Indy Maven’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Here are the gifts that deserve a spot under the tree this year.
Christmas presents

Ready or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Soon begins the season of time with family, copious amounts of sweet treats, and the hunt for the perfect gift(s). We’ve taken a load off your shoulders and found the perfect presents for every budget, personality type, and lifestyle. 

Let the holiday shopping commence…now.

Gifts On a Budget - $30 or Less

Frangipani serum

1. Frangipani Regenerating Serum

Packed inside this 2-ounce sprayer bottle you’ll find apricot oil, avocado oil, rosehip seed oil, and evening primrose oil, boasting benefits like hydrated and luminous skin. Additional benefits include reinvigorated skin, skin tone brightening, and collagen production for firmer skin. 

Frangipani Regenerating Serum, $26 at

Just Pop In gift box

2. Just Pop In! Signature Collection Gift Box

This signature box includes mini bags of its most popular gourmet popcorn flavors—caramel, sharp cheddar, caramel nut crunch, and Indy Style, which is a caramel and sharp cheddar mix. 

Just Pop In! Signature Collection Gift Box, $30 at

Five Year Memory Book

3. Canvas One Line a Day A Five-Year Memory Book

Capture the upcoming year in a unique way thanks to this memory book. Each journal contains an entry for five successive years, allowing you to document anniversaries, birthdays, special days, mundane life, and everything in between. As the years go on, journal entries allow owners the chance to relive forgotten moments and doubles as a gift for generations to come. 

One Line a Day A Five Year Memory Book, $16.95 at

Soap Sunshine Self Care Box

4. Relax – Aromatherapy Self-Care Box

Inside each box is a selection of self-care necessities, crafted in-house at Soap and Sunshine in Alexandria, Indiana. This box contains a full-size lavender soap bar, relax aromatherapy shower steamer, and relax aromatherapy essential oil roller. Additional self-care boxes include ‘Uplift’ and ‘Defense.’

Relax – Aromatherapy Self-Care Box, $22 at

Berin Designs Trinket

5. Artisan Trinket Box

This oval trinket box is perfect to hold everyday jewelry and treasures, or even just serve as simple home decor. Each box has a colored clay stoneware base with a semi-transparent white glaze and is topped with a leather hoop handle. 

Artisan Trinket Box, $20 at

Local Services

1. The Emerging Artist’s Album

Less is Maura takes your kids’ art and turns it into curated albums with her service, The Emerging Artist Album. The first step to reserving your spot is to fill out her intake form. After, Maura will reach out to schedule a 15-minute consultation to get the album creation process started. Want to gift this service to a special mom in your life? Done. Gift cards are available.

The Emerging Artist’s Album, starting at $125 at

The Emerging Art's Album

2. Postbook 

Postbook is a product that makes exchanging postcards between you and a pal easier. Each Postbook contains two Postbook’s (one for you and one to give to your pal) and six prompts and postcards. 

Postbook (First Edition), $40 at


3. Loren’s Alcohol-Free Beverages 

Loren’s Alcohol-Free Beverages offers a variety of alcohol-free beverages, including wines, beers, mixers, and aperitifs. It also offers a variety of gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whisky. 

Loren’s Alcohol-Free Beverages, starting at $11 at

Mango Dragonfruit Rum

4. Insomnia Mom 

Insomnia Mom is a customizable lifestyle concierge service whose goal is to help customers organize and find balance, order, and direction. 

Insomnia Mom Concierge Service, free consultation at

Women holding Insomnia Mom card

5. Style Collective Color Analysis 

During this 2.5 hour appointment, Style Collective helps find your perfect shades with its comprehensive 12-tone advanced color analysis session using calibrated professional drapes and specialized lighting. It also includes a makeup sampling and application in your best colors and a demonstration of how to use your color swatch palette in the real world. 

Color Analysis for one, $350 at

Experience Gifts

Lady doing makeup

1. Makeup Lessons 

Indy Renee offers two-hour private makeup lessons in her Westfield studio, which includes going through your makeup and cleaning your brushes. She’ll tell you what products to keep, toss, or purchase. Additionally, Renne teaches clients how to perfect their contour and highlight, the everyday look and smokey eye, the makeup facelift, and how to apply false lashes. 

Makeup Lessons, $250 at

Women doing yoga on silks. A brick wall in the background with string lights hanging from the ceiling.

2. Cirque Indy Class 

Cirque Indy is the city’s only circus school. It provides both group classes and private classes for aerial silk, aerial hoop, static trapeze, aerial sling, flexibility, and hand balancing. 

Cirque Indy Classes, $135 for five classes at

Cakes by Coffee

3. All-Inclusive Cake Decorating for Beginnings 

Cakes by Coffee offers cake decorating classes in its Indianapolis studio. Its 2-hour beginner class teaches students how to prepare a cake for decorating, such as layering, icing a cake smooth, coloring icing, and basic/intermediate piping techniques.  All supplies are included. 

All-Inclusive Cake Decorating for Beginners, $150 at

So Chatti chocolate

4. Bean to Bag: Chocolate Making Class 

SoChatti teaches guests about the journey of the cacao bean in its Chocolate Making Class. The class offers students the opportunity to make their own drop candies, tour the SoChatti production facility, and enjoy a flight of SoChatti chocolate. 

Bean to Bag: Chocolate Making Class, $75 at

Man working on a ceramic

5. One Night Class

Yellow Door Ceramics Studio offers newbie potters the opportunity to learn the pottery wheel during its One Night Class. Each class is 2 hours long, and students can pick up their pieces three weeks after the class. 

One Night Class, $45 at


Samantha Kupiainen is a regular contributor to Indy Maven. 

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