Need a small gift of appreciation for someone in your life? Since there won’t be many Christmas parties and holiday celebrations this year, you probably won’t need hostess gifts. This list of small gift ideas is great for teacher gifts, as well as office, friend, or extended family gifts – basically, any adult in your life!
Most people have enough “stuff”, so aim for gifts that are consumable or something that everyone uses. Here’s a list of teacher gifts (or gifts for any adult) that can be found in Columbus or online.
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Check out all of the local options below, and head over to our Amazon storefront to see other hostess and teacher gifts!
Teacher Gifts for Virtual Schooling
If your kids are doing virtual school and won’t see their teachers to give them a gift, an emailed gift card may be the best bet for 2020. Some teachers aren’t working from school to receive items mailed to, or dropped off at the school, and many don’t want to give out their home addresses to receive a gift. Gift cards aren’t creative, but they are practical. Include a note to show your appreciation for their hard work and ability to adapt to a major change in their profession this year.
Many gift cards can be sent via email, including stores and dining options. Any teacher would appreciate a gift card for a couple of cups of coffee or tea, lunch, or dessert. Target or Amazon gift cards are also a great option. Check out these gift cards with bonus offers available for the holidays.
Small Gift Ideas: Food
Buckeyes: Buckeyes are a perennial Columbus favorite as long as the recipient or family doesn’t have peanut allergies. These can also be made with other nut butters.
(Note: some teachers don’t eat homemade items, as they don’t know the family on a personal level. You should only gift packaged items to teachers and other recipients who you don’t know personally)
Columbus Bakeries for Small Gift Ideas
There are so many amazing bakeries around Columbus that you surely have a favorite. Here are some great options that are Columbus favorites.
Note: many bakeries require pre-order for holiday cookies and goodies, and/or may only be offering curbside pickup. Check links and details for each.
Sweet Tooth Cottage Bakery in Powell
Cherborg Bakery in Bexley – My personal favorite; everything is gluten-free and nut-free, but you wouldn’t know it.
Pattycake Bakery near Clintonville – Organic and vegan options
Piece of Cake in the Short North – Offering more than just amazing cakes
Bake Me Happy in Merion Village – Gluten-free and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to cookies, scones, pies, cupcakes, muffins, and bars, you’ll find nostalgic homemade treats such as Oatmeal Creme Clouds, King Dongs, Zebra Cakes, Spongies, and more.
Pistacia Vera in German Village and North Market – Homemade beautiful macarons and other sweets
The Suisse Shop in Polaris – Delivery within Central Ohio available
Nothing Bundt Cakes in Gahanna, Dublin, Lennox Center – Bundt cakes from bite-sized to party-sized. These are SO amazing! Get one free on your birthday, and sign up for the email list for other offers.
The Original Goodie Shop in Upper Arlington
Mozarts in Clintonville – Features European and Austrian baked goods, including traditional holiday desserts such as Yule Logs, Strudels, Lebkuchen, and more
Schmidt’s in German Village – Perfect for the cream puff lover
Cheryl’s Cookies in various locations, as well as the Corporate Headquarters in Westerville
Locally-made Chocolates in Columbus
Note: Shop may require pre-order, and/or may only be offering curbside pickup. Check links and details for each.
Winans Chocolates & Coffees in German Village, Dublin, and Downtown Columbus
Anthony Thomas Candy Company with locations throughout Columbus, as well as the factory store
Pure Imagination Chocolatier in Grandview Heights
Eagle Family Candy Company in Clintonville
Schmidt’s Fudge Haus in German Village
Columbus Popcorn for Teacher Gifts and Hostess Gifts
Al’s Delicious Popcorn on Bethel Road
Shirley’s Popcorn in Westerville
Pam’s Popcorn in Gahanna (formerly in the North Market)
Doc Popcorn at Polaris Fashion Place
Gift the best Columbus Ice Cream
Pick up a pint (or 3) or ship it. Include some toppings or an ice cream scoop from this brand, which was recommended by Jeni herself (and I concur).
Columbus Coffee for Teacher Gifts and Hostess Gifts
Who doesn’t need a good pick-me-up? Pick up some local beans or other coffee treats at one of the local coffee shops suggested by The Columbus Coffee Experience.
Columbus beer, wine, liquor for Hostess/friend/coworker/anyone gifts
There are SO many, but make a stop on the Columbus Ale Trail, Licking County Wine Trail, Route 33 Brew Trail, or the Capital City Wine Trail to pick up some goodies for your host/hostess. OYO, Middle West Spirits, or Brothers Drake Meadery also have some great options! You probably shouldn’t get your kid’s teacher alcohol – unless you’re friends with said teacher and will be able to deliver it outside of school.
Whether beer, wine, or liquor is the beverage of choice, there are TONS of local drink options.
Wine on High is offering lots of holiday gift options, including 3, 6, 12- month wine club memberships, wine baskets, and gift card specials.
Watershed Distillery has won double gold medals for both their Bourbon Barrel Gin and their Guild Gin as well as earned the title of Ohio’s Gin Distillery of the year from notable international spirits competitions. The distillery is happy to help create custom gift baskets including their spirits, distillery swag, tours and restaurant gift cards to create the perfect gift this season.
