The Best Local Christmas Gift Ideas in Decatur, IL (2023)
Ready to start your 2023 Christmas gift shopping? Consider shopping local this year.
Decatur, Illinois has plenty of stores and small businesses to support. From handmade soaps from Plume Body Shop to locally brewed beer at Decatur Brew Works, there's something in Decatur for everyone.
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1. Plume Body Shop
In 2020, Angi Lay created Plume Body Shop, a luxury bath product business in Decatur, IL. Her business has grown exponentially since starting, and she just moved into a new, bigger storefront right next to the The Willow Nest. She also sells her items in other local stores in the area.
For Christmas, Plume is offering a variety of gift boxes, including artisan soaps, bath bombs, and shower steamer combos. She has also be expanded her product line to include things for dogs and plants too! Be sure to follow her Facebook page for more details and reveals!
You can order pre-made gift boxes or you can customize your own on her website, and you can now even sign up for a monthly subscription of your favorite items. Plume also offers free, local delivery! If you have any questions, you can email Angi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The ArtFarm
The ArtFarm has unique gifts that no one else in town will have. They currently represent over 80 area makers with something for absolutely everyone and at every price point.
Chock full of unique pieces, the store's inventory changes continuously. The Art Farm is a fun place to visit, whether you buy something or not!
Leave with the coolest, most thoughtful gifts, all bagged and boxed up, ready for giving.
Address: 252 N Park St, Decatur, IL 62523
3. Penelope Boutique
Penelope Boutique is a women’s clothing boutique located in downtown Decatur. It’s the perfect place to shop if you know a clothing or jewelry lover.
They are offering curbside pickup and free shipping over $40. Hours are Wednesday-Friday 11:30am-6:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm. They are closed Sunday - Tuesday.
Address: 135 E Prairie Ave, Decatur, IL 62523
4. Lindsey the Ladysmith
Lindsey Kirk, also known as Lindsey the Ladysmith, has been a certified metalsmith and jewelry designer for nine years and owned her own shop in Mt. Zion called The Laurel & The Linden for five years.
She has a line of stamped jewelry and a totally separate Artisan Collection, which is her demi-fine work in sterling silver with precious and semi-precious stones. You will also find Decatur-themed jewelry and keychains featuring the transfer house and bikini tree.
Lindsey offers Macon County deliveries every Monday for orders placed on her website or in the Lindsey the Ladysmith VIP Facebook group. Shipping is also available! You can also find her pop-up schedules in both places.
Visit her website to shop at www.lindseytheladysmith.com.
5. Del’s Popcorn Shop
If you have friends and family who love snacks (who doesn’t?), Del’s Popcorn Shop on Merchant is a great place to go.
Have your choice from a vast selection of goodies like homemade fudge (our office can personally attest to its amazing-ness), the famous caramel popcorn, truffles, candies, and many gifting options.
There are several Christmas gift boxes available – something for every price range.
The company’s tagline is, “We’re more than just popcorn – there’s something for everyone.” And we agree.
Address: 142 N Merchant St, Decatur, IL 62523
6. Decatur Brew Works
Decatur Brew Works is Decatur's original craft brewery.
Located Downtown at the corner of Main and E. William streets, they offer locally brewed craft beer, guest brews, and ciders for your enjoyment on site or to take home in growlers or cans.
Check out their brewery merchandise and gift cards for holiday gifts!
Address: 102 E William St., Decatur, IL 62523
7. All Things Beautiful
All Things Beautiful is a locally owned boutique offering uniquely designed rustic and primitive folk art gifts. Their brick and mortar store has been in business since 2012 and they now have an ecommerce store to compliment that.
They have lots of wonderful gift ideas, including fanny packs, Christmas cards, goat milk lotion and soap, and plaid jackets. Everything (except the clothing) is made in America.
Address: 225 N Main St, Decatur, IL 62523
8. The Party Shop
The new Party Shop is located next to Shop On Main in downtown Decatur. After purchasing much of the Party Warehouse balloon merchandise, the shop opened on April 1, 2022.
Currently, they carry balloons, party goods, half-price cards, cupcakes, fresh flowers, and lottery!
