The holidays are fast approaching, which means it is time to start shopping for holiday gifts. Holiday shopping can be a dreaded challenge, as it is hard to find gifts as unique and meaningful as the people you are giving them to. However, Kosciusko County offers many one-of-a-kind shops with handmade items. You can find something special and original to match each person in your life. As you begin checking off your shopping list, visit some of these unique, local shops, and see what they have to offer.

Whetstone Woodware

Whetstone Woodware, Silver Lake, Ind.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the person who spends every spare minute in the kitchen, then Whetstone Woodware is the place to visit. They sell over 100 products, including kitchenware, such as handmade wooden spoons, ladles, dippers, bowls, breadboards, mixing paddles, and furniture, such as stools, chairs, and more. Visit their retail shop in Silver Lake, IN to see their full selection and find the perfect handmade item.

My Unique Wooden Toys

My Unique Wooden Toys, Silver Lake, Ind.

Need a toy as unique and fun as your kid or grandkid? My Unique Wooden Toys, in Silver Lake, IN, sells traditional and Amish-made stick horses, play furniture, puzzles and games, each designed to encourage a child’s imagination. All made in Kosciusko County from locally grown wood, My Unique Wooden Toys offers a variety of toys for boys and girls that you won’t find anywhere else.

Jerky Shop Inc.

Jerky Shop Inc., Warsaw, IN

If you are looking for a spicy, crunchy holiday treat, then the Jerky Shop will offer what you are looking for. They provide a warm and welcoming environment, as well as delicious, mouth-watering jerky. Their jerky is made fresh every day without nitrates or gluten. Homemade jerky is a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. Stop at their shop in Warsaw, IN and try their crazy, wonderful flavors and find the one to complete your gift basket.


MudLOVE, Winona Lake, Ind.

Buy a gift that will not only bring joy to the receiver, but also support a good cause, and bring clean drinking water to the Central African Republic. MudLOVE products are skillfully crafted from clay by a passionate team of artisans. From bands to mugs, each piece is a unique labor of love. They are committed to making products that not only look good but are safe to use. Their clay is 100% non-hazardous. All glazes and under-glazes are lead-free and nontoxic. Every product you purchase provides 1 week of safe, clean water to someone in need. All of this is made possible through Water for Good and their continual work to transform one of the world’s most neglected countries, the Central African Republic. Spread the holiday spirit by choosing this gift, located in Warsaw, IN.

Letterwood Paper Co.

Letterwood Paper Co., Winona Lake, Ind.

Looking for a holiday greeting card that is more meaningful than your run of the mill card from the dollar store? Letterwood Paper Co. in Winona Lake, IN has a wide selection of original hand-painted greeting cards, wedding and party invitations, stationery, calendars, and a variety of fresh paper goods. Plus, Letterwood deliberately chooses eco-friendly, archival papers and packaging for all of their products, so you can feel good about shopping at this location.

Pottery Bayou

Pottery Bayou, Winona Lake, Ind.

Want to create your own gifts for the special people in your life? At Pottery Bayou, you’re the artist! This “paint-your-own-pottery” studio allows you to create your own unique master pieces in a creative, fun atmosphere. Come alone or with a group to create personalized gifts or design your very own fused glass jewelry.

Warsaw Cut Glass

Warsaw Cut Glass, Warsaw, Ind.

Looking for a beautiful, classy, one-of-a-kind handmade item that will last for years to come? You’re sure to find a treasure at Warsaw Cut Glass in Warsaw, IN, including goblets, pitchers, platters and bowls, all in gleaming hand-cut crystal. Find the ideal design, pattern, and piece for your holiday gift.

Clearly, if you are on the hunt for one-of-a-kind presents for your loved ones this holiday, Kosciusko County holds dozens of ideal options. Choose from many original, handmade items, and check everyone off your gift list with ease this holiday season. For more local stores with one of a kind finds, visit the shopping section of our website.

Note: Before visiting these locations, make sure to verify their hours online or by calling them before you travel.