Let’s shop local! There’s never been a better time to join the ‘Shop Local’ movement and to check out some great Ohio-made products.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve learned how important it is to try to shop local as much as possible. While I’m all about the convenience of shopping at Amazon or Target, when you’re looking for gifts, you can often find more unique products from smaller, local shops.
These businesses are all based in Ohio and offer unique gifts, delicious goodies, and fun items for everyone on your list. Let’s get to it — enjoy shopping and sharing the ‘Made in Ohio’ love!
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Made in Ohio: Gifts for Everyone
Gift-giving has never been easier! These Ohio-based small businesses are a great place to get your shopping done — you’ll find unique gifts from Ohio and you’ll be supporting the local economy. It’s a win-win!
Lake Erie Candle Company
Livnloop offers the cutest hand-knitted hats that are perfect for chilly Ohio days. Shannon, the knitter behind the brand, also makes chunky scarves, ear warmers, and even adorable knitted coasters!
Megan Lee Designs
Megan Lee Designs is a Columbus-based apparel company that specializes in fun, graphic tees. You can find them at their brick-and-mortar location in Westerville, at various shops throughout Ohio, or you can shop online. In addition to great Ohio-themed shirts, you’ll find cool designs featuring every state plus whimsical styles and holiday pieces.
Pälish, based in Delaware, Ohio, makes hair, body, and face products by hand using natural ingredients and essential oils. Products are made in small batches to ensure quality and freshness. I love the lotion bar (which is also great for traveling since it doesn’t leak)!
Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters
Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters, based in Canton, Ohio, offers freshly roasted coffee and unique blends. I love that they offer a 1/2 Caff blend so I can indulge without being buzzed from too much caffeine. Don’t worry, if you like the buzz, they offer plenty of fully caffeinated varieties too.
Ohio Girl Bakes
If you enjoy freshly baked treats but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, check out Ohio Girl Bakes. Erica is the baker behind the brand and she creates yummy concoctions that are perfect for gifting. On her website, you’ll find sweet treats, snack mixes, and themed treat boxes that are ready for gift giving!
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Hamsa Lounge was created by Natalie Bitton to combine her love of yoga, meditation, and art into one. In addition to local yoga classes and special events, Hamsa Lounge also has an online store that offers handmade jewelry, malas, art, and more.
Shelley Lou’s Lids
At Shelly Lou’s Lids, you’ll find adorable hats (both baseball style and winter hats) that celebrate all Ohio has to offer — Buckeyes, Bearcats, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Miami, and tons more! (Plus, there are leopard print options, so I am hooked).
A to Z Candles
Cincinnati-based A to Z Candles makes vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, 100% soy candles with a sense of humor. I can get into any company that can use the word f*ck so elegantly! (Ha!)
Kampfire Coffee Roasters
Kampfire Coffee Roasters, based in Canal Winchester, hand roasts coffee in small batches using eco-friendly techniques. You’ll find Kampfire Coffee at select locations in Pickerington and Logan, plus Ohio residents can order online.
Sweet Thing Gourmet
Sweet Thing Gourmet, based in Bexley, Ohio has been around since 2003 when owner Kyla Touris discovered her knack for making homemade jams and biscotti. Some of my favorites are the Raspberry Champagne Jam, Razzle Blackberry Jam, and Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti.
You can find Sweet Thing Gourmet at many events around town like Winterfair (one of my favorite winter activities in Columbus) and the Worthington Farmer’s Market.
Tru Man Brand
Tru Man Brand, based in Columbus, Ohio, has cool, graphic tees, sweatshirts, bags, and more and exudes love for the Buckeye State. This brand is all about positive vibes and it’s OH so good!
Brewing Intuition is a Hilliard-based shop and an online store that specializes in crystals, crystal elixirs, ritual tools, and hand-crafted crystal jewelry.
Small Batch Candle Company
I got a candle from Small Batch Candle Company as a gift and I was obsessed with the scent (Teakwood in case you were wondering). These candles come in repurposed liquor bottles, so they look super cool in addition to smelling great. You can find Small Batch Candle Company at events and markets throughout Central Ohio, or you can order online with free shipping!
ZerOz makes super cool, super skinny wallets with a focus on great design. These sleek, leather wallets for both men and women are handcrafted in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
American Nut Company
American Nut Company is a Columbus-based business that’s nuts about nuts. You’ll find unique varieties including s’mores, rosemary, salted caramel, monk fruit, cinnamon vanilla, and more! There are also vegan and gluten-free options available.
Wren and Sparrow Soy Candles
Wren and Sparrow Soy Candles is a Galena, Ohio-based company offering handcrafted candles made from 100% soy wax, cotton wicks, and exquisite fragrance oils. You can find them online and at local Columbus markets and stores including Celebrate Local at Easton and the Dublin Market at Bridge Park in Dublin.
Conquest Maps is a Columbus-based company that makes gorgeous push-pin travel maps and travel-themed home decor. In addition to world maps, you’ll find country, state, and region-specific maps as well as one that features National Parks!
More Gift Ideas
For even more great ideas, check out these gift guides: