Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Holiday Gift Ideas ::
LOCAL Restaurants ~
Handmade Crafts ~
For the Foodie ~
Local Art ~
There are countless places to purchase local art around town. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are bursting at the seams with artists. You can find galleries all over town where you can purchase artwork and support local artists. I’m going to shine the spotlight on one of my favorite local artists, Jeff Johns. He is a fantastic painter and photographer. You can find his artwork hanging on the walls at Valley Wine and Spirits and online at: jeffjohnsgallery.com. His masterpieces are priced high for some budgets, but when purchasing a Jeff Johns painting, you are purchasing an heirloom. I’d love to have one of his paintings some day to hang in my home and then pass down to our kids. It’s on my bucket list to own an original JJ painting!
Personalize It ~
Consider something unique and PERSONALIZED for folks on your list! MK’s Totebags & Monogramming in the Main Strasse Village has something for everyone, from babies to ladies to brides to families to the gents of the family. She has everything from clothes to cups to coolers. It’s really the perfect place to get gifts all year long, but during the holidays she really shines with some adorable holiday items such as stockings, dresses, aprons, ornaments and MORE. Order soon, because they get busy close to the holidays! Check out MK’s on Facebook.
For All Things OHIO ~
MiCA 12/v is a family owned business in Over the Rhine at 1201 Vine Street. It is one of my favorite boutiques because it is so very unique. It’s a special place to find a gift. They have the most interesting collection of local arts and products. You can find items such as t-shirts promoting Cincinnati pride, cutting boards shaped like the state of Ohio, hand made items, fine jewelry made by independent designers, and much much more! Check out their Facebook page for hours.
Artistic Experiences ~
Local Beer ~
Or perhaps a gift set from a local brewery? Some local breweries sell items such as t-shirts or pint glasses, which when paired with beer would make a perfect gift. I was going to name a few local breweries, but there really are so many that I’d find it hard to list just a couple.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Town ~
How about a BB Riverboat Cruise as a gift?! I know it’s something I would love! We have attended many of their cruises and always have such an awesome time. Read all about our Beer & BBQ Dinner Cruise in this post. It’s a great local gift…dinner on a boat while you hear live music and learn more about the area from the captain. They offer a variety of cruises to choose from, from kiddie cruises to sightseeing cruises to beer tasting cruises. Check out the BB Riverboats website for more details.
Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list who loves local history, or wants to learn more about the area they live in? A tour from American Legacy is a GREAT gift idea for them! We’ve taken a few of their tours and loved them. They offer so many different options, from Gangster Tours to Brewery Tours. Check out their website for all the options and prices.
For the Munchkins ~
I’m not going to re-invent the wheel, Family Friendly Cincinnati has a terrific post about local toy shops in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Check that out and SHOP LOCAL for the munchkins
For the Out of Towners ~
Consider shipping some Cincinnati Favorites such as Glier’s Goetta, Skyline Chili, Montgomery Inn or Larosa’s Pizza to Cincy fans in other states. CincinnatiFavorites.com is Santa’s Little Helper when it comes to shipping these local favorites to your friends and family out of town!
For the Traveler ~
Plan a weekend away exploring one of the great state parks in Ohio or Kentucky, or another city in one of these states that you’ve been wanting to visit. Two years ago I gave Michael the gift of a weekend away from the kids. We went on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky with his brother and sister-in-law and then stayed overnight at the Jailer’s Inn in Bardstown. It was the perfect gift for a guy with four kids…time away from the munchkins + bourbon. You can read more about our trip in this post I wrote for Family Friendly Cincinnati. Also visit my TRAVEL ARCHIVES for ideas for planning trips. I have documented our travels both near and far, so you are sure to find something to interest you!
Last but not least, consider hand made note cards for the snail-mail lovers on your list. I have an Etsy shop full of cards I make for every occasion. The prices are reasonable, and I take custom orders as well. If note cards aren’t your thing, spend some time browsing Etsy for other fabulous hand-crafted items. I strongly urge you to support crafters!
What am I missing on this LOCAL GIFT IDEA LIST?? Comment below and share your ideas!