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Gift Local for the Holidays

Support Small Businesses this holiday season with these 21 local gift ideas! 

Gift Local

Looking to shop small for the holidays this year? We think that is a fantastic idea! There are so many local shops and boutiques in our county that offer pretty amazing selections for the perfect gift. No matter who you're shopping for, there is a ton of locally made goods, unique products, and one-of-a-kind gems to discover at these businesses. Since we couldn't feature everything that each shop has to offer, we have selected 21 gift ideas that are available to shop for both in store and/or online.


1. Cavu Coffee, T-shirts & Sweatshirts

Cavu Coffee T-shirts & Sweatshirts

Photo Credit : Cavu Coffee

This local coffee shop in West Chester sells their very own merchandise! If you know someone who is a big fan of Cavu Coffee— or coffee in general— this would make a great gift. The t-shirts and sweatshirts are so comfortable and available in multiple comfort colors. Shop for them online and pair with a gift card to make it extra special. 

2. Celebrate Local, Ohio Cutting Board

Ohio Cutting Board

Photo Credit : Celebrate Local

Celebrate Local is your one-stop-shop for all things made right here in OH! Everything in the store is produced in Ohio, made by a local artist or by a locally-based company. They have it all— from clothes, art, wines, and all kinds of artisan goods. This wooden Ohio cutting board is a great gift option and the quality is top notch! You can shop Celebrate Local online, or in-store located at the Liberty Center. 

3. EnterTRAINment Junction, Lego Sets

Ninja Lego Set

Did you know EnterTRAINment Junction is also home to their own gift shop? Junction Hobbies & Toys is the perfect place to shop for both kids and adults alike. There is a ton to offer from model-train sets, puzzles, Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise, and an ultimate Lego shop! This shop is known for their selection of Lego products and often, you can get sets here that are hard to find anywhere else. Check out the Lego shop online or in-store at EnterTRAINment. 

4. Fleurish Home, Frasier Fir Sink Set

Fraiser Fir Sink Set

Fleurish Home in Hamilton has special gifts for anyone on your list. Regardless of age or interests, there is a ton of great holiday fun to discover here. One particular favorite is their selection of Frasier Fir items— this popular scent smells absolutely amazing. It's definitely a crowd pleaser, and this Fraiser Fir Sink Set is the perfect combination. Whoever receives this will fall in love and keep coming back for more! I myself bought the Fraiser Fir All-Purpose Cleaner, and it's seriously the best pine-smell ever. 

5. Jellydoodles, Stickers & Buttons

JellyDoodles Animal Stickers

Photo Credit : JellyDoodles

These adorable, whimsical stickers would make the best stocking stuffer or addition to any gift. JellyDoodles creator Cassie calls her creations, happy art for the young at heart. She creates and sells a wide selection of stickers, buttons, paintings, bookmarks and more all featuring different JellyDoodle characters. You can even get her book, How to Draw JellyDoodles, for the young artists you know! These colorful and bright products are available online, or you can stop by the JellyDoodles studio at the Pendelton Art Center on a First Friday event (the next one is December 4, 2020 beginning at 5PM). 

6. Karma in the Kitchen, Artisan Chocolates

Artisan Chocolate Gift Boxes

Photo Credit : Karma in the Kitchen

Karma makes some of the most delicious treats and chocolate assortments. Her shop in West Chester is always fun to browse with new chocolate creations and some that make you think, can that really be chocolate? She even makes speciality vegan and keto-friendly chocolate treats! If you've never had anything from Karma in the Kitchen, pick something up for yourself and for a gift too. You can order a Custom Truffle Assortment online and check out other gifts, or shop in store. 

7. LahVdah Skincare + More, Speciality Bath Bombs

All Natural Bath Bombs

Bath bombs make a great stocking stuffer or addition to any holiday gift... especially bath bombs from LahVdah Skincare + More. Venita makes all of her products with organic, all-natural ingredients too so they are safe for all skin types. Her customers call her boutique their Happy Place, where they can find all-natural bath bombs, lotions, soaps, make-up, skincare and more. Order some of the most popular Speciality Bath Bombs online or stop in the shop in Hamilton to shop in store! 

8. Made to Love, Holiday Ornaments

Haiti Artisan Ornament

Gifts from Made to Love in Hamilton are the gifts that give back... in more ways than one! Everything sold in Made to Love are Haitian Make items from local artisans markets and co-ops. Not only does this help to create long-term, well paying and sustainable employment for the people in Haiti, but profits are also donated towards creating educational opportunities for Haitian children. The Holiday Ornaments are not only unique, but each one is made differently. Made to Love also carries a selection of Haitian-made jewelry, leather-goods, coffee and more. Check them out by shopping online or in store!   

9. Miller St. Boutique, Unicorn Mug

Unicorn Mug

Photo Credit : Miller St. Boutique

How cute is this mug? You can find plenty of charming gifts like this at Miller St. Boutique in Fairfield. This shop has the perfect trendy gifts for all the fashionistas in your life—Clothing, accessories, home decor, purses and gift sets galore. Order this Pastel Unicorn Mug online or stop in the boutique to see all of the other gifts they have to offer. 

10. Oxford Coffee Company, Locally Roasted Coffee

Oxford Coffee Co. Coffee Gifts

Photo Credit : Oxford Coffee Company

By roasting on the spot, the Oxford Coffee Company guarantees freshness and exceptional taste with every blend, making them a local favorite. Their coffee blends make a great gift for any coffee-fanatic— they even post the date that each bag was roasted so you can ensure a fresh, delicious brew. The shop also carries coffee accessories, mugs, and books to complete your gift. Shop their coffee online or in store. 

