2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Buy Local in Toledo

Our local businesses and organizations can provide all you need for creative, thoughtful gifts this holiday season. So stay local and happy shopping!

Tasty treats and new traditions

Georgette’s Grounds and Gifts
311 Conant St., Maumee

This Maumee shop has an incredible story and mission. Georgette’s is famous for its breakfast and lunch menus, but also for its legendary coffee, roasted locally and grown in developing countries. As for the “Gifts”, Georgettes features unique items and necessities for shoppers of all ages. The restaurant and gift shop are staffed by people with developmental disabilities, fulfilling the mission of “Georgette” herself, a local parent who, with her husband Roy, founded Sunshine Children’s Home.

Clara J’s Tea Room & Neapolitan Gift Shop
219 W. Wayne St., Maumee

There’s no better time than now to plan for a proper tea (at any age!). Recent attention on the United Kingdom with the succession in the Royal Family is piquing interest in everything British. So, head for Clara J’s Tea Room in Maumee for your next party! Proper Tea is perfect for a kid’s party, with lunch choices that fit nicely with small hands. Stop by the Neapolitan Gift Shop for a holiday gift or the perfect tea to remember your day!

Finding your personal style

Hip to the Groove Boutique
5665 Main St., Sylvania

In downtown Sylvania, Hip to the Groove Boutique, is the brainchild of Lori, a makeup artist/singer, and boutique owner Wendy. So, it’s natural that the fun boutique features music and art and that a portion of the shop’s sales benefit local musicians. Look for new, vintage and hip women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and gifts for everyone. Or get a gift card so your special person can pick out something on their own! 

House of Dow
1501 Adams St.

Create a great new look with vintage or resale items from House of Dow. Visit the UpTown Toledo shop and explore everything –  men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories, housewares, local vintage items and kids’ treasures — to create your own look! 

We’ll Frame It
328 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee

For a meaningful holiday gift, you can go to the locally owned We’ll Frame It shop, which offers framing not only for photos, but also for items you want to display (check out their homepage for a glimpse of framed arrowheads,  for example!). Whether you want to display your child’s artwork from a school project, a family heirloom, or simply give your family portrait the beautiful treatment it deserves, We’ll Frame It is the place to go.  

The gift of relaxation

The Perfect Match Candles

Anytime is the perfect time for a candle. And Perfect Match Candles will, well, find the perfect fragrance match for you! This Woodville-based business offers all-natural candles for your home, from exotic (Island Sunset or Blue Volcano) to fruity (Black Raspberry & Vanilla to Blueberry Muffin) to year-round favorites (Lavender, Maple Whiskey Toddy, Snickerdoodle and Vanilla Lace & Pearls). They can name a special scent after your business, event, or after a person to create a delightful surprise.

Ahava Spa and Wellness Center
34 S. St. Clair St.

What better holiday (or any day) treat than pampering yourself? Downtown Toledo’s Ahava (which means “cherished one”) offers a range of services, including massages, body and skin treatments, waxing, nail care and hair care, so you can accomplish pretty much everything here. Plus, it’s in a welcoming, tucked-away location that’s great for the spirit. How about a parent-kid haircut appointment? 

Find your fun

Boochy Mama’s Natural Living Boutique
130 10th St.

This downtown Toledo shop is filled with locally and women-made natural living items that are perfect for a gift or for self-pampering. In addition to their signature kombucha, they feature organic teas and herbs, essential oils, clothing for kids and adults and home items from many local producers. 

JC’s Comics N’ More
6725 W. Central Ave.

For 37 years, JC’s Comics N’ More has supplied Toledoans with all aspects of pop culture and is ready to add you and your kids. Whether you want the quintessential first edition of the Marvel star you collected as a child or are looking for a new genre of comic book, JC’s has lots of options for you. You’ll also find free days, unboxing events and any guidance and support you might need. Find them in Sylvania Township at West Central and McCord.

Learning Express Toys and Gifts
5577 Monroe St., Sylvania

Customers will always find the perfect toy for their little loved ones at Learning Express Toys and Gifts! The local business, located within the Promenade Shops, reopened a remodeled location last fall, and owner Rene Rusgo is excited to help visitors find everything they need for the holiday season. Follow Learning Express Toys and Gifts on Facebook, Instagram and Tiktok for the latest news. 

Make community connections

Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way

Make the Toledo Zoo your family getaway throughout the year with a membership that includes family days, demonstrations and enrichments, as well as events like “Lights Before Christmas.” Help with conservation programs or adopt an animal. Run and shout through the tunnel or find the biggest fish in the Aquarium. And be sure to look for special treasures in the gift shop!

Toledo Museum of Art Store
2445 Monroe St.

To find the best items to encourage the artist in your kids, visit The Museum Store at Toledo Museum of Art! Find coloring and activity books, toys to awaken the imagination and apparel to pay homage to a favorite artist. Check out the many special items (from works of art to gift ideas) that will delight everyone on your list. And don’t forget the option of a Museum membership!

1 Discovery Way

This shop at Imagination Station in downtown Toledo provides fun times with science education on the side. Kids can build a rocket, solar balloon or bee habitat, put together mystery jigsaw puzzles and even construct a building. Plus find all your Imagination Station logo items, games and art, or a mystery box containing who knows what! Shop in person or online

Experience gifts

Mini Motions
2437 Tremainsville Rd.

Is your child interested in studying dance? Mini Motions offers renowned programming for kids as young as two! Little ones will get to improve their gross motor skills through guided creative movement, while older children can become adept at tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling, and more! To learn more about tuition and upcoming schedules, visit their website.

Toledo Symphony’s Musically Me Classes
1838 Parkwood Ave.

For children ages 0-7, the eight-week music classes are a meaningful, fun and educational gift at only $90. Designed to be enjoyed by caregivers and kids alike, the upcoming sessions include “Rhythm of the Rhyme” and “Best of Sandra Boynton.” Check out their website to see the most up-to-date schedule.


Gold Fish Swim School
4959 N Holland Sylvania Rd
(419) 495-5736

Looking for an experiential holiday gift option that gives families the ability to spend quality time together and gives a child an invaluable life skill? Consider swim lessons as a holiday gift for the little fish in your life. This is a perfect gift for children of all ages — from infants through 12 years-old. Swim lessons are a gift that keeps on giving! This year, Goldfish Swim School Sylvania is offering several holiday packages including the “Big Splash” package:

  • 2 Months of Group Lessons
  • Annual Membership Fee
  • 2 Drop In Lessons
  • Goldfish Tote Bag
  • Bubbles Plush Toy
  • Goggles OR Swim Diaper
  • Choice of Shoe Charms OR Sports Towel
  • Coloring Book

Dive into Goldfish with a savings of $85 this holiday season! Visit the website to learn more about holiday package options!  Link: https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/gsssylvania/products/product/big-splash