Holiday Gift Guide: 20 gifts for less than $20

From the November 24, 2011 edition

 

BrewMastersBible

“The Brew-Master’s Bible: The Gold Standard for Homebrewers,” $20

Buy it: The Winemaker’s Shop

Stephen Snyder’s guide to home brewing has been a standby for pros and amateurs alike since 1997. Besides offering 30 recipes in a variety of styles, “The Brew-Master’s Bible” digs deep into every aspect of brewing, from ingredients to techniques. —Chris DeVille

3517 N. High St., Clintonville 614-263-1744 winemakersshop.com
 
 
 

 

vintagevinyl

Vintage vinyl, price varies

Buy it: Kafe Kerouac

Though known more for java than jams, this eclectic cafe is home to a good selection of used vinyl, with decent-size doses of oddball country and ’70s folk. It’s reasonably priced, so you can grab a few records for less than $20. —John Ross

2250 N. High St., North Campus 614-299-2672 kafekerouac.com
 
 
 

 

MrElliePooh

Elephant dung gift cards, $3.50-$6

Buy them: Global Gallery

No, seriously. Sri Lanka-based company Mr. Ellie Pooh churns out gift cards, stationery and other paper products made partially from elephant dung, which supports the area’s economy. There’s nothing crappy about it, though, so don’t worry about filth or not-so-fragrant aromas. —Chris DeVille

3535 N. High St., Clintonville 614-262-5535 globalgalleryonline.org
 
 
 

 

staufsmugs

Travel Mug, $18.50

Buy it: Stauf’s

The coffee lover could always use another travel mug, but this isn’t just another travel mug. It earns the owner discounted fill-ups at Stauf’s and at Cup O’ Joe locations. The mugs are available in red, black, stainless steel and blue. —Jesse Tigges

1277 Grandview Ave., Grandview 614-486-4861 staufs.com
 
 
 

 

statusupdatebook

“Lines for All Occasions: Tweets & Status Updates,” $9

Buy it: Bink Davies

This fun little book promises readers will “go viral in no time” if they use its suggested tweets. I wouldn’t recommend that, though. These sassy and laugh-out-loud suggestions for what to tweet at co-workers, spouses, famous people, etc. could get someone into some serious trouble. —Heather Gross

668 N. High St., Short North 614-725-4588 binkdavies.com
 
 
 

 

tastingtray

Tasting set, $16.95

Buy it: Pier 1 Imports

This holiday season, help someone be the host with the most — the most economical and adorable way to serve desserts or appetizers, that is. This serving set comes with six metal spoons, six shot glasses and a colorful glass tray. —John Ross

1609 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 614-486-0851 pier1.com
 
 
 

 

Foundbasilgrape-

MOR hand and body lotion, $18

Buy it: Found

This luxurious line of body products offers many scent combinations that will make your gift-getter swoon, but we particularly love the basil and grape. It leaves skin smelling both fresh and romantic and feeling silky smooth. —Jackie Mantey

21 W. Olentangy St., Powell 614-781-0000 foundat21.com
 
 
 

 

Ohiocozy

Ohio coasters, $12.50, and beer cozies, $4

Buy them: Wholly Craft

Show off your state pride with handmade, Ohio-imprinted coasters by Ape Made, which is based in Kent. A four-piece set of coasters pairs nicely with an Ohio beer cozy by Alison Rose. —Chris DeVille

3169 N. High Street, Clintonville 614-447-3445 whollycraft.com
 
 
 

 

musicbox

Mechanical Music Box Set, $19

Buy it: Tigertree

This music box by Kikkerland lets the owner create the music. It comes with a hole punch and a step-by-step manual to help you make the gadget play three different songs. Might I suggest Lil Jon’s masterpiece “Get Low”? —Heather Gross

787 N High St., Short North 614-299-2660 shoptigertree.com
 
 
 

 

irishglass

Irish old-fashioned glass, $20

Buy it: Ha’Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland

Four different images from Irish and Celtic lore decorate these old-fashioned cocktail glasses. (On the glass shown is the claddagh.) Give one and maybe you’ll get lucky. —Jackie Mantey

