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14 Great Gift Ideas For People Who Really Love Cincinnati

Cincinnati residents have never lacked an abundance of hometown pride, and for good reason: the city is affordable, has a thriving arts scene, and it offers access to major league sports teams. (Even if the current record of all but one are terrible. Thank goodness for FC, amiright?)

In short, there’s something for everyone in this city, and as such, there’s something for every kind of Cincinnatian in this carefully curated gift guide featuring all things Queen City. We’ve got everyone on your list covered, whether you’re shopping for a friend who always suggests going out in OTR or a new neighbor from Massachusetts just getting acclimated to the city.

So without further ado, below are 14 gift ideas that prove this city quite literally offers something for everyone. Plus, in many instances, a purchase equals support for local business. (You’re welcome.)

1. FOR THE LIFER
Nothing says “I love the Queen City” like a dart board crafted by local artist A.J. Yorio which proudly proclaims “Cincinnati Till I Die.” This one’s a bullseye for any fan of the city or the game. ($90; squareup.com)

2. FOR THE OTR OBSESSED
Every Cincinnatian has that friend who can’t stop squawking about how awesome Over-the-Rhine is (or maybe that’s you). From amazing architecture to a never-ending supply of hip restaurants, the neighborhood is definitely popular, and these ceramic cityscape coasters are an easy way for said friend to further showcase OTR’s coolness. ($56 for a set of four; shopmadeincincinnati.com)

3. FOR THE SPORTS FAN
Help the sports addict who equally adores the Bengals, the Reds, the Bearcats, and FC (plus whatever high school his or her niece or nephew is currently attending) state his/her allegiance in one pennant that sums it all up nicely with the simple declaration of an artfully designed “Cincy.” ($15; cincyshirts.com)


4. FOR THE NEWCOMER
It’s not hard to adjust to the laid-back pace and congenial vibe of a Midwestern city like Cincinnati, but it’s also not easy to understand all of its quirks. (Consider, for example, how something like a three-way can look to an outsider like a dish a toddler created.) Edward McClelland’s How to Speak Midwestern is not only a cheeky explainer but also an adroit dive into Midwest history. ($10; beltpublishing.com)

5. FOR THE BOOK NERD
Speaking of books, Rookwood Pottery’s Union Terminal-themed bookends are a great alternative for the local history buff who already has every book about Ohio on his or her shelf. ($175; shop.rookwoodpottery.com)

6. FOR THE FIONA FAN
Sometimes, it can feel like you’re not a real Cincinnatian if you’re not obsessing over Fiona. (Heck, even the national media has taken note with recent profiles of her in The New York Times, People, and National Geographic.) Now, Fiona fans can see her every day with the gift of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s 2018 Fiona-fronted calendar. ($17; available at the Zoo gift shop, or by calling 513-475-6159)

7. FOR THE BEER LOVER
And yet, other times, it can feel as though you’re not a real Cincinnatian if you don’t enjoy beer. Show off the Queen City’s brewing legacy with this set of four ale glasses etched with images of Cincinnati's Fountain Square, Music Hall, Union Terminal, and skyline (of the city not chili variety). ($36; barandvine.com)

8. FOR THE LOCAVORE
Who doesn’t love a little local exploration now and then? Wow friends by gifting Rick Pender’s 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die, a compendium of Queen City must-see spots and historical info even lifelong Cincinnatians may not know about. ($16; josephbeth.com)


9. FOR THE BEAUTY JUNKIE
Here’s a fantastic idea, even for outsiders: a soap and scrub set from Queen City Alchemy, all sustainably sourced and handcrafted right here in Cincinnati by Emily Little, who studied plant medicine in Appalachia before starting her buzz-worthy biz. ($15; queencityalchemy.com)


10. FOR THE ART LOVER
Showcase a little local pride with a gold foil map of Cincinnati that highlights the roads and rivers that help this city shine. (starting at $36; minted.com)

11. FOR THE GAME-NIGHT ORGANIZER
Visit Cincinnati landmarks (and stop for a cheese coney) without leaving your living room! Cincinnati Opoly offers all this and more, a perfect choice for your friend who prefers a night in to an actual night on the town. ($25; bestofcincinnati.com)


12. FOR THE LOCAL HISTORY BUFF
The historic downtown synagogue known as Plum Street Temple just celebrated its 150th anniversary, and to honor it, the temple released a 112-page photobook, featuring some amazing images of the Moorish-Byzantine space taken by photographers like J. Miles Wolf and CR’s own Phil Armstrong! ($36; wisetemple.org)


13. FOR THE SOPHISTICATE
An ideal choice for your fancy friend who's always up for hosting a party, Cuisine, Art & Cocktails features four cocktail and 26 food recipes, all inspired by contemporary works of art as interpreted by Cincinnati’s superstar chefs like Danny Combs of Sotto, José Salazar of Mita’s and Salazar, and Julie Francis of Nectar. Even better: Proceeds from this book go to the Contemporary Art Center’s education department, which provides classes, field trips, and special events for thousands of visitors each year, adding a charitable cache to an already great gift. ($50; contemporaryartscenter.org)

14. FOR THE HOMESICK
Nothing says “Cincinnati” like chili, LaRosa’s, Graeter’s, and Busken. Thanks to Cincy in a Box, every one of these local favorites (and more) are available to ship in bundles to friends and family who, for whatever reason, had to forsake the Queen City for someplace way less cool and unique. Use code "CINCYREFINED10" for a discount! (starting at $40 for five items; cincyinabox.com)

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