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50 Local Gift Ideas for Every Personality on Your List!

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50 Local Gift Ideas for Every Personality on Your List!

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Nov 12, 2021

It's all about giving your loved ones a gift they'll never forget during the holidays. Ohio has some amazing displays of art, craftsmanship and culinary delights that are perfect to take home and wrap up! This year, shop local the Ohio way with these holiday gift ideas. 

Gift basket with variety of chocolates from Nothing But Chocolate in Cambridge Ohio
Gift basket from Nothing But Chocolate in Cambridge 

Foodie Fans 

Sweet seasonal treats await you at Dietsch Brothers Chocolates in Findlay and Nothing But Chocolate in Cambridge. And Winans Chocolates + Coffee based in Piqua debuted their new Watershed Distillery partnership with a perfect holiday treat - bourbon cherry cordials

The holidays won't be half baked when you order goodies from a local bakery. Hilliard's Bakes by Lo has holiday pre-orders up and ready, and Sweet Petit Desserts in Cincinnati offers an array of delicious cakes and confections. 

Fill the house with the aroma of a good cup of coffee. Buy beans for home-brewing from a local coffeeshop. Go the holiday route with the "Christmas Spice" and "Yuletide" blend from Cincinnati's Coffee Emporium. Or brew a classic cup of black coffee with beans from Community Grounds or Stauf's in Columbus. 

Uncork the holidays with a subscription to a wine club. Cuyahoga Valley's Magna Wine Boutique offers two bottles a month (selected by the Magna Wine team) shipped right to the front door!

You won't be board when you buy one of the charcuterie kits from Columbus' North Country Charcuterie or The CharcuteQueen. Try your hand at making your own with fixings from Millersburg's Guggisberg Cheese and Prospect Jam Co. in Cincinnati. 

Stocking the pantry with homemade sauces, jams and jellies from Cooper's Mill in Bucyrus will make holiday meals extra speical. And don't forget to pick up a bottle of soy sauce from Cincinnati's CinSoy

Make your kitchen merry and bright with pieces from Ohio Stoneware in Zanesville. 

Hone those cooking skills with Ohio-inspired recipes and cookbooks from Ohio chefs and authors like Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, "The Vegetable Butcher" by Cara Mangini or Sara Bir's "The Pawpaw Cookbook." 

Dish out the holiday cheer with cooking classes from professional chefs. Try a class from Savoir Cooking + Wine in Powell or at the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking in Chesterland. 

Give the gift of Ohio dining and buy gift cards from nearby bakeries, wineries and restaurants - like Tony Packo's in Toledo. For added fun, pair the gift card with an item from the restaurant like a bottle of wine from Gervasi Vineyard in Canton. 

wooden ornament of cardinal bird hanging on a tree from the ohio department of natural resources
Photo credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Facebook

Nature Lovers 

Channel that outdoorsman with the State Park Passport from ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources). This booklet includes beautiful photos, maps and activities available at all of Ohio's State Parks. Find more gift ideas on ODNR's website, like the State Park ornament, art posters and even State Park gift cards

You'll have a hill of a good time lacing up a pair of Rocky Boots for a winter hike. For added fun, download ODNR's new DETOUR Trails app and explore thousands of miles of trails. 

Put the pedal to the metal with a new bike and bike accessories from stores like Athens' Cycle Path Bicycles. Or try outfitting a bike for winter with a set of fat tires from Century Cycles in Medina.  

Thistle be the best day, when you gift a membership to an Ohio botanical garden. Get a membership for places like  The Dawes Arboretum in Newark or Holden Arboretum in Kirtland.   

Go green this holiday season and buy plants from local flower and plant stores. Check out places like The Potted Edge in Gallipolis or Forage in Cincinnati. 

Spruce up plant purchases with planters from local artists. Check out unique displays like the "Air Plant Branch" from the Ohio Workshop. And learn all about plants, plus how to take care of them from Cincinnati's SoulSistaPlants

How does your garden grow? With gardening supplies from local nurseries. Gift the gardener in your family with supplies like gloves and trowels from Petitti Garden Centers in Northeast Ohio. And maybe get some tips for planting an Ohio garden - using native plants and flowers. 

