It's time to start thinking about holiday gift giving! Whoever the lucky people are that make it onto your shopping lists, we've got great options for checking off those gifts. With more unique shops and boutiques then ever, Morgan County's a great place to enjoy a day of shopping in a friendly, relaxed small town setting. Check out the many shops now open in downtown Martinsville and Mooresville and don't miss the one-of-a-kind options in Morgantown (have you been to the Naked Gypsy yet?).
Holiday Open Houses and other special shopping events are the perfect excuse to indulge in a day of shopping, and several will be hosted by shops in Morgan County this season, beginning the first weekend of November. Here's a list of where you'll find awesome gifts and great deals to kick off the holiday shopping season in November and December! Check out our shopping page for more fun independent shops and boutiques to visit, make sure you get holiday craft fairs on your calendar, and watch our event calendar for more event opportunities!
Berries & Ivy Country Store
The transformation from Halloween to Holidays is a big one at this fun shop - so big that they'll completely close up shop on Nov. 4 to make the switch, then unveil their holiday spirit on Nov. 5! This family-owned shop is a Martinsville tradition, and so is their annual Christmas Open House event! Seriously, there are typically people waiting in line outside the store when the doors open at 10 am. Why, you ask? Well, to get a jump on that holiday shopping, of course... and because the first 50 customers in the door receive a special gift! No matter what time you arrive, you'll find holiday home decor and gift items to delight those on your shopping list (or maybe yourself).
Martinsville Candy Kitchen
The Martinsville Candy Kitchen will officially kick off their 103rd Candy Cane Season on Saturday, Nov. 5. Enjoy watching a live candy cane pour, shop for your favorite candies and chocolates, indulge in some ice cream... and don't forget to place those holiday candy cane orders if you haven't already! (If you aren't already familiar with this iconic Morgan County sweet shop, see our Candy Cane FAQs for more info on this fun holiday tradition.) Stop in any Saturday in November and December for some holiday magic! Watch their FB page for specific candy pour times each weekend.
Bonus: Santa will be at the Candy Kitchen on November 26 and December 17.
The Sterling Butterfly
This downtown Martinsville shop is the perfect place to find fun gift ideas from Indiana based artisans ranging from jewelry to pottery to paintings, plus a thoughtfully chosen collection of additional items as well. An artist herself, owner and jeweler Pam Hurst invites you kickoff the holiday shopping season with a Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 12. Stop in for a great selection of gift items for those on your list, or maybe even yourself!
The Painted Cottage
Located on Morgan Street, The Painted Cottage will host a Holiday Open House on November 12, from 10 am to 5 pm. You'll find lots of fun holiday decor items as well as all their regular goodies, including Vera Bradly, apparel for ladies and littles, fun gift items and more!
This fun and stylish boutique is located on Washington Street in downtown Martinsville. Get a jump on shopping for those special women in your life at their Holiday Open House event on Saturday, November 12. You'll find personally chosen clothing and accessories to fit each individual's style in a beautifully renovated historic space.
Fables and Fairy Tales
Everyone's favorite local bookstore, Fables and Fairy Tales in downtown Martinsville, will host their 2022 Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 12. You'll find amazing books for everyone on your list, but that's not all - unique toys, craft items, quirky t-shirts and more are all available at this independent book shop. (Gift certificates make great stocking stuffers, too, if you aren't sure what type of books to buy for that special someone!)
DeLyn Jewelry Christmas Open House
DeLyn Jewelry, located on Washington Street on the courthouse square in Martinsville, will host a Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 12. Stop by for great deals on quality jewelry, ladies apparel and accessories and more, plus huge discounts, storewide! The event will take place from 10 am to 1 pm.
Wood & Cotton and The Weathered Birdhouse
Conveniently located on Main Street, just a couple blocks south of the courthouse square, Wood & Cotton is the place to find carefully curated ladies' apparel, accessories, shoes and more, plus a wide variety of seasonal home decor and even furnishings! Join them on Saturday, Nov. 12 beginning at 10 am for their annual Christmas Open House event, where you'll find fun gift ideas for loved ones (or yourself). Don't miss cool seasonal items from the Weathered Birdhouse, located inside Wood & Cotton.
Willowfield Lavender Farm Holiday Open House
Smoky Row Road, Mooresville
Willowfield Lavender Farm will host their annual Holiday Open House event on November 17-20. Hours will be 11 am to 5 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and Noon to 4 pm Sunday. Stop in and pick up lavender scented gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!) to help make this holiday season one to remember. Current guidelines in place at the shop include facemasks, a limited number of customers inside at one time, and gloves (provided). You can also order via their online store; orders can be shipped or picked up at the farm by appointment.
3rd Thursday on the Square: Give Thanks
Downtown Martinsville merchants will be paying it forward with the Give Thanks theme of November's 3rd Thursday on the Square event - a portion of profits from the evening will go to area non-profit organizations. Come out and get some of your holiday shopping done as you support both locally owned businesses and local non-profits during this holiday season. November's 3rd Thursday will be on Nov. 17 with extended evening hours.
Small Business Saturday Passports
Join downtown area merchants (and beyond) in Martinsville for Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 26. A national event, with a local focus, Small Business Saturday encourages Americans to buy from locally owned, independent retailers on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Martinsville's merchants have come together to create a Small Business Saturday Passport to help guide your shopping. Pick one up at any participating retailer, get a stamp at each shop you visit, then leave your completed passport at your final destination to be entered to win great prizes!
Victorian Christmas Celebration
While not a exactly a shopping event, there's plenty of shopping to be done at Mooresville's annual Victorian Christmas Celebration! Returning this year on Saturday, December 4, this fun event features lots to see and do, including shopping at locally owned boutiques and stores as well as a wide variety of handmade and direct sales items that can be found at vendor booths at multiple sites throughout Mooresville.
Christmas at the Farm
Walker's Homestead, Martinsville
Join Walker's Homestead as they host their Christmas at the Farm Pop Up Holiday Market event! In addition to their own Little Red Barn Market, you can also shop several vendors featuring handmade goods and boutique-style items. There will also be food trucks and live music on site, as well as the farm's resident animals!
Martinsville Cookie Stroll
Martinsville's signature holiday event, the Martinsville Cookie Stroll is all about getting you into local businesses, plus free entertainment and cookies! Come out and get the bulk of your holiday shopping done at several downtown retail stores, plus vendor booths and handmade crafts at Brickhouse on Main and the Morgan County Farmers Market Holiday Market at the Art Sanctuary. Don't forget to enjoy one of downtown Martinsville's tasty eateries as well! Cookie Passports are available NOW, but don't forget, you don't necessarily need a passport for everyone in your party, as each passport will result in 30+ cookies! You are also welcome to come enjoy the festive atmosphere, performances and special events without collecting cookies.
3rd Thursday on The Square: Stocking Stuffers
You don't want to miss the December 15th 3rd Thursday Shop the Square event. This fun event from downtown Martinsville merchants has a different theme each month and December's theme is "Stocking stuffers." Intended to provide a helpful (and fun) holiday shopping experience just in time to shop for those Secret Santa programs you may be a part of, this event will feature great holiday gift ideas. From gifts for the ladies to ideas on how to delight the little ones, this is your night to get out there and get that shopping done while you support locally-owned businesses at the same time.