Local Holiday Gifts

. December 1, 2016.
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The quest to please family and friends begins– the time for holiday shopping is here. What to get mom, sister and son vexes many during this season.  Where to begin?  Shop locally. According to the 3/50 project, a nonprofit organization with a mission to save the brick-and-mortars that our nation is built on. If half of the employed population spent $50 in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Can you imagine the positive impact?

For every $100 spent in a locally owned, independent store, $68 returns to the community in the form of  taxes, added purchasing and donations to local charities and nonprofit organizations. So this holiday season, let’s develop this local trend.

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NW Ohio is home to many artists–  Carruth Studios,  Firenation, Hudson Gallery or The Toledo Museum of Art.

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Terrariums  Succulents, Air Plants, Pothos, Philodendron and Ivy– all low-maintenance plants, are favorites for the indoor garden.

This year, consider giving them for the holidays– they will last and add a refreshing bit of green during those long, dreary days. Visit local greenhouses such as Whiteford or Hoen’s to pick up some plants for hostess gifts.

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Restaurant Gift Certificates– NW Ohio has so many locally owned places to dine, and a restaurant gift certificate can be used all year long. Choose certificates from Mancy’s, Treo, Manhattan’s, Element 112, Stella’s, POP Grille, Loma Linda’s, Real Seafood and LaScola’s. For those nostalgic, choose a gift from Tony Packo’s.

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The athletes will enjoy the Swamp Shop for Walleye and Mud Hens apparel. Fans can stop at the University of Toledo and BGSU for Rocket and Falcon specialties.

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Fancy a bit of bling for your loved one–  local jewelers have the answers for even the “hard to buy for”– Jaffe Jewelers, Alan Miller, Jewelers, David Fairclough, Broer Freeman and Ray Butler Jewelers.

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Who doesn’t like a great bottle of wine or bourbon? Try Joseph’s Beverage Center, Flicks, Anderson’s Market or Churchill’s.

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There is always the fashion way to go. Graphic tees and bomber jackets are the rage. Local boutiques like Ragazza, Elegant Rags, Lily Whitestone and Sophia Lustig for her and V Couture, Neil’s or Michael David for him, offer the latest fashions, personalized service and assistance, making shopping a breeze.

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One-of-a-kind gifts are always appreciated so pick up unique finds at TK Lanes, Paula Brown Shop, Fiddle Stix or Sheffield Road.

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Thinking bigger, perhaps a little something with keys? Vin Devers, Dave White, Yark Automotive or Brondes Ford will even put the big bow on.

Make it a white Christmas with this 2017 FIAT 124 Spider Classica, the ultimate gift for you. At only $26,647, you can give one to your loved ones as well.

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For the wee ones– Bowinkles and Kids Klothesline will supply the fashion and Art Supply Depot, the creative crafts.

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For those who just are too hard to buy for, most of these stores have gift cards so your recipients can select for themselves.

Buying local is easy. The number of people it takes to start the trend is one– You!

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