2022 HOLIDAY "HOT" LIST
Who needs a reindeer when you have a thoroughbred!
We've traveled around the state and have encountered several amazing finds. We believe these treasures make excellent holiday gifts!
49. Bourbon Flight Subscription: $125
December 19, 2022
The Bourbon Flight is one of the fastest-growing bourbon clubs in the United States. The Flight Club is an exclusive members-only inner circle for bourbon enthusiasts. Only 1000 founding memberships are available. Purchase a gift subscription today and enjoy tons of benefits!
48. Lexington Philharmonic Season Tickets: $Prices Vary
December 18, 2022
Concert themes explore the limitless potential of music-making, the forces that shape and influence us, and the spirit of renewal in our art, lives, and world. Featuring a range of venues and partners, some old and new, performances during this historic season will be conducted by LexPhil’s new Music Director, Mélisse Brunet. Buy season tickets today!
47. Winn's Steakhouse Dinner: $Prices Vary
December 17, 2022
Overlooking the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, Matt Winn’s Steakhouse is Louisville, KY’s newest and most exciting experience in Louisville. From the grand traditions to the indulgent, gorgeous prime steak. Treat yourself to tableside service, and taste some of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys while overlooking the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack. Gift your gift card today.
46. Give the Gift of Adventure: $Prices Vary
December 16, 2022
Surprise family and friends with a fun and thrilling experience. Red River Gorge underground tours are one of the most exciting things to do in Kentucky. With an expert guide at the helm, you'll wind your way through the 100-year-old flooded limestone mine and discover the rich history and hidden secrets of The Gorge Underground.
45. A Weekend Getaway: $Prices Vary
December 15, 2022
We love the beauty of Bluebird Studio, a three-story grand home with two guest rooms and a fitness studio! All new furniture is brought to you in the two private guest rooms an en suite baths. A shared balcony porch overlooking farmland with a stunning view on a large, quiet lot. An Art Gallery of local artists is always on display on the first floor for your pleasure and Yoga and Pilates classes offered regularly in the second-floor studio. Within walking distance to historic, downtown Georgetown, this would make a perfect experience.
44. Blackberry Jam Cake: $Prices Vary
December 14, 2022
Christmas is less than a week away and Tastefully Delicious is baking lots and lots of Blackberry Jam Cakes. Stop on by to pick some up. It makes the perfect Kentucky gift! Tastefully Delicious is located at 126 South Main, right in the middle of downtown Lawrenceburg on the corner of Jackson Street and South Main. The store is open Monday thru Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.
43. Louisville City Soccer Season Tickets: $Prices Vary
December 13, 2022
Season ticket processes for Louisville City FC’s 2023 season are underway!
Memberships start at $17 apiece for 17 games — good for a chairback seat at Lynn Family Stadium or spot in the supporter zone — and come with a variety of benefits that when combined total up to 10 times the value of the ticket price.
42. Salato Wildlife Center Membership: $20
December 12 2022
If you know someone who loves animals, then purchase a a membership to Salato Wildlife and give the gift of FREE unlimited admission during regular operating hours to one of Kentucky's best wildlife centers! Memberships are good for one year from the day of purchase.
41. Ultimate Pamper Me Ky Proud Me Box: $125
December 11 2022
Enjoy the ultimate spa experience with these luxurious hand crafted bath and body products. Completely Kentucky has selected the finest soaps, lotions, and creams from Kentucky’s most talented hands. So relax and indulge!
Woodstock Lavender Co. soothing eye pillow
Rock Bottom Soap bath bomb
Rock Bottom Soap bath salts
Open Window Scents natural loofah soap rest
40. Tickets to BourbonCon: $Price Varies
December 10 2022
The first BourbonCon at Griffin Gate — a weekend of all things bourbon for amateurs, experts and everyone in between - would make the perfect gift for the bourbon lover. Happening January 20th - 21st with tastings of over 30 bourbon and culinary partners, a cooking demonstration and Q&A from Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, bourbon expert panels, a mixologist competition, live entertainment and more at the Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Golf Resort & Spa.
