It is an urban myth that there is nowhere to shop in downtown Columbus. During this time of year, it isn’t necessary to jump into car to do my holiday shopping as there are a lot options within walking distance of my downtown condo. And the best thing is I get to support lots of local businesses.
For my friends who love the arts, I might consider purchasing tickets to an upcoming show like the ballet, jazz orchestra or theater. That way I also have a companion to go with to the show.
Both the Columbus Museum of Art and the Statehouse Museum gift shops offer special deals on unique and handmade jewelry, creative children’s toys, scarves and more. The Columbus Museum of Art gift shop is now offering free gift wrapping on all purchases. I always find great things at these gift shops for my girlfriends and maybe even something for me.
One new idea I plan to try out this year for family members is to gather up local made sauces, salsas, chips and a bottle of wine sold at the Hills Market Downtown to prepare a nice gift basket. For more practical minded family members, I will probably make a stop at Zeroz for a wallet and Robert Mason Stationer & Furnishings for a few fun office and schools supplies.
I window shop at the two jewelers on Gay Street, Chet’s Jewelers and the Diamond Exchange. Then I send my husband my gift suggestions so he doesn’t have to work so hard to read my mind on what I want for Christmas.
Finally, for my friends and family who live out of town, I think about something fresh or tasty, like Edible Arrangements, T. Bears Florist & Gifts or Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties.
And just for fun, I plan to attend the December Holiday Moonlight Market on December 14 where local vendors will sell their crafts and wares to pick up any last minute needed gifts.
Now I challenge you to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list the downtown way.