As the countdown to Christmas winds down, we're making out lists and thought we'd share one. Here are our picks for the Top Ten Local Gift Shops in Bowling Green for holiday shopping!

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Barbara Stewart Interiors

From holiday decorations to presents for family or colleagues, Barbara Stewart is filled with Christmas cheer. This wonderful gift shop offers everything from whimsical baby clothes to beautiful, engravable items, and you’ll find something special each time you visit the store.

Be Happy Yoga and Salt Cave

Help someone on your gift list relax with a present from Be Happy. Its gift shop offers a variety of Himalayan salt blocks to cook with and salt lamps to create a soothing environment at your home or office. Be Happy also offers gift certificates for yoga classes, salt cave sessions, and massage therapy.

Candle Makers on the Square

Whether you’re shopping for your kids’ teachers or your sister-in-law, candles makes a perfect present. Candle Makers on the Square has dozens of wonderful candles for sale — and you can even bring your own container for Candle Makers to pour a candle in. The store has more than 70 fragrances from which to choose. This gift shop also features scented lotions, soaps, locally-made jewelry, photography, and more.

Love ART Gallery

This charming shop on the square in downtown BGKY features a variety of jewelry, fine art, antiques, glass pottery, and mixed media. Some of their pieces were made from recyclable items and are absolutely amazing. Love ART has a focus on Kentucky artists and makers, so you can shop local and support local artists at this unique and funky store.

Mary Jane’s Chocolates

Find some of the sweetest treats around at Mary Jane’s Chocolates. This family-owned candy shop, tucked into an adorable historic building on College Street, offers hand-made truffles, melt-aways, brittles, barks, mints, caramels, marshmallow, hand-dipped and enrobed treats to suit every palette, customized chocolates for catering and events — and, of course, bourbon balls, always a holiday favorite! Stop in to get the perfect treats for out-of-town guests or clients you want to impress!

Nat’s Outdoors

Nat’s has been a Bowling Green staple for four decades. One of the best Christmas presents for kids is a new bike. The crew at Nat’s can help you select and set up the perfect one. Nat’s also has a great collection of camping gear, kayaks, apparel for the whole family, running shoes, and hiking boots. The store even offers beautiful jewelry and sweet-smelling lotions.

Nest Mercantile 

This lovely gift shop, nestled away in Thoroughbred Square, is one of BG's finest gift shops, offering luxury bath items, fragrances, jewelry, candles, home decor, and other uncommon goods. Nest features a wonderful selection of baby and children's gifts, as well. 

The Pots Place Gallery and Studio

Eight potters sell beautiful pottery from this delightful gallery and store. Kentucky artisans and fair-trade crafts from around the world are also featured in the studio. One of your artistic friends might enjoy getting a pottery lesson from the artists there, and you can even take a yoga class in the studio above the gallery.

Wild Bird & Nature Store

If you're looking for the perfect present for the nature lover in your life, then add a stop to Wild Bird & Nature Store. It features a full line of birdhouses, feeders, birdbaths and specialty seeds plus a variety of garden and nature-oriented gifts. Find Martin houses, a large selection of hummingbird feeders along with Corinthian Bells and Festival wind chimes.

Zest! Juice for Life

Healthy-eating isn’t always a priority during the holidays, but Zest! Juice for Life can help make your days a bit more calorically-balanced. These juices are pressed fresh from produce grown in the area. Zest’s juices are also a great fit for festive holiday drinks— and, like many of these other establishments, you can always get a Zest gift card so your friends can pick out the perfect blend or tasty treat!

While these are some of our favorite stores, don't forget many of our attractions, including Lost River Cave, the Historic RailPark & Train Museum, and the National Corvette Museum, have fabulous gift shops, as well. We also have a Gift Shop in our Visitors Center, and you can find everything from BG T-shirts to Hestia ornaments — the perfect presents to show BGKY pride or to send warm BGKY holiday wishes to friends afar. 

And, once you've shopped til you've dropped, you can find many wonderful restaurants where you can rest and refuel. Head over to our Events calendar to help you plan what special activities you want to attend before or after your shopping is complete!