Part of the excitement during the days leading up to the holidays is shopping for family and friends. Holiday giving is especially enjoyable when you are able to find the perfect gift, and there is no better choice than an item made by a Kentucky artisan or a treasure found in a small shop on a local Main Street or that hard to find antique tucked away in a corner store. This holiday season shop (or make) that special gift in Kentucky.
One of the best places to discover a Kentucky made gift is the Kentucky Artisan Center
at Berea. There shoppers find an amazing array of distinctive Kentucky handmade treasures created by over 1,000 artisans. Whether you are shopping for gifts or preparing for the holidays yourself, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has amazing selections.
For those who want to make their own craft, Berea offers the Make It, Take It, Give It
classes that that tech everything from stain glass to blacksmithing and jewelry making to fiber arts and much more. Classes are offered weekends November 25th through December 18th also December 23rd and 30th. With the guidance of expert artisans (and using their equipment), you can create a handmade gift worthy of becoming a family heirloom. Or you can “gift” a workshop to a special person and let them enjoy expressing their creativity.
For a list of other uniquely Kentucky shopping opportunities, visit here.
Special Holiday Shopping and Gift Making Events
Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, Shelbyville
Wakefield-Scearce Galleries welcomes the Christmas shopping season beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with Open Houses featuring more than a dozen professionally decorated, uniquely themed trees, including a traditionally decorated 15-foot tree. The trees will be holding court throughout the Galleries, whose 30 rooms will also be lavishly decorated. Expect floor to ceiling Christmas and be ready to shop till you drop. Holiday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Shoppers who wish to lunch on fine Kentucky fare – fresh Kentucky trout, Kentucky country ham, the legendary Hot Brown open-faced sandwich swaddled in cheese sauce, fried chicken – during their visit to Wakefield-Scearce should make reservations as early in advance as possible at Science Hill Inn: 502-633-2825. Lunch is served 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
50th Pioneer Christmas
, Washington, Mason County
Washington Hall will have vendors and resident artists with pottery and more. Upstairs Rob Weingartner will be doing silversmithing and Winding Book Gallery will be demonstrating painting. The Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum, C. 1807 will also offer Christmas goodies. You won’t want to miss the Vesper Service Sunday at 4:00 in the Old Church Museum.
Buildings with antiques, and handmade specialties, shops with a wide array of offerings from Primitives to Victorian antiques, Fenton specializing in replacement Fenton shades Fiesta ware, jewelry, glassware, silver, picturing frame shop and an antique lamp shop. During Frontier Christmas some of these shops will have specials, drawings for prizes, give coupons, and put candy in each bag.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Shop Small Saturday
Support local merchants and get a jump on your holiday shopping! Visit our three unique shops to find the best local and regional crafts, as well as the latest Shaker Village merchandise.
Holiday Open House + Sale
The Shops will be filled to the brim with new merchandise brought in to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy 20 percent off all regularly-priced items! Valid onsite only.
Shaker Makers: Holiday Reed Stars
DEC 03 + 10
Learn how to weave the intricate star pattern using reed, which can be replicated at home in a variety of sizes and materials. Each participant will take home two reed stars.
Shaker Makers: Hand-tied Brooms
The Shakers are world famous for their brooms. Learn this traditional craft by making two hand-held brooms—a bundle brush and a turkey-wing.
Beeswax Candle + Soap Making
Learn the basics of cold processed soap making, using all natural products such as herbs, beeswax and honey. Participants will see demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities and take home several products.
Shaker Makers: Market Basket
Take on the challenging project of making a market basket in a day! Learn the art of weaving using natural reed to make a basket that is perfect for shopping trips into town or the local farmer’s market.