The December holidays are fast-approaching, which means shopping season is already in full effect. If the folks on your to-gift list love Cleveland (and who among us doesn’t?), these 20 items – most of them made in Cleveland, all of them displaying love for it – are the perfect place to start.
Rack ‘em up, then wrap ‘em up – and watch your loved ones’ eyes light up like the top of Terminal Tower when they see what you’ve gotten for them this year.
Cleveland AF Cozy Crewneck Sweatshirt: Just how Cleveland are you? Cleveland AF, obviously! This super-soft sweatshirt-style sweater ($65) from Emily Roggenburk will keep you warm during those chilly Cleveland winters (OK, fine, you’ll still need a coat) while also displaying your diehard love of the city.
A Christmas Story Leg Lamp: Clevelanders love their leg lamps, especially because the house from the movie A Christmas Story is located in Tremont and is now a popular museum. Though a full-sized leg lamp costs a whopping $229.99, there are more cost-effective options, like a desk lamp ($99) and a nightlight ($14.99). Careful, they’re frah-jee-lay!
“Our Lil’ Pierogi” Onesie: Your favorite Cleveland baby should rep your favorite Cleveland food, right? Local kidswear company Lil’ Burritos ships all its onesies wrapped in aluminum foil, to resemble actual burritos. This bright red outfit ($18) features a joyful, babushka-wearing pierogi family of three, and though it doesn’t explicitly mention the CLE, this city is basically synonymous with pierogis by now. (Psst: The “our” is a tiny kielbasa!)
The World is Yours Neckties: Available in nine colors, Apemade’s satin-finish polyester ties ($28.95) are screen-printed by hand and feature the Cleveland skyline beneath the iconic Goodyear Blimp. Looking for other options? Try their Lake Erie ties, Guardians of Transportation ties, and Cleveland smokestack ties, among others – with 25 prints to choose from in total.
100 Things to Do in Cleveland Before You Die: This book was written in 2016 by the late Nikki Delamotte, a local reporter who was brutally slain this autumn. She called this book “your insider’s guide to the city everyone is talking about. From sports fanatic to theater lover, there’s something here for everyone.” Find your new favorite Cleveland place or experience – and pay tribute to Nikki while you make your way through the definitive list she left behind.
“Cleveland Babe” Sweatshirt: Local creative Anne Harrill of Océanne makes more than just jewelry. She also sells modern, feminine home goods, accessories, and other gifts, including this red and white statement sweatshirt ($35) that declares both your city love and your babeliness. The sweatshirt is 75% cotton/25% poly, but it’s available in T-shirt and tote bag form, too.
The 2019 Cleveland Independents Deck: Independent Cleveland restaurants band together to create this deck of 52 cards ($29.95), which offers savings at 49 of Northeast Ohio’s best restaurants. Each card saves you $10 on any $30 food purchase (tax and gratuity not included) at a different local joint – plus two jokers so you can get repeat savings at your faves.
Ohio Bottle Opener: If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, look no further. With a tiny heart over Cleveland, this little silver doodad ($23.50) will open your favorite local craft beer and casually show your love of our fair city. Converse Custom Metal, based on Canfield, OH, offers other exceptional custom metalworks, too, both Ohio-themed and otherwise.
“Cleveland Snow” Soy Candle: Fine, fine, Cleveland probably smells the same as other snowy cities – but the Cleveland Candle Co.’s fun take on a snowy Northeast Ohio day ($15) will keep your home feeling cozy and smelling fresh as the flakes fall outside your window. Other locally inspired scents include CLE Magic, Edgewater Park, and Lake Erie.
Cleveland Skyline Clock: This functional clock from VinylShopUS ($34.99+) features the Cleveland city skyline and is made from an old record. How cool is that?! It’s available in multiple colors and multiple city varieties, should you want to keep track of the time in all your favorite spots – though I, for one, don’t know how you could love any city more than the CLE.
Ohio Dirt Map: Big Cleveland sports fan? This wall art ($20) is available in Cavs, Browns, and Indians varieties and features the state of Ohio… made out of genuine Cleveland soil. Weird, yes, but uniquely authentic, too. This will be the perfect addition to your favorite sports fanatic’s sports décor.
Cleveland Flag: You may not want to let your freak flag fly, but here’s one flag that you’ll love to display. Aware Marketplace’s Cleveland flags ($85) are hand-torn, made of durable cotton, and available in black or canvas. They come from Austin, TX, but they’re handmade, so you can still feel good about supporting a local artisan – even if they’re not local to our neck of the woods.
Cleveland Yoga/Workout Headbands: The workout junkie in your life will love the way these patented headbands keep the sweat away while also showing off their CLE love. Made in Warren, OH, in both child and adult sizes, these seamless, breathable, moisture-wicking headbands ($12.50) are available in a myriad of colors and prints, including cities and sports teams.
Wooden Cleveland Skyline Sunglasses: Sure, it gets a liiiiittle dark and gloomy here this time of year, but rest assured, the sun will shine again – and when it does, CLE Clothing Co.’s durable bamboo frames ($80) will keep you looking fly and feeling good. Etched with the Cleveland skyline, they also feature spring hinges and UV 400 polarized lenses.
“Lake Erie Vernacular” Print: Hand-lettering artist Natalie Keller Pariano of Natterdoodle says of this print, “It’s like Boggle! For Ohio’s shores and islands! And it’s real cute.” We couldn’t agree more. This 10×8 piece ($16.99) is printed on 85# 100% recycled cardstock, featuring the shape of Lake Erie and so many of the places we love that surround it.
Cleveland Skyline Wristlet Clutch: You’ve heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve; why not wear your city on your wrist? Local artist Anne Cate creates wristlets, totes, and other wearable art featuring black and white city skylines. This adorable 6×9 wristlet ($16.99) is made with poly-cotton eco canvas and structured with FlexFoam so it won’t lose its shape.
Burning River Bar: This handcrafted chocolate bar ($2.75) by Fear’s Confections in Lakewood is made with rich dark chocolate infused with cayenne and chili pepper. It’s molded to feature the phrase “When the river burned, we drank fire” – with a teeny-tiny, edible version of the city skyline. Yummm.
“Devil Strips” T-Shirt: “What the heck is a devil strip?” you ask – but if you know, you know. This item is pretty Akron-centric, but plenty of Akronites have migrated north, and as one of them, well, I couldn’t resist a little 330 love. This graphic tee from The Social Dept. ($25) announces your love of some of Northeast Ohio’s favorite phrases and will inspire others to get in the know!
North Coast Signature Key Tag: Key everyone into your favorite coast with Shore Society’s ivory-colored keychain ($8), inspired by vintage motel keys. It features Cleveland’s area code, plus an anchor seal to really drive it home – pun absolutely intended.
Woodburned Ohio Coasters: Keep your table safe and display your favorite Ohio-made beer on these Ohio-made coasters. Handmade in Niles, OH, by artisan Courtney Swegan, this set of four 4” wooden coasters ($24) feature a script “home” burned on stained wood rounds. Home sweet home indeed.
“Cleveland Against the World” Cornhole Board Set: Warm weather may seem far off, but when the time comes, nothing says summer in Cleveland like a game of backyard cornhole. Available in two sizes, Slick Woody’s cornhole sets ($143.99+) show your love of the city while you play, and they come with eight corn-filled bags – available with LED lighting upgrades, in case you want to throw ‘em in the dark. Yes, really.