Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50

Sweetie Fry gift card.

The Heights Observer wants to help you think outside the box. You can find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. And most will gift wrap or ship your items. Here are some of our favorites:

Under $50

Lake Erie Review edited by Rob Jackson, et al. A new quarterly literary journal focusing on the Great Lakes region. ($13.95, Mac’s Backs)

Cotton and Felt Flowers Zippered Pouch. ($14.00, Simply Charming)

Hip Flask with Martini Cocktail Napkins and two Silver Martini Glasses.($14.50, $5.00 and $12:00, Simply Charming)

Teen 50 Book Jewelry: Think Big Book, Petite Bird Post Earrings and Feather Necklace. ($14.95, $11.50 and $13.00, Simply Charming)

Sweetie Fry Gift Cards. Each card comes with free mini greeting card and envelope for a personalized note. ($15.00 and up, Sweetie Fry)

Scent of Christmas Decorative Fragrance. ($15.00, Simply Charming)

Imagination Books, reusable coloring books with laminated pages designed to spark a child’s imagination.(Books $16.50, set of 8 Doodle Sticks $8.50, Sunbeam-A Shop for Children)

Sweet Memories: Interactive Conversation Cards from Neil Slobin. Conversation prompts to get your elders talking about their personal history. ($17.95, Mac’s Backs) 

My Friend Dahmer by Derf. Okay, not the usual kind of gift book, but essential on the graphic novel bookcase. ($17.95, Mac’s Backs). 

San Antonio Artisanal Mug. Hand-sculpted and painted by artists on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. ($18, Revive Fair Trade)

Photo Books. (Starting at $19.00, Cedar Center MotoPhoto)

Eeboo World Map, 100 illustrations including the Eight Wonders of the World, the Solar System, Cloud Formations and Varieties of Terrains. ($19.50, Sunbeam-A Shop for Children)

Rust Belt Chic, edited by Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek. Essays about what it means to be a Clevelander. ($19.95, Mac’s Backs)

The Auto Emissions Bible by Sam Bell, owner of the Lusty Wrench, and Ralph Birnbaum, who combined have more than 80 years of auto repair experience. ($21.95, online and at local bookstores)

Cordy Roy Plush Pig with a Porcelain Cup and Saucer Gift-boxed Set with the letter "P" and "Pig." Both available in a variety of styles. ($22.50 and $28.50, Simply Charming)

Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me by Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman and Harvey Pekar's Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant. The last two books Pekar completed before he died; illustrated by terrific young artists. ($24.99 and $21.99, Mac’s Backs) 

Holiday Cookie Gift Box. Assortment of cookies, including rugelach, brownies, nut bars, biscotti, macarons. ($24 for 18 pcs.; $46 for 36 pcs., Luna Bakery Café)

Cashmere Scarves. Great variety for both men and women. ($25.00, Passport to Peru)

 An Unexpected Life: A Mother and Son's Story of Love, Detemination, Autism and Art by Debra Chwast. The story of Debra Chwast and her son Seth, accompanied by Seth's colorfully vivid paintings. ($27.95, Mac’s Backs)

Wedding Ring Box. This solid white oak box is the perfect way to present a ring or keep it safe while doing the dishes, working in the garden, or roughing up commoners for their pocket change. ($28.00,

Burgundy Twist Basket. Handmade beauty from Ugandan traditional artisans. ($29.00, Ten Thousand Villages)

Cozy fleece-lined leggings. ($30.00, Blush Boutique)

Gemstone drop earrings ($30.00–$45.00, Blush Boutique)

Metal Prints. ($30.99, Cedar Center MotoPhoto)

Photo Statuettes. ($32.95-$49.99, Cedar Center MotoPhoto)

In the Kitchen With Cleveland's Favorite Chefs, edited by Maria Isabella, featuring recipes from nearly three dozen Cleveland area chefs for fabulous meals in an hour. ($35.00, Mac’s Backs) 

Shellac/GelColor Manicure. ($35.00, Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa)

Tagua Treasure Necklace, Turquoise. Rainforest Tagua Gems begin with a tagua nut, sculpted and dyed by hand by artisans in Colombia. ($38.00, Revive Fair Trade)

Leafy Embrace Fruit Bowl. Handcrafted by traditional brassworkers in Moradabad, India. ($38.00, Ten Thousand Villages)

Mercurial Allure Scarf. A scarf full of color that changes in the light. ($39.00, Ten Thousand Villages)

Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking by Marilou Suszko and Laura Taxel. The new definitive history of the West Side Market. ($39.95, Mac’s Backs) 

Salumi: The Italian Craft of Dry Curing by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polycn. Heights resident Michael Ruhlman's latest book for dedicated foodies. ($39.95, Mac’s Backs)

SE Redline High-Power LED Flashlight. As good as comparative $100+ models used by law enforcement. ($39.99, Heights Hardware)

Silk Holiday Ties. ($42, Jubilee Gifts in the Heights)

Kitras Art Glass: Trees of Enchantment, Witch Balls or Fairy Balls. (Under $50.00, Passport to Peru)

Photo frames in many styles—rustic woods, leather, acrylic, gold or silver leaf—something for every décor and taste. (Under $50.00, Wood Trader)

Photo-enhanced T-shirts, mugs and calendars. (Under $50.00, Cedar Center MotoPhoto)

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 12:49 PM, 10.31.2012