It might seem like an impossible task: Find a unique and memorable gift at a local, independent boutique that is cheaper than $20.

Thymes home fragrance mist, $16

Buy it: The Tortoise Shell

2068 Arlington Ave., Upper Arlington


You know those homes that smell as if heaven just gently exhaled into the living room? Turns out you can wrap that.

"Keep calm and carry on" notebook, $11

Buy it: On Paper

737 N. High St., Short North


You can't go wrong with trendy motivational stationery (there are matching envelopes and cards, too). This saying comes from a British poster meant to raise public morale during WWII.

Victorian stands, $15

Buy them: Loot

641 N. High St., Short North


The purpose for these luxurious ladies of cardboard is a bit ambiguous, letting your gift getter choose how to use them.

Offensive gum, $1.25 each

Buy it: Bink Davies

668 N. High St., Short North


For Scrooges who prefer holiday crass to holiday cheer. There are plenty more, ahem, messages to choose from - we just had to keep it PG-13.

Decoupage tiles, $5 each

Buy them: Dysfunctional Furniture

815 N. High St., Short North


Nancy Carlson, who runs the store out of a space beneath the Greystone apartments, says she's seen customers use her creations as anything from coasters to wall art. The images are random and cool, selected from old art magazines.