Holiday shoppers have been repeatedly warned this year to shop early.
Supply chain issues, due to various issues, could affect goods in stock or their arrival at stores or at a buyer’s doorstep, especially at big box chains such as Target or Walmart or the giant online Amazon.com.
Add to that the inevitable shipping delays that will occur during donation season with the U.S. Postal Service and other carriers, and it might be a good idea to shop closer to you this year.
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After the last 18 months that small businesses in the region have endured as a result of the pandemic, entrepreneurs in central Ohio would be more than happy to help gift givers choose the perfect gift to put under the Christmas tree. Christmas, to open when the menorah is on or just to show a loved one what they mean to you anytime during this holiday season.
Buying small and local, while a mantra for several years, may be even more important – for businesses and consumers – in 2021 than in the past.
In this spirit, The Dispatch Put together this area business gift guide to encourage shoppers to check out their to-dos.
And while this isn’t an exhaustive list, here’s a sample of gift ideas for almost everyone on your list:
Holiday Gifts for Columbus Sports Fanatics
â¢ The original SPI belt, $ 24.99, from Columbus Running Company: This belt pouch, available in a variety of colors and prints, holds a smartphone as well as keys, credit cards, cash and even a passport. While a great gift for a runner, this accessory is also suitable for any gymnastic activity, as well as hiking, traveling, or a music festival. (Available in store and online at www.columbusrunning.com)
â¢ OSU Jam Wilson and Olave T-shirt, $ 32, from Homage: For the first time due to name, image, and likeness offerings, Homage features current Buckeyes on his buttery, sweet, vintage clothing. This scarlet and gray take on the arcade comeback classic features two of the Buckeyes’ favorite wide receivers, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. (Available in select stores and online at www.homage.com)
â¢ CBJ Vacation Pack, starting at $ 99, Columbus Blue Jackets: This special includes two tickets to two games of your choice, as well as a limited edition Blue Jackets tribute t-shirt. (Available online at nhl.com/bluejackets or Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.)
â¢ Columbus 96 Crew Neck Fleece Yellow, $ 45, from Supporter Supply Co.: It feels like a hug. The Mustard Heather Crewneck Sweatshirt pays homage to the Columbus Crew’s roots as one of the original MLS clubs of the 1996 inaugural season. This will keep fans warm all winter long until the Crew take over the field at the end of February. (Available online at www.supportersupply.co)
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Holiday gifts for foodies
â¢ Breakfast Box, $ 55, from Lopaus Point: Breakfast fanatics will love this prepared packet that includes two packs of handmade, gluten-free, small-batch waffles (choice of blueberries or chocolate chips) as well as sugar syrup. locally sourced Milligan’s maple, a coffee mug, bamboo toaster tongs and an insulated tote. (Available online at www.lopauspoint.com)
â¢ Cookies and Beer: Abominable Haze + Citrus Shortbread, $ 21.99, from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing: This giveaway includes a four-pack Abominable Haze, one dry-hopped white double IPA, and five freshly baked citrus shortbread cookies. It’s one of four seasonal beer and cookie pairings offered this holiday season by the downtown brewery. (Available online at www.wolfsridgebrewing.com)
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â¢ Luxury wine kit, $ 195, from Winemaker’s Shop: Even the most serious wine connoisseur will appreciate a bottle of wine they made themselves. These kits make the process easy and manageable as this set includes all the equipment and ingredients one would need to make 30 bottles of wine in about four to six weeks. (Available in store, 3517 N. High St.)
