Shop local when shopping for your loved ones this year. We’ve put together a holiday gift guide to all the best experiences, locally made art, crafts, treats, artisanal beverages, and local boutiques to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
Give the gift of speed; Season Race Passes for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course are now available. With a gift certificate to the Mid-Ohio School, your loved ones can choose from a variety of entertaining, exciting, and innovative car and motorcycle programs. They’ll learn in a safe environment that maximizes driving and riding time while developing skills in participants of all experience levels. Take a thrill-seeker for a zipline ride through the treetops of the beautiful Mohican Country with a gift card to Tree Frog Canopy Tours. A Snow Trails Snow Bucks Gift Card can be used to purchase food, apparel, lift tickets, snow tubing tickets, and more throughout the resort and ski shop. For the golfer in your life, give them a gift voucher or signature experience at Deer Ridge Golf Club. Give your family the gift of quality time with the Discover Richland Membership Bundle: a 3-in-1 membership bundle for your favorite family destinations. For just $169 you’ll get a family membership to Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Kingwood Center Gardens, and the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, plus 12 bonus tickets to Richland Carrousel Park.
Sip and Savor
For the coffee drinker, give them signature coffee roasted by the in-house beanery at The Blueberry Patch Greenhouse Gift Shop. There you’ll also find luxury teas and a wide selection of gifts including jewelry, candles, clothing, and kitchen gadgets. While you’re there, make sure to grab a bottle of wine from 1285 Winery for your favorite wine-lover. You’ll also find other great selections of wine at the other locations on the Wine and Ale Trail including Cypress Hill Winery, Fox Winery, and Wishmaker House Winery.
Many locally-owned specialty stores throughout Richland County have the perfect gift for someone on your list. Have a bookworm in your life? Visit Main Street Books, Mansfield’s only independent general bookstore to shop their extensive selection of local interest books and titles by local authors. At B.E. Humble in Ontario, you’ll find a selection of the latest trends in clothing and jewelry. For home goods, check out Let It Shine Gifts for new, reclaimed, and repurposed gifts, home décor, and furniture. You can also find gifts for the home at Elzy Milling & Trade where seven buildings across a block of downtown Bellville are filled with everything from candles and home décor to all your needs for pets, lawns, and gardens.
If you’re not sure where to start, start at Glen’s Surplus Sales where you never know what you’ll discover in the eleven different departments. For a little bit of everything, head to Downtown Mansfield’s historic Carrousel District to peruse the local storefronts for antiques, records, cigars, home goods, boots and more then stay for a meal at one of the many downtown restaurants. Or, you can spend a day shopping the quaint village of Bellville for antiques, crafts and gifts at the Belleville Merchants Co-Op.
Shop local artisans online at Made in the 419 for gifts including locally screen-printed Ohio tees, crocheted hats, and books on local lore. For that person on your list who is always looking for their salty fix, pick them up a little or a lot of chips and stix from Jones Potato Chip Co’s factory store. Crossroads Original Designs hand-poured candles can be purchased online, at the Richland Mall, and through their factory store in Bucyrus. Along with candles, you’ll also find a selection of home accents, textiles, furniture, jewelry, and handbags. All natural, preservative-free jams, jellies, and apple butter can be found at Cooper’s Mill in Bucyrus. Shop the work of local artists at the Mansfield Art Center’s 2018 Holiday Fair. Find the perfect fine art or fine craft gift in the gallery shop. Finally, top off their stockings with handmade chocolates and fudge from the Squirrel’s Den and homemade fudge from the Malabar Farm State Park gift shop.
Give It All
For that person who’s tough to buy for, why not give it all. With a specially crafted gift basket from Wayne’s Country Market or Pumpkinseed Bulk Food you can give someone a little taste of Richland and Ohio.