–While ordering holiday presents online certainly saves time, toys purchased over the internet lack the charm and durability of handmade gifts. Holiday shopping locally provides an opportunity to support Toledo-area small businesses. Here is a list of one-of-a-kind items from local businesses to help with your shopping selections.
FORTÉ MUSIC SCHOOL
Rock the holidays this year with the gift of music at Toledo’s Forté Music School, which offers one-on-one music lessons for all ages and all abilities. An experienced faculty and a wide range of lesson times allows you to fit music lessons at Forté into even the tightest of schedules. With a wide variety of gift certificates available, you’re sure to find whatever meets your needs, and your budget.
3208 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo.
Bowinkles specializes in designer clothing and accessories for babies, girls, and boys with unique ideas unavailable anywhere else. Bowinkles, located in downtown Sylvania, was founded in 2016 by mother-daughter duo Jane Wurth and Stephanie Pilgrim, delivering the latest children’s fashion from all over the world to this neck of the woods.
5627 Main St., Sylvania.
TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, pop into the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Museum Store, which features a diverse selection of unique merchandise and specialty gifts inspired by TMA’s world famous collection. The Store also carries exclusive items developed in tandem with the TMA Glass Pavilion Hot Shop. Gifts available include fine art books and supplies, seasonal items and decor, TMA apparel, prints and postcards derived from the TMA collection, stunning jewelry, delightful educational toys and books for children, and more. Members receive a 10% discount (excluding original art).
The Yogi in Your Life
Love leggings but still want to support local? Pop into The Yogaja Shop in Cricket West to buy your favorite brands— Alo, Spiritual Gangster, Beyond Yoga— while still shopping small. The Yogaja Shop also carries sustainable items like steel straws, reusable produce bags and more.
BOYD’S RETRO CANDY
There’s nothing like enjoying the candy from yesteryear to bring you back to the past and the simple pleasures of childhood. Why not share that with your little ones? Boyd’s Retro Candy has classics that are still readily available today, such as Pez, candy corn, and jawbreakers, along with items you may not have seen since you were a kid: Atomic Fireballs, Bit-O-Honey Chews, Nik-L-Nips wax bottles, Smarties candy necklaces, and more. And for that loved one in your life you’ve been begging to quit smoking? Candy cigarettes will make everyone chuckle.
954 Phillips Ave., Toledo.
The Coffee Lover
There’s no shortage of locally brewed coffee in Toledo these days. Buy a bag of fresh coffee or a gift card from one of our local coffee stops: Maddie & Bella Roasters, Sip Coffee, Flying Rhino Coffee, Iron Bean Coffee Company, Black Kite, or Chandler’s Cafe.
CHECKMATE GAMES AND HOBBIES
Peruse the many games for people of all ages at Checkmate Games and Hobbies! Clients love the knowledgeable staff, who do their best to know the plethora of games that Checkmate carries so they can make accurate recommendations, helping you find the next game you or your child will love. If you’re searching high and low for a particular game, even if Checkmate doesn’t carry it, they can order it for you. For the gamers on your holiday list, you need look no further than Checkmate, located in the St. James Plaza.
6725 Central Ave, Toledo.
(419) 720-6901 | checkmategames.net
The proud Toledoan on your list will love anything and everything from Jupmode. If they don’t already own the renowned “You will do better in Toledo” shirt, that’s a sure-fire winner for those who love Toledo, those living here or those missing T-town.
OPEN ARMS WELLNESS CENTER & YOGA LOFT
Looking for a special gift for the overworked loved one in your life? A gift certificate to Open Arms Wellness Center provides the recipient with all the amenities people want but oftentimes don’t allow themselves. Choose from a multitude of therapeutic massage options, including relaxation, therapeutic, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, fertility, Ashiatsu, lymphatic drainage, Reflexology, and more. Pamper the skin with Aesthetics: facials, waxing, peels, or an herbal foot soak. Or treat the entire body with infrared sauna, yoga and more! Open Arms aims to provide you with the ultimate wellness escape without leaving NW Ohio.
2300 Navarre Ave. Ste. 204, Oregon.