2020 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!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFERINGS FROM A FEW OF OUR OUR BUDS!

50. Customized Kentucky Bucket List: $Free

December 25, 2020

2020 has been one for the books and if you are like most people, you are ready to get out and explore in 2021.  That's why we love the idea of a customized Kentucky Bucket List jar.  All you need is a jar, paper and your ideas.  Write down places you have always wanted to visit in Kentucky, whether it's a small town restaurant or a cozy bed and breakfast.  Put as many ideas in the jar as you want.  Then beginning in 2021, pull from the jar once a month, bi-weekly, you decide.  Let Christmas 2020 bring joy and cheer to your 2021!  Merry Christmas!

49. A Night's Stay at the Exquisite Statesman: $Price Varies

December 24, 2020

A unique opportunity to be in the heart of Downtown Lexington, KY & stay in a prominent historical figures former Law Office. The Statesman is positioned across the street from Limestone Hall which allows guests the ability to experience all the conveniences of Downtown by foot. This 3-story historic apartment has recently undergone a face lift & the owners spared no expense with high end finishing. The property possess all of the modern day conveniences while maintaining the old world charm. We got the opportunity to stay there is summer and hands down, it's one our favorite places to date.
 

48. Bourbon History River Tour: $Price Varies

December 24, 2020

Experience the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® by boat- a unique way to learn about the Kentucky River’s influence on the history of bourbon. Come see why early whiskey distillers cherished this river, and decided to build their fortunes on it’s banks. Discover the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® from a new perspective, with Kentucky River Tours. It's the THE NATIONS ONLY BOAT BASED BOURBON TOUR!

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47. Homemade Kentucky Butter Cookies with Bourbon Glaze: $Price Varies

December 23, 2020

This Kentucky Butter Cookies with Bourbon Glaze recipe is easy and such a great treat for your Kentucky friends. Inspired by the Kentucky Butter cake and topped with Bluegrass famous bourbon, these cookies make the perfect present and one you can do at the last minute!  Click below for the recipe!

46. 2021 Season Pass to Kentucky Kingdom: $Prices Vary

December 22, 2020

2020 put a damper on many activities but 2021 has fun on the horizon.  Kentucky Kingdom is selling 2021 passes at discounted rates making now a perfect time to purchase.  It's a gift that the whole family will enjoy!  Click below for details!

45. A Letter to Santa - All to Support Make-A-Wish: $Free

December 21, 2020

For every Santa letter you send online or drop in a big red letterbox in store, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million, to create life-changing wishes for children all across the country. What an easy way for you and your children to give the gift of love this year. 

44. A Getaway to The Kentucky Grand Hotel and Spa: $Prices Vary

December 20, 2020

One of our very favorite trips this year was our stay at The Kentucky Grand Hotel and Spa in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  You can read our blog here. We highly recommend a visit to this beautiful resort listed among the top 26 romantic hotels in the world. Their onsite restaurant, bar and spa are all you need - you never have to leave the hotel!  Surprise your loved one with a Kentucky staycation as this wonderful spot. 

43. Sponsor a Horse from Old Friends: $100

December 19, 2020

Old Friends meets a vital need by providing a permanent home to more than 200 thoroughbreds in Kentucky. Their aging equines require a steady cash flow. They have regular monthly expenses and sometimes unexpected medical costs. Donate $100 and sponsor an Old Friend's retiree. Donors receive a personalized Certificate and an 8 X 10 color photograph. Certificates are available for all horses.  They make great gifts for the horse lover in your life!  There are other ways to participate as well.  For more details click the button below.

42. Kentucky Themed Gift Bucket: $You Decide

December 18, 2020

We are loving this idea from Pinterest: A Kentucky Themed Gift Bucket! You decide the contents but here are a few ideas Start with the local KFC bucket and fill it with Blue Monday candy bars from Ruth Hunt Candies, a bottle of Ale-8-One soda, Weisenberger Mill corn muffin mix, and a postcard of My Old Kentucky Home.  It's super cute!

