What type of holiday shopper are you? Are you super organized and already have a closet full of wrapped gifts? Or do you rely on Amazon Prime three days before the big day? It’s likely you’re somewhere in the middle and while you’ve started thinking (a little) about those gift lists, the shopping hasn’t started yet. If that’s the case, then we have a great guide to help you get started. These local shops have those favorite, sought after items, as well as unique ideas to make gift giving extra special this year.
We present Cincinnati Parent’s Local Holiday Shopping Guide:
King Arthur’s Court Toys in Oakley has been a neighborhood favorite for over 30 years and is the perfect spot to check things off those Christmas lists. With a wide variety of all the popular toys, from Legos to trains to dollhouses, they have it all and even carry quite a few unique and hard-to-find brands for that child in your life who may be difficult to shop for! While you’re there, let your play in The Dungeon.
If you’re looking for a Cincinnati-specific gift, then Cincy Shirts is your one-stop-shop! You can order their unique and often hilarious shirts, gear, and gift items online or head to one of their stores to pick something out in person. They offer both adult and child sizes in many of their items!
The Spotted Goose offers beautiful clothing for children that are perfect for when you’re looking for a special gift. Stop in for your holiday shopping but also keep this lovely shop in mind when you need a gift for a baby shower or birthday celebration.
If you’re a fan of the movie “You’ve Got Mail” and you have never stepped foot inside the Blue Manatee, then definitely add a visit to your holiday to-do list. This enchanting bookstore offers plenty of your favorite children’s stories, as well as fun events and story times to keep on your radar. And since becoming the Blue Manatee Literacy Project earlier this year, for every book purchased, BMLP donates book to a child in need.
Learning Express may be a franchise, but with only one location here in the Tristate (in Crestview Hills Town Center), it definitely has plenty of local appeal. This small toy store is big on character and is filled to the brim with your favorite toys, as well as unique gift ideas. And they also host character meet and greets throughout the year, so keep an eye out for those!
Joseph Beth offers so much more than books and is really a great destination for all of your holiday shopping needs. You can surely find the perfect gift for your little literary lover, but there are also toys, arts and crafts, clothing, and locally made gifts for both kids and adults.
If you haven’t spent time in Blume in the heart of Lebanon, then plan some “me time” and head there soon! This unbelievably charming store has a beautiful selection of home décor and countless options for gift giving this season. It’s the perfect spot to find a gift for your child’s teacher and they do have a few items that your kids would enjoy, as well.
From photo-ready holiday apparel (for kids and moms!) to toys and everything in between, this local resale superstar has everything you need for a budget-friendly holiday season. Don’t miss the Black Friday events at each of these local stores!
In Cincinnati, Jeff Ruby is King. Ruby’s restaurants are the best of the best, and offers a dining experience for patrons. From Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse to The Precinct to Carlo and Johnny’s, you can’t go wrong!
Ice cream, chocolates and candies – oh my! A gift card to Aglamesis Bros would make a sweet stocking stuffer.
Arguably the best donuts in town, Holtman’s Donuts would make a fun Christmas brunch everyone would love. And we have it on good authority that Santa also loves donuts…
From Belgium waffles to pizzas to macarons, you can’t go wrong in OTR. Check out our Guide here!
A Family Membership to the CMC is a perfect gift for someone extra-special. CMC memberships offer tons of perks, and truly are the gift that keeps giving.
Right now, all Zoo memberships are on sale! All memberships purchased as a gift are sent to the giver in the form of a gift certificate that is presented to the receiver. Gifts purchased online will be e-mailed to the gift giver and can either be printed or shown from a smartphone to redeem at Member Services at the Zoo. If you have questions, e-mail [email protected].
For families with older kids, you can’t go wrong with a Kings Island Gold Season Pass. You’ll get free season-long parking, unlimited admission to Kings Island, Soak City Water Park, Halloween Haunt, The Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest, and access to early ride time. 2019 Gold Season Pass are on sale now — get more information here.
From single tickets to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Main Stage shows to gift cards for TCT Academy, to memberships to the Crown Club, give your theatre-loving kids the gift of The Children’s Theatre this year!