Content was last updated January 2019.
While we’re far from having anywhere near enough shops in downtown Cleveland, I was able to get most of my Christmas presents from local Cleveland stores. And the majority of the gifts were purchased right off Euclid Avenue in the heart of downtown. Plus, did I mention how absolutely beautiful it is downtown right now? Between the snow, lights and holiday decorations it really does look like a winter wonderland.
But back to gift buying, as I’m sure that I’m not the only one that waited till the last minute to shop.
I’m all about buying experiences instead of things for Christmas presents. Tickets to Playhouse Square (or a gift certificate for a show of their choosing), a concert at the House of Blues or tickets to a CAVS game are all wonderful gifts and located right downtown.
Other great gifts that don’t come in a package are memberships to the Cleveland Museum of Art (or any of our other fabulous museums like the Natural History Museum or Children’s Museum), Cleveland International Film Festival Tickets or a gift certificate to the Music Box Supper Club.
We’re still nowhere near where we need to be in terms of retail downtown, but we’re starting to see more stores popping up. For the men in our lives, check out stores like We Bleed Ohio or Kilted Bros. Women’s (and men’s) clothing can be found at Geiger’s or the 5th Street Arcades. Cleveland Clothing Co. on East 4th Street offers plenty of clothing and gift options as well.
Take your choice between any of the specialty shops in the arcades downtown or head to Ohio City or Tremont for more options. The arcades off Euclid Avenue include shops like:
Cleveland in a Box: Give the gift of Cleveland, or rather all things that represent and remind the people on your list about what makes Cleveland great. Boxes start at $30.
Haymarket Cleveland: Haymarket has a little bit of everything. They sell classic Cleveland items, like etched glasses or Cleveland skyline pillows, but they also have adorable entertaining items and decor.
I’ve mentioned them before, but Marengo Luxury Spa is my favorite place to get pampered in downtown Cleveland. Their spa is awesome and they’re located in the beautiful Old Arcade. Tip: Marengo offers awesome deals twice a year (usually June/November) to buy one service and get a second for $10. Stock up during those sales for the whole year!
Food & Drink
There are obviously a million restaurants downtown and more popping up everyday. Treat someone on your list to a great night out by buying a restaurant gift card. An alternative option is to get them a gift certificate to Heinen’s. The downtown Heinen’s is more than just a grocery store, with great beer and wine tasting events available on the second story.
Outside of downtown Cleveland there are plenty of great, local options too. Some of my favorites include Banyan Tree, Salty not Sweet Boutique and Room Service. Located in Tremont and Ohio City, these local shops offer unique gifts in all price ranges and many showcase the Cleveland love.