November 22, 2017

Here Are the 30 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Any Clevelander

If you haven’t already begun scoping out gifts for friends and family, rest easy, you are definitely not alone. There’s still, thankfully, plenty of time to secure that special something for everyone on your list, and we’re here, as always, to help make it as easy and painless as possible. From sports to art, from fashion to food, from music to beer (of course), we’ve assembled a helpful, curated gift guide filled with delightful, affordable, unique choices sure to dazzle, and you get the benefit of supporting local makers, businesses and organizations at the same time. Get shoppin’, Cleveland.

If you haven’t already begun scoping out gifts for friends and family, rest easy, you are definitely not alone. There’s still, thankfully, plenty of time to secure that special something for everyone on your list, and we’re here, as always, to help make it as easy and painless as possible.

From sports to art, from fashion to food, from music to beer (of course), we’ve assembled a helpful, curated gift guide filled with delightful, affordable, unique choices sure to dazzle, and you get the benefit of supporting local makers, businesses and organizations at the same time. Get shoppin’, Cleveland.

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Here Are the 30 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Any Clevelander
Automatic Weapons: 'Young Lovers/Dystopian Future' on vinyl
The new project from Ohio Sky’s Vincent DiFranco and Michael Bashur will complement the impending wintertime chill sessions at home. It’s a moody album, evoking the shifting emotions of youth and the drifting hope that we all feel. Check out the video for “Antenna,” which captures the ethereal vibe of the album; it’s more restrained at times than previous Ohio Sky material, and it gives the listener a chance to really revel in the space between the notes. DiFranco’s voice is as strong as ever, and Bashur shows off some new approaches to chords and effects here. The vinyl will run you $20, and you’ll want to be spinning a small part of Cleveland in your living room all winter.

Automatic Weapons: 'Young Lovers/Dystopian Future' on vinyl


The new project from Ohio Sky’s Vincent DiFranco and Michael Bashur will complement the impending wintertime chill sessions at home. It’s a moody album, evoking the shifting emotions of youth and the drifting hope that we all feel. Check out the video for “Antenna,” which captures the ethereal vibe of the album; it’s more restrained at times than previous Ohio Sky material, and it gives the listener a chance to really revel in the space between the notes. DiFranco’s voice is as strong as ever, and Bashur shows off some new approaches to chords and effects here. The vinyl will run you $20, and you’ll want to be spinning a small part of Cleveland in your living room all winter.
Cleveland Tote Bags 
2015 Murray Hill Rd. 
We’re all a little more environmentally conscious these days, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a reminder to stock up on reusable bags. And since they’re going to be around for a while, those bags should be cool. Thanks to Snakes and Acey’s, you can load up on tote bags for friends and family that fit that description. Offering Cle-centric designs like one reading “The Land Will Never Die,” these affordable creations ($10) are perfect for lugging groceries, laptops, books and whatever else needs carrying around. Stop by Hannah and Anthony’s brick and mortar store in Little Italy or check out their Etsy shop to peruse those and other works. (They even do custom printing, if you’ve got something particular in mind.) They print everything by hand, so rest assured you’re getting a quality product done locally.

Cleveland Tote Bags


2015 Murray Hill Rd.
We’re all a little more environmentally conscious these days, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a reminder to stock up on reusable bags. And since they’re going to be around for a while, those bags should be cool. Thanks to Snakes and Acey’s, you can load up on tote bags for friends and family that fit that description. Offering Cle-centric designs like one reading “The Land Will Never Die,” these affordable creations ($10) are perfect for lugging groceries, laptops, books and whatever else needs carrying around. Stop by Hannah and Anthony’s brick and mortar store in Little Italy or check out their Etsy shop to peruse those and other works. (They even do custom printing, if you’ve got something particular in mind.) They print everything by hand, so rest assured you’re getting a quality product done locally.
Stop by the Cleveland Museum of Art Gift Shop
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-8671
An impressive exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art that even includes an American-made Rolls Royce — something you don’t see every day — The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s represents the first major museum exhibition to focus on “American taste in art and design during the dynamic years of the 1920s and early 1930s,” a time when the country became a leader in the global marketplace. To accompany the exhibit, the CMA gift shop has a number of related items for sale, including Jazz Age ties, pocket squares and “sparkly” jewelry, as well as a hardcover book that provides an overview of the exhibit.

