I always look forward to Madison, Indiana’s annual Holiday Open House, sponsored by the Madison Main Street Program. It’s a perfect opportunity to shop for gifts and stocking stuffers for friends and family – and a great way to build my own Christmas Wish List! (Ken can always use a little gift guidance. LOL)

The event began today, November 12th, and continues through Sunday the 14th, 10am-5pm, with many shops offering extended hours until 8pm. Businesses have really decked the halls and stocked the shelves. No shipping delays here! As you make your way through the historic downtown shopping areas, you’ll enjoy music, snacks, and an extra helping of holiday hospitality. To really sweeten the deal, shoppers will have a chance to win a $500 or $250 shopping spree in downtown Madison. Who wouldn’t love that!

I went shopping and scouting today, and although I couldn’t get to every participating business this afternoon, here are a few of my #FavoriteFinds!

I also had a short list of “theme” gifts I was looking for, so here are some ideas that might work for you, too.



For the FOODIE

For that GQ GUY

MADISON MERCH for Visitors & the Hometown Crowd

I had a terrific shopping day today, complete with a fun (albeit overdue) lunch out with friends Georgie and Michele.

Treat yourself to some stress-free in person shopping, fresh air and holiday cheer. Shop Madison’s Holiday Open House this weekend and mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday, November 27th! Don’t forget to leave a Google Review for the businesses you visit – they would appreciate it!

I encourage you to #ShopLocal whenever possible. To learn how shopping local benefits you and your community, check out this Top Ten List from Independent We Stand.

If you’d like to locate any of the items shown above,
click here for Madison, Indiana business addresses and contact information.

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One thing that makes my journey unique is that all of my interests are driven by a joyful and genuine curiosity. I delight in finding less expensive ways to make something or creative ways to enjoy something longer. Finding and creating joy - and sharing it - is core to who I am.