Naturally, things are going to look a little different in Downtown this holiday season, but there are tons of small businesses and retailers that are ready with the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. New this year – added ease with more ways to shop, pay and pick up. Time your shopping trip with a stop at a Downtown Columbus restaurant and spread some extra cheer – it's been a hard year.
A no-brainer for the coffee-lover in your life, their online store is stocked with premium coffee grounds and everything you need to make the perfect pour-over without leaving the house. Pair it with a pint glass or mason jar reppin’ Roosevelt and you’re all set.
In-Store: 300 E Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215
State & Third
A smorgasbord of giftin’ goodies with a local twist, State & Third has got you covered for that hard-to-shop-for person. Whimsical socks, cozy Cbus tees, witty tea towels, boho jewelry and so, so much more are waiting for you inside their doors. And if you need to send some love long-distance this year, they’ve got cute cards that will brighten anyone’s actual – not virtual – mailbox.
In Store: 65 E State Street
COSI Connects Kits
Look no further, COSI Connects Kits are perfect for the little scientist in your life. Jam-packed with educational activities, this turn-key kit includes everything you need to engage and entertain the active mind of a child in your life. With exciting topics like dinosaurs, the human body, outer space and more, there's an option for every interest. The perfect addition to your homeschool curriculum, kits are just $30 for non-members and $25 for members. Support this Downtown Columbus institution and give the gift of knowledge this holiday season. Plus, the COSI Connects website is full of other free ways to experience the spirit of COSI from afar.
Couples planning a wedding in the throws of COVID have 99 problems and finding a beautiful and practical wedding planning journal shouldn’t be one. Skip the cutesy ornament and gift a bride or groom to be some peace of mind and give them the Engagement Journal from Season Journals. The brainchild of Annette Furio, a seasoned veteran of the wedding industry, this journal is oozing with thoughtful details, from the linen cover, conversation prompts, and spaces to record the most memorable moments of their engagement. An idea that came to life in Downtown Columbus, you don’t even need to leave your couch to pick up this bespoke book that the couple will treasure forever.
An American past-time that you can easily enjoy at home? Spinnin’ records. There’s no better way to distract yourself from the year that has been 2021, than to drop a needle in the groove, turn up the volume and drown out the noise. From big bands to headbangers, rock n’ roll to rhythm and blues, Spoonful Records has tunes for all the music lovers in your life. So move aside the furniture and get ready to dance your way through the living room and right into 2022. Visit their store in Downtown Columbus or shop top-sellers on their site here.
In Store: 183 E Rich St, Columbus, OH 43215
Square One Salon
The best place to start shopping for someone who could use some self-care under the tree this year? Square One, naturally. Whether you’re looking to give a gift card that can be redeemed for spa services like a brow tinting, massage, or even a fresh new do. Plus, they’ve got plenty of Aveda products that make for great stocking stuffers. And if 2021’s taught us anything, it’s that serious hand cream is essential to compensate for the constant sanitizing and hand washing.
In Store: 275 S Fourth Street
Treat a special someone to a de-stressing session, where they leave empowered with the ultimate armor – fierce, freshly-polished nails. With gift cards available in any amount, it’s a perfect clutter-free Christmas gift that will treat the recipient like a queen or king, and not just because Posh’s ultra-luxurious chairs will make anyone feel like royalty. Located in Highpoint along Columbus Commons there’s plenty of adjacent parking, so getting there and back’s a breeze.
In Store: 202 S High Street