Story & Photos By JD Dotson
Gifts that inspire are always on trend in my book. Whether it’s a subtle wish or a written sentiment, a scent or a token to wear, I prefer to be surrounded by positivity, and I think these items reflect that feeling.
A sweet reminder of youthful art projects but bolder and better than my ’70s Cub Scouts crafting.
I love that these can be hung on a wall or stacked on a shelf. The cutouts with the pattern on the back wall gives a really unique effect.
A beautiful, primitive shop in what was the post office of my childhood. The place no longer looks anything like its former self and houses some great local artists.
One of my favorite quotes attributed to one of my favorite actresses, Audrey Hepburn, hand-painted locally on recycled pallet wood.
I love a piece that grows from participation. This easy-to-assemble tree comes with butterfly, bird or flower decorations, but the kicker comes when your friends, party guests or family members add their own special wish to the tree on slips of stringed paper.
Available in lots of inspiration quotes, these beautiful silk wrap bracelets can serve as gentle reminders. I know I need a little help sometimes.
I love the look of these cork cutouts in little frames.
Obviously, this t-shirt speaks to the 8th grade boy in me, and the best part about it is the Butt family is in on the joke. It’s also a great reminder to laugh at ourselves and lighten up.
All-natural goat milk soap made on a goat farm in Scottsburg available in a variety of scents, including my favorite Patchouli. You can purchase it in New Albany or go to the home of Goat Milk Stuff and enjoy a tour and meet the goats!
Each issue, we send our resident explorer JD Dotson on the hunt for items that embody the spirit of Southern Indiana and make perfect gifts for family, friends or even yourself. We hope you enjoy JD’s picks as much as we did. And if you have a suggestion of your own, send an email to email@example.com. Just be sure to put “My Favorite Things” in the subject line.