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Small Business Saturday is coming up on Saturday, November 27 and Carmel City Center has you covered with ten great gift ideas from some of their boutique gift shops! Jimia, vice president & marketing director for Carmel City Center, and Lindsay Johnson, artistic director and senior marketing coordinator, joined us today to show us some of the goodies!

317 Home:

317 Charcuterie:

Beauty + Grace:

Kits & Kaboodle Classic Toys:

A European-inspired toy shop filled with back-to-basic toys made from wood to sustainable materials, puzzles, crafts, pretend play and other gift items. 

Today we featured their Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Folkmanis Hand Puppets. 

Hey Little Diddle:

Offering newborn baby gifts, children’s books, nursery decor and designer clothing from sustainable, ethical brands in preemie size up to 4 years. 

Today we featured their eyelash knit cardigan and Nora Lee dress – perfect for the holidays! 

Linden Tree Gifts:

A gift shop featuring home décor accents, clothing, and accessories at its Carmel location. 

Today we featured their Happy Everything Red Small Dot Platter with removable Tree Attachment. 

Bath Junkie:

A wide selection of phosphate-free bubble bath, paraben and mineral-oil free moisturizers, exfoliating salt scrubs and more 

Today we featured their Bubbling Bath Crystals in Eucalyptus & Spearmint scent, Shea butter lotion in French Fig & Amber scent and a makeup pouch. 

Julie Browning Bova Design:

A full-service interior design firm servicing the Midwest and South Florida.  

Today we featured their Porto Vecchio, Fig Leaf and Sea Salt Large Candle.  

Endeavor Boutique:

Offers trendy casual everyday clothing for women of all sizes, geared toward college students, busy moms and working women.  

Today we featured their Oliver Thomas Kitchen Sink bag. 

Out of the Blue Polish Pottery:

Features a full range of pottery, including tableware, baking and serving pieces all hand-painted and handmade in Boleslawiec, Poland.  

 Today we featured their 11” Holiday Serving Bowl. 

Carmel City Center is located at the southwest corner of City Center Drive and Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana. Surface parking is available on plaza level (accessible from City Center Drive), in the underground garage (accessible from Rangeline Road) and in the Veterans Way Garage located to the south of Carmel City Center.

For a complete listing of shops, restaurants and services visit, SHOP. DINE. ENJOY. LIVE! 


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Amber spent the morning at The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show.

This is the event’s 72nd year! This unique shopping event with one-of-a-kind finds will once again give you the opportunity to get in the holiday mood with more than 300 exhibitors and a Holiday Entertainment Stage. Plus, Santa will be there!

You can enjoy the holiday festivities at the show from Wednesday, November 10 through Sunday, November 14, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds west pavilion!

The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 57 consumer shows annually in the U.S. and 16 in Canada, including 65 home shows, six holiday shows and two wedding shows. The 73 combined events, in 34 markets, currently attract 22,000 exhibitors, 1.9 million attendees and another three million unique web visitors annually.

This is a festive marketplace where you can shop for holiday gifts, see works from local artisans, experience holiday displays that will inspire your own decorations, and much more! From apparel to décor, you can find everything you need for the holiday season, all under one roof.

Today Amber was joined by Laura Groninger, show manager, Bill Brown owner of the North Pole Express display, and Karolyn Grimes, Zuzu from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Here’s more of what you can expect there:

A Holly Jolly Season with Local Entertainment

Show attendees can enjoy performances from local choirs, singers and dancers on the Holiday Entertainment Stage. Listen to heavenly voices and see festive dance performances while you shop for your holiday gifts. There’s festive fun for everyone!

Zuzu from “It’s a Wonderful Life” Returns with a New Cookbook

Best known for her role as Zuzu Bailey in the classic 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Karolyn Grimes returns to the Gift + Hobby Show with her new cookbook! Newly-updated in honor of the 75th anniversary of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the cookbook celebrates the movie with delicious recipes, all-new movie anecdotes, interviews, trivia, photos and more.

Meet Zuzu, get her autograph, and pick up a cookbook inspired by one of the most beloved American Christmas films of all time!

Be Merrier with Merry Money

Merry Money is back! All show attendees get the chance for some extra green this holiday season. Just register to win Merry Money at the Show Information Booth.

A winner will be drawn every hour throughout the show — all five days of the show — to receive $25 in Merry Money to use at any one vendor of your choice at the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show!

Time for Santa Selfies!

That’s right! You can’t forget to take your picture with Santa. He will be at the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show throughout the show to greet visitors. And he’ll be seated near the show’s live Christmas tree right in the center of West Pavilion. Get in line, and take your best Santa selfie! Ho, ho, ho!

