Clutter-Free (Still Local!) Gift Guide 2022

by Kate Mazariegos

Still have a few people left to buy for on your list this year? Chances are they may be the ones that are hard to shop for—either they have almost everything they could need or want, or they are on a journey to bring less into their homes and lives. Below is a list of ideas for that person, and maybe you can even find something to gift yourself this holiday season!

Blue Bridge Homes– I love to suggest this gift idea, especially for new and veteran parents alike. This stay-cation is basically a date night that lasts all weekend. Reserve a night or two with Shanna in one of her two local homes and enjoy the company of your significant other for the weekend. This is great for new parents that are hesitant to leave their new baby, but would love a couple of days just to themselves. Shanna also owns two homes in Jeffersonville, IN if you would like to get outside of Owensboro for a bit. Jeffersonville is a nice community right outside of Louisville so you have plenty of entertainment options to choose from. Shanna is such a sweet person, and is more than glad to provide any activity ideas or recommendations you may need.

Raise The Barr– Know someone who has a small business or is looking to trying out the world of social media as an influencer or blogger? Get them a package from Carli at Raise the Barr! She offers three levels of packages starting at 20/mo to 100/week. As someone running a small business myself, I can tell you social media and content creation is a huge time sucker and can be really challenging if you’re not familiar with how everything works. Consider gifting one of her packages to help out your loved one!

The Owensboro Times– Know someone who likes to keep up with the local news? Get them an online subscription to The Owensboro Times! A yearly subscription is only $49.99 for limitless access to their articles on local news, businesses, and events. I think we all have that one person in our lives who is always saying “Ugh, I can’t see (insert interesting article you sent them) because I already used my 3 free articles for the month!”

Melanie Hodskins Photography– Does your spouse always complain about not having enough pictures together as a family? Or maybe your parent/daughter/grandparent? While family photos can be a bit on the pricier side for a Christmas gift, group together and give the gift of memories through photography- you won’t regret it! Help to relieve some of the stress and offer to come up with outfits. Melanie also has a great collection of clothing options in her studio. And don’t forget—have everyone try their best to show up with smiles on their faces!!

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden– I am convinced the botanical garden is one of our best “hidden gems” and deserves way more support than it has gotten from our community! Gift a loved one access to the garden and help support a beautiful organization. Offer some ideas—older gift recipients can go to journal, read, or meditate. The younger crowd can explore, run, discover flowers and plants, practice photography skills, or put their passion for drawing to good use by using the beautiful scenery as inspiration. Get your family outside and exploring! Individual memberships start at $25 and family memberships start at $50.

The Skin Therapist– This relatively new business is quickly growing. They offer many services that you could gift a little one to encourage some self-care that sometimes we are hesitant to spend on ourselves. These include skin consults, chemical peels, Botox, micro needling, several different types of facials, and more.

Simple Fit Owensboro– This is a health food service started by Lacy, a certified nutritionist, to provide health + ready to eat meals. Know someone that is trying to eat healthier, but their busy schedules are an obstacle to that goal? Or a mom that would love a break here and there with meal planning + prep? Gift them a gift card to Simple Fit Owensboro! Lacy offers gluten and dairy free options as well, an important and sometimes difficult thing to find in Owensboro.

Kate & Waverly Interiors– when asking friends for ideas in putting this gift guide together, they immediately asked why I wasn’t on my own gift guide about clutter-free Christmas! Good point. This is why we all need friends in our corner, supporting us and helping us thrive! I mostly do interior design these days, but I also offer organization services starting at $40 an hour. Have someone in your life that wants to cut down on the clutter and get organized? Gift them a few hours of organization services for Christmas!

Spirit Spa– Spirit Spa offers a multitude of services for pampering a loved one (or yourself!). They offer sports, prenatal, deep tissue, Swedish, heated stone, and couples massages. There are several available add-ons to their massage services, as well as waxing, facials, body treatments, and more.

Mom’s Cleaning Services– The business name really says it all— mom’s love the gift of a clean home! But not only moms-I also know several young people that do not yet have families but that have very busy professional and social calendars that would also love to not have to think about cleaning their homes, especially those time-consuming deep cleans.

Project YOU 2023 Conference Tickets– Project YOU by Red Bird Press is coming up quickly! Taking place on January 7th, 2023 at White Chateau, Project YOU is all about “…clarity and focus on aspects that are proven to recalibrate and create a broader mental bandwidth, allowing women of all walks creating space to become their best yet.”

Electric Aura Nails– Hattie at Electric Aura nails is one of those truly artistically talented individuals! She offers cruelty-free, vegan, and non-toxic nail care, specializing in nail art and gel nails. Check out her instagram (@electricauranails) to see how talented she really is! This is perfect for someone in your life that loves getting their nails done, but who also appreciates a more natural approach to an industry known for endless chemicals and toxins.

Escape Today– Escape Today offers escape rooms, axe throwing, and an arcade. Perfect to gift to a family as a family outing (those can get expensive!), as a date night, or just with a friend. If we would like local businesses like Escape room to grow, we need to support them and all that they have to offer!

Kaleidoscope Kids Physical Therapy– Perfect gift for new moms or moms-to-be, Sarah at Kaleidoscope Kids Physical Therapy offers a variety of services and classes. One service that is perfect for moms-to-be is called “Baby Ready”, a class that offers insight, tips, and invaluable knowledge about reaching milestones and ideal ways to set up your nursery for baby’s safety and development. And right now, Sarah is running a special on her baby ready program—normally offered at $125, you are able to reserve this experience for your loved one for only $50. If your loved one(s) are expecting a baby soon, this would be an excellent and very useful gift idea!

I hope you found this list useful, and at the very least learned about some amazing opportunities we have right here in Owensboro! Are there any you see yourself using or gifting this year? Leave a comment below!

Merry Christmas!

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