31 Best Local Christmas Gift Ideas in Decatur, IL
Ready to start your 2021 Christmas gift shopping? Consider shopping local this year. Decatur, Illinois has plenty of stores and small businesses to support.
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1. The Art Farm
The Art Farm 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
2. 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 clothes horse or a jewelry lover.
They are offering curbside pickup and free shipping over $40. Hours are Monday-Friday 11am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-3:30pm.
Address: 135 E Prairie Ave, Decatur, IL 62523
3. 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. You can also find her pop-up schedules in both places.
Visit her website to shop at www.lindseytheladysmith.com.
4. 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
5. Decatur Brew Works
Decatur Brew Works (DBW) is the first brewery in Decatur in over 100 years! Located in the heart of Downtown Decatur, DBW is also a taproom with 24 draught beers from all over the world.
DBW beer is also available in cans.
DBW always has a variety of beers for everyone's holiday needs. They also sell growlers, gift cards, and DBW merchandise.
Address: 102 E William St., Decatur, IL 62523
6. All Things Beautiful
All Things Beautiful is a locally owned boutique offering uniquely designed rustic and primitive folk art gifts.
For the holiday season, they have some events to look forward to, including the Christmas Walk, Small Business Saturday, Teachers Night Out, and Black Friday in the downtown Decatur area.
Address: 225 N Main St, Decatur, IL 62523
7. Child’s Play Photography
If you’re looking to capture memories, Child’s Play Photography on Merchant offers professional studio sessions.
The photos’ quality is truly unbelievable – they are hand-printed on the finest European fine art paper with archival ink. It’s as fancy as it sounds.
Child’s Play has a special on gift certificates this year – purchase a $200 gift certificate for a photo session and receive a free 11x14 fine art portrait ($140 savings). They also offer various excellent photo gift options, including photo jewelry co-designed by Betsy Tanner and Alec Goss called Locke'T.
Their in-house team can create custom-designed holiday cards with their photos or yours. Call them to inquire for more information at 217-620-7851 or log in to their website at www.childsplayphotos.com.
8. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
9. Plume Body Shop
Last year, Angi Lay created Plume Body Shop, a luxury bath product business in Decatur, IL.
For Christmas, Plume is offering a variety of gift boxes, including shower and bath combinations.
Over the last year, Angi has developed an array of new products, including body butter, body cream, sugar scrubs, and shower products. She says her new shower products have been very popular.
The shower bombs are a product you actually rub on your body in the shower – it exfoliates, cleanses, and makes your skin ultra-soft. The shower steamers are also perfect for the winter, as they are a menthol/essential oil aromatherapy session right in your shower.
You can order pre-made gift boxes or you can customize your own on her website. Plume also offers free, local delivery! If you have any questions, you can email Angi at email@example.com.
We also recommend checking out her Facebook page – she takes you behind the scenes into the soap-making process, which is pretty interesting!
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 is offering a popular special during the Christmas season – a 60-minute float with a 30-minute sauna session for $98. They are also introducing another special this Christmas, a 30-minute sauna, 30-minute massage and a 45-minute float for $100.
They have gift sets of medical-grade Epsom salt and a Float Decatur sticker. They also offer locally made smudge sticks, bath salts, and jewelry.
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. They’ll be open until the 23rd this year, so it’s also a great last-minute gift idea!
Address: 248 West Main Street, Decatur, IL
14. Two Sweet
Mother-in-law Shelby Hill and daughter-in-law Chyanne Bunch are the women behind Two Sweet, a local business specializing in Hot Cocoa Bombs.
If you’ve never had one, a Hot Cocoa Bomb is an adorable ball of chocolate you put into a mug. When you pour hot milk over the ball, the chocolate melts and releases marshmallows and cocoa hiding inside. It’s a fun treat and makes for a great Christmas gift!
There are all kinds of flavors, including:
- “Mean One”
- Classic Chocolate
- Classic White
- Salted Caramel
- Santa’s Milk & Cookies
To order, you can message Shelby Hill or Chyanne Bunch on Facebook, and you can pay via CashApp or Venmo (instructions in the photo above). Two Sweet will send a pickup confirmation message before pick-up day with all information when you pay for your order.
You can also follow their Facebook group, Two Sweet, which will keep you up-to-date on available inventory.
15. 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
17. Brass Horn Too
Brass Horn Too, the women’s version of the famous Brass Horn, is the perfect spot for women’s gifts. The pros in their store have selected four gift ideas for the ladies in your life this Christmas.
Let’s start at the top left with LARQ water bottles – they are self-cleaning water bottles with instant water purification. They’re available in 17 oz. and 25 oz. sizes for $98-$117. At the top right, you’ll see their best-selling convertible backpacks by Graf Lantz. These backpacks are a unique and modern functional bag with a clean and minimal silhouette. They’re made of merino wool felt and leather in California.