Stop by the Cleveland Museum of Art Gift Shop


11150 East Blvd., 216-421-8671
An impressive exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art that even includes an American-made Rolls Royce — something you don’t see every day — The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s represents the first major museum exhibition to focus on “American taste in art and design during the dynamic years of the 1920s and early 1930s,” a time when the country became a leader in the global marketplace. To accompany the exhibit, the CMA gift shop has a number of related items for sale, including Jazz Age ties, pocket squares and “sparkly” jewelry, as well as a hardcover book that provides an overview of the exhibit.
'Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat'
One of punk rock’s most significant acts, the Dead Boys emerged from Cleveland in the late 1970s and would go on to achieve national (and even international) acclaim before quickly imploding. Photographer Dave Treat captured the band during that time period. Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat, edited and designed by locally based writer and graphic designer Ron Kretsch, chronicles the group’s early days, which were documented but not widely enjoyed; many of the photos have never been seen by the public. The book is available locally at Visible Voice, Loop, Black Market, the Bookshop in Lakewood, My Mind’s Eye, Weird Realms, Guide to Kulchur, Blue Arrow and Mac’s Backs.

'Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat'


One of punk rock’s most significant acts, the Dead Boys emerged from Cleveland in the late 1970s and would go on to achieve national (and even international) acclaim before quickly imploding. Photographer Dave Treat captured the band during that time period. Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat, edited and designed by locally based writer and graphic designer Ron Kretsch, chronicles the group’s early days, which were documented but not widely enjoyed; many of the photos have never been seen by the public. The book is available locally at Visible Voice, Loop, Black Market, the Bookshop in Lakewood, My Mind’s Eye, Weird Realms, Guide to Kulchur, Blue Arrow and Mac’s Backs.
Lebron XVs
The Lebron XV, the 15th signature LeBron James sneaker from Nike, was released before the season began with a pop-up shop at the corner of Euclid and East 9th. The launch had three colorways  -- the ‘Ghost’ and ‘Pride of Ohio’ have sold out but the ‘Ashes’ colorway, a black and white weaved pair with Nike’s battleknit material, did not. You can still get your pair if you head over to Xhibition (2068 West 25th St.), the apparel and sneaker store in Ohio City. The price is steep at $170, but the 15th Nike LeBron sneaker is considered one of the best LeBrons ever released.

Lebron XVs


The Lebron XV, the 15th signature LeBron James sneaker from Nike, was released before the season began with a pop-up shop at the corner of Euclid and East 9th. The launch had three colorways -- the ‘Ghost’ and ‘Pride of Ohio’ have sold out but the ‘Ashes’ colorway, a black and white weaved pair with Nike’s battleknit material, did not. You can still get your pair if you head over to Xhibition (2068 West 25th St.), the apparel and sneaker store in Ohio City. The price is steep at $170, but the 15th Nike LeBron sneaker is considered one of the best LeBrons ever released.
A Copy of Lost Cleveland
Organized chronologically, Lost Cleveland, a new coffee table book featuring photos of old Cleveland institutions that no longer exist, includes photos from places such as Leo’s Casino, the Hippodrome, Hough Bakery, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and Memphis Drive-In. Plain Dealer reporter Laura DeMarco did the painstaking research and wrote the copy that accompanies the vintage photos. The coffee table book chronicles the “iconic architecture, legendary events, and fascinating true tales behind a city that was one of the largest and most prosperous in America.” With 65 entries and more than 200 photos, the 144-page hardcover book is a nostalgic blast from the past and perfect for the history nut in your life.