Cherie’s Favorite Finds

Cherie Lowe, the Queen of Free, is known for sharing freebies and strategies for everyday savings along with inspiration for those pursuing a debt-free life. Cherie has appeared on WTHR-TV as a savings expert, and she’s been featured in “The Wall Street Journal” and on Yahoo Finance. Cherie is selecting her favorite finds from this year’s Christmas Gift + Hobby Show. Stay tuned for the must-have gifts she picks from the show!

Give the Gift of Reading

Give the gift of reading or stock up for yourself! The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is featuring more than 20 local authors offering everything from children’s books to fantasy, historical fiction, horror, humor, inspirational, military history, mystery, paranormal, poetry, romance, science fiction, spiritual, suspense, true crime and more!

Celebrate and support the creativity in your community by purchasing personalized, autographed books from your local authors at Booth #306!


Hero Day – Thursday, November 11

Pay honor and tribute to all our veterans on Sunday, November 10! All veterans and active-duty military get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show!

Check Your Coat and Lend a Hand

Special Olympics Indiana Marion County will have volunteers to check coats and packages while people shop the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show. All donations and proceeds at the coat check station go to helping the nonprofit organization with its training and programs to empower people with intellectual disabilities around the world!

TICKETS:           $13 – Adult                          FREE – Children 12 and under        $9 – Seniors (Wed-Fri Box Office Only)

SHOW                   Wednesday-Thursday                        11/10-11/11                         10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

TIMES:                 Friday-Saturday                                  11/12-11/13                         10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

                                Sunday                                                  11/14                                     10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ONLINE               Check out the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show website at and get

DISCOUNT:        $2 off adult admission — good every day! Not applicable for senior tickets. Make sure to go online and save!

NEW THIS YEAR! Discounted State Fairgrounds parking passes are available pre-show for $8. Buy online and save!



Father’s Day is coming on June 20th, and it’s also graduation season.

That means it’s time to start thinking about how to honor the dads and grads in our life.

Lindsay Roberts, Founder of joined us today to help with some great gift suggestions and shopping strategies is lindsay roberts–the founder of the-gift-insider–dot-com.

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Father’s Day is coming, and what’s a better gift than one that provide time together with dad? Kathryn Emery, 20-year home improvement & lifestyle expert, joined us today with some great project ideas! Here’s more from her:

What’s a tool related gift idea?

Get Dad into a great line of tools, that all share on battery, combo kits but also tools all over the house – and choose a project to do with him using those tools!

What’s a Project You Can Do with Dad with these Tools?

Hart has some great projects plans on their website – Kathryn will talk through how to make a Taco Stand. 

What’s something to Relax with Dad?

Set up some misters for Dad to relax around the house with him, four to choose from

How about the man cave?

Get the garage organized for Dad, get all of his tools, sports equipment, beach chairs, bikes off the ground and onto the wall so that the man cave is clear for fun and activities!

You can find more from Kathryn at the links below:





These socks were calling Randy’s name when she saw them on Lavley’s website, so Amber just had to get them. Talk about a perfect early Father’s Day gift! Here’s more from both them and a company with a gift perfect for the dad who love a great smelling room filled with a “manly” scent.

Lavley Socks:

Whether Dad is into fishing, drinking, eating, or music, Lavley has a sock for it! These socks are designed to hold up for years of wears and washes without fading while remaining soft, comfortable and well fitting.

I believe that sustainable, eco-conscious products should be affordable, yet luxurious and healthy to fit into my family’s lifestyle. That’s why all of our hand-made home goods and body products are free of parabens and phthalates. They are also gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Juniper Smoke Candle:

Juniper Smoke is a perfect campfire-esque scent with very strong notes of smoke, a dab of juniper and hard woods. 

Ingredients: 100% U.S. grown soy bean wax, cotton core wicks, USA made glass and lids, essential oil infused fragrance oils.

You can go beyond the typical flowers and a card this Mother’s Day, and get your mom a fun gadget! How about a skateboard or something to diversify her beverage experience? David Novak, the Gadget Guy, has more ideas below!

1. Lander 27″ Complete Skateboard


Mom’s not too young to pick up skating. The Lander 27″ Complete Skateboard is a lightweight, ultra-durable and Eco-Friendly skateboard made of a special blend of fiber-reinforced Nylon and different recycled materials that make it a really solid skateboard that’s built for smooth rides with high level performance capabilities. The skate also features a beautiful design that has a very unique look to it. It’s also stable and maneuverable enough for skate learning, and it makes a great cardio workout that can also improve coordination. 

