Llama, Cat, and Ice Cream Cone–shaped Erasers: Hanamiya Beautiful Japan
Fill your desk with happy little thingamabobs, including the cutest erasers you ever did see, in the shapes of llamas, cats, and ice cream cones. Hanamiya is housed in a 19th-century brick home and specializes in porcelain and fine textiles, but it carries a modest selection of delightful office supplies.
(513) 891-8738, Montgomery, hanamiyashop.com
Bottle of Macallan Scotch Whiskey Aged 30 Years: Party Source
Macallan is the most sought-after whiskey for collectors, and this particular bottle is aged for 30 years. The liquor mecca has both an in-house brewery (Ei8ht Ball Brewing) and a distillery on the premises (New Riff Distillery).
(859) 291-4007, Newport, thepartysource.com
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: Park + Vine
If you’re looking to green-ify your cleaning cabinet, Park + Vine has everything you need to get scrubbing. From dishwashing liquid to the natural equivalent of Drain-O, there’s a bottle of something good for every chore. The all-vegan general store stocks all sorts of sustainable goods.
(513) 721-7275, Over-the-Rhine, parkandvine.com
Jumpers & Skirts by HaloMiner: Arietty
HaloMiner is a local maker that creates adorable jumpers and skirts with recycled fabrics. You can find them at Arietty, which is like an Anthropologie for kid’s clothes with screen-printed onesies, tote bags created by the owner herself, plus some books, games, and toys, too.
(513) 751-1500, Clifton
Midcentury Modern Furniture: Object by Modology
Not quite antique, but too old to be considered “new”—this Northside shop is a haven for all things midcentury modern. You may come across a bar cart or even a Herman Miller chair, but just know you’ll never see the same thing twice in here.
(513) 871-7000, Northside
Olives: Jungle Jim’s International Market
The Olive Pit at Jungle Jim’s has varieties like kalamata and castelvetrano. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask—there’s a chance they have it stashed away in the back. From specialty hot sauce to foods from around the world, Jungle Jim’s is a grocery wilderness, with miles of aisles and tons of gourmet treasures. There are few things this food mecca doesn’t have.
(513) 674-6000, locations in Fairfield and Eastgate, junglejims.com
Eco-friendly Notebooks & Pencils: Rock Paper Scissors
The cool owners of Rock Paper Scissors have quite the selection of art “stuff” for the creatively inclined. Glue? Check. Pencils? Check. Notebooks, sketchbooks, and locally made ink? They have it all. And while the art selection takes up most of the shop, screen-printed tees and local band CDs are also specialties.
Sneakers by Jeremy Scott for Adidas: Unheardof
For those not familiar, Jeremy Scott for Adidas shoes are the funkiest of the funky, with wings, animal prints, and even tails. Unheardof carries these and plenty of other shoes, clothes, and backpacks you won’t find on the shelves anywhere else.
(513) 744-9444, downtown, unheardofbrand.com
Greeting Cards: Poeme
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or sending a thank you note, Poeme’s card assortment is just perfect. Some are funny, many are cute, but all are worth the trip when you need to send a sentiment to someone special. The stationery shop also carries writing instruments, journals, and other stationery items.
(513) 321-4999, Hyde Park, poeme-online.com
Locally Made Pottery by CG Ceramics: Fern Studio
Fern carries local wheel-thrown pottery from CG Ceramics that is handmade in Bellevue, Kentucky. The modern-designed ceramics are practically made for hanging greenery and potted succulents to decorate your home. The former gas station turned studio stocks unusual flora, planters and terrariums, and seasonal artisan-made goods.
(513) 910-7299, College Hill, fernstudiocincinnati.com
Gifts that Give Back: It’s Only Fair
The goods at It’s Only Fair support the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Fair-trade and cause-supporting vendors include Sari infinity scarves, Ruhamah jewelry, and Yak & Yeti clothing from Nepal. Each item has a story—and all give deeper meaning to gift giving.
(859) 443-1079, Covington, inhisimagedesigns.org
Costume Party Gear: Theatre House
Next time you’re invited to a costume party, make your way to the Theatre House in Covington. You’ll find everything you want—and then some. From funky fabrics like peace-sign velvet to theatrical makeup used by the pros, you’ll get what you need to win best costume—and have a field day finding it.
(859) 431-2414, Covington, theatrehouse.com
Unique Reds Hats: Bolero
Support your Redlegs with a new take on fan gear (think Hawaiian-themed and brightly colored hats). Bolero only stocks the cool caps during baseball season and sells out quicker than you can say DeSclafani. The men’s store carries sportswear, casualwear, and all sorts of accessories for the stylish man.
(513) 421-5600, downtown
Home Brewing Supplies: Brew Monkeys
The entire store is dedicated to home brewing supplies for beer, wine, and tea making. It’s stocked with everything from hops and malts to kits and kegs. And as you’d imagine, the staff knows its beer.
(513) 330-8806, Northside, brewmonkeys.com
Men’s Shaving Accessories: G. Salzano’s
Kick your disposable razors to the curb and start grooming the old-fashioned way. Check out the Muhle safety razors and brushes, Taylor of Old Bond Street creams, and locally made products from Ohio Valley Beard Supply. Of course they’re barbers first; hair and beards are their specialty.
(513) 484-9676, downtown, gsalzanos.com
Doggie Tees: Edgy Pooch
Think your furry friend is just fine without a T-shirt? Stop by Edgy Pooch and you will reconsider. The clever-saying tees and frou frou dresses make for interesting conversations at the dog park. Dog food, collars, and grooming services are also available at this new shop.
(513) 491-3349 Over-the-Rhine, shopedgypooch.com
Organic Hair Products: Alba Beauty Studio
Stock your medicine cabinet with adorably packaged hair products that are both natural and chemical-free. Brands like Davines and Kevin Murphy keep out the sulfites and parabens, instead using only natural ingredients. And if you book an appointment with a stylist, you’ll get a killer hairdo the non-toxic way.
(513) 631-2522, Hyde Park, albabeautystudio.com
Pretty Lingerie: La Silhouette
The high-end shop specializes in fine lingerie and clothing; think delicate nightgowns and curve-flattering swimwear. Many items are handmade and others are designer labels like Oscar de la Renta. The ladies at La Silhouette will help find the perfect intimates whether for everyday wear or a special occasion.
(513) 272-8100, Madeira, lasilhouettelingerie.com