10 last-minute local Christmas gifts for Clevelanders

 

Christmas is less than five days away, but you don't have to venture far for last-minute gifts.

Many shoppers are staying local and supporting small business this holiday season. Here are 10 localized gift ideas for the Ohio lovers on your gift list:

1. T-shirt time: The Cleveland t-shirt market is booming and the options are expanding. Start with one of Cleveland's "big three" t-shirt companies: CLE Clothing Co., GV Artwork and Fresh Brewed Tees. CLE Clothing Co.'s "spirit jerseys" are a cute, comfy option for the ladies on your gift list. GV Artwork is the originator of the "CleveLAND That I Love" design worn by many Cleveland athletes. Fresh Brewed launched a line of "ugly" Christmas sweaters ideal for sports fans, such as the "Steph Flurry" and "Bernie (Kosar) it's cold outside" designs. 

And don't forget about some of the up-and-coming t-shirt companies, such as Where I'm From, Ohio Love and We Bleed Ohio.

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2. Fancy footwear: Socks get a bad rep as an unwanted Christmas gift, but Columbus-based (and soon to be Crocker Park) apparel company Homage is a game-changer. Homage is best-known for its t-shirt designs, but its socks make excellent stocking stuffers for the sports fans on your list. 

3. Caffeine: Don't forget the caffeine addict on your list. Coffee drinkers take their brew very seriously, so consider Cleveland-favorite Rising Star. Rising Star prides itself on its "Relationship Coffee," meaning it emphasizes the farmers from which it purchases its coffee. If coffee isn't their cup of tea, try Inca Tea, an all-natural tea retailer.

4. Cleveland-crafted clothing: If you're shopping for a fashionista, department stores may not suffice. Consider one of Cleveland's many boutiques, such as Yellowcake (owned by former Project Runway contestant Valerie Mayen), Blackbird Fly and Banyan Tree

5. The coolest kitchenware ever: Fourth Coast Design offers hand-crafted kitchenware for those who like to keep things natural. From wood cutting boards and serving trays to simple, modern aprons, consider Fourth Coast as a go-to for the chefs on your list.

6. A pop culture movie poster: These aren't the posters you flip through in the entertainment section at Target. Eleven By Seventeen designs interpretive movie posters, from quirky classics like The Life Aquatic to a limit series Star Wars design.

7. A furry friend: Consider adopting a dog for someone who may be in need of a friend. You'll be finding a "forever home" for an animal while you find a companion for a friend or relative. Try Friends of the Cleveland Kennel and Cleveland APL -- and check out WKYC's latest Adopt-A-Pet, Jinx.

8. Get physical: Everyone knows an exercise enthusiast. Consider gifting them with some new activewear. Lakewood's Mare Athletic Wear features pretty, unique designs for the yoga-loving, fitness fanatics on your gift list. 

9. All dolled up: If you're shopping for someone who's all about make-up, skip the lines at Sephora. Opt for Glam & Grace, a Cleveland-area boutique that offers handcrafted makeup. From shimmery eyeshadows to vegan lipstick, give these local cosmetics a try.

10. Beer: This should be an obvious option when it comes to gifting, but local brews could be a treat to some relatives who live out-of-state. There's the ever-popular Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Fat Head's, but consider gifting some Brick and Barrel brews or Platform Beer's increasingly popular New Cleveland Palesner. 

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