The shop is open 10am-6pm on weekdays and 10am-4pm on Saturday. For any questions, you can call the shop at 217-872-7777.
9. Decatur Coffee Connection
Decatur Coffee Connection is striving to bring Decatur the best quality coffee and other specialty beverages. If you need some stocking stuffers or last-minute gifts, they recommend gift cards, 12 oz bags of house blend, and Hydro flasks (all pictured below).
They also offer baked goods trays, wrap selections, and boxes of coffee for your work meetings or offices.
They can do individually bagged lunches as well – just email email@example.com or give them a call at 217-330-8065.
Drive-Thru Address: 2505 North Main Street, Decatur, IL 62526
DMH Address: 2300 North Edward Street, Decatur, IL 62526
10. Float Decatur
If you’ve never heard of flotation therapy before, it's a stress-relieving experience involving 1600 pounds of Epsom salt in a tank of skin temperature water. Your ears stay just below the water level, and you float in total darkness.
Float therapy is often called sensory deprivation, as all external stimuli are cut off for a while. Studies suggest floating may help with muscle relaxation, better sleep, decreased pain, and reduced stress and anxiety.
Local reviewers say, “Floating is something you cannot describe....it is an experience....I would highly recommend” and “90 min of pure relaxation. I feel such a calmness that is hard to explain.”
Float Decatur offers single float sessions starting at $71 for a 45 min float, along with packages that include a 30 min sauna, 30 min massage, and 45 min float for $143. You can also purchase gift cards in $25 increments, and they have a variety of small gift great for stocking stuffers for the holidays too!
Float Decatur is part of the Decatur Wellness Collective which offers all kinds of wellness classes and services as well.
Address: 997 W. Southside Drive, Decatur, IL 62521
11. The Bloom Room
The Bloom Room provides everyday flower arrangements for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, and more. They keep their greenhouse stocked with traditional and unique green plants, available for pick-up or delivery.
In addition to their beautiful floral arrangements, they have some great local gift ideas in their shop, including earrings, macrame keychains, hand-painted magnets, unique planters, wreaths, and more.
They keep limited numbers of everything, so head on over to check out what they have in stock. You can also keep up with current inventory by following their Facebook page.
There are no deadlines as we head into Christmas, so order some holiday flower arrangements whenever you need them.
Address: 245 W Main St, Mount Zion, IL 62549
12. Cake Lady Supply Store
The Cake Lady Supply Store, located in downtown Decatur, offers a wide variety of baking and candy making supplies. They also have small, handmade gift items and sweet treats to grab.
Be sure to check out the jams and butters from Yoders, which are very popular items! Their friendly staff is also available to answer any questions you may have.
Stop in and see them for all of your baking and candy making needs this Christmas!
Address: 160 W Wood St Decatur, IL 62523
13. Lockhart’s Barber Shop
A fun, practical, and popular gift would be a gift card to Lockhart’s Barber Shop on Main. The barbershop has a classic 1950s atmosphere, and you can even enjoy a hot lather shave.
One local reviewer says, “Lockhart’s Barber is not just about the old-school barbershop environment, or the way you smell afterward, or even the superb haircut/beard trim executed with mad skill. It’s about the entire experience, including how you feel when you walk out the door looking your best - 10 feet tall, bulletproof, and 110% man. Worth every penny and a big fat tip... I won’t go anywhere else.”
The service is excellent, and you’re supporting a local business.
Address: 248 West Main Street, Decatur, IL
14. Gallery 510
If there’s an art-lover on your list, Gallery 510 is a local, non-profit art gallery with several member artists and a few consignment artists. A percentage of the proceeds go to promoting visual arts in area schools through art contests and shows with student work.
Browse through the local art, and you just might find the perfect piece! Here’s a sampling of currently available art:
Address: 160 E Main St, Decatur, IL 62523
Giggles is a wacky, fun gift shop and bakery located on Merchant Street in historic downtown Decatur. Giggles is perfect for gifts – they have great options for all ages. Giggles can also personalize many of their items.
Here, you’ll find wine glasses that say, “The most expensive part of having kids is all the wine you have to drink” and sassy teacups that say “pinkies up.”
There are also perfect gifts for the kids, including a personalized piggy bank, puzzles, games, and thinking putty.
You can shop in the store or visit their website and order for curbside pickup.
Address: 112 N Merchant St, Decatur, IL 62523
16. Brass Horn Too and Brass Horn Kids
The Brass Horn family expanded this year with the addition of Brass Horn Kids. It’s located directly next to Brass Horn Too and has the same great merchandise and staff, but now for little ones! The girls in their store have selected their favorite gift items for this Christmas season.
Qudo Rings are a top gift this year; they are interchangeable rings that allow you to personalize your ring collection. Choose your band and then your topper! Bands range from $30-40 and toppers range from $35-55.
Another great gift is the Bauble Stocking. A Bauble Stocking contains, or has a clue to, the final present of Christmas, a grand finale to the holiday.
Every year it's different: be it jewelry, concert tickets, art lessons, scavenger hunts, hobby lessons, love notes, riddles, trips, heirlooms, puppies, meal delivery services, you name it. A great tradition for your family! They are hand-stitched by single moms in Haiti who are paid a fair wage, and on top of that, 5% of each sale goes to the Joan Rose Foundation in Jacmel, Haiti. It provides meals, tuition, books, housing, and a variety of other services to those in the community where our team lives.
For the kids, a top gift is from the line Maileg. It’s a Danish designed line of children’s toys that are adorable and well-made that are built to last. It’s a whole world of mice that live in matchboxes, dollhouses with tiny furniture, and all sizes of bunnies and rabbits to cuddle up with.
And lastly, a terrific gift for the little girl or boy in your life is anything from Ollie Ella. Rattan wagons, luggy’s, strollers, baskets, and more are a perfect gift to have under the tree for your toddler or small child. Give the gift of imagination!
Address: 112 East Prairie Avenue, Decatur, IL 62523
Full of fun Christmas decorations and gifts, Tournesol on Merchant is a local gift shop. Tournesol is inspired by cottage, French country, and contemporary styles, and inside, you’ll find unique items for the garden and home.
Tournesol recommends following them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on currently stocked items and gift ideas. Recently posted items include jewelry, hats and head warmers, body lotion, books, sweaters, and velvet jackets.
Address: 134 N Merchant St, Decatur, IL 62523
18. Bodine’s Baking Company
If you want to take desserts or baked goods to holiday functions – or you just want to surprise someone with a treat – rely on Bodine’s Baking Company.
Bodine’s commercial kitchen is located in their home (it is licensed and inspected). They do not currently have a storefront.
They are currently offering scraps packs, a customer favorite, starting at just $10 each!
Make sure to follow their Facebook page to know what their Christmas specials and pricing will be!
19. Shop On Main
Shop On Main is a fabulous boutique for gifts. They started as an arts and crafts store and evolved into a woman’s boutique. They have a unique selection of clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, gifts and more.
They keep a limited quantity of each item – no need to worry about showing up at a party in the same outfit as someone else!
Shop On Main is open on weekdays from 10am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm, and private shopping is available by appointment. The staff is also ready to personally shop, wrap, and deliver curbside if you aren't comfortable coming in. Gift wrapping is free! Just give them a call at 217-422-2674.
Address: 407 N Main St, Decatur, IL
20. Amazing Faith Designs
Amazing Faith Designs was created inApril 2022 by Heidi Sack, a retired church music director of 30 years. Every item on her site can be customized and personalized just for you.
She has a full and growing selection of items including shirts for the family, garden flags, metal signs, wood decor, kitchen decor, and holiday ornaments.
She says her top seller is a custom garage sign. It makes a great gift for the car-lover in your life that says they don't need anything for Christmas!
21. Magickal Candles & Goodies
Ashley Blust, a small business women who runs a one-women show, is the owner of Magickal Candles & Goodies.
Ashley strives to create organic and safe products for use in your home and around children. She created this business as she was tired of backing big businesses that didn't care what ingredients were put into the products we use. She wanted a more natural and organic approach.
Magickal Candles & Goodies offers a variety of handmade, self-care items such as candles, soaps, bath bombs, bath salts and more. She also carries a variety of spiritual products that include crystals, jewelry, herbs, sprays, tarot/oracle cards, and so much more.
22. Speakeasy Records & Oddities
Speakeasy Records & Oddities is a full-service record store which specializes in used and new records, stereo equipment, unique items, and a touch of the odd.
Brian Abbott has been in business for over 5 years, and his store is conveniently located at 651 West Eldorado, right across the street from The Secret Garden.
Address: 651 West Eldorado Decatur, IL 62522
23. Murphy & Co
Murphy & Co is a relatively new kitchen and home décor shop located at 163 N Water St in downtown Decatur.
At Murphy & Co, you’ll find tons of unique gift ideas for the moms in your life, from Truff Hot Sauce bundles to the Aarke carbonator.
You can browse through their Facebook page for close-ups of some of their in-stock gift ideas.
24. Decor’d by Shina
Decor’d by Shina LLC is a candle business located at 3767 E US RT 36 Decatur, IL. All products are handmade by the owner, Shina Miner.
DBS offers wood wick candles, wax melts, gifts, and more. Need a special gift? They have 2 gift sets available for this holiday season:
- Variety Pack of Candles (5)
- Candle, Wax Melt, WM Liner, Glass Tumbler and Candle Snuffer
Their holiday scents would also make the perfect gift for the holidays! Plus, gift wrapping is included with all orders.
Questions about bulk orders, candle workshops, and more can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach Shina at 217-615-7076.
- Sun-Tue CLOSED
- Wed-Fri 5pm-7pm
- Sat 11am-3pm
25. DAAC Holiday Gift Shoppe
The Decatur Area Arts Council’s annual Holiday Gift Shoppe gives you a holly jolly way to shop for the holiday season.
Their Anne Lloyd Gallery is transformed each year into a holiday shop offering one-of-a-kind, original art and fine crafts from more than 40 local artists. They have woodworking, ceramics, and a lot of macrame items. In addition, you'll find really cool, bright pop-art animal portraits.
You'll also find ornaments and wonderful stocking stuffers.
Now through December 23rd, shoppe hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
26. The Perfect Pair
The Perfect Pair in Warrensburg is a one-stop-shop for Christmas gifts and decor. Shop for children’s gifts, jewelry, specialty foods, and many more unique items. Shopping at The Perfect Pair means you are supporting over 30+ other local businesses.
Store hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.
For 2023, their late evening shopping happens on Tuesdays until 7PM (December 5th, 12th and 19th). As for events this year, Young Entrepreneur's Market is December 2nd! They will also have a Christmas Clearance sale on December 16th.
Grab a hot drink from 121 Coffee Run and shop at The Perfect Pair to find all those unique gifts!
Address: 266 N State Route 121 Warrensburg, IL 62573
27. Brooke Elizabeth Photography
If you are looking for a photographer to capture all life's moments, Brooke Elizabeth Photography is the one!
She offers a variety of wedding packages, and all packages include a free engagement session. She also captures maternity, newborns, kids, families, and senior portraits.
Brooke Elizabeth Photography was also voted 2nd Best Photographer in the Best of Readers' Choice Awards last year.
28. Sams/Hockaday & Associates
Last but not least is our local business, Sams/Hockaday & Associates. We specialize in Medicare and retirement planning in our downtown Decatur office.
The greatest Christmas gift of all for our friendly, local agents is the gift of referrals! If you know of anyone approaching Medicare or retirement, we would be honored to help them make sense of their options.
Our team is genuinely passionate about helping our local adults understand Medicare. It can be confusing, which is why we take an education-first approach. You can trust us to explain the parts of Medicare, how they affect your health coverage, and what your options are without feeling like it’s just a sales pitch.
Address: 122 W. Prairie Ave, #201, Decatur, IL 62523
Shopping locally keeps money in our community, provides jobs, and gives our city character.
Local business owners are invested in our community, they provide better customer service, and they’re more likely to donate to local charities.
If you can, please support some of the local businesses on our list this year! Many more aren’t on this list, so please shout out your local business in the comment section below. Merry Christmas!
We originally published this article in 2017, and update it every year for the 2023 Christmas season.
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