Dayton tastemaker Brock McKibben on the best spots to get gifts 

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Brock McKibben, one of Dayton's tastemakers, talks best places to get gifts. PHOTO / MARSHALL CONRAD PHOTOGRAPHY

Are you looking for some holiday shopping inspiration? Check out these top picks and suggestions from some of Dayton's top tastemakers.  

I am Brock Anthony McKibben. 

I am one of two guitarists in the Dayton band Grand Mammoth. I tend bar at Wheat Penny Oven and Bar and Cloverdale. I like to read, write short stories, lyrics and poetry. I like to paint, but now it's mostly drawing and doodling. 

I'm always out. Skipping town when we can with the band but mostly working then going to my usual haunts - Blind Bob's, Hole in the Wall, Luckys, Tumbleweed, Trolley etc. 

Brock McKibben, one of Dayton's tastemakers, talks best places to get gifts. PHOTO / MARSHALL CONRAD PHOTOGRAPHY

All of the restaurants and bars are really great downtown. We're lucky to have all of these places close by, especially for Dayton being such a small city.  

I like to bring pre-batched cocktails or infused liquors to parties.  

I'm not so much of a material person, but my Momma would tell you that I do like nice boots.  

Thrift stores and Omega records mostly. I like to buy beard oils from Brim and Heart, and cacti and other little things from Luna.  

Brock McKibben, one of Dayton's tastemakers, talks best places to get gifts. PHOTO / MARSHALL CONRAD PHOTOGRAPHY

All the boutique stores are awesome, so when Christmas comes around you can get something special from a place right down the street. You probably won't find items quite as unique at normal retail stores - check out Luna, Brim, Clash, Feathers, Heart Mercantile etc.  

If I am shopping, I don't want to get too wild so that would be a cocktail or two for me, from anywhere really, depending on where I was shopping -- Corner Kitchen, Roost, Jay’s Seafood, Century Bar, Meadowlark, Salar, Thai 9, Wheat Penny, Lily's. 

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