2014 Heights Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Less Than $50
Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Most will gift wrap or ship your items, too. Here are some of our favorite gifts for $50 or less:
Bird Plate ($12.00, Appletree Books).
Giant Wine Glass. Holds an entire bottle of wine, for when one glass of wine is suggested/recommended ($12.50, Big Fun).
One Yoga Class ($15.00, Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki).
Chevron Mugs ($16.00 each, Revive).
Goldie Blox. Construction toys made especially for young girls—and boys, too. Voted Best New Toy (Parade Float, $19.95; Spinning Machine, $29.95; Big Fun).
Children Just Like Me Book. Take a trip around the world and visit children in 32 countries. See how they dress, what they eat, what their houses and schools look like ($19.99, Pinwheel Kids).
Soy Candles from the Paddywax literary collection ($20.00, Appletree Books).
Canvas and Paint (Under $20.00, Simply Charming).
Ceramic Platter With Whisk ($24.00, Appletree Books).
The Wreath Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis ($24.95, Appletree Books).
Jewelry-making Classes. Learn to make a leather wrap bracelet, floating pearl necklace, wire-wrap jewelry and more. Make an item as a gift or gift the class to someone special ($25.00–$45.00, plus materials, Cleveland Rocks and Beads).
Heights-Themed Candles. Made of soy wax and cotton wicks, hand-poured in the USA. Each candle has a unique combination of essential oils. Choose from FutureHeights, Heights Arts, Shaker Heights, Shaker Lakes, Cleveland Heights, Cedar Lee, Cedar Fairmount, Coventry, Forest Hills, Ohio Christmas, Heights Holiday and Cleveland Holiday ($25.95 each, Simply Charming).
Topsy Turvy Story Dolls. Each reversible dolls flips upside down to reveal a different doll in a contrasting outfit ($28.00, Pinwheel Kids).
Slyde Flashlight and Worklight. A 250 lumen LED flashlight and 190 lumen LED worklight; heavy-duty with a strong magnetic base ($29.99, Heights Hardware).
Share: The Cookbook that Celebrates Our Common Humanity. Global recipes alongside images of the food and faces from Women for Women International, an organization that reaches out to women in war-torn areas, providing knowledge and resources to help them rebuild their lives. Includes foreward by Meryl Streep ($34.00, Ten Thousand Villages).
Plenty More Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi ($35.00, Appletree Books).
The Giving Key Necklace or Bracelet. These jewelry items feature single words imprinted on them and are made by people transitioning from homelessness. When you meet someone who needs the key's message, you give it to that person and then put your story on the organization’s blog ($35.00–$49.00, Simply Charming).
Long Sleeve Ohio T-shirt ($36.00, Blush Boutique).
Tegu Magnetic Blocks. Produced in Honduras from sustainably harvested wood, by workers earning a living wage ($38.00, Pinwheel Kids).
Double Marquise Earrings of oxidized sterling silver by Valerie Tyler, a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made award nominee ($38.00, Heights Arts Holiday Store).
Original Colorforms. These simple vinyl shapes have been engaging children for more than 50 years. In addition to the white and black boards included, Colorforms stick to any smooth surface: refrigerators, dishwashers and windows—including car windows ($38.00, Pinwheel Kids).
Monster Stuffed Animal, Infant Socks and Bib (Under $40.00, Simply Charming).
Lush Ikat Scarf ($44.00, Revive).
Deco Porcelain Cup and Saucer, by Cleveland artist William Brouillard ($45.00, Heights Arts Holiday Store).
Spooner Board. The first good step to learning how to surf, skateboard or snowboard. Made in the USA of durable high-density polyethylene ($48.00, Pinwheel Kids).
Wrought Iron Bookends ($49.00, Ten Thousand Villages).
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.