Shopping local for the holidays isn't as tough as you might think.
Part of that is because we've done the legwork for you, talking to several boutique owners in the Dayton area and getting their top picks for gifts at their shop. Take a look at some of their best recommendations and top sellers, and pay them a visit.
1.) 8 perfect gift ideas from Agnes and OrsonThis gift store at 1132 Brown St. should be high on your list for holiday shopping. Highlights: Succulents and terrariums, vintage glassware and bar accessories, unique jewelry, darling ornaments, bags that are stylish AND animal friendly, Dayton-made pet supplies, stocking stuffers galore.
2.) 7 gift ideas from ConfettiHighlights: Dayton-themed mugs and other swag, local art prints, the most stylish stationary you ever did see, trendy office supplies, cards for everyone on your list (naughty OR nice).
3.) 4 places to buy local art gifts for the holidayIt's no secret that Dayton is a hotbed of culture and artistry, which is extremely impressive for a city of our size. Lucky for us, we've got a great selection of shops (including DVAC's fantastic ARTtoBUY gallery) featuring one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your list. Highlights: Art prints, pieces of blown glass crafted into incredible shapes (like delicate flowers), great statement pieces for your home or office.
4.) Gorgeous gifts from DVAC's ARTtoBUY galleryYear after year, the Dayton Visual Arts Center continues its trend of getting fantastic local art in front of a buying audience, and showing us just what's possible in the realm of gift-giving. Highlights: Fused glass pieces, felted work (like bags and table toppers), Ohio scenery, decorative (and useful) ceramic art and glassware.
5.) 5 gift ideas from the Tikes Shoppe: the store run by kids, for kidsA pop-up shop housed in the Schuster Center, this clever shop provides an opportunity for kids to buy items for friends and family within their price range. Highlights: mugs, sparkly stuff for mom and grandma, select items for teachers, great choices for fellow friends.
6.) 6 gift ideas from Spice ParadiseTucked away in the Oregon District, this specialty foods and spice shop packs quite a punch. Owner Ulrike Massey picks out six great gifts for the folks on your list. Highlights: Locally-roasted coffee, unique spice blends you can't get anywhere else, delicious soup and dip mixes.
7.) 12 (Dayton) book ideas for the reader on your listLiterary Life columnist and Dayton writer Sharon Short put together a fantastic list of Dayton-themed literature, either written by Dayton writers or featuring Dayton history and culture. There's something for every bookworm on your list, from nationally-acclaimed science fiction from John Scalzi to TJ Turner's novel "Lincoln's Bodyguard," where he reimagines an alternate version of history. Also included: fantastic books about the Wright Brothers, local historian Curt Dalton's latest offering and Hal McCoy's story of his half-century with the Cincinnati Reds, among others.
8.) 4 great spots to find gifts in TroyDowntown Troy is filled with gems, and it seems like everywhere you turn, there's a charming boutique beckoning you. Whether you're from Troy or haven't been, there are four shops you should check out: Ark and Echo, Pachamama Market, For All Seasons and The Three Weird Sisters Studio.