30 Only-in-Goshen Goshen Gifts

Last year, we brought you a list of 20 gifts that you could only get right here in Goshen. This year, we realized we couldn’t stop there! In our city, there are countless local mom-and-pop shops, artisans, restaurants, boutiques, cafes, studios, and guilds that offer treasures you can’t find anywhere else. And what better time to highlight a few of them than smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season?

So here’s a collection of 30 only-in-Goshen gifts — ranging from under $20 to over $50, for all age ranges and tastes. We’re sure you can find something to treat everyone on your list … without ever leaving city limits!

1. The Electric Brew

Treat the coffee lover in your life to a sleek and sustainable stainless steel to-go mug! Use it for hot or cold drinks to fuel their coffee addiction throughout the year.

Photo provided by Downtown Goshen, Inc. Photo credit: Grant Beachy

2.  Fables Books

Do you know someone that seriously loves Goshen? Celebrate their love for our hometown with a Goshen Home Town Map Bar Board, Goshen Home Town Map Rocks Glass, or State Cork Coasters. Set aside an hour to explore everything they have on the shelves, or check them out online: their entire inventory is searchable here

Photo courtesy Downtown Goshen, Inc.
Photo credit: James Korn

3. Found

Find the gift you’ve been looking for at Found! Gifts under $30 include wallets of various sorts (leather, recycled inner tube, handwoven) from Guatemala, Cambodia, and Thailand ($30), exotic stone beaded bracelets in multiple sizes from Thailand ($18), and butterfly earrings from Thailand ($16).

Photo provided: Olympia Candy Kitchen

4. Goshen Brewing Company

Grab your beer enthusiast some swag from their favorite local brewery with a stylish beanie featuring the Goshen Brewing Company logo!

Photo provided by Eyedart Creative Studio

 

5. I M She

Get that warm, fuzzy feeling this holiday season with an environmentally conscious 100% cotton diamond patterned throw blanket from I M She. Being sustainable never felt so cozy.

Photo provided: The Wedge Fromagerie

 

6. The Imagination Spot

Look no further for the perfect stocking stuffers! The Imagination Spot recommends their holiday dish towels, mini puzzles, or Santa pencil and eraser combo.

Photo provided by Downtown Goshen, Inc. Photo credit: Lynne Zehr

 

7. Goshen Historical Society

Give your history buff the best gift of all — a piece of Goshen’s history. Choose from a variety of books, DVDs, and photos focused on our beautiful hometown.

Photo provided: Dutch Maid Bakery

 

8. Ignition Music Garage

Score the best deals on vinyl this holiday season at Ignition Music Garage. Shop record cleaning supplies, the recently added used bin, the bargain bin, kids’ records, and the cassette tape wall, all under $30!

Photo provided: Spacious Heart Yoga

 

9. Maple City Market

Who doesn’t love knitwear, especially when it’s ethically sourced? Stop into Maple City Market this holiday season to browse a selection of items from Andes Gifts, a handmade, economically sustainable knitwear line.

Photo provided: Madeline Gerig Pottery

 

10. The Nut Shoppe

If you don’t know what to get them, get them chocolate! Chocolate is always a hit, and what better gift than a 24-piece assorted box of chocolates from the Nut Shoppe?

Photo provided: Flowers by Phoebe

 

11. Soapy Gnome

Gone are the days when you gifted soap out of lack of options. This holiday season, your loved ones will be thanking you (genuinely) that you got them one of the many deals happening at Soapy Gnome. With the Soapy Shop Small Special, buy a foaming soap refill ($19.99) and get a FREE mini foaming soap. Check out their large variety of wrapped-and-ready gifts under $30. Check out more gifts here.

Photo provided: w. harder studio

 

12. Goshen Ten Thousand Villages

Give back by shopping at Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen this holiday season. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries. This mug with a coffee scoop is a great way to give a cozy gift while making a difference.

Photo provided by Downtown Goshen, Inc. Photo credit: Lynne Zehr

13. Locally-Sourced Meals

Constant Spring

Goshen Brewing Co.

Venturi

Help your family and friends find out why foodies are gushing about Goshen’s food scene with a gift certificate or meal at an area restaurant. As an added benefit, these restaurants owners commit to sources as many of their ingredients from area farms as possible. Friends, family, restauranteurs, farmers — everybody wins this holiday!

