One of the best things about shopping local, besides supporting your community and local businesses, is that you don't have to worry about paying for shipping or if your gift will arrive in time. But, with a week 'til Christmas, you better get busy! You can't count on Santa for ALL your presents...
Once your child outgrows the highchair and booster seats, it's nice for them to have place to sit that's sized just for them. Local company Step2 makes this great Table and Chairs - it's perfect for snacks, coloring and more.
Some of their toys, especially the smaller ones, aren't made in the USA. You can click here for their list of ones that are. You can also stop by their outlet in Streetsboro for a great selection and deals. I love wall decals and these would be perfect above a child's bed.
If you have a wine lover on your gift list, there are endless ways to make them happy. The most obvious way is a bottle of wine.
photo from South River Facebook page
My favorite local winery is South River in Geneva. For red wine lovers, the Trinity is full of flavor but smooth. White wine lovers will enjoy the Riesling Reserve. Their ice wine is delicious too.
If your friends like to drink their wine poolside or on picnics these polycarbonate wine glasses will have them drinking in style without worrying about broken glass. Colored, monogrammed and stemless versions are also available.
I can't live without my wine aerator. This one fits right on the bottle and is for both red or white wines.
Everything is better with wine, including Monopoly! You can have a glass of vino as you play the wine themed version - Wine-Opoly.
This glass jug is perfect for a big batch of sangria or other beverage of choice. It's glass and won't stain if you use red wine either.
These are a total splurge but they're a perfect nibble to go with your wine. Mamie's Slice and Bake Cheese Wafers are made with cheddar cheese, butter, pecans and cayenne pepper - yum! Cheese is the BEST and my all time favorite food with wine. They go together so perfectly! There are so many great cheeses locally - grab an assortment, add wine and you have an instant party. The Cheese Shop at the West Side Market has an amazing assortment of everything cheese. While you are there you can pick up some hoomis and pita, pink peppercorn lemon and basil dipping oil, bread, olives and some sausages for a perfect gift. L'Albatros has FANTASTIC cheese at their restaurant but did you know you can special order some for at home? Call 216-791-7880 and ask for Tesa. She will help you custom order seasonal and properly aged cheeses that will be sure to delight. Some other favorite places for cheese are Miles Market, Trader Joes, and Heinens. If you are eating cheese, that normally means you need a knife. This special cheese knife from Cutcomakes cutting softs cheeses like brie super easy so you can spend more time eating and less time cleaning off the gunked up knife.
A local wine that gets rave reviews is Sonkin Cellars. I've never tried it but it's on my list of my try wines. It's available at fine restaurants including Lola, The Greenhouse, Valenti's and Fire or you can order by clicking here or by stopping in The Wine Spot on Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights.
These sunglasses are so cool! I love that they are recycled of course but the fact that they are made from Robert Mondavi's oak wine barrels will make any wine lover a little bit giddy. Polarized lenses and 100% UV protection make them good for your eyes too.
There are so many tasty brew options in town, you can easily get a gift certificate for any one of them or even assembly an amazing 6 or 12 pack of craft beers for your beer loving friend.
Great Lakes Brewing Company is one of the best and they have everything imaginable for the beer drinker on your list. One of my favorites is the Beer School on Wednesdays. You get an informative and fun tour of the brewery plus tasty samples, snacks and a swag bag.
As a weekend alternative, you can take your loved one on a Brewery Tour and then grab a bite in the brew pub. The Local and Fresh plate is a must - it's the perfect assortment of meats, cheeses and veggies, many from across the street at the West Side Market. Pair it with Brewer's Barley Pretzels for a well rounded nosh. If you're strictly into meat, get the Sausage Sampler - it's delicious too. They offer flights of beer which are perfect for sampling a little bit of everything.
I have an electric can opener but I'm always grabbing my manual one instead. This one
is a champ and will open the toughest of cans.
Every chef needs a great knife but it's also nice to have ones that you can use for a quick chop and toss in the dishwasher. This Rada Cutlery The Starter Knife Gift Set Part 2
is super cheap and durable. Plus, it's worth the price just for that cheese knife!
If you like to make pizza at home, here's a few ideas: This Amish Made 14" Wood Pizza Peel
is thick enough that it won't warp but the beveled edges make it slide under the pizza. We have so many local Amish communities, I'm sure you could find on the next time you take a trip.
For any Italian girl, a pizzelle maker is a must! This is the Classic - it great quality and will last forever. Add some Anise oil
or vanilla for an extra treat.
Made right here in Cleveland, a Vitamix
blender is on EVERYONE'S wish list. They are made so well, you can purchase a reconditioned unit without fear. Take advantage of the local outlets where you can also find cookbooks, containers and other accessories.
Another must have idea is a KitchenAid mixer
. With colors to match any decor and a seemingly endless list of accessories, it really is the gift for everyone. If you know someone who has the mixer, get them a cool add on like the Attachment Pack #1 for a nice assortment or the Grain Mill for a quick way to make fresh flour, corn meal, etc.
Pyrex is another company that makes a great product and is still manufacturing in the USA. These bowls
are my absolute favorite for storage. They are perfect for taking food for lunch because the lids seal super tight and you don't have to worry about plastic in the microwave if you take off the lid. Plus, I love them for left overs because you can actually SEE what you have. They are also oven safe. Get rid of those crappy plastic containers - these are the upgrade you need!
But sometimes even the cook just wants to kick back and let someone else do the cooking for them! You can get a gift certificate for from Sowfood and give the cook in your life a break. For $115 they will get a whole week of meals. Call 440-622-5071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.