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We are creatures of habit, and when it comes to holiday shopping, we hit the strip of malls and big-box stores with the 1,260,645 other Louisvillians to buy the same fairy princess doll house or the newest “as seen on TV” novelty. While these gifts may fit the bill for your loved ones, they’re, well, boring. Yep, I said it. So, this year, choose to be the Perfect Present Presenter by buying unique and creative gifts from locally owned stores for everyone on your naughty and nice list.

Also, The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) has added an extra incentive to buying locally this year. Do you like money? If you buy (or eat) from five LIBA member businesses between 11/16/11 to 1/6/12, bring the receipts to any Highlands Cleaners or Feeders Supply to be entered into a drawing for $1,000 to spend at any member’s business. To find out more about the Holiday Passport Contest or to find LIBA member businesses, click here.

Without further ado… 

Louisville’s Nice List:

Local Neighborhoods Pillows & Wall Hanging (subway sign style)

Pillows $65 individual, $120 for the set.
Louisville branding is so cool. Other cities will be envious.

Chalkboard Candle (soy wax, various scents)

$22 each.
Unleash your inner artist and make up your own designs on these candle holders.

Where to find these: Oxenrose, 632 Baxter Avenue. (502) 594-5926. oxenrosehome.com
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Pop Top Mittens (made for texting) & Yarn Headbands

$12 each.
Keeping warm doesn’t have to be a fashion faux pas.

Where to find these: Pitaya, 955 Baxter Avenue. (502) 479-6006. pitaya.com

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Screen Printed Bicycle Pint Glasses

$10 each.
Show how green you really are by not only riding a bike, but by drinking from one too!

Where to find these: Consider Boutique, 1013 Bardstown Road. (502) 409-6300. considerboutique.com

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I’m originally from Ohio, but have been a Louisvillian for half my life. I divide my time between hubby, 3 kids, too many pets, and the 930 Art Center. When I'm not, you'll find me running the trails in Cherokee or Jefferson Memorial Forest.

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