2. Spleash Leash


The Spleash Leash is a versatile multi-purpose dog leash handle that can make mom’s dog walks with Fido much cooler. It comes equipped with a water compartment that you can use to quench Fido’s thirst as well as to keep off-leash dogs away with a simple and safe water spray. To quench Fido’s thirst and keep your pup hydrated during a walk, you simply spray some water into the leash’s built-in flip-open water dish, which can be easily flipped open from its handle. Additionally, the Spleash Leash’s built-in water-spray nozzle also allows owners to use its water-spray function up to a 14-foot range to keep any other overly curious and potentially dangerous off-leash dogs away from their four-legged friends.

3. KidsConnect KC2 Phone 


With the KidsConnect KC2 Phone, any concerned mother can easily keep tabs on her kids. This simple and minimalist phone features GPS, LBS, and Wi-Fi connectivity, thus working as an all-in-one 4G GPS Tracker Security Solution for real time tracking. While its simple 3 Speed Dial Buttons can have 3 different cell phone numbers pre-configured via the phone’s dedicated SECURE TRACKER GPS App (done via Parental Mode), this 4G GPS Tracker Phone can also offer any concerned mother great peace of mind thanks to its Real-Time GPS Tracking, Geo-Fencing, Voice Monitoring, and Location History functionalities. The phone can also be used to call or send messages to a maximum of 15 cell numbers that are saved in the phone’s internal phone book.

4. Vioguard Cubby Plus UV-C Disinfecting Chamber 


Moms are great at taking care of the family and keeping everyone safe. With the Vioguard Cubby Plus UV-C Disinfecting Chamber, you can sanitize any small items, such as Smartphones, keys, baby items, and more. To use it, simply lay your items on its transparent shelf and let its UV-C bacteria-blasting light do the work. The unit’s UV-C light is emitted from all directions, killing up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses at the molecular level, all in under 60 seconds. This powerful UV-C Disinfecting unit also runs its patented dosimeter technology (which makes it FDA-cleared as a UV-C medical device) to measure its UV-C level in order to ensure the delivery of the precise amount of UV-C light required to destroy infectious agents.

5. Elevated Craft Cocktail Shaker 


The Elevated Craft 750ml Cocktail Shaker is designed to make the perfect craft cocktails at home. The new Elevated Craft Cocktail Shaker leaves no sticky hands, no frozen fingers, and no stuck lids. This is the last shaker you will ever buy and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. It’s constructed of pro-grade brushed 18/8 stainless steel and is dishwasher safe. The shaker is individually boxed in high-quality giftable packaging and each shaker includes a 50-page cocktail journal. Vacuum insulated design guards against diluting heat transfer to make super chilled drinks while protecting your hands from frostbite. It also means no more condensation puddles on your counter. This patent pending measuring system allows you to dial in your mix from micro ¼ and ½ oz dashes all the way up to a full 6-ounce concoction. Time to recycle your dainty 1.5-ounce jigger and start making real drinks. The innovative Twist Lock system means no more sticky leaks or frozen stuck frustrations.

6. Drinkmate Sparkling Beverage Maker 


Perfect for the mom that loves freshly made carbonated beverages, the Drinkmate Sparkling Beverage Maker can carbonate just about any drink you desire. This compact at-home beverage carbonator is easy to operate as well as easy to clean, and no electricity or batteries are required to make it work. This beverage carbonator works based on its patented and detachable Fizz infuser and dual-stage valve system, which ultimately offer you a better control on release of CO2. The Drinkmate comes together with 3 oz starter CO2 starter CO2 carbonators, so you can start carbonating right away, but it also works with the most common brands of 14.5 oz (60 L) CO2 carbonators on the market. Additionally, you also get a BPA-Free Quick-Connect Bottle with a volume mark line, which you can use to prepare your carbonated drinks.

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Eufloric Events and Sweet Peas Flower Farm has teamed up with talented local vendors to bring you high quality gifts designed and produced here in central Indiana, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Paula Shoultz of Eufloric Events joined us today to share tell us everything you need to know about the collaboration. Here’s more from her:

Our mission is offer the most luxurious gifts which you can shop from the security of home to be delivered safely to your loved ones. Tweety’s Sweeties is providing a limited amount of dozen chocolate covered strawberries for a classic V-Day treat.

Salame Jewelry Designs has created an exclusive run of romantic rose quartz necklaces and bracelets.

Unplug Soy Candles is offering a heady blend of their most seductive scents.

