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15 ways to shop local this holiday season in Cincinnati

2020 has been a tough year for local businesses. This year, it’s especially important that we keep local shopping top of mind as we approach the holiday season. Take a look at this holiday gift guide to find the perfect gifts to stuff your stockings!

1) Ampersand Home & GalleryLooking for something unique? Check out Ampersand’s collection of housewares, jewelry, and antiques. From the sunning decor to handcrafted soap and accessories, there’s something here for everyone!

📸 by Yelper: Hollyann H.


2) Bee Haven – Oh honey! 🐝 From hive to stocking, you can find something for anyone at Bee Haven. Make a buzz this holiday season by gifting some honey or one of the numerous products they carry made from honey! From candles to jams, and even lip balms and hand salves–come find out how to be the bee’s knees this December.


3) Deerhaus Decor – Check out Deerhaus Decor for a wide range of gift ideas. From bath and body products and handcrafted toys for little ones, to vintage clothing and decor–Deerhaus Decor is a one-stop shop for gift giving!

📸 by Yelper: Dawn B.


4) Earth To KentuckyLooking for the perfect gift for a Star Wars Fan? memorabilia collector? anyone who has a love of retro pop culture? Earth To Kentucky has a wide collection of toys, games, and trinkets. Looking for something unique? Check out their collection of bootleg toys!


5) Enchanted MomentsHave a friend whose home is always cleansed with sage? Whose chakras are always aligned? Who is always down to give you a tarot reading? Give them some love by giving them a gift from Enchanted Moments. Yelpers rave over the great customer service and product selection!

📸 by Yelper: Angela I.


6) Fern – Looking for a gift for someone with a green thumb? 🌿 Look no further! From planters to greenery, the staff at Fern can help you find the perfect gift for your loved one.

📸 by Yelper: Jayme H.


7) GrainwellVisit Grainwell to find unique laser-cut wood artistry. Want to wow your gift recipient? Reach out to Grainwell and ask them about creating a custom piece for your loved one.

📸 by Yelper: Damian M


8) Kilimanjaro African HeritageSend a gift and celebrate culture at the same time! Kilimanjaro African Heritage carries a wide range of African art, clothing, jewelry, fabric, books, music, and musical instruments.

📸 by Yelper: Michael C.


9) Metallic GiraffeMetallic Giraffe showcases the works of talented artisans, local vendors and specialty retail lines to offer customers a diverse and specialized shopping experience.


10) Ohio Bookstore – Since 1940, Ohio Bookstore has been helping Cincinnatians discover a love of reading. Know a bibliophile who would find an old edition of a favorite book meaningful? Check out Ohio Bookstore and see if you can add something thoughtful to their collection!


11) Originalitees – With lots of Cincy-centric and social justice t-shirts, what’s not to love? These shirts make great stocking stuffers for some of your hard-to-buy-for gift recipients!

📸 by Yelper: Josh W.


12) Rookwood Pottery – Whether you want an ornament of the famous Fiona the hippo, or a decorative tile, there’s lots of gifts you can find at Rookwood Pottery. Founded in 1880, Rookwood has created countless decorative pieces that make great holiday gifts that are sure to become timeless classics!

📸 by Yelper: Katie H.


13) Seventh Street GiftsSeventh Street gifts carries handcrafted soap, locally created art and jewelry, as well as a variety of items promoting health and wellness. Avoiding in-store shopping? You can now place your orders online and pick them up at their pick-up window!

📸 by Yelper: Maurice B.


14) Shake It RecordsGive the gift of music this holiday season! Whether you want to gift some vinyl or memorabilia, Shake It Records should be your first stop. 💿  PRO TIP: The posters here make great stocking stuffers!

📸 by Yelper: Zoran O.


15) Stoney’s Gift and Toy ShoppeShopping for kiddos? Yelpers rave over the educational toys available at Stoney’s as well as the great value! Making a day of holiday shopping? Stoney’s is just around the corner from all of the boutique shopping in Mainstrasse village.


We hope this guide inspired some new ideas for your holiday gift-giving this season. Did you visit one of these businesses? Keep on giving love to the businesses by writing a review and helping spread the word to other Yelpers! Especially during these times, your words mean a lot to these businesses.

Want more holiday shopping ideas?
– Visit our full local holiday shopping gift guide collection