Gift Guide Cleveland: Local and Last Minute

As Christmas inches closer and closer, the anxiety of what to buy for loved ones continues to grow. Where will you be shopping this week as we count down to Christmas? Will you be buying “memorable” gifts at Wal-Mart or will you be supporting local shops?

Not only are local gifts so much more special, but your dollars stay in the local economy you are supporting. So try going a less traditional route this year and support some of the businesses that make our city great. Check out this list of recommendations and check out this great article on other local retailer options!

Barefoot Life: All Natural Bath & Body Products

First up is a business I’ve posted about in the past – Barefoot Life Products. Skip the traditional options like Bath & Body and buy luxurious, home-made lotions, soaps and body scrubs. All of the Barefoot Life products are made with all natural ingredients and smell amazing. I’m a huge fan of all the pumpkin scented products, but the seasonal scents sound incredible. Holiday options include peppermint mocha, peppermint and pumpkin seed. And, if you mention my blog when you place your order you’ll receive a free travel size lotion bar!

Christmas HouseSanctuary on Green: Ornaments and Art

Who doesn’t love a new ornament for their Christmas tree to remember a special trip or perhaps a new addition to the family? Head to the Sanctuary on Green for their 35th Annual Christmas Open House. Peruse through thousands of ornaments, jewelry, sculptures and so much more. They are open Thursdays through Sundays from 11:00 to 5:30 p.m. until the end of the month. Just want to be nosy? You can also tour their property while shopping! (Photo from Thomas Ondrey from The Plain Dealer)

img_06651A Christmas Story Gift Shop: Leg Lamps, Ornaments, Glasses, Apparel and More

What would Christmas be if there wasn’t a little bit of A Christmas Story in it?! While some may argue that it is a tad overdone, I would argue that A Christmas Story never gets old. I think that these novelty gift items are the perfect addition to any gift exchange. Who wouldn’t love a Leg Lamp night light? How about a Fragile ornament or some bunny slippers? Not A Christmas Story fan? They also sell Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and Elf items too!

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