Aglamesis Bros.: Tower of Favorites
3046 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-531-5196; 9899 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-791-7082
Building Value/WRC: Gifts from Recycled Material
4040 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-475-6783
Coney Island: Commemorative Bricks
This Cincinnati favorite has a long track record of making people happy, and now you can help keep that tradition going with their 125th Anniversary Commemorative Brick Program. Each 6-by-6-inch brick displays your 4-line, 14-character personalized message for $75, a portion of which will be donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. You’ll also receive two tickets to a private Sunlite Pool party on May 27 (additional tickets can be purchased for $5). Season passes for 2011 are also on sale for $89.95 ($39.95 for ages 2-4), or save $5 per pass when you purchase four or more passes.
6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-232-8230
Mica and Mica 12/v: Local Sourced Accessories
2039 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-533-1974; 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-3500
Mustard Seed Boutique: Party Clothes
This trendy boutique offers a world of new designers and styles once you step inside. While their inventory is also evolving, they do have fun items for all those upcoming holiday parties. For instance, a black and cream floral top ($38) pairs nicely with a Nanette Lepore black velvet skirt with embroidery detail ($84). Accessorize with a black leather vintage Coach bag ($38.40). When the winter sun does peek out, make sure you have your vintage aviator Ray-Ban sunglasses ($84) on hand.
311 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-221-4022
Nest: Nappa Firelight
A popular gift item this year at Nest is the Nappa firelight ($28-$80), a decorative ceramic container holding a metal insert filled with flammable gel that, when lit, gives off a beautiful glow and warm and inviting décor. With no odor, you can burn this light indoors or out, and it crackles to provide a sitting-by-the-fire feel without the hassle of burning embers. If you have a hostess with the mostess on your list, shop Nest’s selection of Cali ceramic serveware. This beautiful line is made in the U.S. and runs about $42-$100.
3439 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park, 513-871-8852
Carole Paine: Gift Certificates
5400 Kennedy Ave., Pleasant Ridge, 513-317-3660
Bob Roncker’s Running Spot: FiveFingers Shoes
If you’ve seen people walking around in barely-there shoes this year, you’re not alone. The Fivefingers shoe has become an instant hit and is being used by runners and walkers alike to stimulate the muscles in your foot and stay exercised. Ranging from $89 to $110, these shoes help improve balance and agility and are a fun conversation starter. Roncker’s is also the Official Training Program of the Flying Pig Marathon and can offer tips, running routes and advice for runners and walkers look to tackle this year’s Pig. The $100 program fee includes a training shirt, socks, 10 percent off at all Running Spot locations and more.
Switch: Table and Desk Lamps
Light up your loved ones’ lives this Christmas with innovative lighting designs from Switch. To add a little pop of color to your rooms, look no further than the Kovacs table lamp (under $100), which includes a fluorescent light bulb in your choice of red, blue, green or white — ideal for adding a little holiday cheer. Also popular this year are the micro Tolemeo desk lamps (Reg: $325; on sale for $295); available in seven different colors including black, yellow and blue, they shed light on your favorite work space.
1207 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-8100