41. Bourbon Review Magazine Subscription: $16.99/year

December 17, 2020

Bourbon Review is the leading source for information on Bourbon and American Whiskey. Gift your loved one a one year subscription so they can stay up to date on the latest and greatest in the world of bourbon.

40. Arc Encounter Tickets: $24.95 - 49.95

December 16, 2020

We have the perfect gift this year for Christmas!  How about a visit to The Ark Encounter which features the most authentic full-size replica of Noah’s Ark in the world, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, with three decks of teaching exhibits. And if you go during the holidays, you will also get to experience a beautiful light display.  Buy tickets today!  It's a wonderful family gift!

39. A Stay at Maple Hill Manor: $Prices Vary

December 15, 2020

Located in the heart of Kentucky’s scenic Bourbon, Horses, and History Region, Maple Hill Manor in Springfield, KY is considered one of the best preserved Antebellum style homes in the Bluegrass – and one of the most award-winning, nationally recognized B&B in the state. You will find the manor to be a beautiful, restful place to seek refuge and enjoy the relaxing country fresh air at this historic Alpaca and Llama Farm. Purchase your stay today and make someone's Christmas special!

38. U.K.-opoly - University of Kentucky Monopoly Game: $26.95

December 14, 2020

Choose your token and advance to GO WILDCATS™! Collect Credit Hours and trade them in for Diplomas. You may soon be marching in the Wildcat Marching Band…or bumming quarters to do your laundry! How fun in this for every Kentucky fan?! 

37. Kentucky T-Shirt Monthly Subscription: $10/mo + Shipping

December 13, 2020

Give the gift that keeps on giving!  My Kentucky Tee does just that!  With their subscription service, they will send your loved one a new Kentucky tee every month for $10 + shipping.  What a great way to surprise that special in your life while supporting local business and promoting Kentucky pride. Order today!

36. B.T. Leigh's Award Winning Sauce: $8/bottle

December 12, 2020

For the foodie in your life, we have just the perfect gift!  B.T. Leigh's, from Bowling Green, Kentucky, sell award winning sauces and rubs including The Clevelander, Something, Something Sauce and Jalepeno Business! You can try it on chicken, pork, beef, fish, or vegetables! It goes on just about anything, from the best barbecue to the humble ham sandwich! And if your order by December 17th, you will receive by Christmas!  Or if in the Lexington area, you can pick up your bottles at The Liquor Barn in the Beaumont Center.

35. Just a Few Miles South Cookbook by Ouita Michel: $24.95

December 11, 2020

Ouita Michel is a culinary legend around these parts.  She’s the force behind seven restaurants including Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station, Zim’s, Honeywood, Windy Corner Market, Smithtown Seafood and Midway Bakery & Café.  With her new cookbook, Just a Few Miles South, you can recreate her best-loved dishes for your family.  Pre-order your copy today and receive a ticket to an invitation-only book launch party! 

34. Coles Steak Dust: $15

December 10, 2020

Want your steaks to taste as good as a professional chef?  We know how to make it happen! Chef Cole of Coles 735 Main in Lexington KY has created the perfect blend of spices and secret ingredients to formulate Cole's Steak Dust!  It's magical indeed!

33. Buffalo Trace T-Shirts: $Prices Vary

December 9, 2020

We love our friends at Buffalo Trace Distillery like the rest of our fellow Kentuckians and we think their t-shirts make the greatest gifts!  They have everything for the "Party Animal" to the "Shot of Whiskey" person in your life.  These tees are super comfy and come in both men's and lady's sizes. They ship and also have curbside services.  Order yours today!

32. Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Cards: $You Decide

December 8, 2020

Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Cards are perfect gift ideas for any occasion or anyone on your gift list. Gift cards are used just like credit cards at all Kentucky State Resort Parks and most other park locations, except Breaks Interstate Park. Use gift cards to purchase anything from meals to lodging or gift shop purchases—just about anything you’d like to buy at a KY State Park. Gift Cards may also be used at the Kentucky Artisan Center, the Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Historical Society's 1792 Store.

31. Snowball Fight Set: $25

December 6, 2020

How adorable is this six fleece snowball set from our friends in Berea, Worker Bee Sewing Company LLC?  It's the perfect way to have a snow ball fight for any kid and adult.  Get yours now before it's too late!