75 S. High St., Dublin 614-889-9615 hapennybridgeimports.com
 
 
 

 

candlelab

Candle Gift Set, $21

Buy it: The Candle Lab

Okay technically these aren’t under $20, but you can splurge one extra dollar for some great-smelling handmade candles. The Holiday Happiness and Hippie Mix (with cannabis scent) sets are pictured, but a large variety of four-fragrance sets are available. —Jesse Tigges

1251 Grandview Ave., Grandview 614-488-2009 thecandlelab.com
 
 
 

 

hiphopcubes

Hip Hopsicles ice-cube tray, $8

Buy it: Wexner Center Store

San Francisco design firm Gamago crafts memorable party accessories and must-have gadgets. Their four-shape cube tray will make your next glass of lemonade about five times more street. Sip that sizzurp in style! —John Ross

1871 N. High St., Campus 614-292-1807 wexarts.org/bks
 
 
 

 

silverwarehooks

Vintage silverware hooks and stands, $7.50-$18

Buy them: Sobo Style

Columbus artisan Basilicus Jones twists cast-off silverware into functional household decor that’s at once rugged and exquisite. As Jones’ website promises, “we form forgotten treasures into new family heirlooms.” —Chris DeVille

3282 N. High St., Clintonville 614-447-8880 sobostyle.com
 
 
 

 

headband

Handmade Earwarmer, $20

Buy it: Objects for the Home

Sadly, winter is coming. At least it gives you the chance to keep the special lady warm and stylish, with a MegDesigns handmade, all-cotton headband. —Jesse Tigges

1392 Grandview Ave., Grandview 614-485-9039 objectsforthehome.com
 
 
 

 

bathtubtea

Bathtub Tea, $4.95 per bag

Buy it: Helen Winnemore Craft

They’re tea bags, for a bathtub! There are four different flavors each named after the desired effect: Relax, Refresh, Clarity and Healing. Package them together to create a thoughtful gift set. —Heather Gross

150 E. Kossuth St., German Village 614-444-5850 helenwinnemores.com
 
 
 

 

recordcoasters

Record coasters, $14

Buy them: What the Rock?

The set of four floppy silicone coasters will be a hit with any music fan. Not only do they put a new spin on a functional item, but the little vinyl lookalikes are dishwasher safe. —Heather Gross

1194 North High St., Short North 614-294-9428 whattherock.com
 
 
 

 

coffeemug

Quotable mug, $11

Buy it: Barnes & Noble

This giant Campus bookstore is a great destination, even if you don’t need a new chem textbook. Among the abundant affordable gift ideas is this series of mugs, which features quotes that are inspirational, not irritating. —John Ross

1598 N. High St., Campus 614-247-2000 ohiostate.bncollege.com
 
 
 

 

gracehesterdesigns-print

Print by Grace Hester Designs, $20

Buy it: Market at Serendip

Created by a local graphic designer, these super-cute prints make a room especially, ahem, cozy when framed. Other prints at this Powell locale feature imagery like the alphabet and jungle animals; a nice gift idea for the people on your shopping list who have young kids. —Jackie Mantey

30 W. Olentangy St., Powell 614-358-2784 marketatserendip.com
 
 
 

 

tekhutea

Winter tea packets and tea brew basket, $18

Buy them: TehKu Tea Company

The flavors in TehKu’s Snow Flakes tea mixture? Premium black tea, cinnamon, candy canes, peppermint and vanilla. Yum. Not your cup of tea? The Dublin shop sells plenty of other loose leaf flavor combinations certain to excite anyone’s taste buds. —Jackie Mantey

55 S. High St., Dublin 614-761-3808 tehku.com
 
 
 

 

tshirt

Spoonful Records T-shirt, $15

Buy it: Spoonful Records

Created by a local graphic designer, these super-cute prints make a room especially, ahem, cozy when framed. Other prints at this Powell locale feature imagery like the alphabet and jungle animals; a nice gift idea for the people on your shopping list who have young kids. —Jackie Mantey

116 E. Long St., Downtown 614-586-1918 facebook.com/spoonfulrecords