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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 20, 2020

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 perfect to take home and wrap up! This year, shop local the Ohio way with these holiday gift ideas. 

Santa Sangria from The Powell Village Winery and Tasting Room in Ohio
Photo credit: The Powell Village Winery & Tasting Room, Facebook

Foodie Fans 

Fill the house with the aroma of a good cup of coffee. Buy beans for home-brewing from a local coffeeshop. Try the "Middlebury Blend" from Compass Coffee in Akron or "Athlandia" (inspired by Athens) blend from Appalachia's Dirty Girl Coffee Roasters. Go the holiday route with the "Christmas Spice" and "Yuletide" blend from Cincinnati's Coffee Emporium or try the "Cranberry Cream" blend from Community Grounds in Columbus. 

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

Wear your food with merchandise from favorite dining places. Whether it's a t-shirt from Cleveland's Noble Beast Brewing, a sweater from Toledo's Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters or a hoodie from Bowling Green Beer Works - you'll be able to show your foodie pride. 

Light up the season and get a candle. Try the "Lemon-Basil" candle from J-POPS or the truly iconic scent of the White Castle slider candle

Box it up with already-curated collections from restaurants and bakeries. Several local bakeries and restaurants are offering meal kits, subscriptions or gift boxes. Check out the kits from Columbus' North Country Charcuterie and the "Perk Package" from Dayton's Third Perk Coffeehouse. Or order one of the new curated boxes from Once Upon A Thyme Bookshop in Beavercreek. 

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!

Make it a double and pair two items together. For example, pick up a bottle of wine (like the "Santa's Sangria" from The Powell Village Winery) to pair with all the fixings of a classic cheese board -- which you can get from Millersburg's Guggisberg Cheese. Or try the sweeter duo and pair it with seasonal treats from Dietsch Brothers Chocolates in Findlay. 

Suds it up with beer-inspired soaps like from Glenn Avenue Soap Company in Columbus. 

Have a holiday brew-ha-ha with (loose leaf) tea from stores like Zen Cha Tea Salon in Columbus' Short North Arts District. Or embrace the stya-at-home vibes with the "Staycation" blend from Medina's Tea Dude.  

Get the best of both worlds from retail and restaurant collaborations. Places like Columbus' Wolf's Ridge Brewing and Kingmakers have teamed up to create "Sip & Play" - a virtual gaming happy hour. Or check out "Craft & Vinyl," which pairs good tunes with good brews. 

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 "Tasting Ohio" by Sara Bir. 

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Photo credit: Groovy Plant Ranch, 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. 

Thistle be the best day, when you gift a membership to an Ohio botanical garden. Get a membership for places like Cleveland Botanical Garden, 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. If you're looking for more unique plant gifts, try the air plant ornaments from Groovy Plant Ranch.

Holiday Bonus: Groovy Plant Ranch is offering curbside pickup on poinsettia orders. 

Spruce up plant purchases with planters from local artists. Check out the pots and indoor potting mix from Forage Plants (opening soon in Cincinnati). Or go the more unique route with something like the "Air Plant Branch" from the Ohio Workshop. And learn how to take care of plants with workshops and consultations from locals like Lucrecer Braxton (aka @SoulSistaPlants). 

Sustain the holiday joy with gifts from eco-friendly stores like Koko in Columbus and Empty Bin Zero Waste in Canton. Both stores have gift cards available too, or you can checkout Empty Bin's curated gift section. 

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

Bring a piece of nature inside with ODNR's poster series. This year's poster features a stunning illustration of Hocking Hills State Park. 

Fill your lungs with nature from woodsy-scented candles. Try the Cuyahoga Valley National Park candle or scented matches for an autumnal moment (you can buy both from Columbus' Tigertree). 

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. 

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. 

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Photo credit: Columbus Museum of Art, Facebook

Family Fun 

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. Plus, Cedar Point and Kings Island have Holiday Gift-Giving Letters you can print for free! 

Wear that Ohio pride! Get your kids some Ohio-inspired clothing from local apparel companies. The "Ohio" fabric bow (or the "Happy Holidays" print) from Riley Grace Co. is the perfect addition to any look.  

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.

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, face mask or book. BRB ordering "A Very Fiona Christmas" book for everyone! 

Playtime is anytime when you shop from local retailers. Order some puzzles, arts & crafts or musical toys from places like PLAY Matters Toys - which just won "Best Toy Store" at the Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards.

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. 

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. Or maybe pick up the latest picture book - "I Promise" - from LeBron James. Or get colorful with comic books from Alter Ego Comics in Lima. 