11. Petals & Wicks, DIY Candle Kits

DIY Candle Gift Set

Photo Credit : Petals & Wicks

Bringing their fun and unique experience right to your home, Petals & Wicks offers a variety of DIY Kits that make a wonderful gift. You can purchase their pre-made candles online, or for more fun, gift their DIY Candle Kit! It comes with everything needed to make your own unique candles. I bought a DIY Candle Kit for my parents anniversary, and they had blast creating their candles together. Petals & Wicks also offers gift cards if you want to gift an in-store experience as well. 

12. Rolling Mill Brewing, Gluten Free Craft Beer

6-Pack Gluten Free Beer

Known someone who lives a gluten-free lifestyle, but struggles to find their favorite things to eat and drink? Rolling Mill Brewing Co. is a 100% gluten-free facility and sells their craft beer in 6-packs both online and in their brewery! It makes for a great and unique gift for friends or family who may love beer, but are allergic to gluten. Choose from four different craft beers (shipping only available in Ohio) like their popular German Pilsner, Ten 09

13. Ruby's Chocolates, Truffle Cake Gift Box

Truffle Cake Gift Box

Photo Credit : Hailey Bollinger

Ruby's Chocolates makes the most amazing truffle cakes and chocolate confections... so Ruby's Top Sellers Gift Box is the ultimate gift for any sweet-tooth. They almost look too divine to eat. With 12 bite-size of Ruby's top-selling truffle cakes, it won't disappoint! Each box comes with two of the most popular flavors: Peanut Butter Truffle Cake, Key Lime Truffle Cake, Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake, Black Raspberry Cheesecake Truffle Cake, Birthday Cake Truffle, and Cookies and Cream Truffle Cake. Order online asap to get yours in before the holiday rush! 

14. Sara's House, Golf Club Bottle Opener

Golf Club Bottle Opener

Sara's House in Hamilton is so much fun to shop with vintage items, perfect gifts, and repurposed gifts like these Golf Club Bottle Openers! A unique and special gift for Dad, Grandpa, or any golf-lover + beer-drinker. They also have beautiful repurposed lamps, women's fashion, locally made accessories, home decor and so much more. You can shop Sara's Collections online or shop in store. 

15. Scripted Studio, Creativity Kit

Creativity Kit Gift

Photo Credit : Scripted Studio

Scripted Studio in Hamilton is full of wit and charm with clever gifts, unique stationary, and all kinds of wonderful doodads. This Creativity Kit would be such a unique gift for any creative soul— the kit helps to light up creativity with 1 Bundled White Sage Smudge Stick, 1 Palo Santo Sacred Wood sticks Dried Rose Flowers, 1 Citrine Stone and 1 Yellow Candle. Shop these fun gifts online or in store!  

16. Symmetry Boutique & Gallery, Art Poles

Art Poles

Explore this boutique for all kinds of art, sculpture and gifts! Symmetry Boutique & Gallery carries a one-of-a-kind selection of handmade gifts from over over 400 American artists. Everything sold in their shop is proudly made in the USA. These Art Poles are a Studio M exclusive and an impactful way to bring beautiful artwork to any landscape. Shop the collection online or in-store at Symmetry Boutique in Fairfield.  

17. The Apple Tree, I Wrote A Book About You

"I Wrote A Book About You" Book

Photo Credit : The Apple Tree

The Apple Tree is a distinctive boutique with a wide variety of items for all of your gifting needs, including top brand names like Free People, MudPie, and Natural Life. This book is the sweetest, most thoughtful gift for any loved one! I bought one last year and it made a beautiful gift. I Wrote a Book About You is designed to be filled out by you and given to someone you like a lot—a spouse, a sibling, a very good friend. Buy it from The Apple Tree online or stop in their boutique in Oxford to explore. 

18. The Spicy Olive, Olive Oil Gift Set

Olive Oil Gift Set

Shopping for a wine-lover, cook or someone who loves to try new things? The Spicy Olive in West Chester is a unique tasting emporium featuring the freshest extra virgin olive oils and the finest balsamic vinegars in all kinds of different flavors. Customers can stop in to sample before they buy, build a gift basket with different oils, wines and accessories, or shop the popular pre-made Gift Sets online

19. Unsung Salvage Design Co., Custom Printed T-Shirts

Custom T-Shirts

Photo Credit : Unsung Salvage Design Co.

Unsung Salvage Design Company in Hamilton is a truly one-of-a-kind shop! Specializing in reclaimed and vintage items, these gifts are brought back to life with creativity. In addition to home decor, antiques and collectibles, Unsung Salvage Design also offers custom printed t-shirts— which make a great gift for just about anyone. You can stop by the shop to get a custom design, or shop online

20. West Central Wine, Wine Gift Baskets

Local Wine Gift Basket

Photo Credit : West Central Wine

These gift baskets are handcrafted especially for the occasion and can be personalized with the perfect touch. West Central Wine in Middletown is known for their wide variety of wines and charcuterie, so their gift baskets are always top notch! Order a special Gift Basket online and be sure to let them know of any requests. 

21. Wildfire Hygge Goods, Leather Journals

Leather Journals

Photo Credit : Wildfire Hygge Goods

Sarah, the owner of Wildfire Hygge Goods, is a merchandising genius. She hand selects everything sold in her boutique specializing in planters, locally made goods, decor, keepsakes and more... all fitting the cozy, boho chic aesthetic. These Leather Journals make beautiful, meaningful gifts— one that will be kept for a very long time! Stop by Sarah's shop in Hamilton, or shop these journals online


For even more gift ideas from local businesses, check out our Gift Local page. 

Happy Shopping + Happy Holidays! 


Author Karly D.


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