If you’re a senior living in Cincinnati who is still shopping for that special someone this holiday, time is ticking steadily away. Although online shopping is certainly convenient, shipping times this late in the season will be a concern.
Never fear! There are plenty of mom-and-pop shops and local boutique stores in the Cincinnati area where you can find something truly unique to put under the tree. Today, we thought we’d tell you about seven of our favorites.
Located in the O’Bryonville shopping district on Madison Avenue, Indigenous is a 2,700-square-foot gallery specializing in work by local and regional artists.
A variety of mediums are represented in the gallery, including hot-worked glass, metal works, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, prints, wood craft, art tiles, garden arts, mosaics, stained glass and more. One of our favorite items to peruse is the wide selection of handcrafted kaleidoscopes you’ll find there.
Items featured at Indigenous blend traditional artisan methods with contemporary design elements, so you’ll find plenty of gift ideas sure to add a touch of beauty and please the modern homeowner.
2. Ten Thousand Villages
Also located in O’Bryonville, Ten Thousand Villages is a store specializing in handcrafted imports from around the world, including jewelry, decor and home goods.
Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade store. The items sold there are handcrafted using local and recycled materials, and their sales support over 20,000 artisans from 30 countries throughout the developing world.
Each purchase helps to provide reliable income sources and build sustainable local economies, so it’s an excellent way to shop your conscience this season and help to make a true difference for people in other countries.
3. The Hansa Guild
What better way is there to help your loved one stay toasty and warm this holiday season than to give a pair of handcrafted moccasins?
The Hansa Guild, on Ludlow Avenue in the Clifton Gaslight district, sells a variety of comfy moccasins, including sheepskin-lined and alpaca fur-lined pairs, that will keep your special someone’s feet comfortable throughout the coldest months of the year!
The store also features sweaters, handbags, a selection of jewelry, and hats. Go take a look at some of the wonderful wearables and support small business with your gift purchase this holiday.
4. Toko Baru
Another boutique to check out in Clifton is Toko Baru, which features an eclectic variety of imported and locally-produced gift items. Jewelry, books, rocks and minerals, home goods, clothing, local produce and more are all available in this funky, chic little store, located across from the Esquire Theater.
There’s also a large Toko Baru Kidz section, where you’ll find unique toys to astound and mesmerize your grandchildren this Christmas!
5. Shake-It Records
For the music lover in your life, head down to Hamilton Avenue in the Northside neighborhood, where you’ll find Shake-It Records. With two floors to explore, there’s plenty to see and peruse.
On the first floor, you’ll find CDs, novelty items, magazines and more. In the basement, you’ll find row after row of vinyl records — new and used, across every imaginable genre — so you could spend hours flipping through the stacks.
Shake-It’s also a nice store to shop for booklovers. In the back, left corner of the first floor, you’ll find a well-curated selection of literature, including poetry collections, novels, biographies, how-to books and more. The staff is friendly and it’s just a neat place to spend an afternoon.
6. Duttenhofer’s Books
Speaking of books and booklovers, one of the best bookstores in the region is located in Clifton Heights, near the University of Cincinnati’s campus. Duttenhofer’s Books is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and it’s well worth a visit. The shop specializes in rare, out-of-print and used tomes.
There are some astounding finds to be had at Duttenhofer’s — 18th Century editions of Shakespeare, ornately illustrated antique Bibles, forgotten histories and locally-published works of the last two centuries.
Take a leisurely walk and lose yourselves among the bookstacks. You’ll develop a serious appreciation of books and their ability to pass knowledge down through the years.
Nestled in the friendly confines of Hyde Park Square, just down the street from Deupree House, features chic women’s apparel, home goods and decorative objects. They specialize in new items that exhibit a “vintage twist.”
From cashmere dress toppers reminiscent of 1930s fashion wraps, to necklaces with ostrich feathers, fleece scarves and objet d’art, you’re sure to find something for the special lady in your life.
There are plenty of other unique shopping spots for Cincinnati seniors this holiday season.
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Happy holiday shopping, seniors!