Pair any or all of these divine items with a signature flower design by Sweet Peas Flower Farm.

Quantities are limited to be able to provide the highest quality possible.

As a flower company with four women owners, we have tried to set ourselves apart from the birth of our business by offering flowers exclusively for weddings, corporate and private events (supplied by our own Sweet Peas Flower Farm).

With the season of COVID-19, we have pivoted in order to refocus to arrangements made to order for delivery in addition to the handful of events.

For holidays we have come up with visual design campaigns in order to reinforce our brand aesthetic.

Partnering with local vendors is something that we have made a priority and are excited about because we believe in these vendors and believe that in working together, each of us can broaden our horizons.

It works out beautifully because this fits in with keeping our customers and community safe all while providing them with high quality gifts they want in one stop that doesn’t require them to go or stop anywhere physically.

To learn more, visit and click here to shop the special Valentine’s Day packages.

For many of us, our pets are part of the family and deserve to get in the holiday fun.

Kristen Levine, pet living expert, blogger and author of Pampered Pets on a Budget joined us today with holiday gifts for precious pooches and cuddly kitties.


It’s getting to be crunch time to buy your dad a gifts for Father’s Day. Here are some gift ideas from Steve Greenberg, author of Gadget Nation, to make it look like you put a lot of thought into it.

Hoop Cam, $59.99 – $79.99

This as created with you in mind and designed to tackle your busy, modern lifestyle, whether you have a family of 5 or live alone. Hoop Cam and Hoop Cam Plus use time-based reminders, two-way communication and compatibility with Alexa Show and Google Nest Hub to provide value, convenience, and–most importantly–peace of mind. Hoop offers smart security with geotagging functionality and also helps your household members stay on top of their daily tasks all in one system. The Hoop Cam retails for $59.99 and Hoop Cam Plus is $79.99 both are on promotion and available at or  

The XTorch, $55.96

A rechargeable, solar powered device that works as a super bright flashlight for navigating in the dark, a room lantern that will light up a full-sized kitchen, a table lantern to help you read and a back-up cell phone charger that will charge your phone to 100%. It is one tough device used around the world, that does it all.  It has two ways to charge: with the sun or with a USB wall adapter. No need to buy batteries ever again. It’s lightweight, easy to carry and comes with a handy clip to hang overhead (think of using it in a tent or garage).  It floats, runs for up to 48 hours, has two brightness settings and glows in the dark.  Perfect for camping, evening walks or just in case. 

WFAN Wearable Fan, $39.99 

This portable rechargeable fan is a breath of fresh air. Hands-free, lightweight, and quietly powerful, it’s the perfect way to keep your cool—for sports, gardening, long walks or soaking up the sun. With two fans, three speeds, and a flexible, bendy design, it’s easy to stay breezy.

AquaVault 100% Waterproof Floating Phone Pouch, $29.95

was designed to allow anyone to take their phones in the water and take Crystal Clear Videos and Pictures Underwater. It can also be used as a money pouch to secure your cash, credit cards, room key and license. Our case was designed to allow full use of your phone while in the water which includes text, talk, listen and everything else you would normally do. The touchscreen is sensitive just as if your phone was outside of the case. We went overboard and created a triple seal to ensure water does not get in. In addition, it has a patented air pocket design allowing the case to float in the water. It also comes standard with an adjustable neck lanyard so you can conveniently wear your phone around your neck. Whether you go swimming, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, wakeboarding or on the water slide, this accessory is the perfect gift to make sure you capture all of those moments with family and friends.  

MaskMarket, $13.90

This company will create custom face masks.  Your company logo, favorite team, your college — whatever you want, MaskMarket will make it.  The masks are washable and come with one PM2.5 filter.

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Does the dad in your life love to have the latest and greatest tech toys? Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas from David Novak of Gadget Gram that may be perfect for him!

SmartyPits All-Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant

$11.99; and Amazon 

SmartyPits’ deodorant won’t clog up your sweat glands like typical antiperspirants; it contains plant-based powders that wick away sweat to keep your armpits dry. SmartyPits formula includes prebiotics, which helps to nourish the good bacteria living in your armpits. With no aluminum salts to stain your pits yellow, natural deodorant helps keep you clean and fresh. SmartyPits is designed for all-day use with no re-application necessary. The super-strength formula is available with the odor-neutralizing power of baking soda for those looking for a little extra protection. All fragrances are phthalate-free, paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, and cruelty-free. Available in various scents, including Coconut Mango, Lavender Rose, Eucalyptus Spearmint, Orange Bergamot, Tweed & Spice, Lemongrass Patchouli, Cool Cucumber, Rosemary Mint, Baby Powder, Grapefruit Splash, Ocean Breeze, and Unscented.