Fill your lungs with nature from woodsy-scented candles. Try the "Leaves" scent from Lotus Candles in Cleveland and any of the "Great Outdoors" fragrances from Crossroads Candles in Bucyrus. 

Sustain the holiday joy with gifts from eco-friendly stores like Koko in Columbus and Reuse Revolution in Dublin.

Sweeten the holiday season with honey from local makers and their bees. Raw honey is always an excellent addition to tea, but the "Cocoa Creamed Honey" from Honeyrun Farm (in Pickaway County) is perfect to eat by the spoonful all on its own. Or pick up a Honey Gift Box from PolliNate's Honeyworks

children playing with wooden toy from cambridge wooden toy company in ohio
Cambridge Wooden Toy Co. in Guernsey County

Family Fun 

Playtime is anytime when you shop from local retailers. Order some puzzles, arts & crafts or musical toys from places like PLAY Matters Toys - which won "Best Toy Store" at the Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards. You can also bring home one of Wild Republic's realistic stuffed animals or a one-of-kind toy from Cambridge Wooden Toy Co. 

Check your shelf this holiday season and stack up on some great kid's books. Children's bookstores like Beanbag Books in Delaware and Blue Manatee in Cincinnati have great selections for whatever your young reader likes. Maybe pick up the latest picture book "I Promise" (from LeBron James) or get colorful with comic books from Alter Ego Comics in Lima. 

Color outside the lines with coloring and activities books. Download the Ohio. Find It Here. coloring book, the Massillon Museum's folding coloring book or the Ohio Scenic Rivers activity book. For the grownups that enjoy a some coloring too, get the "Homes of Toledo's Historic Old West End" coloring book from artist Maura Amato. 

Holiday Bonus: order some cute and fun-shaped crayons from local makers like Crayative Colors or these dinosaur-shaped ones from AllOutCraftss.

Get crafty with at-home activity boxes like COSI's "Connect Kits," Akron Children's Museum's "Adventure Backpacks" and the "Studio in a Box" from the Columbus Museum of Art. Or try one of Columbus-based Piccadilly's activity kits. 

Wear that Ohio pride! Get your kids some Ohio-inspired clothing from local apparel companies. The "Ohio" fabric bow from Riley Grace Co. is the perfect addition to any look. You can also order some stylish threads for the kids from local mompreneur Jen's clothing company, Jamison & Bexley

Take to the stage with memberships and subscriptions to local children's theatre. Spaces like The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati offer gift certificates and digital passes to streaming performances. 

Go STEAM powered with memberships to kids' museums and science centers. See what creations await at places like Great Lakes Science CenterImagination Station in Toledo, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Little Buckeye Children's Museum in Mansfield and Children's Museum Cleveland. 

You'll have a roarin' good time at an Ohio zoo. Gift a membership to places like the Toledo Zoo & Aqaurium, Akron Zoo or Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 

Holiday Bonus: Zoo gift stores (many of which are online) are also fun places to shop for unique - and cute - gifts for the kids. Who wouldn't want a Fiona the Hippo ornament, plushie, coffee mug or book?! BRB ordering the "A Very Fiona Christmas" book for everyone! 

Thrilling holiday fun can be had when you get a season pass to an amusement park.  Zoombezi BayCedar Point and Kings Island all have their season passes ready for some Spring and Summer fun. 

Use those outside voices inside at local play places. Spots like Sky Zone + Trampoline Park (with locations in Dayton and Toledo) have gift cards available. 

personalized card with illustration of bicycle with flowers in a basket on a wooden stand in front of a vase of flowers from roobarb studios in findlay ohio
Personalized stationery from RooBarb Studios in Findlay 

Culture Buffs

Here's the mail it never fails, it makes you wanna wag your ... wait, that's the opening line to children's show song. Anyway, this holiday season is the perfect time to send well wishes and 'thinking of you' to friends and family with personalized stationary from Roobarb Studios in Findlay. 

