The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to Cincinnati this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
Do you know someone sick of being locked down at home who wants to refresh their space? District 78 is a Black-owned “mood company,” specializing in mood-boosting home items like candles and houseplants. Included in their product assortment are handmade and sustainably-produced items! A fun gift idea for that crafty person on your list is one of their candle-making sets. District 78 is offering in-store pickup as well as local deliveries within a 10-mile radius.
Owned by a Cincinnati-born couple, Deerhaus Decor focuses on small-batch manufacturing and sustainable design. The store stocks goods made by craftspeople and artists from around the world, and aims to be transparent with customers about who made the items, where, and with what materials. You’ll find a range of great items like self-care gift boxes, eco-friendly toys, artisan soaps, vintage clothing, and more!
Queen City Alchemy
Want to treat that over-worked person on your shopping list to their own at-home spa day? Queen City Alchemy, located in the vibrant Over-the-Rhine community, is a boutique and apothecary where you can find all sorts of self-care products and botanicals. All of their products use only safe, non-toxic, and cruelty-free ingredients as part of their partnership with the Business Network for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
A Cincinnati staple since 2013, Rivertown Inkery is the place to go for clothing. Their selection includes T-shirts, hats, and sweatpants that are Cincinnati-inspired or designed with a wink to vintage styles. Their focus is on “timeless classics” that are “designed to last through the decades.” While you’re there, you can also grab some of their fun stickers and patches for stocking stuffers! And for the diehard Cincinnati fan on your list, browse through their collection of vintage-style prints and posters that pay homage to the Queen City.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Cincinnati. Don’t worry, the Cincinnati Airport has you covered! While some stores are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you can still visit:
· Over-the-Rhine Market at Gate 4 is a great place to shop for gifts. Named for the historical Cincinnati neighborhood, the shop carries a range of items from local shops.
· At Gate 5, you’ll find semiSWEET which carries candies from larger brands as well as locally made candies.