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing are getting creative with customized gift wrapping options and delivery of experiential gifts like brew pairings to celebrate the holidays in case you and your loved ones may not be able to gather this holiday season. See some of the special gift they have packaged, and check out the merch they have available on the website.
- Home for the holiday’s home delivery: Send the gift of beer with a personalized gift tag + custom wrapping (wrapping paper + WRB logo ribbon) to your loved ones this holiday season; applicable for any item in the Wolf’s Ridge online shop (Available through online order for home delivery or curbside pickup in December)
- Black Friday Barrel Aged Beer Release: Chocolate Port Barrel Dire Wolf (8oz bottle – pricing/quantity/pp limit TBD); will be released through the shop to all Ohio delivery regions/curbside pickup
- Cookie Beer Bombers: Two 22oz bombers of cookie-inspired beer infusion (Gingerbread Cookie Clear Sky or Holiday Spiced Dire Wolf), packaged nicely in a carrier (priced at $20 and available for online ordering the first week of December)
- Cookie + Beer Bundle: Each bundle includes 5 cookies, all made with the beers they are paired with.
- Mixed Holiday Beer Cases: A full case of variations of some of our favorite holiday brews. (Available through online order for home delivery or curbside pickup in December) Brews include: 6-pack of Impish or Admirable, 6-pack of Home for the Holidays, 6-pack of Abominable Haze, 6-pack of Beyond Measure
- Coffee/Mug/Daybreak bundle: 6-pack of Daybreak: One 12oz bag of One Line (choice between ground/whole bean), and ceramic mug. (Available through online order at $35 for home delivery or curbside pickup in December)
Other Local Goods for Gifts
Krema Nut Company in Grandview Heights – Offering homemade nut butter, as well as all chocolates, nuts, jams and jellies, popcorn, and other food gifts. Try the Hot and Spicy Peanut Butter! The Krema Kitchen served gourmet sandwiches and milkshakes, but are closed during the holiday season.
Local maple syrup or honey or local jams or jellies. You can find these in specialties grocery stores and year-round farmers markets, as well as the shops listed at the bottom.
Fancy olive oil or specialty balsamic vinegar – you can find these at a variety of price points at The Green Olive Co. in North Market or Grandview
Yutzy’s Farm Market has plenty of great consumables and local goodies
Small Gift Ideas for Home
Flowers and plants are a great option, but if you bring flowers, bring them in a vase so the hostess doesn’t have to scramble to find somewhere to put them just as the party is starting.
Air plants or succulents are perfect plant options for anyone – green thumb or not. These tiny plants need very little care, and are completely adorable. Find them at florists, Whole Foods, Garden Centers, and Trader Joe’s.
Candles are a standard option, but they are such a standard option that I’d avoid them so one doesn’t receive more candles than she can burn in a year. I have a box of candles that have been gifted to me that I just never can get through. That said, if you are going with candles, pick a local company!
- Candle Lab: Pour your own high quality candle – 100 scents are available. These candles burn so nicely, and the scents last! You can also give a gift certificate, so your recipients can pick and pour their own favorite scents.
- Eleventh Candle Co.: This local social enterprise employs survivors of human trafficking as a way to redeem, restore and empower vulnerable women. Eleventh Candle Co. uses its dollars from candle sales to provide employment, support and training to recovering women who have been trafficked. Each candle is locally sourced in Columbus, Ohio and shipped nationwide. They’re made with simple ingredients like soy wax, fragrance oils, and cotton-core wicks. We received some candles and they are amazing – the candles burn cleanly and the scents are just the right strength. Amazing Grace and Gray Flannel smell so good! Buy them at The Madery at 752 High St. in Worthington.
Hand soap and cute towels. Check local shops, or TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Home Goods. I also love the funny/sentimental/quirky dish towels on Amazon from Primitives by Kathy.
Ohio or Ohio State ornament, but only if they are fans, of course.
Eat & Explore Ohio Cookbook & Travel Guide by Christy Campbell includes favorite recipes of local chefs in Columbus, while highlighting the most popular events and festivals.
Ohio Day Trips by Theme written by Cathy Hester Seckman. 2020 taught us that daytrips shouldn’t be overlooked. Explore your state or one nearby. Great gift for an adventurer.
Ohio Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff written by Sandra Gurvis
Columbus-area stores with lots of local hostess and teacher gift options
Still not sure what you’re looking for? Head to one of these stores that have a ton of great, local gift options. Check links for hours and any store adjustments for 2020.
Celebrate Local – Located at Easton, this store offers Ohio-made artisanal goods from 300+ Ohio small businesses! You’ll find locally-made apparel and jewelry, housewares, and lots of amazing local foods! You can also shop online if that suits you better.
The Ohio Craft Museum offers handmade jewelry, accessories, decorations and more from independent local artists. You’ll find options at all price points.
North Market has so many vendors that it’s easy to find something for everyone – especially if looking for consumables.
Whole Foods carries lots of local brands throughout the store and has local section as well.
Morgan House has rooms and rooms of goodies
What on Earth? in Upper Arlington features Earth-inspired products, art, and jewelry.
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