â¢ Cocktail Jam Box, $ 38, from Prospect Jams Co .: This curated collection includes three favorite jams for making cocktails in 10-ounce jars. The jams, which include flavors such as blood orange marmalade with rye whiskey and vanilla bean, also come with three recipe cards so you can wow your friends on your next happy hour. ( Available online at www.prospectjamco.com and at several retailers listed on the website)
Holiday gifts for the little ones
â¢ “Apparently I’m Dramatic” T-Shirt, $ 20, from Jamison & Bexley: This trendy tee will turn heads every time your child wears it. The 100% cotton crew neck is made to order and while the saying may be most appropriate for toddlers, this piece is also available in youth and adult sizes for an additional cost. (Available online at www.jamisonandbexley.com)
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â¢ Sound cubes, $ 38, from Cub Shrub: These sound cube building blocks are so fun to stack, whether on the floor or as a decoration on a shelf, and each wooden piece makes a unique sound when shaken or squeezed . Plus, they’re designed by local artist Suzy Ultman. (Available in store, 1257 Grandview Ave. or online at www.cubshrub.com)
â¢ Sensory dough kits, $ 30- $ 40, from Splendid Box, Co .: These themed (unicorn, dinosaur, holiday) plasticine kits include one or two packs of homemade colorful dough and a variety of trinkets, decorations, and decorations. cutting tools to let a child’s imagination run wild – and give mom or dad the much-needed downtime. (Available online at www.splendidboxco.com, with a local pickup option available)
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Holiday gifts for those in need of relaxation
â¢ Peppermint Log Soap, $ 10, from Glean Artisan Bath & Body: This local handmade soap will fill your home with the scent of festive peppermint candy sticks for the holidays. Colored with mica, which is a finely ground natural stone, and adorned with eco-friendly glitter, each bar is also skin-friendly and Earth-friendly. (Available online at www.shopglean.com)
â¢ Botanical Body Spritz Set, $ 28, from Under Aurora: This gift set allows users to taste each of the seven scents, which include floral, fruity and woody notes. These body sprays are 100% natural herbal scents handcrafted using a unique blend of essential oils in an alcohol base, perfect for after showering or for everyday use. (Available online at www.underaurora.net and locally at Wild Cat Gift & Party, 3515 N. High St.)
Holiday gifts for decorators
â¢ Vintage decanters, $ 10 to $ 55, from the Little Light Collective: While you never know what you’ll find at this vintage co-op – where antiques and artists shine with their light – glass decanters of various shapes and sizes can be there. be found almost every day. These, along with the candle holders, are a favorite gift according to the store owner. (Available in store, 3041 Indianola Ave.)
â¢ Cotton Colors Happy Everything Base and Attachment, $ 18.95 for accessories and $ 34.95 and more for basic dishes, from the Farm Table on 62: these interchangeable bases (dishes, cookie jars, frames) and accessories (seasonal and holiday-themed) ) are the perfect gift for any artist as they allow him or her to be festive for any celebration. (Available in store, 3952 Broadway, Grove City and online at www.the-farm-table-on-62.myshopify.com)
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â¢ Set of 3 reusable Swedish tea towels, $ 18, from Koko: Wiping has never looked so cute when using these reusable Swedish tea towels that come in a variety of prints. They soften when wet, wash and dry easily, and are biodegradable, making the need for paper towels obsolete. (Available in store, 15 N. Westmoor Ave. and 3023 Indianola Ave. and online at www.kokotheshop.com)
â¢ Thanksgiving cactus, $ 5.99 to $ 17.99 depending on size, from Groovy Plants Ranch: Schlumbergera truncata, also known as the Thanksgiving cactus, is a very charming fall-winter flowering houseplant that features stems flattened, which will eventually produce beautiful flowers. It is easy to maintain, making it a popular gift during the holidays. (Available in store, 4140 County Road 15, Marengo, or online at www.groovyplantsranch.com)
Holiday gifts For artists
â¢ Cowrie earrings with patterns, $ 18.50, from Whimsical Black Girl: These eclectic earrings feature geometric shapes and golden cowries made of polymer clay. They are handcrafted and made to order, and have metal backings that are safe for sensitive skin. (Available online at www.whimsicalblackgirl.com)
â¢ Looms, $ 28, from Yarn it & Haberdashery: These adorable little wooden looms allow people to try weaving on a small scale. For those more experienced in the fiber arts, the tool can be used to create masterpieces from scraps of yarn. The pieces are made by local craftsman A Hare Affair. (Available in store, 1093 W. 1st Ave., Grandview Heights)
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â¢ Aelfie animal pillows, $ 75, in the museum shop of the Columbus Museum of Art: Art doesn’t just belong to the walls, because these whimsical animal cushions would look great on any sofa or bed. Each plush pillow, which comes in different animal shapes such as cats and cheetahs, is brightly embroidered with an organic cotton cover and will make even the most serious person smile. (Available in store, 480 E. Broad St., no museum entry required)