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. 

Use those outside voices inside at local kids cafes and play places. Spots like Sky Zone + Trampoline Park (with locations in Dayton and Toledo) have gift cards available. And you can use gift cards from places like Tree of Life Play + Cafe in Hilliard for cafe items, activity kits or whenever playtime resumes. 

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"Tiny Treats" mini food-inspired jewelry, Sweet Stella Designs. Photo credit: Craftin' Outlaws, Facebook

Culture Buffs

Make an exhibit of yourself and shop (online) from museum gift stores. You can get some unique gifts like the limited edition glass ornament the Toledo Museum of Art releases each year. 

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 - like these new releases: "Betty" by Tiffany McDaniel, "Cuyahoga" by Pete Beatty and "Ready Player Two" by Ernest Cline (the sequel to "Ready Player One"). If you can't choose, try the "Mystery Box" from German Village's The Book Loft in Columbus. 

There's no record scratch when you buy vinyl from local record stores. Check out albums from musicians featuring covers designed by Ohio artists. For example, pick up a copy of the latest album from Midwest singers Mungbean, whose vinyl cover was designed by Columbus-based artist Dre McLoead. Or New Orleans band Lawn, whose album cover was also designed by a Columbus-based artist: Annie Russell (known as Secret Lunch). 

Holiday Bonus: you can get one of  Dre McLoed’s signature patchwork designed jackets or shop for other fun items from her at The Little Light Collective in Clintonville. Secret Lunch also has an online shop where she sells some of her paintings and illustrations. 

Rock out by with a membership to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. 

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 yous' to friends and family with cards from Ohio letterpress makers. Browse the holiday cards from Lancaster's Questionable Press and get some stamps (like the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp) before you mail out those holiday greetings. 

Get artistic with pieces from local artists. Several local makers are hosting or participating in virtual Holiday Markets - like Amy Neiwirth of Sweet Stella Designs, who'll be at Craftin' Outlaw's Virtual Holiday Market. Her Tiny Treats jewelry line is deliciously inspired. Or you can go for something more sculptural, like the Passion Flower from Passion Works Studio in Athens. 

Throw down with ceramic pieces created by local artists like Lalese Stamps of Lolly Lolly Ceramics (since a lot of her pieces sell out quickly, this is the perfect place to pick up a digital gift card). And if the someone you're shopping for prefers wearable art, get some crafted earrings from Four Eye Ceramics in Cincinnati. 

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 or moCa (Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art). 

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

Dream of the silver screen with a gift card to a favorite indie movie theater. Theaters like The Athena Cinema in Athens and Capitol Theater in Cleveland are offering gift cards. 

Holiday Bonus: many of these local theaters are also selling merchandise. So grab an "Ugly Holiday Sweater" from The Drexel store, a t-shirt or poster print from Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse in Columbus. 

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Photo credit: A Christmas Story House, Facebook

Getaway Dreamer

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

Get away from it all with a spa gift card. The Woodhouse Day Spa (with locations in Dayton, Cleveland and Dublin) offers egift cards. Or try floating away - literally - with a gift card from Columbus' Ebb & Float

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, "Green Tea" face mask from Sweet D Organics, and a sugar scrub from Dayton's Unique Aromas. Wrap it all up with a robe Columbus' The Perennial Closet

"Take me out to the play ball game" with merch for the Dayton Dragons and gifts from The Swamp Shop - official store for the Toledo Mud Hens. And buy some peanuts from Ohio's Krema Nut Company

Project some movie magic into your 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 movie night right like popcorn! So go for the classic snack or try something new like Campbell's Sweets Factory's "Christmascorn" and Steubenville Popcorn Company's "Elfnog" or "Candy Kane" seasonal flavors. 

"Fly me to the moon" by shopping at Ohio's air and space museums. Browse the online gift shops from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, The Air Force Museum Store near Dayton and International Women's Air & Space Museum in Cleveland. 

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. 

Travel back to a more groovy time with roller skates and skateboards. If all those skating TikToks sparked some inspiration, gear up from places like Next Level Skate Shop in Fairview Park (just outside Cleveland), Old Skool Skate Shop in Westerville or Proper Gnar

Bring the excitement of the holidays home with gifts to make your house feel like a scene out of a Holiday movie. Shop the gift store from A Christmas Story House for everything from coffee mugs to Leg Lamps and Pink Bunny Suits. And top it all off with an indoor snowball fight thanks to Yellowood Design Studio. 

For more gift ideas and ways to #SupportLocalOhio this #HolidaysinOhio season, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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