Kentucky Gift Ideas for Your Holiday Shopping List

It’s time to find the perfect gift for all your family and friends this holiday season, so get out your shopping list! Nothing says Kentucky better than a bottle of bourbon. Or how about a visit to Horse Country? Or, maybe you’re looking for a unique work of art, a tasty treat or a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you shop online this year or visit one of our unique small towns, there is something special for everyone on your list. 

Shopping at the Kentucky Artisan Center

Local Shops Offer Unique Artisan Finds

Check out one of Kentucky’s Artisan communities – from the well-known favorites such as Paducah and Berea, to smaller local favorites like Pikeville and Georgetown. Kentucky’s Main Streets and local shops are the ideal place to shop for unique and quirky gifts. Artizan Made in Paducah and the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea both offer handmade works of art from Kentucky artists and crafters – in store and online. Plus, the Kentucky Arts Council Directories offer listings of local visual and performing artists, as well as retailers, that have met the Council’s criteria of artistic excellence. 

Box of holiday cookies

Support Local Eats for the Holidays

If food is on your mind, we have you covered! Order a holiday cookie box from one of Kentucky’s most well-known chefs, Ouita Michel, from the Midway Bakery Cafe!  Ale-8-One is also a Kentucky favorite - the ginger-based citrus soda is available in bottles or cans, on socks, t-shirts and other gifts, and even salsa and barbecue sauces – check out the online store. Plus, use it to make holiday mocktails or cocktails – yum!

Bourbon cocktail

Did Someone Say Bourbon?

Share a taste of Kentucky’s signature spirit! Pick up a bottle of your favorite bourbon from a local distillery or buy online and have it delivered. Put a gift set together with a bottle of bourbon cream from Buffalo Trace Distillery or Boone Co. Distilling Co. and a pack of root beer or hot chocolate – both are tasty combos! Send some bourbon balls (chocolate and bourbon equal yummy goodness) or purchase tickets for a future bourbon distillery tour – the options are endless. 

Inside view of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Learn About The Sounds of Kentucky

Did you know Kentucky has many famous musicians? Why not give them the gift of music. Tickets to the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum are great ideas for those who love music! A truly unique musical gift would be a handcrafted Appalachian dulcimer – the official state musical instrument. Check out the Warren A. May Dulcimer Shop online and even order one! 

My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown with holiday decor and snow

Experience Kentucky’s History & Cultural Heritage

If you want to gift an experience that you will remember for years to come, why not purchase tickets to one of Kentucky’s famed museums for some history and culture? For sports fans, consider tickets to the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory or the National Corvette Museum. For history lovers, consider tickets to the Frazier History Museum, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or My Old Kentucky Home

Horses in a snowy field near Lexington

Kentucky’s Beautiful Horse Country

A horse may not fit in your gifting budget this year, but we’ve got a few ideas that will! Book a visit to Horse Country, or new this year – purchase a gift certificate. Buy tickets to the Kentucky Horse Park, or book a trail ride around the grounds for spring through fall. And don’t forget the Kentucky Derby Museum for Derby fans, Churchill Downs and Keeneland

Cumberland Falls in winter

Enjoy an Unforgettable Outdoor Adventure

And you can’t forget the outdoor adventure enthusiasts on your list! Book an unforgettable experience at The Gorge Underground in Red River Gorge – offering a guided tour of a 100-year flooded mine via boat, kayak or paddle board. Kentucky’s state parks offer some of the most scenic sites in the land – gift a night in a lodge, cabin or campsite complete with hiking, biking, boating, golfing and other outdoor opportunities with a Kentucky gift card