We didn’t hear this from the CDC, but it’s safe to say that online retail therapy is an acceptable form of self-care right now. Not only is it a great way to boost your spirits and maintain the normalcy of buying gifts for special occasions, but Indy’s boutiques need us right now. Here’s a round-up of locally sourced gems to indulge in for your well-being—and the community’s, too.
Support the Greater Good:
This Indy nonprofit aims to boost civic sustainability with local artists, designers, and fabricators creating new products out of recycled materials, like this messenger comprised of old fabric from the RCA Dome. This weekend (March 27 and 28), PUP is holding its Almost Perfect sale of slightly flawed bags online, along with 20 percent off all other merchandise.
Last year, PUP introduced a line of products made from repurposed Amtrak business class and first class leather seats and reclaimed seatbelts, which made for awesome utilitarian essentials like this backpack and more.
Hoosier-owned Vardagen recently released the PNDMC collection, which was designed to make the best of the current worldly situation by donating 20 percent of proceeds to independent freelance creatives that are currently out of work due to COVID-19.
The PNDMC collection’s street-chic look adds philanthropy and flair to an otherwise bleak time.
Global Gifts is a nonprofit that promotes sustainable economic opportunities and safe working conditions for underprivileged craftspeople around the world by offering fair trade goods like this handmade scarf from Kenya. And it has free shipping in March.
Soak Sway the Stress:
Pampering your pores with this clay mask set makes a perfect addition to your wellness bath time routine.
Impurities be gone! Use this exfoliating sugar scrub to polish skin to perfection.
This tranquil treat comes with soap, Breu resin, Palo Santo, White Sage, Chacrona and Jagube artisan incense sticks, and a hand-pressed incense bar to incite bath-time bliss.
This detoxifying concoction of crystal quartz charged Mediterranean sea salt, epsom salt, organic honey, essential oils, and resins will melt away the day’s unrest.
Look Good From a Socially Responsible Distance:
What’s more chic than a funky print in a classic silhouette by the one and only, Diane Von Furstenburg? Answer: nothing!
This chic, cotton jumpsuit sets the stage to be dressed up or down depending on your mood and occasion.
Spunky and stylish, these kicks will make you feel like a superstar for certain.
And you thought the perfect straw hat didn’t exist.
Unique in color and downright sharp, this essential tote bag is made of premium oil tanned leather for sturdiness beyond compare.
Amplify the message of supporting small businesses in Indy by flaunting this awesome t-shirt designed by Boomerang BTQ’s own, Felicia Kiesel.
For a Birthday Boy:
This flask is rugged, refined, and poised for your sip of choice.
Fresh for spring, this sakura print shirt has details like coconut buttons for a unique twist.
A must for any mountain man, this moisturizing beard oil blend keeps any unruly strands at bay.
“Be Not Conformed” hat, $25, Blacksheep Collective
This denim baseball cap, with an inspiring embroidered message, adds a casual and stylish touch to any outfit.
This Indy maker is sitting on $30,000 of plants and pots that she makes herself thanks to the cancellation of the Indianapolis Flower & Patio Show. She will sell them through Kickstarter soon for delivery or pick-up once Indiana’s stay-at-home order is lifted.
This screenprinted cotton shirt spurs sweet memories of summer nights and fireflies in the Hoosier state.
Making Working from Home More Fun:
This leather-bound journal, etched with an 1876 map of the city, is excellent for chronicling your Indy adventures.
Doodle your heart out during a conference call.
If there was ever a better time to send notes of support and positivity, it’s now.
This T-Rex is ready to take a bite out of dull pencils.
For Sweet Dreams:
This eye mask is made of 100% mulberry silk, which blocks out bright light and feels oh-so soft on skin.
“Tik Tik” wool slippers, $18, Global Gifts
Keep your tootsies warm and cozy in these wool slippers, which are handmade in Nepal.
This oblong and artfully designed pillow has added pizazz with small, fringed tassels at the corners.
Make burning this candle a must-do for your pre-bedtime ritual.
Spritz this refreshing and relaxing rose spray on your face and body before bed and let its sweet scent whisk you away to dreamland.
Cook Up Something Spectacular:
Re-create these tasty recipes by local bloggers and podcasters Alex and Sonja Overhiser.
This handheld porcelain tool takes a simpler approach over electric alternatives to perfect your own seasoning blend.
Carefully carved out of shesham wood, this beautiful trivet comes handmade and fair trade from India to liven any kitchen.
Every star cook has a trusty chef’s knife at their side. Invest in a custom one with hammer-forged high-carbon steel by Ash Blaeds today. The local company is running a contest to win a free chef’s knife for those who support local restaurants and markets. Find details here.
So maybe you’re not the most seasoned stovetop chef. Don’t worry, this oven mitt won’t judge.
Kid Stuff and Easter Baskets
There’s no denying a happy lil’ Hoosier, born and bred.
This quirky, retro tech–inspired top will spur nostalgia for moms and dads alike.
This adorable hair bow is perfect to dress baby for springtime.
Prepare to win Parent of the Year with this T-shirt that glows in the dark.
Let your kids’ imaginations run wild as they dream up their own superhero to save the day.