A Copy of Lost Cleveland


Organized chronologically, Lost Cleveland, a new coffee table book featuring photos of old Cleveland institutions that no longer exist, includes photos from places such as Leo’s Casino, the Hippodrome, Hough Bakery, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and Memphis Drive-In. Plain Dealer reporter Laura DeMarco did the painstaking research and wrote the copy that accompanies the vintage photos. The coffee table book chronicles the “iconic architecture, legendary events, and fascinating true tales behind a city that was one of the largest and most prosperous in America.” With 65 entries and more than 200 photos, the 144-page hardcover book is a nostalgic blast from the past and perfect for the history nut in your life.
Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Coffee Table Book
The Cleveland Metroparks has come a very long way since its original 1917 conception at the hands of William Stinchcomb and a team of regional visionaries. It’s a blessing, really, to have leaders willing to shepherd and grow this project across the course of 100 years. Things are different, and bigger, now: The Metroparks runs the lakefront park properties, like Edgewater, thankfully, and even a restaurant. There’s a zip line in Strongsville. And still there are places you can go just to find some peace and communion. Are you a birdwatcher? Of course you are. The Metroparks has plenty of birds to watch. And there are birds and so much more in the Metroparks’ 100-Year Trail Centennial coffee table book. It’s 252 pages of fascination for any Northeast Ohioan who enjoys nature or Cleveland history. Go ahead and gift one for a cool $39.95.

Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Coffee Table Book


The Cleveland Metroparks has come a very long way since its original 1917 conception at the hands of William Stinchcomb and a team of regional visionaries. It’s a blessing, really, to have leaders willing to shepherd and grow this project across the course of 100 years. Things are different, and bigger, now: The Metroparks runs the lakefront park properties, like Edgewater, thankfully, and even a restaurant. There’s a zip line in Strongsville. And still there are places you can go just to find some peace and communion. Are you a birdwatcher? Of course you are. The Metroparks has plenty of birds to watch. And there are birds and so much more in the Metroparks’ 100-Year Trail Centennial coffee table book. It’s 252 pages of fascination for any Northeast Ohioan who enjoys nature or Cleveland history. Go ahead and gift one for a cool $39.95.
Road Trippin’ T-Shirt
Beloved former Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson was traded at the end of training camp and ended up on the Denver Nuggets, but the podcast that he started with Cavaliers’ sweet-shooting big man and close friend Channing Frye lives on. Road Trippin’ is continuing in Cleveland with Frye, Fox Sports Ohio’s Cavaliers’ sideline reporter Allie Clifton, and the Spanish radio announcer Rafael Hernandez Brito, while Jefferson has started a knockoff pod for his new team. Homage, the Columbus-based apparel company, created a T-shirt — Richard vs. Channing, Pod on Pod — to christen the rivalry. Visit the Homage store at Crocker Park and pick one up today, or grab one online.

Road Trippin’ T-Shirt


Beloved former Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson was traded at the end of training camp and ended up on the Denver Nuggets, but the podcast that he started with Cavaliers’ sweet-shooting big man and close friend Channing Frye lives on. Road Trippin’ is continuing in Cleveland with Frye, Fox Sports Ohio’s Cavaliers’ sideline reporter Allie Clifton, and the Spanish radio announcer Rafael Hernandez Brito, while Jefferson has started a knockoff pod for his new team. Homage, the Columbus-based apparel company, created a T-shirt — Richard vs. Channing, Pod on Pod — to christen the rivalry. Visit the Homage store at Crocker Park and pick one up today, or grab one online.
Six-pack of Sibling Revelry Pecan Brown Ale and assorted merch
29305 Clemens Rd., Westlake
Listen: You know the drill by now. This is a craft beer town — a craft beer region — and you’d best be prepared when little Johnny and Susie come home from college. Double down on the goods and leave a nice sixer under the tree for them for Christmas. You’re guaranteed to put a smile on their bleary faces on Christmas morning, which is about the time everyone’s gonna want to start drinking anyway. Sibling Revelry’s Pecan Brown Ale is a great wintry option; the Westlake brewery is a rising star on the scene. While you’re there, pick up a trucker hat or a T-shirt in the Cavs’ wine and gold colors. It’s a win-win proposition.

Six-pack of Sibling Revelry Pecan Brown Ale and assorted merch


29305 Clemens Rd., Westlake
Listen: You know the drill by now. This is a craft beer town — a craft beer region — and you’d best be prepared when little Johnny and Susie come home from college. Double down on the goods and leave a nice sixer under the tree for them for Christmas. You’re guaranteed to put a smile on their bleary faces on Christmas morning, which is about the time everyone’s gonna want to start drinking anyway. Sibling Revelry’s Pecan Brown Ale is a great wintry option; the Westlake brewery is a rising star on the scene. While you’re there, pick up a trucker hat or a T-shirt in the Cavs’ wine and gold colors. It’s a win-win proposition.