Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Holiday Gift Ideas ::
LOCAL Restaurants ~
Handmade Crafts ~
For the Foodie ~
Wood Crafts ~
Grainwell in Covington was started by three sisters and they sell “genuine wood centric goods”. You can purchase items from their shop or have personalized items created. I have done quite a bit of shopping for local gifts at Grainwell! Their work is amazing! They make wall decor (I love those Cincinnati & Covington signs!), coasters, ornaments, maps, and much much more! Visit their shop in Covington to see for yourself.
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 is 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.
Don’t forget that you can always find a number of different Cadeaux Personnalisés (personalized gifts) for all the special occasions in your life if you are unable to make it to your local store in time. Sometimes it’s the special, most unique things that can truly make for the best presents.
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. If they’re adventurous, you could even get them a home brewery kit so that they could make their own beer!
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 ~
Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe in Covington is a one of a kind toy shop where you can find all sorts of wonderful treasures for the children on your list this holiday season. On the Ohio side of the river King Arthur’s Court Toys is a great place to find toys of all sorts. Or if you are shopping for someone who loves games you should visit Boardwalk Hobby Shop in Mount Lookout. All three of these shops are worth a visit and each one of them is surrounded by good restaurants so you could make a day of it!
I always love giving the gift of books to my friends and family, and luckily there are some great book stores around for shopping local. Some favorites of mine are Roebling Point Books & Coffee and Joseph Beth Booksellers.
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.
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!
What am I missing on this LOCAL GIFT IDEA LIST?? Comment below and share your ideas!