Learn more about this event by clicking below!
39. Dinner at Boone Tavern: $Price Varies
December 9, 2022
The bluegrass of Kentucky meets the rolling hills of Appalachia at The Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant. Their storied hotel in Berea, KY is in its second century of providing guests with the pinnacle of southern hospitality and charm.
We love their award-winning restaurant that features the legendary cornbread soufflé locally known as Boone Tavern Spoonbread, among other mouth-watering original dishes that source regional Kentucky Proud ingredients. Buy a gift card today for your loved one!
38. Griffin Gate Spa Package: $Price Varies
December 8, 2022
Tam and I recently experienced Lexington’s premier day spa, offering an urban oasis perfectly combining relaxation, solitude, and pure indulgence. It was amazing! The Spa at Griffin Gate is open to the public and provides an array of wonderful services including massages, body scrubs and wraps, hydra facials, mani's, pedi's and more! Make it easy and order your gift experience online today!
37. Hidden River Cave Tour or Activities: $Price Varies
December 7, 2022
Hidden River historic cave tour will take you through one of Kentucky’s largest and most scenic cave entrances where two subterranean rivers flow over one-hundred feet below ground. Walk across the world’s longest underground swinging bridge and step up into Sunset Dome, one of the largest free-standing cave domes in the United States. You can also go repelling and tour their museum. It's the perfect experiential gift!
36. Event Tickets to EKU Center for the Arts: $Price Varies
December 6, 2022
The EKU Center is Central Kentucky's premier entertainment and arts destination, located conveniently off of I-75 in Richmond on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Check out the 2023 season for great gift ideas for your friends or family!
35. Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo Gift Cards: $Price Varies
December 5, 2022
Kentucky Down Under - an Australian Animal Park in Kentucky all about hands on adventure, is fun and interactive with a beautiful, historic cave on site. Visitors can roam with kangaroos, become a tree perch for Rainbow Lorikeets as you feed them nectar, watch border collies work their magic with sheep, take a 30-minute guided cave tour, and visit an interactive animal and bird show. Open year-round, this is a gift for the whole family!
34. Solexio Hair Styling Tool: $299
December 4, 2022
Move over Dyson, SOLEXIO is Lexmark Ventures’ first health and beauty brand formed from more than 20 years’ experience in developing refined heating solutions. With over 20 patents granted, as well as multiple patent applications filed, the Lexmark engineering team strives to perfect ceramic-based heating technology. Lexmark created the Lexmark Ventures group to apply their latest advances in exciting new ways. Lexmark Ventures built Lexmark | tempR as their core heating solutions brand. Tam and I love our Solexio hair styling tool and so will anyone you gift this to, this holiday season!
31. Hand-made Soaps & Body Products: $Price Varies
December 1, 2022
Amber Cron, founder of Rustic Products, is a self-taught artist and Kentucky Proud business owner by night. She creates custom scents for individuals, parties or stores! Rustic Products offers all natural, locally made soy based candles, beard products, body soap, soap based sugar scrubs, body washes and other gift ideas. Check out the products at three locations in Kentucky or visit below!
30. Hand-made Glass Lawn Ornaments: $Price Varies
November 30, 2022
We discovered garden beauty made by The Potted Plate & Garden Art and sold at locally owned Lyons Ace Hardware in Lexington. These unique glass fused landscape pieces and bird bath are the perfect accent to anyone's home. We love this gift idea for your loved one who appreciates the great outdoors.
29. Top Shelf Reflections - Bourbon Collection Print: $Price Varies
November 29, 2022
Piper & Co. was created by a KY mama in desperate need of personal accents that suited not only her style but her quirks as well! Lovingly handcrafted to be lightweight, & high quality, each piece is meant to bring happiness and light to the wearer in a way that we see as a type of self-love and self-care. Check out her selection by clicking below!
28. Top Shelf Reflections - Bourbon Collection Print: $39
November 28, 2022
This is a print made from an original watercolor painting of a collection of top shelf bourbons from some of the best bourbons in the industry. The bourbons included are: Basil Haydens, Four Roses, Old Forrester, EH Taylor, Eagle Rare, Willett, Bookers, Elijah Craig, Bardstown Bourbon Company, W. L Weller, Weller 12, Blanton’s, Woodford Reserve, Old Fitzgerald, Bluegrass Distillers, Henry McKenna, Maker’s Mark and Pappy Van Winkle. This gift from Watercolors by Aimee is perfect for the bourbon connoisseur.
26. A Handmade Designer Basket by Derek: $Price Varies
November 26, 2022
Whether you know a collector, or someone who simply enjoys living with beautiful, well-crafted objets d’art, a Designer Basket by Derek is certain to please in many ways and for years to come. Derek's work can be found in craft galleries and fine retailers nationwide. Check out why these hand-made baskets make the perfect gift!
25. A Stay at the 1857 Hotel: $Price Varies
November 25, 2022
How about a visit to one of Kentucky's coolest hotels, the 1857 Hotel. All ten of their boutique rooms offer visitors a unique and distinctive hotel experience. From vaulted ceilings to exposed brick, our hotel rooms beautifully blend modern decor with the industrial design of the original building, which dates back to the 1800's. Within eyesight of the Paducah Riverfront and adjacent to the historic Market House Theatre and the preeminent Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Performing Arts Center, guests of the hotel find themselves literally at the heartbeat of Paducah. It's a gift your loved one will cherish.
24. Gift Card to Hermitage Farm: $Price Varies
November 24, 2022
Hermitage Farm celebrates Kentucky’s unique agricultural heritage and the signature industries that make us a place like nowhere else. Experience their renowned thoroughbred operations, sustainable, organic farm-to-table dining, bourbon tastings, and contemporary artwork displayed in a 19th-century estate reimagined through 21st-century eyes. It's the perfect experience to gift that special person in your life.
23. Stone Fence Tour: $Price Varies
November 23, 2022
Get ready to be immersed in the history, culture, and beauty of the bluegrass state when you schedule an outing with Stone Fences Tours. They are your premier source for a variety of educational and entertaining guided tours in Central Kentucky and would make a great and unique gift for anyone!
22. Racehorse Designs Hand-Made Ornament: $Price Varies
November 22, 2022
Hand-painted and coated with epoxy resin for a glass-like shine, these special hand-painted ornaments will make a beautiful addition to your holiday collection or a unique gift for that special person! No two are alike and each ornament is arranged in its very own attractive gift box.
21. The Kentucky Grand Hotel: $Price Varies
November 21, 2022
Listed as one on the top 26 romantic hotels in the US by Elle Decor, The Kentucky Grand Hotel is nestled in the center of historic downtown Bowling Green and feature large, elegant suites with a living room and private bedroom and great views of the city! It's the perfect romantic getaway or a fabulous girl's trip! Purchase a weekend for your loved one and you will be a hero!
20. Hourglass Aesthetic Gift Card: $Price Varies
November 20, 2022
Hourglass Aesthetics is a full service medical spa offering injectables, medical skincare, eyelash extensions, PRP treatments, Laser Hair Removal, IPL, Erbium lasers, O-Shot, P-Shot, hair color/cut and hand tied extensions, spray tanning, waxing and more! Purchase a gift card for the lady or gentleman in your life and they will be ecstatic!
19. Bites of the Bluegrass Food Tour: $Price Varies
November 19, 2022
How about touring historical Downtown Lexington where a foodie guide will take you to some of the best bites in the Bluegrass! You will be lead on an insightful tour through the Lexington's booming food scene to taste its unique southern flavors. Taste delicious farm-to-fork cuisine and learn about the city's captivating history, architecture, and street art along the way. Tours are also available in Danville. What a unique gift idea!
