Skip the mall and visit some of Cincinnati’s finest boutiques this holiday season. From trendy outfits to personalized holiday cards, these 10 Madeira businesses have everything you need to knock out your holiday shopping!
Personalize your gifts with a special engraving.
Established in 1974, Gilson’s Engraving on Miami Avenue helps customers give the gift of distinction by offering gifts engraved with a personalized message, name, logo, or initial. The experts at Gilson’s use their onsite computerized machine engraving and laser to engrave messages on metals, glass, and acrylics. If you don’t have time to preorder a gift, the store offers a selection of ready-to-go items, like a classic Waterford Crystal bowl or a modern wine coaster by Nambé. Fun fact: The trophy featured in the movie The Great Debaters starring Denzel Washington was hand-engraved by owner Tony Gilson himself!
Don’t forget your holiday cards!
There’s no better way to keep in touch with family and friends than sending and collecting holiday cards each year. Designs by Dawson on Laurel Avenuehas a wide selection of themed stationary, including thank you cards and invitations, plus a variety of host and hostess gifts, like scented hand soap, adorable dip bowls, and tons of stocking stuffers.
Your stylish friends will love these trendy gifts.
Get holiday ready with a swanky outfit or gift a pretty piece of jewelry from one of these women’s clothing boutiques. From Paige Denim to Rebecca Minkoff bags, Monkee’s of Madeira on Miami Avenue sells a wide selection of designer bags, shoes, and clothes. Across the street, The Pink Box carries plenty of fashionable apparel, too, where you can snag a Sherpa jacket for your trendy teen and that pair of jeans you’ve had your eye on. And just up the road, Co-op on Camargo offers trendy and affordable women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, plus items for the kiddos, too.
You can’t go wrong with a good book.
Whether you’re shopping for someone who has everything, need a gift for a secret Santa party, or a good read for your holiday flight, The Bookshelf, located in the Camargo Station next to Kroger, has exactly what you need. From recent thrillers and bestsellers to the latest political and non-fiction books, this bookstore has options for the whole family. And its employees are always up for sharing recommendations!
Give an experiential gift that you can’t find anywhere else.
Want to give your family and friends a unique gift this year? Pick up a gift card from The Music Salon on Camargo Road, where aspiring musicians (children and adults alike) can learn to play an instrument. And, just two miles away on Madison Road, School of Rock is a music school that combines one-on-one lessons with group band practices for all skill levels, ages, and musical aspirations. Need another fun gift card idea? Located on Montgomery Road, Hoppin’ Vines, the duckpin bowling venue-slash-bar is a cool spot to enjoy a drink year round, with outdoor seating in the summer and an indoor fireplace for cold winter days. Plus, Delicio Coal Fired Pizza is located onsite, too, which means you can eat, drink, and bowl all in one spot. Looking for a gift card for your artsy loved one? Mad Potter on Camargo Road offers fun for the whole family. The folks at the painted pottery shop will help you design and paint a pottery piece of your choice, from bowls and mugs to picture frames, piggy banks, and more.