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Gifts Galore

Unique Gift Ideas for the Unique People in Your Life

Article by Brian Bailey

Photography by Terry Fravel

Originally published in Canton Lifestyle

Are you tired of spending hours, days, or weeks scouring the planet for just the right gift? Only to find yourself giving the usual standby, such as a sweater or bottle of cologne? After a while, doling out the same boring gift feels like giving a worn-out consolation prize.

On the coming pages, you’ll find our annual holiday gift guide, featuring unique items curated by the team at Blended in Ohio. Located in Belden Village Mall, Blended Ohio is an eclectic marketplace where local artisans sell their wares as a “blended” collection.

But first, we talked to Kimberly Baker, owner of the online bookshop, Sage Rare & Collectible Books, specializing in out-of-print, scarce, signed and first-edition books. She suggested these gift ideas that'll elicit surprise and enthusiasm for your thoughtfulness.

Concert tickets. Whether the person on your list is a rock-n-roller or symphony fan, a pair of concert tickets will be a sure pleaser, especially if you can swing the best seats.

Dinner at a posh restaurant. The old adage goes, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. But women enjoy gourmet dinners just as much!  So, give a gift certificate to a top-notch restaurant that your recipient's reluctant to splurge on. It's the perfect way for the person on your list to enjoy a gourmet meal without guilt.

Golf package. Give a round of golf at an elite course or a weekend away at a favorite golf resort.

Sporting event tickets. Whatever your gift recipient's favorite sport, a pair of tickets, particularly to a top rival game, is sure to be a hit.

A trip or weekend away. This gift could be as simple as a nearby weekend away for rest and relaxation or a week-long adventure to a favorite destination.

If it’s a traditional gift item that you want for the special person on your list, the retail shop, Blended Ohio is filled from wall to wall with unique works of art, handmade decor, clothing, edibles, custom gifts – the list goes on and on. Operations Manager, Melissa Riffle, selected more than two dozen items from local artisans, that will stand out against any mass-produced gift sourced at a big box retailer.

Buying local supports local. Take your Canton Lifestyle Gift Guide with you to Blended today and check several friends and family off your holiday shopping list.

  • Fleece Pet Coat Brown Dog Designs $39.99
  • Bacon Doodles Brown Dog Designs $9.99
  • Plaid Dog Collars Brown Dog Designs $16.99/$18.99/$20.99
  • Hair Clippies Fuzzy Edges Crafts $3.50 each
  • Mini Cornhole Set Fuzzy Edges Crafts $28.99
  • Wooden Toy Cars Possum Products $8.95 - $11.95
  • Kids “Lovey” Blanket Designs by Di Blankets $15
  • Earrings Fuzzy Edges Crafts $4.99 each
  • Warm Fuzzy Gift Box Smile Inside $18.50
  • Indoor/Outdoor Clock Custom Creations by GJM $30
  • Golf Drink Coasters Custom Creations by GJM $20
  • Metal Sign Primitive by Design $39.50
  • T-Shirt and Hat No Negations $20/$24.99
  • Welcome Sign The Gifted Rose $45
  • Wax Melter and Melts J & J Candles $21.95 / $8.95
  • “Mama” Sweatshirt Shiboutique $42.95
  • Christmas Candles J & J Candles $17.50
  • Decorative Throw Blanket Designs by Di Blankets $86
  • Jams & Jellies J & N Sweets $6-$8
  • Flavored Coffee Salt Creek Coffee Co. $5/$10/$11.99
  • Seasoning Mixes The Boozy Blonde $5
  • Coffee Tumblers Simply Imagine & Co. $29.99 - $37.99
  • Premium Drink Mixes The Boozy Blonde $10
  • Wine Bottle Topper Not Too Shabby $15
  • Wine Tumbler Gift Set Simply Imagine & Co. $49.99
  • Mustard Sauces & Spices Stray Dog Café $5.99 - $7.99
  • Flavored Oils Buckeye Blends $18-$30

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