November 16, 2022

Gift Guide: 30 Favorite Cincinnati Boutiques to Shop Local This Holiday Season

The winter holiday season is quickly approaching, and with it begins the mad rush to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Finding unique and tailor-made items is a time-consuming and stress-inducing task – but it doesn’t have to be.

Skip the online shopping and instead take this time to explore and embrace the holidays by shopping in the Queen City with our gift guide. Below, you’ll find 30 local businesses voted the “best” by readers in CityBeat’s 2022 Best Of Cincinnati issue, from the best gift shop and best overall boutique to the best record store and best jeweler. So whether you’re shopping for a comic book-loving friend, an art-loving partner or a fashion-savvy sibling, you’re sure to find unique and thoughtful gifts.
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Adrian Durban Florist
3401 Clifton Ave., Clifton; 6941 Cornell Road, Blue Ash
For almost 125 years, the multi-generational, family-run Adrian Durban Florist has been providing beautiful bouquets, floral arrangements and houseplants to the Greater Cincinnati community. Started in 1899 by George Durban, a gardener for a wealthy Clifton family, the shop now has two locations and hand-builds its colorful creations from a daily delivery of farm-fresh flowers. If you’re bored by blooms, they also build gift baskets such as a Taste of Cincinnati box with Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s tomato sauce and Grippo’s chips, or one filled with local craft beer.
Photo: Maija Zummo

Adrian Durban Florist

3401 Clifton Ave., Clifton; 6941 Cornell Road, Blue Ash
For almost 125 years, the multi-generational, family-run Adrian Durban Florist has been providing beautiful bouquets, floral arrangements and houseplants to the Greater Cincinnati community. Started in 1899 by George Durban, a gardener for a wealthy Clifton family, the shop now has two locations and hand-builds its colorful creations from a daily delivery of farm-fresh flowers. If you’re bored by blooms, they also build gift baskets such as a Taste of Cincinnati box with Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s tomato sauce and Grippo’s chips, or one filled with local craft beer.
Aglamesis Bro’s
3046 Madison Road, Oakley;
9899 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
Aglamesis Bro’s was founded in 1908 by Greek immigrants and brothers Thomas and Nicholas Aglamesis, and it is still operated by their descendants today. Specializing in ice cream, Italian ice and gourmet chocolate made from self-described “Old World recipes” and traditional techniques, its candies are extremely giftable. For a sweet sampler full of
decadent flavor and texture, choose an assortment that includes creams, fruits and nuts covered in milk or dark chocolate, or opt for seasonally themed, foil-wrapped gold coins, stars, bells or Santas.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Aglamesis Bro’s

3046 Madison Road, Oakley; 9899 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
Aglamesis Bro’s was founded in 1908 by Greek immigrants and brothers Thomas and Nicholas Aglamesis, and it is still operated by their descendants today. Specializing in ice cream, Italian ice and gourmet chocolate made from self-described “Old World recipes” and traditional techniques, its candies are extremely giftable. For a sweet sampler full of decadent flavor and texture, choose an assortment that includes creams, fruits and nuts covered in milk or dark chocolate, or opt for seasonally themed, foil-wrapped gold coins, stars, bells or Santas.
BlaCk OWned Outerwear 
822 Elm St., Downtown
BlaCk OWned Outerwear offers a mix of men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing and accessories, including colorful T-shirts, comfy-yet-stylish sweatshirts and a plethora of hats in baseball to bucket styles. Shop owner Means Cameron says the goal of the brand is to “promote Black ownership, while challenging societal inequities through our garments and storytelling,” per the website. Each piece is designed with the company’s name as a focal point to keep spreading its mission. Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval, several Cincinnati Bengals players and plenty of other local
celebs have been sporting the shop’s wares.
Photo: Katherine Barrier

BlaCk OWned Outerwear

822 Elm St., Downtown
BlaCk OWned Outerwear offers a mix of men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing and accessories, including colorful T-shirts, comfy-yet-stylish sweatshirts and a plethora of hats in baseball to bucket styles. Shop owner Means Cameron says the goal of the brand is to “promote Black ownership, while challenging societal inequities through our garments and storytelling,” per the website. Each piece is designed with the company’s name as a focal point to keep spreading its mission. Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval, several Cincinnati Bengals players and plenty of other local celebs have been sporting the shop’s wares.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams 
The Cincinnati Art Museum is home to thousands of works of art spanning centuries and cultures, but it’s also home to a cozy gift shop filled with goodies and trinkets. You’ll find prints, bags, shirts, puzzles and ornaments of some of the museum’s most famous pieces, as well as books and merchandise from current and past exhibitions and general art history. A selection of creative home decor, Charley Harper tiles and CAM-branded items lets you bring a bit of the museum home with you.

Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams
The Cincinnati Art Museum is home to thousands of works of art spanning centuries and cultures, but it’s also home to a cozy gift shop filled with goodies and trinkets. You’ll find prints, bags, shirts, puzzles and ornaments of some of the museum’s most famous pieces, as well as books and merchandise from current and past exhibitions and general art history. A selection of creative home decor, Charley Harper tiles and CAM-branded items lets you bring a bit of the museum home with you.
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Ave., Queensgate 
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is one of Cincinnati’s most admired gems, filled with exhibits dedicated to history, science and wonder – but if you haven’t checked out the gift shop, you’re missing out. This shop is filled with items that will delight both kids and adults, spanning from science-based STEM kits and unique Cincinnati history
ephemera to space-themed jewelry. Nicole Koenig, retail operations manager, tells CityBeat the CMC gift shop is unique because it’s constantly changing. “We are consistently looking at new fresh ideas to offer
our guests,” she says. “We buy from local and national vendors, so it’s a good mix of what makes [the] Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal special.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave., Queensgate
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is one of Cincinnati’s most admired gems, filled with exhibits dedicated to history, science and wonder – but if you haven’t checked out the gift shop, you’re missing out. This shop is filled with items that will delight both kids and adults, spanning from science-based STEM kits and unique Cincinnati history ephemera to space-themed jewelry. Nicole Koenig, retail operations manager, tells CityBeat the CMC gift shop is unique because it’s constantly changing. “We are consistently looking at new fresh ideas to offer our guests,” she says. “We buy from local and national vendors, so it’s a good mix of what makes [the] Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal special.”
Cincy Shirts
1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 2709 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park; 2501 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell
Spread hometown pride far and wide with a gift from locally owned Cincy Shirts. At all three locations, grab printed T-shirts with everyone’s favorite hippos Fritz and Fiona, fierce Bengals sweatshirts and fresh FC
Cincinnati gear. You’ll also find a medley of Skyline-themed stickers, nods to local pop culture and a selection of Cincinnati-themed hats to represent the city in style. Many of the items come in both adult and children’s sizes, and if they don’t have a size in stock, they can print the shirt on site for you to pick up later.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cincy Shirts

1301 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; 2709 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park; 2501 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell
Spread hometown pride far and wide with a gift from locally owned Cincy Shirts. At all three locations, grab printed T-shirts with everyone’s favorite hippos Fritz and Fiona, fierce Bengals sweatshirts and fresh FC Cincinnati gear. You’ll also find a medley of Skyline-themed stickers, nods to local pop culture and a selection of Cincinnati-themed hats to represent the city in style. Many of the items come in both adult and children’s sizes, and if they don’t have a size in stock, they can print the shirt on site for you to pick up later.
Creative House of Art & Design
609 Main St., Covington
Creative House of Art & Design offers items for those who enjoy collecting art or making their own. Browse laser-cut buttons with a slew of cute characters, like Pikachu, Baby Yoda and Stitch, along with quirky earrings featuring intricate designs. If you’ve got an RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) fan in your life, make sure to check out the shop’s coasters honoring the legend. For those looking instead for experiences over
material goods, gift someone a workshop or schedule a paint party and invite all of your friends.

Creative House of Art & Design

609 Main St., Covington
Creative House of Art & Design offers items for those who enjoy collecting art or making their own. Browse laser-cut buttons with a slew of cute characters, like Pikachu, Baby Yoda and Stitch, along with quirky earrings featuring intricate designs. If you’ve got an RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) fan in your life, make sure to check out the shop’s coasters honoring the legend. For those looking instead for experiences over material goods, gift someone a workshop or schedule a paint party and invite all of your friends.
The Daily Vintage
1810 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Reduce, reuse and recycle with a splash of time travel at the Daily Vintage. The store’s stock is constantly updated with stylish vintage finds, including retro Cincinnati sports apparel like classic Bengals, Reds and UC sweatshirts and shirts, along with fantastic ’80s and ’90s pop culture throwbacks. It also has timeless hats, purses, accessories and clothes for every season that are both fashionable and sustainable. Check out its Instagram page for the most up-to-date options, or just make an impromptu stop in the store — you never know what you’ll find.
Photo: Maija Zummo

The Daily Vintage

1810 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Reduce, reuse and recycle with a splash of time travel at the Daily Vintage. The store’s stock is constantly updated with stylish vintage finds, including retro Cincinnati sports apparel like classic Bengals, Reds and UC sweatshirts and shirts, along with fantastic ’80s and ’90s pop culture throwbacks. It also has timeless hats, purses, accessories and clothes for every season that are both fashionable and sustainable. Check out its Instagram page for the most up-to-date options, or just make an impromptu stop in the store — you never know what you’ll find.
Everybody’s Records
6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
With an expansive collection of new and used records, the independent Everybody’s Records has impressed music fans in the Cincinnati area for more than 40 years. Peruse the wide selection of vinyl covering genres from rock, pop and reggae to jazz, rap and country, plus find albums by local acts. Leave
time to browse the CDs and cassettes to reveal long-lost favorite tunes you grew up listening to. Not only is this shop jam-packed with music, but you’ll also find band T-shirts and custom Everybody’s pieces.
Photo: Maija Zummo

Everybody’s Records

6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
With an expansive collection of new and used records, the independent Everybody’s Records has impressed music fans in the Cincinnati area for more than 40 years. Peruse the wide selection of vinyl covering genres from rock, pop and reggae to jazz, rap and country, plus find albums by local acts. Leave time to browse the CDs and cassettes to reveal long-lost favorite tunes you grew up listening to. Not only is this shop jam-packed with music, but you’ll also find band T-shirts and custom Everybody’s pieces.
Fern
6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill; 737 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Fern is a green oasis for plant lovers and
design enthusiasts with a wide selection of
houseplants to choose from, including air
plants, ferns, hoyas and cacti, along with
everything you need to take care of them in
style. Its two locations are filled with all the
tools you need to keep plants flourishing,
from watering cans, natural plant food
and propagation tools to modern and chic
planters. Don’t forget to check out their
stationery, coffee table books and home
decor products for the perfect finishing touch
for a well-accessorized home.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fern

6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill; 737 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Fern is a green oasis for plant lovers and design enthusiasts with a wide selection of houseplants to choose from, including air plants, ferns, hoyas and cacti, along with everything you need to take care of them in style. Its two locations are filled with all the tools you need to keep plants flourishing, from watering cans, natural plant food and propagation tools to modern and chic planters. Don’t forget to check out their stationery, coffee table books and home decor products for the perfect finishing touch for a well-accessorized home.