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

614-486-0404

thetortoiseshell.net

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

614-424-6617

onpaper.com

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

614-221-5668

lootstyle.com

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

614-725-4588

binkdavies.com

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

614-598-1830

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.