Samsara Aluminum Smart Carry-On Suitcase

The Samsara Aluminum Smart Carry-On is a 21” inch travel suitcase with a flat top surface that functions as a personal mobile desk for laptops.Fits in the overhead compartment, and has a USB-C port with a removable 10,000 mah battery pack to juice up your mobile & laptop on the go. It also has Double TSA approved locks, a fire-proof sleek aluminum shell, comes with top quality packing bags that fit perfectly inside the case keeping you organized, and 360° high-quality spinner wheels. The interior LED light system switches on when it is dark outside, and the free Smartphone app alerts you when the case is being taken away or opened out of sight. Finally, get a free Essentials kit with purchase. The Essentials kit is a safety kit for home and travel. Each of the five travel-sized essentials is designed to help you maintain optimum protection while in transit. Ideal for domestic commute and international travel. The ‘Essentials by Samsara’ ready-to-go safety kit is a necessity if travel is a must in the current climate and can be included in carry-on luggage or carried with you during your commute. Samsara is donating kits to charities in need of supplies, that will provide the kits to essential workers looking to protect themselves with the appropriate products during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Included in each kit are: 1 x Protective Reusable Mask N95*, 1 x Sanitizing Gel** (100 ml), 4 x Disinfectant pads, 3 x Pairs of disposable Gloves*** (Color subject to change), 1 x Essentials Bag (23 x 13.2 cm)

Kabuto Smart Carry-on 4 wheels Suitcase


The Kabuto Smart Carry-on integrates a magnetic charging connection between the back pocket and the suitcase. Imagine it like a Magsafe®, on your carry-on! Your devices charge automatically when you lock the pocket back in (for USB-C device only). It also has USB C sockets + 1 USB A socket + 1 micro USB. The expandable system gives you 50% more volume, and the metallic wheel bearings are the same used on electric skateboards, and the wheels come with real tires. A 10,000mAh power bank charges up tons of stuff including laptops. Security-wise, it has a Fingerprint sensor that unlocks your suitcase in 1/100 second. You can save up to 10 fingerprints for friends & family. It’s TSA compliant and the company provides a back-up key if TSA needs to unlock your carry-on. Lifetime warranty, dimensions measure 22 x 14 x 9 inches, it’s made from polycarbonate, and the company provides an expandable and non-expandable version.

Foreo Luna 2 For Men


The Foreo Luna 2 For Men is a 3-In-1 Facial Scrub Brush, Pre-Shaving & Anti-Aging Device. More specifically, it’s an enhanced T-Sonic™ facial scrub brush and anti-aging system. Now with 2X the power in a newly optimized design, it provides an even more effective cleanse to prep your skin for a super-smooth shave. It also purifies skin so you get a smoother shave, bringing back your skin’s youthful look. All it takes is 2 minutes twice a day to get skin that looks smooth, refreshed and toned. Luna 2 also preserves razor blades, allowing them to retain their sharpness and resist damage, resulting in blades that last up to twice as long – that’s over $100 in savings per year. It drives away dead skin, unclogs pores, and its reverse anti-aging side uses lower-frequency pulsations to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as leave the skin looking firm and youthful.

Bestek M-Care Travel Sonic Toothbrush and UV Sanitizer


Besides pearly whites, good oral health prevents more serious stuff like heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Bestek’s M-Care Travel Sonic Toothbrush System takes care of your mouth, is FDA-certified, comes with a UV sanitizer station and brushes at 31,000 strokes per minute.  The UV sanitizer is built into the wireless charging station.

NAIPO oFlexiSpa


Just like your neck, back and shoulders, your feet can also benefit from a regular rubdown. Foot massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension and ease body pain. NAIPO’s oFlexiSpa™ is the world’s 1st steam massager, and with a cup of water and a simple touch, you can enjoy this unique spa treatment.

CUBIT by Plott


Complex measuring and calculations are the #1 deterrent of people doing home improvement projects. Cubit eliminates this. Measure and design in AR then bring it to life with Cubit and the Lets Plott app. Use AR and Cubit to measure and import images of a project into the app, then design with scale and context. When you are done designing, Cubit will give turn-by-turn directions to the exact point of install where each nail, screw, or mark needs to go. Cubit has accurate laser measurements with dual lasers. It uses wheel measurement for irregular objects.

For more from Novak, visit the Gadget Gram website.