If the big box store experience leaves you feeling cold, check out the deals local businesses are offering for Small Business Saturday.
This event is always held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For some, it might just be the antidote to the mayhem of Black Friday. No huge crowds, no pushing and shoving - and you might even get to talk to the owner of the store!
We've compiled a new local deals and suggestions here. You can also find them by searching #ShopSmall on Twitter.
Several Mass. Ave. shops pooled their resources and opened up a pop-up store in Carmel. More info here.
For music lovers:
*Specially-priced and gift-wrapped bundle packages for Holiday gifts!
This will make for easy shopping for you! Buying for a picky music fan? We will have pre-selected bundles for the hip-hop fan, an indie-rock connoisseur, the rock god and more! Bundles could feature a record and a book bundled together, a group of vinyl records spanning an artist's collection bundled together, our top sellers all in one bundle, or even an album with a corresponding game bundled together and each of these already gift-wrapped at a lower sale #ShopSmall price!
*Buy a record player and get 20% off a record storage crate and 10% off all vinyl for a full month! Get the whole deal with a turntable, new records AND a place to store and showcase them!
*We want to give you a gift for giving the gift of music!
Buying a gift certificate for someone else? They get the gift certificate and we give you a 10% off card for yourself redeemable in the month of January! Limit one card per person.
*Used vinyl on sale all day long!
Take 10% off all used vinyl in stock all day long!
Know someone who loves popcorn? Just Pop In is offering two deals over the weekend. If you buy one tin of popcorn at the regular price, you'll get a second one at 50 percent off - through Dec. 2nd. Also, their post Thanksgiving sale runs through Dec. 2nd and you can get 30 percent off at checkout, in store and online. GIVE30 is the code.
Mass. Ave. Toys is launching a new website just in time for Cyber Monday. But let's face it: it's a lot more fun to go in and try the toys!
For eclectic jewelry and funky tea towels (and hilarious sticky notes), check out Silver in the City. Lots of stocking stuffer opportunities here.
Arts A Poppin' is also a good option for unique gifts.
Nurture offers charming baby and toddler outfits, if you're looking to impress new parents!
Broad Ripple offers plenty of options, too, including Chelsea's, Girly Chic Boutique, Artifacts Gallery and the Bungalow.
Got a favorite locally-owned store, or do you know of a special deal they're offering? Post your comments below!