Krista Bocko’s green gift guide

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In a recent column, I talked about how I don’t like Black Friday shopping.  As true as that is, I want to reiterate that I do like and wholeheartedly support shopping the independents, so I make an exception for them.   And, right now the downtown Square is as festive as it gets, so I did a little legwork and found some great handmade, green, unique, and in most cases, locally made gifts that can be purchased right in the heart of Noblesville.  Here’s to shopping local and supporting artisans and small business owners.  Be sure to BYOB (bring your own bags)!

Vintage Christmas ornaments, $2-3 each at Old Picket Fence, dress up packages and Christmas trees with unique flair. 894 Logan St. 774.1800

Handmade soap made in Noblesville, with names such as Winter's Eve and Apple Jack & Peel, delights the senses and makes a useful and special gift. $4 each at Old Picket Fence, 894 Logan St. 774.1800

Cozy up with these vibrant Hudson Bay thick wool blankets (size full) $85-$100 each at A Corner Cottage, 895 Conner St. 770.7577

A real feet treat, these Solmate Cotton socks, made in Vermont, are available in both kids and adult sizes. $17-$18, they’re available in the Casey's Dry Goods store located in Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan St., 776.9999. www.loganvillagemall.net

Letter Magnets are made of photos of naturally occurring letters by local photographers Kara and Terri. Priced at $3.50 each, they’re available at Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan St., 776.9999. www.loganvillagemall.net, or www.terrisalphapics.etsy.com

8. For a shiny and bright holiday, Clean & Green eco-friendly cleaning products by Maureen Keiner include All Purpose Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Germ & Mildew Cleaner, and Scouring Paste. $5-$8 each. Available at Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan St., 776.9999 www.loganvillagemall.net or email maureen.keiner@gmail.com

Button cuff bracelets, $18, make a colorful wardrobe statement. Located in the ‘Color Is My Middle Name’ booth in Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan St., 776.9999. www.loganvillagemall.net

Large button rings, $5, are unique and unexpected. Located in the ‘Color Is My Middle Name’ booth in Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan St., 776.9999. www.loganvillagemall.net

Button blooms, $6, dress up hats, headbands, bags and more. Located in the ‘Color Is My Middle Name’ booth in Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan St., 776.9999. www.loganvillagemall.net

Bottles of wine from Indiana Wineries such as Easley, New Day, and Brown County Wineries make wonderful host/hostess gifts and holiday drinks. Mr. G's, located at 2209 E. Conner St., carries a great selection. Prices range from $6.49-$23.99, with most $9.99 and under. 773.3471. www.mrgsliquors.com

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