We've rounded up local gift options so you can send a little bit of Columbus to everyone on your list.
Finding the perfect holiday present is always tricky-and it gets even more complicated when friends and family are spread out across the country. We've rounded up local gift options so you can send a little bit of Columbus to everyone on your list, from your best friend who moved for a job to your niece away at college.
For the Forever Buckeye
The Ohio State Buckeye Snack Bucket ($29.95)-complete with candy buckeyes, buckeye pretzels and caramel corn-is the top holiday seller for Anthony-Thomas. It costs about $10 to ship-but beware if you're sending it to a warm-weather state (Florida, California, New Mexico, Texas or Arizona); the cost could go up to $23 with ice and special arrangements, says director of retail operations Candi Trifelos (yes, that's really her name). Multiple area locations, anthony-thomas.com
For the Spirits Aficionado
Because of state liquor laws, Middle West Spirits can't ship their products directly from the distillery. Just in time for the holiday season, they've recently teamed up with Andrew's Wine Cellar in New York (andrewswinecellar.com) to offer five OYO spirits-vodka, honey vanilla-bean vodka, stone fruit vodka, bourbon whiskey and small-batch wheat whiskey-via mail order (free shipping for orders that exceed $250). Family get-togethers just got a lot more fun. middlewestspirits.com
For the Foodie
"Many people with German heritage just want a little taste of home," says Juergens marketing assistant Tatiana Keidel. Whether you're German or not, Juergens' sweet treats are hard to pass up. Advent stollen (fruit cake), anise-flavored springerle cookies, weinbrand bohnen (brandy beans), lebkuchen (gingerbread) and marzipan are big holiday sellers for the German Village bakery, which ships minimum orders of $25. 525 S. Fourth St., German Village, 614-224-6858, juergensbakery.com
For the True-Blue Jackets Fan
Give your favorite Blue Jackets fan a reason to visit Columbus with a holiday pack (starting at $89). Two tickets for two games and a player-autographed holiday-themed puck come bundled in a gift box with shipping included. Choose between autographs from Sergei Bobrovsky, James Wisniewski, Jack Johnson, Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik and Jared Boll. bluejackets.nhl.com
For the Person with Everything
Send a one-of-a-kind present to that relative who's impossible to buy for with Celebrate Local's custom gift boxes. A sales associate at the Easton store will help you fill a Priority Mail box with locally made, individually wrapped items. You just pay for the stuff inside, shipping and a $2 to $10 packing fee. Choose a theme-like Ohio State, breakfast or spicy stuff-or just fill it with an eclectic assortment. 3952 Townsfair Way, Easton, 614-471-6446, celebratelocalohio.com
Photos by Tessa Berg