Don't get all booked up! Tackle that TBR list with gift cards to local Ohio bookstores or pick up a book that's by a local author or set in Ohio. Check out Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty, or if you're a RomCom fan, the Kerrys (Kerry Winfrey and Kerry Rhea) are for you. If you can't choose, try "The Wheatberry Box" from Chillicothe's Wheatberry Books. 

There's no record scratch when you buy vinyl from local record stores like Toxic Beauty Records & Poster Gallery in Yellow Springs. You can also shop Cleveland-based Brittany's Record Shop or stop by Blue Arrow Records - who partners with Waterloo Alley Cat Project (their calendars are a purrfect gift for any animal lover). 

Rock out by with a membership to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. Complete the rockstar look by shopping their online store and order a copy of the recently published book, The House That Rock Built

You've got the beat with subscriptions to musical attractions like Opera ColumbusCincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra or The Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Don't brush off the chance to see great works of art. Get a membership to one of Ohio's art museums like the Zanesville Museum of ArtCincinnati Art Museum, Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster or moCa (Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art). 

Make an exhibit of yourself and shop from museum gift stores. You can get some unique gifts like glass ornaments from the Toledo Museum of Art, or explore the Butler Institute of American Art's gift shop in Youngstown. 

Embrace your artistic side with pieces from local artists. Check out designs from JustAJar Design Press in Marietta, Copper Moon Studios in Holland and Pull Club Studio in Cincinnati. 

Get an earful from jewelry makers Red Giraffe Designs and Fortuna June in Columbus. Their one-of-kind designs and customizable sets will have everyone "oohing" and "awing" all year long. 

Don your new apparel when you shop Findlay's Flag City Clothing and Cleveland's Cool World. Whether you're looking for "Ohio" inspired outfits or funky fun accessories, you'll find it all at these retail spots. 

inside of bedroom with robes hanging on the wall at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan Ohio
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan

Getaway Dreamer

Unwrap a night of relaxation when you book a stay with the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan. Or have a royally good time with a weekend away at Landoll's Mohican Castle in Loudonville. 

Ease into the holidays with a spa package from The Woodhouse Day Spa (with locations in Dayton, Cleveland and Dublin). Or turn up the heat when you step into a Hocking Hills Sauna Pod

Indulge those staycation vibes with self care beauty products from local Ohio makers. Like the "Sugar Cookie" bath bomb from Steubenville's The Soap Mason, the "Matcha Peppermint Facial Cleanser" from Cleveland's Choate BODY and the "Frankincense + Calendula Face Oil" from Wild Origins in Columbus. 

Let nature lull you into the holiday spirit by buying an ODNR Ohio State Parks gift card/certificate. These gift cards can be used at most Ohio State Park campgrounds, cabins and lodges. 

Hit the road and explore the state with Ohio's Winter Scenic Route Road Trip. 

Book it to a romantic hotel - like Hotel LeVeque in Columbus - for an unforgettable stay away. Or add a night in the Mr. Kringle Suite at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown to your wishlist. 

Triple dog dare you to not enjoy a visit to A Christmas Story House in Cleveland. You can shop for gifts that'll make your house feel like a scene straight out of a holiday movie. Even better, book an overnight at A Christmas Story House or the neighboring Bumpus House. 

Project some movie magic into a staycation with a movie night at home. Can't think of a flick to watch? Try one of these Ohio-based films. And nothing makes a movie night right like popcorn! Go for the classic snack or try something new like Campbell's Sweets Factory's "Hot Cocoa" and Steubenville Popcorn Company's "Elfnog" or "Candy Kane" seasonal flavors. 

Choo-choo into the holidays and get ready to take a train ride through scenic Ohio with a gift card to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. 

"Fly me to the moon" by heading to one of Ohio's air and space museums like the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta or The National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton. You can also stop by Cleveland and check out the International Women's Air & Space Museum too.

For more ideas to gift this #OhioForTheHolidays season, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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