You’ll see a sampling from the “Fabulous Furs” faux fur collection at the bottom left, and at the bottom right, we have the hourglass reedless diffuser, priced at $169. These diffusers offer a sleek design, but they’re also functional.
Brass Horn Too offers complimentary gift wrapping and curbside pickup.
Address: 112 East Prairie Avenue, Decatur, IL 62523
18. Whimsical Brush Boutique
If you have a creative, crafty person in your family, you’re sure to find the perfect Christmas gift at Whimsical Brush Boutique.
At Whimsical Brush Boutique, you’ll find all sorts of crafty presents, including:
- Christmas ornaments
- Hot chocolate bombs
- Paint kits (pictured left and middle)
- Gift sets (pictured right; includes shelf sitter sign, soy candle, candle wreath, candle melts, ornament, and lippy clip)
- Ceramic paint kits
You can shop in-store at 108 E Market, Suite C, Taylorville, IL 62568 or order curbside pickup. Shipping is also available if you prefer. Follow Whimsical Brush Boutique on Facebook for updates on what’s in stock and newly available gifts!
Address: 108 E Market, Suite C, Taylorville, IL 62568
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
20. 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.
Their 2021 Christmas menu includes Christmas cookies, snowman cupcakes, and peanut brittle.
Peanut brittle is $16 per pound, sold by the half-pound.
Bodine’s commercial kitchen is located in their home (it is licensed and inspected). They do not currently have a storefront. They bake each order fresh and offer delivery and pick up options.
Bodine’s offers free delivery in the Decatur/Forsyth area, $5 delivery to Mt. Zion, Warrensburg, Oreana, and $10 delivery to Argenta, Maroa, Moweaqua, and Blue Mound.
21. 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 clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, home decor, and Christmas decor.
They’ve recently expanded their gift lines to include silicone Groove Rings, Fancy Panz, LED beanies, water globes, and lots of one size wraps and kimonos.
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, 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
22. Connor’s Creations LLC
Connor's Creations LLC is a local, Decatur, IL-based custom woodworking shop.
Get custom puzzle boards, bag board sets, stovetop covers (noodle boards), engraved address plaques, signs, business signs, and more.
You think of a design, quote, poem, or a loved one's name, and Connor's Creations can make it happen.
Location: Connor’s Creations has just rented some space in Finders Keepers and will have merchandise available there on December 1, 2021. Finders Keepers is located at 515 N. Brush College Rd.
23. Magickal Candles & Goodies
Ashley Blust created Magickal Candles & Goodies at the end of 2020 with the mission of creating 100% organic products that were safe to use around the kiddos and in the home.
Ashley makes a variety of products including candles, soaps, bath bombs, and bath salts. She also sells crystals, smoke cleansing kits, and sprays.
This Christmas, you can purchase Advent Calendar hangings in several different shapes, sizes and price ranges.
24. 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 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
25. 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.
26. One Twisted Sister
One Twisted Sister was born out of a dream to empower women and was started as an online boutique. The Decatur-based company has grown exponentially over the last 3 years and is now located at 124 N Merchant St in downtown Decatur.
The new location is also home to OTS Salon, and they offer a full salon service. Their mission is simple: empower women of all sizes, ages, and abilities to be their most authentic selves.
Best gift idea: A custom bleached or tie dyed t-shirt; they have many to choose from or they can build you a custom shirt with a print for any special person in your life.
Address: 124 N Merchant St. Decatur, IL 62523
27. Decor’d by Shina
Decor’d by Shina LLC is a candle business located in Decatur, IL. The company offers soy blended wooden wick candles, wax melts, and more. All products are handmade and crafted by the owner, Shina Miner.
Decor’d by Shina offers seasonal and customized candles that will make the perfect gift for any special occasion.
Want to place a special order? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call at 218-516-9111 or send a message on social media.
Want to check out our products in store? Visit The ArtFarm, Finders Keepers, DAAC Holiday Gift Shoppe, The Bee (Lincoln), and Whimsical Brush Boutique (Taylorville).
Decor’d by Shina also offers curbside, free local delivery, and free shipping over $50.
28. Angels Attic Resale & Consignment
Angels Attic Resale & Consignment is a new thrift store in Forsyth.
They have new and gently used gifts for anyone on your list! Clothes, toys, books, movies, home décor, and more.
Their store hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Address: 350 S Rt 51 Forsyth, IL 62535
29. 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.
Shop for notecards, jewelry, photography, ceramics, woodworking, baskets, soaps, ornaments and more.
Now through Christmas Eve, shoppe hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
30. 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. In addition, they are staying open until 7pm on December 7th, 14th, 21st, and they will be open until 2pm on Christmas Eve.
Special events include their Young Entrepreneurs Market on December 4th – The Bloom Room will have a “pop up” event on December 4th.
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
31. 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, updated in 2020, and updated again for the 2021 Christmas season.
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