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Community Holiday Gift Guide

Buy local. Buy Cincinnati this holiday season.

Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person in your life? We can think of no better place to find it than right here in Cincinnati, Ohio. One of the best things about the Queen City is that small local businesses are at the heart of our communities, so it’s no surprise that we support our neighbors. Show our community some love and shop local this holiday season.

Here are some one-of-a-kind gifts you can only find here in the Queen City:

FOR THE COLLECTOR

Pull Club Studio

Give your art enthusiast a thoughtfully curated piece of art, including works by local artists, from Cincinnati Arts Center. Shop bright, patterned prints in pillow, t-shirt and poster form from girl-powered screen printing trio, Pull Club Studio. Or a print and crafts from artist Emily Louise Howard who has previously shown artwork in our Elevate exhibition.

Dress the sports fan in your life from head to toe in throwback jerseys and threads from Koch Sporting Goods. If records are their thing, head to Shake It Records in the Northside neighborhood. Find local maker-made goods from MiCA 12/V, and their sister store and gallery Paper Wings. For those who love to make it themselves, shop art supplies and materials from Indigo Hippo. Discover rare finds and timeless treasures from Riverside Centre Antique Mall. If you’re really looking to impress someone, get them something form Everything But The House, which is an auction house based out of Cincinnati featuring an ever-changing assortment of uncommon art finds, jewelry, fashion accessories, collectibles, antiques and more.

 

FOR THE CANDLE LOVER

The Candle Lab

Shopping for someone with a keen sense of smell and a slight addiction to candles? Well first, there’s no such thing as having too many candles… it just isn’t possible. So buy them another candle! And not just any candle, but one you’ve made specifically for them from The Candle Lab. Or treat them to a night out with a fragrance pouring experience.

 

FOR THE PLANT LOVER

Fern

Fill your plant lover’s pots with succulents, leafy jungle plants and rare finds from our favorite plant stores: Fern, Gia & the Blooms, and Forage. Transform your Ficus (and Fern) loving friend’s home with a new plant baby from Fern, or sign them up for one of their many workshops, including classes for beginner’s calligraphy and terrarium workshops. Shop handmade pots and planters or sign them up for a flower arrangement class at Gia & the Bloom. Pair your plant gift with sustainable household goods and beauty products from Koko, which shares a space with the Louisville-based plant shop, Forage.

 

FOR THE FASHIONISTA

Sidney Cherie Hilley jewelry

Shop sustainable, vintage wear from RadOTR, trendy and accessible clothing from Sloane Boutique, and upbeat apparel and accessories from Hello, Handzy. Keep them warm and cozy with a hoodie from Originalitees, makers of comfy apparel that reminds you of where you came from. Or join the family and shop Black Owned outerwear. Pair their new threads with wearable art by local jewelry maker, Sidney Cherie Hilley. Get them ready for warmer weather with a hand knitted top made by local garment maker, Anna Paulsen.

FOR THE ULTIMATE HOST

For the ultimate party host, level up their dining and cooking ware from Rookwood Pottery, a local ceramics studio which has been around for 140 years and who also designed our shower tiles (you know… the ones with the body parts). Pro-tip: they are really known for their hand thrown pottery – lanterns, candle sticks, holiday ornaments, decorative eggs… you name it, they throw it. Find modern wood serving dishes and sustainable natural wood utensils from Lucca Workshop. For the more adventurous cooks, shop curated cookware and baking tools from Artichoke in Findlay Market.

 

FOR THE COFFEE CONNOISSEUR

Rüya Coffee; photo by Twin Spire Photography

Give the gift of caffeine with a bag of “Woke-anda” blend from blaCk Coffee Lounge or a bean subscription from Deeper Roots Coffee. Give a dream-filled cup of coffee that is “dark as hell, strong as death and sweet at love” from Rüya Turkish Coffee (we also sell this in our gift shop!). Pro-tip: add the Turkish coffee kit so that they can practice the oldest known brewing method with a fortune-telling experience. Shopping for someone who also has a sweet tooth? Buy ethically sourced chocolate from Maverick Chocolate Company.

FOR THE BOOKWORM

For the friend who always has a book in hand, the family member who sparked your passion for reading and the little ones who are just getting started — surprise the curious minds in your life with a book from the five-story Ohio Book Store. Gifting an old book filled with memories? Good news – they have a book repair department too! Find a good read for everyone in your life from Downbound Books.

 

FOR THE BEVERAGE BUFF

New Riff Distilling

If you’re shopping for a beer enthusiast, then you’ve come to the right place. Cincinnati is one of the best cities for beer lovers. Grab a 6-pack of seasonal brews from Taft’s Brewing Company or gift a near-impossible-to-find German import from Wunderbar! in Covington. If bourbon is their thing, get them a bottle and tour at New Riff Distilling. Impress the wine lover in your life with a bottle of handcrafted, small batch wine from Revel in OTR. Pair your vino gift with artisanal cheese from The Rhined.

 

FOR EVERYONE ELSE

21c Cincinnati Gift Shop

Looking for a one-stop-shop for everyone on your list? We got you. Visit our gift shop and take home Michael Coppage’s BLACK SHEEP tee, which was created in conjunction with Michael’s BLACKBOX mural in our alley. Shopping for a history buff and stamp collector? Yes, we’ve really thought of everyone! Get them a collection of Cincinnati historic stamps made by Steam Whistle Letterpress. Surprise them with a body part shower tile made by Rookwood Pottery. Shopping for a penguin enthusiast? Take home a hand-crafted miniature ceramic (or ornament) Yellow Penguin from Louisville Stoneware. Keep them cozy with a penguin quilt made by our very own, Nancy Gilmore. Impress your scent-expert with a Malin + Goetz Candle. Head to our online shop to stock the tree with all your 21c bed and bath favorites.

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