The Top 5 Local Gifts for Kids

Surprise and delight the little ones in your life with these fun and unique gift ideas for kids from local, women-owned businesses.
Girl surprised with joy opening a Christmas present

Are you lost on what gift to get for the little ones in your life this year? Check out these holiday gifts for kids, all from women-owned businesses in Indiana, for some unique toys and books that you may not find anywhere else.

Nyla Nova: The "STEMsation" activity bookNakeisha Washington is the founder of Nyla Nova STEMversity. She and her six-year-old daughter Nyla Denae’ are the co-authors of this activity book that’s aimed at children ages 2-5. Featuring puzzles, mazes, coloring pages, and more, the book is designed to encourage all little girls to grow up to be future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) leaders. 

“Nyla Nova: The STEMsation” activity book, $9.99 at

We Have Ears Minnie Mouse donut themed headbandWeHaveEars is a fantastic and fun line of headbands created by Mary Koon of Fishers. Minnie Mouse fans will flip over her “Christmas Donut” and “Wreath” designs, but there are several other versions that are also worth checking out.

WeHaveEars headbands, $25.50-$41.50 at

Candy Cane stuffie from Nurture FamilyIf you’re looking for a holiday-themed stuffie for your little one, this dandy candy cane from Nurture Family that comes in two sizes is about as sweet as it gets.

Amuseable candy cane, $18-35 at

Montrose Farms Isadora's Dance BookLori Lovely is the owner of Montrose Farms Alpaca Ranch in Brownsburg. It’s there that she raises alpacas and sells items like blankets, socks, and teddy bears, all made with alpaca fleece. Lovely has also written this children’s book called “Isadora’s Dance,” about a blind baby alpaca who courageously overcomes the challenges she faces.

“Isadora’s Dance” book, $15 at

A selection of wooden donuts from Sanded Sugar in IndianapolisThe adorable wooden desserts from Sanded Sugar help make playtime fun. Whether you opt for a set of three chocolate chip cookies or a pastel-striped piece of cake, these sturdy wooden toys, handmade in Broad Ripple, are destined to become a household favorite. 

Wooden toys, $5-$18 at

Stephanie Groves is an Indy-based freelance writer who is busy checking items off of her holiday shopping lists.

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