Gifts & Books
Our gift shop features items that are handmade by local Amish & Mennonites. We also carry a broad spectrum of books related to the Amish, Mennonite & Hutterite faith.
|Quilted wallhangings by Elaine Jones (Amish)
"I grew up in the Nappanee area and moved to LaGrange County when I married Steve in 1981. We have three sons who all helped clip threads when they were young while I sewed quilts." Elaine's quilts are fashioned after old Amish quilts from the area, "I study the pictures, compare the colors and as closely as possible, follow it all, down to the quilting design which means I usually end up with my own patterns."
|Baskets by Dorothy Milller (Amish)
"My mom taught me how to make these baskets when I was 19 years old. I had to take a break when my 10 children were young. During the recession of 2008 my son, Darin, got laid off from his job so we started making baskets again to give him something to do. Our baskets are solid, sturdy baskets and should last for years to come."
|Amish girl and boy dolls
by Anna Mae Yutzy (Amish)
"I am a grandmother to six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. I enjoy piecing quilts, quilting and sewing. I also enjoy gardening and canning. I try to make some things to sell for an income since my husband is unemployed."
|Beeswax candles & honey
by Jr. and Rosetta Bontrager (Amish)
"It all began when I was in elementary school. I would take honeybees or bumblebees for 'show and tell'." Soy wax makes excellent scented candles that are environmentally friendly. All candles are made in their home and have cotton wicks.
|Fruit butters by Harlan J. Miller (Amish)
"We started our business after I was laid off from my job in an RV factory in 2009. It was devastating to think about what was going to happen. It is very rewarding to have a home business where the whole family (we have five children) can participate and help out. My advice: when life deals you a lemon, make lemonade--or fruit butters!"
|Cutting boards, wall plaques & games
by Delton Bontrager (Mennonite)
"I started woodworking with my father and grandfather at the age of 10. I continued with wood class in high school and fell in love with it. I made some cutting boards for my mother when I was in high school and she still uses them today. These are my favorite items to make."
|Wooden puzzles and baskets
by LaVern and Rachel Miller (Amish Mennonite)
LaVern and Rachel and their three teenage sons work together to create these one-of-a-kind wooden puzzles and baskets. Each family member has their job to do in the process - designing, tracing, cutting and finishing. Their unique products are finished with boiled linseed oil which brings out the natural beauty of the wood grains and also helps to preserve them.
|Handmade dolls, embroidered pillows and potholders by Ruby Knepp (Amish)
"I have been sewing since I was a young girl. I have always enjoyed making dolls - I learned how to make them on my own (I make my own patterns)." Ruby and her husband have five children. "Sometimes my daughters and I have a sewing day together which we all enjoy so much!"
|Lip balms, lotions, soaps
by Regina Lambright (Amish)
"All our products are handmade in our home. Our goal is to provide simple, natural soaps that are beneficial to the skin." Regina and her husband, Dennis, have four children. "We live near Shipshewana and enjoy tending our large garden in the summer. We also have horses and chickens."