We all have friends and family members who are impossible to shop for. Every year, we default to a boring gift card or the routine bottle of wine. Shake things up this year and find a one-of-a-kind gift at indigenous craft gallery in their new East Walnut Hills location on Madison Road.
At indigenous, you’ll find an eclectic collection of unique gifts from more than 150 artists. From local pottery and stained glass to metal sculptures and hand-forged jewelry, you can check off all your holiday shopping in one spot. “We have an unusual collection with all sorts of creative things,” Owner Diane Christian-Budd says. “There’s really something for everybody.” Here are 10 handmade gifts found at indigenous to buy your loved ones this holiday season.
For the food fanatics
“For the food fanatics, that’s our very easiest,” Christian-Budd says. indigenous offers a selection of functional artistic goods that are handmade and beautiful, such as measuring spoons, bread bakers, salad bowls, cheese boards, and plenty more. Jonathan Simons wooden salad servers make the perfect hostess gift, or opt for a pottery piece by Cincinnati-based artist Sam Hitchman. “We have worked with [Hitchman] since he got started,” Christian-Budd says. “His forms and glazes are pretty special.” Hitchman’s chip-and-dip bowl is especially popular and can also be used for salads and other dishes.
For the hometown fans
Give your Cincinnati friends and family a local-themed gift like this Trish McLennan ceramic serving piece depicting iconic Music Hall and the coordinating Roebling Bridge mug—Santa’s milk and cookie set, perhaps? Other designs include Crosley Field, Findlay Market, and even the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Or, give the gift of home decor with a Ken Swinson print depicting the Cincinnati skyline. Natives and transplants alike will love these thoughtful gifts.
For the drama queens
Find a wearable gift like a pair of sparkling, boho Leah Draut-Bieri earrings for the person who loves a bit of drama. For a swanky home item, make a great impression with a dramatic gift for your favorite girlfriend: a Jack Pine vase.
For the have-everythings
Gift a personalized necklace by Heather Grandmont, and design a custom statement or message with sterling silver charms. indigenous has a selection of options from the Cleveland artist including initial and clever graphic charms, beautiful beads, and fun sayings like Be Awesome. “It’s not only a joy to put something together,” Christian-Budd says, “but unique and fun for the wearer.” Another beautiful option for someone that has everything is a stunning glass ornament by Cory Silverman. This handmade glass piece can be used year round or add glitz to your holiday tree.
For the nature nuts
Keep it natural with a decor piece like this Tree of Life design by Beth Cunningham. “Trees, leaves, creatures, and all things inspired by nature are our specialty,” Christian-Budd says. “Name a creature and we probably have it.” indigenous stays true to their name by curating a selection of green and organic works, and many of the artists they work with stick to the same indigenous ideals. Like this Faryn Davis necklace, a hot item for the tree hugger in your life. “We always say, nature never goes out of style,” Christian-Budd says.
indigenous craft gallery, 1609 Madison Rd., East Walnut Hills, (513) 321-3750