2022 HOLIDAY "HOT" LIST

Who needs a reindeer when you have a thoroughbred!

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We've traveled around the state and have encountered several amazing finds.  We believe these treasures make excellent holiday gifts!

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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!

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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.  

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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!

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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.

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27. Women's UK Sweatshirt: $59.99

November 27,  2022

Women's Gameday Couture White/Royal Kentucky Wildcats For the Fun Double Dip-Dyed Pullover Hoodie is one of my favorite sweatshirts this year!  Give this gift to the lady in your life and she will love it!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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! 

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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!

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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! 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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14. JONESing Desserts: $Prices Vary

November 14,  2022

JONESing Desserts is an at home bakery in Owensboro, KY. They pride ourselves on baking unique homemade desserts that are delicious!  Order today to get your sweet tooth in the family, a holiday gift that won't forget!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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! 

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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.