Photo featuring Kelly Jae’s Cafe

14. Photography Class

Goshen Photographer’s Guild

For that friend who’s killing it on Instagram: Help them hone one of their photography instincts with a class at the photographer’s guild. Or, if you’re interested in giving a local photographer’s piece, contact the guild on their website.

Photo provided by Goshen Photography Guild Photo credit: Danny Graber

15. Miniature Painting

Brooke Rothshank

Brooke Rothshank, an area artist and entrepreneur, paints tiny portraits of inspiring people, household trinkets, toys, food staples, and miscellaneous tchotchkes … and each one is completely magical. Her paintings can be purchased on her Etsy shop or at Rachel’s Bread, and average about $50.

Photo provided: Brooke Rothshank

16. Spa Treatment

CMH Massage

Giving Tree Massage

Who doesn’t need a little rest and relaxation during the holiday season? Goshen has a variety of massage therapists who can help you unwind with chair and table massages, spa treatments, and more. Visit each business’ website for pricing and more information.

Photo provided by Pexels

17. Cinema Club Membership

Art House

Give the gift of a unique cinematic experience with a Cinema Club membership at Art House, Goshen’s independent and foreign film theater. With a Cinema Club Card, you’ll gain admission to any regularly priced screening. Buy a regular Cinema Club Card for $40, for the price of 5 tickets, and get the 6th free!

Photo credit: Woodstar Photography

Gifts over $50

 

18. All Sports Pass

Goshen High School Athletics

For $90, adults you can buy season tickets to Goshen High School athletic events! For children and senior citizens, season tickets are $45. This’ll get you into each and every sports event of the spring or fall seasons — basketball, football, cross country, tennis, soccer, volleyball, golf, and many more — so you can support the home team as often as possible.

Photo provided: Goshen Schools

19. Co-Op Membership

Maple City Market

For $100, you can give a lifetime membership at Goshen’s co-op grocery store, Maple City Market. This membership make you a part-owner of the co-op grocery store, while offering discounts, deals, and other perks. Maple City Market is full of organic and natural whole foods, locally sourced meats, cheeses, and vegetables, bulk items, soaps and natural beauty products, organic cleaning supplies, and a full-service deli.

Photo provided by Downtown Goshen, Inc. Photo credit: Lynne Zehr

20. Quilt or Wall Hanging

Quilt Designs

Local quilt experts, Quilt Designs, is one of this area’s top attractions. The shop is located in an 1837 two-story log cabin next to the Old Bag Factory. If you’re looking for something really special for an art-loving loved one, a wall hanging or quilt from Quilt Designs might be the ticket!

Photo provided: Quilt Designs

21. Walnut Side Table

Elko Hardwoods

Craft woodworker Matt Thomas calls his live-edge furniture pieces “tree-to-table,” as he sources all the wood from fallen trees collected right here in Goshen. You can customize your own table, or order from his growing selection of coffee tables, desks, dining room tables, and more. Though Matt’s showroom is in Elkhart, he grew up and continues to live in Goshen. Goshen is also home to dozens of other amazingly talented woodworkers, like Elan Furniture (sold through Wieland Designs), Hedge House Furniture; or Swartzendruber’s Furniture Creations.

Photo provided: Elko Hardwoods

22. Spring CSA

Clay Bottom Farm

A CSA membership from a local farm gives the gift of locally sourced and organic food for a whole season! Order a Spring CSA from Clay Bottom by signing up on their website — and you or whoever you sign up will have Goshen sourced meals until late summer. Find more information about other local CSAs (like Flowers by Phoebe’s flower CSA!) at the Goshen Farmers Market.

Photo provided: Clay Bottom Farm

23. Dance Lessons

GoDance Studio

GoDance Studio is one of Goshen’s newest and grooviest downtown establishments. The dance instructors teach everything from tango to chacha to swing to the waltz. Not only that, GoDance gives back: The studio will donate $10 toward dance lessons for adults with developmental disabilities through ADEC for every gift certificate purchased during the holiday season.

Photo provided by Downtown Goshen, Inc. Photo credit: Lynne Zehr

   
Good of Goshen Editors • Liz Core and Wendy Wilson

Good of Goshen Photography • Lynne Zehr, Liz Core, and James Korn

Originally published November 2015; updated November 2022.

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