18. Shine Pilates Gift Card: $Price Varies
November 18, 2022
At Shine Pilates Lex, they believe ALL bodies can benefit from Reformer Pilates. Their studio is purposefully small because they want each client to feel special and unique. This makes the perfect gift for anyone - friend or family - whether they have a current health concern, are looking to make healthy improvements or who wants overall balance and better well-being in their lives. Click the button below for more information.
17. Polly Singer Couture Hats: $Price Varies
November 17, 2022
I love my hats which is why I adore Polly Singer Couture Hats, one of the Bluegrass's premier milliners. Polly Singer has made thousands of women feel beautiful and elegant while wearing her couture hats and there are so many colors and styles to choose from. If you have a hat person if you life, surprise her with one of Kentucky's best!
16. Lexington Kentucky Blue/White Rope Hat: $30
November 16, 2022
Wear Your Pride! Tam and I love these hats from University Traditions where they offer a variety of styles and colors. The Lexington Collection: Imperial Headwear "The Wrightson" is a blue hat with white rope and a retro embroidered patch and merrowed edge (Blue State of Kentucky, White Background, Blue Edge). It fits any Kentucky fan! Buy yours today!
15. Kentucky Men's Basketball vs. Louisville Cardinals Tickets: $Prices Vary
November 15, 2022
The biggest rivalry in the Commonwealth, Wildcats v. Cardinals, is around the corner! Getting tickets for that die-hard UK fan, or if you happen to be a U of L fan, would be a great gift with a really quick payoff since the game is on December 31. You might want to act fast, those tickets will disappear. For more information on tickets for all UK men’s basketball games, click the button below!
13. Delicious Kentucky Advent Calendar: $159
November 13, 2022
Behind each door you'll find a delicious shareable treat from our beloved collection of 24 artisans located throughout the state of Kentucky including:
Elmwood Inn’s (Danville, KY | 4 Sachets of Tea)
Yankee Doodle Deli (Covington, KY | Pack of 4 Zolos)
Whelpdale Chocolate (Louisville, KY | Buttons in a Bag)
Kentucky Chocolate Co. (Louisville, KY | Chocolate Cups)
And much, much more! For details, click the button below!
12. Sleep Well" Gift Set: $40
November 12, 2022
We adore the "Sleep Well" gift set from Woodstock Lavender Co which includes everything you need for a restful nights sleep. The set includes a full-size Lavender & Chamomile Pillow Spray, a bottle of Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil, and a hand-sewn Woodstock Lavender Co. Dream Pillow filled with flax, lavender, roses, and chamomile. This company out of Somerset has developed the perfect gift box for anyone if your family.
11. An Overnight or Weekend Stay in a Treehouse in Hart County: Price Varies
November 11, 2022
Tam and I had the MOST FUN at the Horse Cave KOA Holiday Campground where we stayed in a real tree house. Located in Hart County, Ky there is so much to do from their great restaurants, Hidden River Cave tours and activities, to a visit to Kentucky Down Under Zoo. Surprise your love one with this perfect gift! To read all about our stay, read our blog by clicking here or click the button below for details on KOA!
10. The Lexington or Kentucky Destination Bracelet: Price Varies
November 10, 2022
The Lexington and Kentucky Destination Bracelets have been designed to honor the world-famous equestrian history and absolute scenic beauty of a unique city and state rich in spirit, heritage and culture. Born of fire and wrought in precious metals, these bracelets are a symbolic, wearable treasure to this renowned equestrian community and make the most awesome gift for that lady in your life.
9. Bourbon Barrel Blocks Wood Chunks: $17.95
November 9, 2022
Barrel Proof Smoking Blocks are packaged from authentic Kentucky bourbon barrels. When used as grilling chips, they release a sweet smoky flavor creating a unique richness that can only be achieved by using authentic white oak bourbon barrels. The aroma emanating from the bag of Bourbon Blocks feels like someone just handed you a neat pour of your favorite bourbon. Barrel Proof has been granted the distinctive designation of “Kentucky Proud” and makes the best present for the master griller in your family!