30. Kentucky Magnetic Key Holder: $39.99

December 5, 2020

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of organization. Here’s one we can enjoy without struggle: liberation from forgetting where we left our keys. Embedded with four, super-strong magnets, the Wooden Kentucky will hold fast to your keys, bobby pins, banjo picks, and other metal objects. Purchase yours today from Wooden States!

29. Kentucky State Cutout Keychain: $9.99

December 4, 2020

How cute are the Kentucky state cutout key chains from TPE Woodworking base in Louisville? This is a great gift for any driver in your family. Or pickup one for your bff!  They measure 3.25" x 1.5", comes with a key ring and can be ordered in different colors.  But don't delay.  Orders must be received ASAP! Click below for details.

28. Handmade I Love You to Kentucky and Back Pillow: $14

December 3, 2020

Sometimes simple is best which is why we love this handmade "I love you to Kentucky and back" pillow made by Handmade by Meee in Winchester, KY. Text is hand embroidered in blue thread onto tea stained material. The back side is blue homespun material. Pillow measures about 10”x 11" and comes stuffed with poly fil.  Click below for details.

27. "Owned by a Horse” Gift Set: $49

December 2, 2020

For the horse lover – and who in KY isn’t? – we have this gift basket from Kentucky Green Studio that includes a Tack Room candle, a handmade bar of Bourbon Soap, Healing Salve, a Herbal Neck Wrap, an inspirational matted print and a coloring bookmark. It' the perfect gift for that special lady in your life!

26. Heirloom Handmade Quilt: $Prices Vary

November 30, 2020

Forget those Barefoot Dreams blankets that everyone is obsessing over this year!  If you’re from KY, you know nothing beats a handmade quilt, preferably one passed down from your great-grandma, but if you’re not so lucky, we know someone who can make you one!  Shaina of Sew Knot Fancy in Jackson, Kentucky (which is where Tam’s mom is from BTW), makes t-shirt quilts, baby clothes memory quilts, the traditional pattern quilts or she can do a custom quilt using the patterns and colors you choose!  Wrap up your loved one in an heirloom this year and order one today! 

25. Bourbon Lip Balm: $4

November 29, 2020

Local Product from Rock Bottom Soap Company in London, Kentucky!

Yummy Lip Balm made with beeswax, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and flavor oil with a hint of sweet bourbon flavor.

This is a Kentucky Proud Product!

24. Blanton's Bourbon Candle: $40

November 29, 2020

Do you love bourbon and candles. Why not put the two together? Kentucky Hug Candle located in Louisville, Kentucky is proud to bring you a product that showcases their Kentucky roots. A candle is a great way to showcase some Kentucky pride in your home or in the home of others. Get yours today!
 

23. Karma Soapery: $Prices Vary

November 27, 2020

Make taking a bath fun again!  Karma Soapery creates handmade soaps, lotions, balms, and light up bath bombs! What great stocking stuffers!  Karma Soapery is certified Kentucky Proud and ready to ship your order today! 

22. Derby Balls: $Prices Vary

November 27, 2020

Derby Balls make the perfect present, hostess gift, party treat, or sweet snack and we are loving these handmade bourbon balls from Kentucky created with a lot of love, sugar & of course, BOURBON!  There are a variety of packages sizes to choose from.  Pick up yours today!

21. Tony Delk's Cabernet Sauvignon - Bourbon Barrel Aged: $28

November 27, 2020

Are you a UK fan who loves to drink wine like Leigh?  Then you got to try this Cabernet Sauvignon aged over a year in freshly emptied Blanton's Bourbon Barrels made special for Tony Delk.  Tony is the famous University of Kentucky basketball star known from his Championship season and for his 3 point shooting.  These bottles have Tony's signature label with his famous, retired 00 number on the label.  Tony's middle name and nickname Lorenzo appears on the front, and the back label mentions Tony as well.  Order yours today by clicking the details button below!

