DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts

There are so many people in our lives that we can go the extra mile for and lavish gifts upon for the Christmas season. There’s the immediate family who take up the bulk of the Christmas care, but what about the mail man or garbage/recycle crew and the frontline workers you know or have cared for you in a special way this year? Gift giving and delivery might look a little different for Christmas 2020, and that’s okay. There are online options to send a treat far and wide, but actually, there’s another route available. You can always send a DIY care package made with love. Mail it directly to a friend or family member far away or just set it out for the folks whom you want to say, “I appreciate you and your service.” Here are a few budget friendly DIY Christmas gift ideas to get your creative mind a-turnin’. Christmas Goodie Mason Jars This is one of the most versatile and unique wats to gift friends and family. You can do so much with a mason jar! Who knew? Christmas Cookie JarsChocolate Mug CakeStove Top Potpourri KitChristmas Morning Pancakes In a JarHomemade Soup Mix in a Jar Home Spa Treats At home spa treatments are a always a great idea for the well maintained people in your life. There are tons of ways to attack this beast! Here’s a short list. Lavender Tub TeaHomemade Bath BombsPeppermint Bath SaltDIY Hand Cream for Overwashed HandsRosemary Mint Shaving CreamHomemade Hand Sanitizer WipesSugar Scrub CubesCoffee Ground Body Scrub Hot Cocoa Bombs These trendy little golden gifts will have all the...
Practical Tips to Support Local Businesses

Practical Tips to Support Local Businesses

There’s no question, current government mandates and regulations to help keep ourselves and others safe throughout this pandemic have taken the largest financial toll on small and local businesses. Unfortunately, many have had to close doors for periods of time (or permanently) while the remainder have made serious changes and major accommodations to keep their doors open. Community efforts and camaraderie are at an all time high, though. The Greater Lafayette Commerce, Friends of Downtown, and other organizations have made efforts to serve and make small businesses accessible with events such as, “Fresh Air Eats” and “The Great Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.” As individuals, we also have a choice and part in the matter. We can speak with our dollars and where we spend them this holiday season. Whether you’re just out for the day running errands or knocking out Christmas gifts for the family, there are local services to fit your needs. Here are just a few suggestions on how to support local mom and pops in Greater Lafayette, IN. We have many “Small Business Spotlights” throughout our blog highlighting some local businesses of all sorts. Check those out if you need some inspiration or knowledge of what’s around town! Eat out at Local Restaurants While you’re out, eat at local spots. We have an amazing variety and selection of delicious, unique food options, and we’re here to tell you that these places are worth the stop. Buy Gift Cards It’s the season for spoiling those with local gift cards. This can include restaurants and specialty specific shops such as Flourish Art Studio and Bask Aroma. Share on Social...
Christmas Lights around Greater Lafayette 2020

Christmas Lights around Greater Lafayette 2020

What’s the best socially distanced activity ever? Visiting Christmas light displays around Greater Lafayette, IN! Here’s a little list of places to check out and explore. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Greater Lafayette, IN Oaklawn Acres (Rossville, IN): Hundreds of light strands are on display at this local favorite! They’re just down the road from Cottrell’s Christmas Tree Farm. *There will be no Santa this year. Open Sunday – Saturday from 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.Holiday Festival of Lights at TPA Park (Frankfort, IN): A CROWD FAVORITE! Over 1 million lights on 89 acres with music and more.  Open every day until January 1st, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. Santa will be at the TPA Park during open hours from December 7th until Christmas Eve. Stop by the concession stand for a bowl of soup or a cup of coffee daily from 5pm to 9pm.The Alexander Lights (Mulbery, IN): This is a personal home decorated with thousands of lights dancing to music! Lights are on every night all night long from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Music broadcasts on 107.3. According to the Facebook page, here’s this year’s show order:“Shout for Joy” from Disney’s Candlelight Processional“Little Drummer Boy” by For King and Country“Carol of the Bells” by Pentatonix“I Saw Three Ships” by Blackmore’s Night“Reflections of Earth/We Go On”, music from Walt Disney World’s Epcot laser, lights and fireworks show“Christmas with a Capital C” by Go Fish“Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen“Wizards in Winter” by Trans Siberian OrchestraOur Holiday Light Show (Avalon Bluff; Lafayette, IN): Personal home with a very entertaining light display! Click here to view their website. This year, this light display will run...
Christmas Events around Lafayette 2020