8. Screamin' Mimis Salsa: $5.99
November 8, 2022
Screamin’ Mimi’s salsa is a family recipe that has been passed down through four generations of women. For over 100 years, their signature sweet, hot salsa was a constant and comforting presence on the table for the whole family to enjoy and now you can purchase this Kentucky Proud product at any Kroger's store! It makes the perfect gift for that foodie in your life!
7. Donate to Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Fund: $Price Varies
November 7, 2022
Governor Beshear has established the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system that hit Kentucky this July. All donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating, according to the kentucky.gov website. The holiday season is all about the power of giving; what better place to start than your home state?
6. Interior Home Styling or Personal Shopping from Wearhouse: $Price Varies
November 6, 2022
Wearhouse is a curated vintage boutique and showroom located in Lexington, Kentucky that specializes in hand selected vintage and high end clothing, furniture and art, according to their website. Owners Shanda and Liz are passionate about promoting sustainability and have founded the incredibly successful “Drunken Flea” in Lexington to provide support and guidance for other creatives in the market. Warehouse offers interior home styling, personal shopping, event planning and wardrobe styling along with their retail component. Help your loved one make 2023
their most fashionable year yet by gifting a service from Wearhouse.
5. Gift Card to Java Jukebox Cafe & Eatery: $Price Varies
November 5, 2022
Java Jukebox Cafe & Eatery is a new locally-owned coffee shop located on W Maxwell St. in Lexington. They are open Tuesday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offer your favorite caffeinated beverages as well as a full breakfast menu! A gift card to the retro-themed coffee shop is a must for your University of Kentucky Student and friends and family alike.
4. Tickets to the Brown-Forman Nutcracker: $Price Varies
November 4, 2022
Each year, artists from the Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra come together to put on an incredible performance in the Brown-Forman Nutcracker. A holiday tradition for many, it is nearly impossible to not feel the Christmas magic after watching glittering snow flutter across the stage during the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Be sure to shop the Nutcracker Gift Shop items before or after the show for nutcrackers, ornaments, t-shirts, tote bags, and more!
3. University of Kentucky apparel from Vintage Therapy: $Price Varies
November 3, 2022
It is impossible to have too many UK clothing items in your closet. Luckily, Vintage Therapy allows you to shop sustainably while also preparing all your loved ones for this coming big blue basketball season. From royal blue bomber jackets to wildcat crewnecks and even customized T-shirts, each piece Vintage Therapy offers is high-quality and unique.
2. Fresh Bourbon Tasting Experience: $Price Varies
November 2, 2022
Tam and I love Fresh Bourbon and their "fresh" take on Kentucky's #1 spirit! At Fresh Bourbon they believe bourbon has to be experienced and enjoyed by each individual their own way. Recognized by the State of Kentucky as the First
African Americans to make Kentucky bourbon since slavery, Tia and Sean Edwards owners and founders of Lexington's Fresh Bourbon get it right! They offer one of the best bourbon tastings in Kentucky which is why we believe this will make the best present for the holidays!
1. Stella, the Sweet and Spunky Stegosaurus: $10.99
November 1, 2022
We are so excited to share this amazing new book by our friend Susan Mills, a Kentucky mother and founder of My Autism Tribe who has dedicated her life to being an advocate for her son and other with exceptionalities.
Stella, the Sweet and Spunky Stegosaurus is about an amazing nonverbal character, who wants to find a friend! With a tail that wiggles and jiggles, she is often misunderstood...until she finds friendship with Drew the Dryosaurus. A heartwarming story of perseverance and inclusivity, Stella will capture a forever place in your heart. YOU DON'T NEED A VOICE TO FIND A FRIEND.