20. Corvette Touring Laps: $299

November 27, 2020

Do you know someone who has the need for speed?  Then we have the perfect gift idea! Drive a Corvette on a track in a lead/follow format for 4 laps at the NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green Kentucky. Drivers are welcome to have a passenger and there are other gift certificate options as well!  How cool is this? What a unique way to show someone how much you love them!  Details below!

19. Lost Creek Heathered Gray Outdoor Hat: $24

November 25, 2020

Created by three friends from Lost Creek, KY, we are excited to introduce this new outdoor gear company out of the Eastern part of our state.  This homegrown hat, originally designed as an essential for outdoor use, it can now be found on trails, seen at nights on the town, worksites, campgrounds and more. The soft textile makes this hat a warm option for the colder months. Soft to the touch, the stretchy fabric creates a stay-put fit perfect for men and women! Order yours today!

18. KY Banner Elk Quilted Crew: On Sale for $39

November 24, 2020

Tam and I love sporting our Kentucky pride clothes and there is nothing better than this cozy quilted Kentucky blue and gray sweater by Kentucky Branded.  This will make any woman in your family happy this Christmas season!  Pick up yours today!

17. Cut to the Chase book – Alan Cutler: $18.71

November 23, 2020

If you follow Kentucky sports, you know the name Alan Cutler.  He covered UK Athletics for 30 years.  In this book, he recounts his favorite stories as a sportscaster.  Every BBN fan will want this under their tree this year! 

16. State of Kentucky Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle: $38

November 20, 2020

During the lockdown, we were all looking for ways to keep ourselves entertained and we did our fair share of puzzles.  This state of KY handmade wooden jigsaw puzzle has 100 nontraditionally-shaped pieces, along with figural pieces in the shape of a bourbon barrel, Churchill Downs, and a honey bee.  The lid even swings open so you can store the pieces inside.  You can gift this to the kids in your life, but we are sure you will be joining in on all the puzzle fun, too! 

15. Rupp Arena Basketball Flooring Wood Ring $200

November 19, 2020

One of us Buds got married this year, so we had to include this wooden ring by HawkinsHandicrafts out of Bowling Green, KY as number 15 on our Holiday Hot List this year!  The ring is handcrafted using wood from the original wood flooring used in Rupp Arena from 1976-2001.  Each one is unique and made to order, so if you want one you better act fast! 

14. Custom Pet Ornaments: $25

November 18, 2020

Calling all pet lovers!  We adore these custom hand-crafted clay animal ornaments designed to capture your pet or the pet of a loved one by Finders Creepers.  These make perfect gifts for anyone with a furry critter or to commemorate the loss of a family animal.  Hurry and order yours today to make sure your ornament arrives before the holidays.  Just click the link below for more details! 

13. Pink Calcite Dish – Aura at Home: $135

November 17, 2020

With everyone staying at home, it’s important for it to be a place of tranquility and beauty.  Calcite is a stone of peace and well-being, and this decorative dish brings these elements into your home.  By enhancing the flow of energy from the Crown Chakra down into the Heart Chakra, Pink Calcite can attract new opportunities and help promote universal love. Who doesn't want that?  Click on the button to order yours today!

12. Wooded Kentucky Horse Racing Game: $139

November 16, 2020

Did you miss Derby this year?  No fear, we have the perfect present - the Kentucky Horse Race game! This classic mimics a day at the races with tons of more for 2 or more players!

This is a handcrafted wooden game board with metal horses which allows you to do a little friendly betting with your friends and family. Complete with game accessories and carrying case, this is a unique Kentucky game that you make you the life of the party! And when you're not using it, the board can be hung on the wall as decoration! How fun for a game room!  Click the button below for details.

11. 5x7 Bourbon Prints: $30/ea

November 14, 2020

We love our Kentucky bourbon which is why we are so enamored with these amazing bourbon prints by local artist Kayla Weber Nord.  She has everything from Blanton's to Pappy Van Winkle.  By whole set to create a fabulous display for your wall.  What a great and unique Christmas present!  For details on how you can purchase, click the link below!

10. Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup: $22

November 12, 2020

Let’s face it, some people are really hard to buy for during the holidays but you can never go wrong with food! Pick up Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup from Savage Farms located in Louisa, Kentucky.  It's amazing on pancakes, it is delicious in baked beans, or on salmon, ice cream, maybe add a little to your eggnog. Your friends & family will love it! PS. They also sell wine!  Check out their Facebook page by clicking the button below. You can order there!

9. Baby Yoda Plush Animal: $30+

November 11, 2020

The image speaks for itself! It doesn't get any cuter than this!  All of you Mandalorian fans will have to own one of these hand-crafted Baby Yoda dolls, made by Kentucky's own Sarabee Designs! Not only are they custom made, they come in two sizes and make the perfect gift for all you Baby Yoda lovers!  Order yours now so you can get in time for the holidays! 

8. Home State Quarter Bracelet: $20

November 10, 2020

Everyone has heard about the coin shortage this year so what better way to commemorate 2020 than with this unique bracelet from Wild Wonderful Finery featuring KY quarters? It's worth every penny and that's why we are making it #8 on our #HolidayHotList! See below for details!

7. Game of Thrones Themed Fantasy Suite: Price Varies

November 7, 2020

One of the best presents Tam ever gave me was a night at this amazing Air BnB located in downtown Lexington.  This palatial chamber, adorned  with royal features is inspired by the wildly popular series, Game of Thrones.  The room is equipped with a custom California King wooden bed bearing playroom features and a mini-dungeon. You will also experience a luxurious bathroom with steam shower for two, Old World decor, hand-crafted torch sconces, medieval-style weaponry and an iron throne! This would make the perfect gift for any fan! Click on the button below for details and more images!

6. Caroline's Curlz Embroidery and Monogramming KY Sweatshirts: $30/ea

November 6, 2020

These adorable KY embroidered sweatshirts created by Caroline's Culrz Embroidery and Monogramming makes the perfect Christmas present for all of our Bluegrass ladies.  They come in blue and gray and can be delivered to your house just in time for Christmas. Caroline also embroiders to create special gifts or personal items! There is something for everyone! Check out her Facebook page by clicking on the link below!

5. Boone Creek Outdoors Annual Pass: $300

The pandemic has made us all appreciate the great outdoors, and what better way to do this than by zipling 200 feet in the air through the beautiful woodlands at Boone Creek Outdoors in Lexington, KY.  Purchase an annual pass for $300 or individual ziplining or hiking tour gift cards.  This place is so gorgeous you will want to come back again and again!  And if you’re looking for a great family getaway, rent the Boone Creek Lodge.  It’s what every outdoorsy person wants this Christmas! 

4. KY Reclaimed Wood 2020 Ornaments: $9 each

November 4, 2020

We are loving these laser engraved “OMG Please Make it Stop 2020” and "2020 - The One Where Were We Quarantined" ornaments! They make fantastic keepsakes for a year to remember.

Thomas Woodworking, based out of Louisville, KY, uses the highest quality birch plywood along with modern laser technology to ensure a long-lasting and beautiful ornament. These make the perfect gifts for anyone in your friend and family circle.

3. Crow’s Court Bracelet: $10 and up

November 3, 2020

We are enchanted with these eye-catching beaded bracelets from Crow’s Court out of Maysville, KY.  Using onyx and other natural stones, these bracelets are handmade and are perfect for stacking.   At a great price point, they are your go-to gift for girlfriends, teachers, hostess gifts…or for treating yourself!

2. Rustic Products: Man Box - Prices Vary

November 2, 2020

For the bearded man in your life, treat him to a little pampering with this “Man Box” from Rustic Products which includes beard balm, beard oil, soap, and a beard comb all beautifully contained in a vintage cigar box.  These Kentucky Proud products are all natural and locally made right here in KY, and with manly scents like sweet tobacco and whiskey barrel, your man will be looking and smelling his best!

1. La Touraine Watches - Prices Vary

November 1, 2020

La Touraine Watches is Kentucky's favorite watch company with brand ambassadors like Tony Delk, JD Shelburne, Heather French Henry, Maria Montgomery, Tod Lanter and of course, us Buds, donning these amazing looks! They have every style from sporty to elegant and the prices are right!  Use our discount code KyTasteBuds and get 10% off your order!  Order today!