Locally Made Gifts With A Unique Flair
This holiday season, you don’t need to travel far to find a unique gift for the special people in your life. We’re fortunate to have a variety of locally owned businesses in town, overflowing with items that are perfect for gift-giving. Scroll through our gift guide to get inspired. A visit to these nearby shoppes will reveal even more fabulous items inside their doors. Website and phone numbers for these businesses are available on page 37.
For The Art Lover
Find something spectacular for the art lover on your list.
Viz is known throughout the world for their beautiful hand-blown glass pieces. Find an array of stunning Viz vases and other home furnishings and accessories at BOVA in Mason. (Vase pictured is $189).
Does someone on your gift list have a special photograph, painting, diploma or sports memorabilia tucked away? Bring it to Pop Revolution in Mason or Hamilton to have it exquisitely custom matted and framed. (Prices vary; picture shown is not for sale).
Art On Symmes in Fairfield and Art OFF Symmes in Hamilton are overflowing with American-made art, pottery, jewelry, clothing and more. These beautiful Santas are handmade with exquisite detail by Fairfield artist, Karin Burden. (Santas vary in style and size; Santa pictured is $150).
The expert design team at Interiors Plus can help you find the perfect decorative item to gift, such as this wood & metal bicycle art. (Art pictured is $104).
Tickets to a Broadway in Cincinnati show make a memorable gift that will please any theater fan. Upcoming shows this season include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Something Rotten!, Mamma Mia!, The Illusionists – Live from Broadway, Matilda the Musical, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. (Tickets start at $30 per show or $175 for 6-show packages).
For That Special Someone
The perfect gift to pamper your loved ones and help them to sparkle and shine.
Add some sparkle to your decor with these modern candle holders and Flower Loop made by Black + Blum and available at BOVA in Mason. (Items pictured range from $29-$39).
Interiors Plus has even more to offer beyond home decor and interior design. Stop in to see the variety of clothing and accessories, like this Charlie Paige sequin scarf and leopard print wallet/purse. (Scarf: $12.99; wallet: $26.99).
The Firefly line of jewelry offers intricately embellished pieces using Czechoslovakian glass, Swarovski crystal and hand beading in innovative mixes of colors. Find dozens of unique pieces in a variety of styles at Welling & Co. Jewelers in Olde West Chester. (Firefly line is $35 and up).
Olive oil isn’t just for cooking; it also has amazing skin benefits. Assemble a package of luxurious bath and beauty products at The Spicy Olive in West Chester. (Products are $5.50 and up; set as shown is $75.90).
Dermatology & Surgery and Spa Esthetique in Liberty Township offers dozens of services to pamper your loved ones and improve their skin. This holiday season, if you buy a $100 gift card you can choose four trial sizes of the clinically-renowned SkinMedica products for free. (Value of $50, assortment may vary; see page 3 for additional December specials).
For The Little Ones
Think outside the toy box for the little ones in your life.
Goldfish Swim School of West Chester is offering a limited-time holiday gift package that includes two months of lessons, the annual membership fee, goggles, a towel, and a “Bubbles” plush toy–all packaged together in a beach bucket. Swim lessons are a gift that will last a lifetime and bring happiness and joy into your little swimmer’s life this holiday season and beyond. (Special holiday pricing: $175; value of $225).
These aren’t your average stuffed animals at BOVA. The Beasts by Sigikid are quirky, funny designer plush pieces. Each Beast is constructed from high-quality materials and has its unique name and story. (Plushes are $89 and up).
Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, takes the big stage in January as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati season presented by Tri Health. (Tickets start at $30).
Turn your favorite photo of your child into a work of art with canvas printing at Pop Revolution in Mason and Hamilton. (Canvases are $40 and up).
Encourage your little one to start saving with these fun and interactive banks available at Art On Symmes. Big Belly Banks are whimsically handcrafted in the USA and come in a variety of styles including animals, flowers, football goal posts and more. (Banks are $65).
For The Foodie
Say cheers to the holidays with these food and wine inspired gifts.
If you have a wine connoisseur on your list, he/she will appreciate this phenomenal Pomerol that comes with an interesting back story. The experts at Village Wines of Glendale will share the history of this 2002 Pomerol by Chateau Le Bon Pasteur from the Bordeaux region of France, which would normally go for over $200. (Bottle pictured is $49.99).
These colorful and stylish glasses available at Art On Symmes are hand-painted by the Detroit Wine Glass Company. Glasses are available in styles for white wine, red wine, Champagne and beer. (Glasses are $24.99).
This Falanghina from Ocone Vineyard, is a refreshing medium bodied Italian white wine with the right amount of acidity to go with just about anything on your holiday menu. It’s a perfect complement to any type of meat and pairs nicely with the beautiful and delicious cheeses also available at Village Wines of Glendale. Pictured here is the Sun Dried Tomato Torta from CrEATions by Melody. (Wine is $17.99 and cheese is approximately $13 per wedge).
The Spicy Olive can assemble a custom gift basket fit for a foodie. Choose from their variety of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spice mixes, jams, chocolates and more. ($63 as shown).
The pecans at Interiors Plus come in a variety of tempting flavors. Wheeler’s Scenes of the South 3 Way Sampler tin includes 11oz of roasted & salted pecans, praline pecans and honey pecans. (Tin is $21.95). Also available are 5 oz packages of select Wheelers flavors, Jack Daniels Whiskey praline pecans and Tennessee honey liqueur pecans. (Packages range from $8.25-$8.75).
Local artist, MB Thompson Dowlin, beautifully decoupages some of her paintings on coasters, available in a variety of styles at POP Revolution in Mason. ($20 for set of 4 coasters).