

Natural Wood Tree Rattle from Nuture

Leg Warmers from Toasty Baby

Teething Necklace from Burrow & Bloom

Fur Babies

Pepper-Mutt Mocha from Three Dog Bakery

Winter Wooferland Dog Treats from Nutty Mutt Bakery

Crazy Cat Lady Gift Set from Three Dog Bakery

For Everyone

<3INDY Tee from Buckingham Foundation

Frittle from Newfangled Confections

Local Love Popcorn Gift Box from Just Pop in

Assorted Chocolates from The Best Chocolate in Town

Cupcakes from The Flying Cupcake

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