Christmas Events around Lafayette 2020

Christmas events and community festivities in Greater Lafayette, IN are a huge part of what makes this season so amazing in our area. While 2020 continues to offer change to our normalcy, there are many things to embrace in that change. Some allotted group sizes might be smaller, and some events might be outdoor only, but for the most part, events are still happening, and most importantly- memories are still being made. Here is a list of fun options….. Ongoing Christmas Season Events Santa Photo Experience (Tippecanoe Mall; Lafayette, IN): “Things to know before you go:Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Click here to make your reservation. For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for our guestsSanta and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visitGuests are required to wear masks where mandated by local health authorities and government agencies” Living Nativity (Faith Church East; Lafayette, IN): “Beginning with the biblical account of creation and ending with the prophecy of Christ’s second coming, 14 life-size scenes address the reasons for and result of our Savior’s time on earth. Involving a cast of hundreds, these scenes depict the significance of the baby in the manger and bring to life the message of salvation… The 2020 Lafayette Living Nativity will be slightly modified to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There will be no walk-through offered. Guest will drive through in their own cars, while listening to the narration in the comfort of their own vehicle (English, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese)… The Living Nativity takes place two weekends in December on Friday-Sunday nights (weather permitting).December 11-13 @ 6:30-8:30 pmDecember 18-20 @...
Christmas Tree Farms 2020

Christmas Tree Farms 2020

It’s that time of year again. Whether you prefer a live tree, balled tree, or fake and flocked, we’re here for you. Finding the perfect tree can give so much joy to the season! So, let’s keep with the traditions. Here’s our list of local Greater Lafayette, IN places to find real Christmas trees! Cassen‘s Trees and Lumber (West Lafayette, IN): “Three time winner of the Indiana Grand Champion tree.” Click here to view the tree types available! Wreaths and other decor treats for sale as well. Cassen’s Trees has two locations: 5038 Morehouse Rd., West Lafayette, IN and on Old State Rd 25 North between Americus and Delphi.West Lafayette locationOpen Nov 21—Dec 19Pre-Thanksgiving weekend – Nov 21 and 22 – 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.Saturdays – 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.Sundays – 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.Monday thru Friday – 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Old SR 25 locationThis location will not be open for the 2020 season.Cottrell’s Trees (Rossville, IN): Come on out to the farm! Sure, get your Christmas tree here, but additionally, you’ll find blankets, swags, grave pillows, and more. Due to COVId-19, only one family allowed in the shop at a time. You can also do your holiday shopping at the Hasté Pudding Gift Shoppe! Season begins the day after Thanksgiving, November 27, 2020. Open 9:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.Choose and cut trees available 9:00 a.m. until dark (6:30ish) each Saturday and 12:00 P.M. to dark (6:30ish) each Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Balled trees available too.Mattern’s Pine Ridge (Lafayette, IN): Blue spruce, Fraser fir, Caanan fir. Trees can be dug or cut! Order online or even have a tree delivered (local only for...
Holiday Market Fun Around Greater Lafayette

Holiday Market Fun Around Greater Lafayette

Greater Lafayette, IN Holiday Markets are an annual treasure. Now, more than ever, these small businesses and vendors need you. The holiday markets look different in 2020, that’s for sure. Many are outdoors, practicing safe social distancing guidelines or they are set up in buildings with good ventilation and provide sanitizer stations. If you’re looking for a way to shop small this holiday season, consider one of these events to see what local favorite vendors have to offer. We’ve linked Facebook events and websites to each holiday market’s title below. Please be sure to follow each event for up to date COVID-19 changes and information. Wednesday, November 18, 2020 The Great Downtown Holiday Shopping Extravaganza (Downtown Lafayette, IN): 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Click here to see our Romanski Group blog highlighting this event. “Are you ready to shop local for your holiday gifts? 20+ downtown businesses will be open late for all those needs. Maps will be available at each location ranging from 2nd St to 11th St down Main and even over on Columbia and Ferry to help you find your way that evening.” Friday, November 20, 2020 All Things Lafayette Holiday Market (Wea Creek Orchard; Lafayette, IN): 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. “We will have shopping, kid activities, food, sleigh (hay) rides, family pictures… and more!! No admission fee, but please bring supplies for United Way Day of Action for Seniors Baskets.” November 27 – 29 Weekend Event Bridgeton Country Christmas (Bridgeton, IN): Hosted by the Bridgeton Covered Bridge Association. Friday & Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. and Sunday from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. “Join us...