Have you made a shopping list or checked it twice? Don't worry, we haven't either.
But, soon enough, the holiday giving season will commence. To help you prepare, we've assembled our annual gift guide, which is packed with all manner of trinkets, mugs, edibles and collectables that might inspire your next act of generosity. Worried about the cost? Don't be. We're kicking things off with 20 gifts that can be had locally for under $25. You're welcome.
Key chain pouch ($14.95)
Need to pack light? Designer Natalie Therese's key chain pouch is a perfect way to store cash and credit cards. Made of cork fabric (removed from cork oak trees with no harm) and faux leather, it's also an eco-friendly option. Assorted colors available.
150 E. Kossuth St., German Village
Glass earrings ($23.64)
Unique and beautiful, these earrings are handcrafted from glass fired at about 1,400 degrees in a kiln just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. But you need only travel to German Village to get them.
Franklin Art Glass Studios
222 E. Sycamore St., German Village
Out of Print T-Shirt ($24.99)
Despite its brand name, there are a plethora of shirts to wear to show your devotion to your favorite literary masterpiece. Buy one and get 10 percent off that day's purchase and every purchase thereafter at the Book Loft, as long as you wear the shirt in the store.
The Book Loft of German Village
631 S. Third St., German Village
Buffalo plaid scarf ($24)
If you must wear a scarf — and, in Ohio winters, it is a must — you should at least be fashionable, and support a local entrepreneur. Assorted styles available.
177 E. Beck St., German Village
Coffee and mug ($17)
A half-pound of Stauf's House Blend coffee — a “medium-full body with moderate acidity and a complex, fragrant, nutty undertone” — and a mug for $17 is one delicious deal.
Stauf's Coffee Roasters
627 S. Third St., German Village
Soy candle gift pack ($23)
Keep that passion for the holidays burning with a candle set that includes Christmas tree, candy cane, mistletoe and gingerbread scents.
The Candle Lab
1255 Grandview Ave., Grandview
Assorted chocolates ($24.95)
If you want to view paradise, simply snag this box of 16 assorted chocolates (say you saw it in Alive to get this price). And it tastes even yummier than it looks.
Pure Imagination Chocolatier
1205 Grandview Ave., Grandview
Porcelain salt cellar ($24)
You don't have to store salt in these porcelain glazed bowls. They're also useful for jewelry or household knickknacks. Take your pick of styles, from lilac and palladium lustre to aqua and gold lustre.
1306 Grandview Ave., Grandview
Ohio-themed glasses and coaster ($24)
Thrill the Ohio-obsessed person in your life with myriad drinkware options representing the Buckeye State. Get a pint beer glass, wine glass and coaster for just under $25.
State of Devotion
1399 Grandview Ave., Grandview
Kate Spade thermal mug ($18)
Nothing says the holidays like Santa Claus, and nothing says style like Kate Spade. Get them both with this merry, 16-ounce thermal mug.
1261 Grandview Ave., Grandview
PackLite lantern ($24.95)
LuminAID's PackLite lantern is roughly the size of an empty wallet, but after inflating with a few breaths, the solar- or USB-powered light can hang from anywhere while providing a pleasing glow in hues of purple, red, green and more for up to 12 hours.
2864 N. High St., Clintonville
Motivational mug ($18)
Because if Britney Spears can go in and out of rehab and shave her head and lose custody of her kids and still release the No. 2 album in '07, then maybe snarled traffic on I-71 isn't so bad.
3515 N. High St., Clintonville
Grow bag ($14.50)
Whether you're a hardcore urban homesteader or just want a natural, hassle-free way to grow veggies on your deck, this vintage-style, 15-gallon grow bag is made of burlap and coated for water retention. Plus it's portable and reusable.
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Clintonville
Ohio ornament ($12)
Show your Ohio pride with this simple, laser-cut birch wood ornament from Grainwell, a modern workshop started by three sisters in Covington, Kentucky.
Elm & Iron
3475 N. High St., Clintonville
Social Justice Kittens calendar ($18)
“This year's precious angels are smarter, cuter, and ohhhhh-so-much WOKER than ever before!” the maker of this hilarious 2018 calendar promises. One month, a tiny kitten peeks out of a red gift box saying, “I'm not here to debate. I'm here to talk about my pain.”
3515 N. High St., Clintonville
Vintage drinking glasses ($18-$25)
Inventory at a vintage shop is never a fixed proposition, but A Gal Named Cinda Lou in Westerville had, on a recent visit, a large selection of (what appeared to be) '70s-era drinking glasses, including a set of the ones pictured here. Groovy.
A Gal Named Cinda Lou
20 N. State St., Westerville
Dog face coin purse ($7)
You love your dog, and you're looking for new and creative ways to show that love to the world. Why not keep your change in a soft pouch with the image of your pooch's face? Lots of breeds available. Also perfect for dog treats or as a mini-purse when, you guessed it, walking the dog.
12 E. Main St., Westerville
Olive oil sampler 4-pack ($25)
This Uptown Westerville shop boasts more than 25 varieties of imported virgin olive oil and more than 30 varieties of balsamic vinegar. A sampler pack in a woven bag can include four flavors of your choice or a card that allows a recipient to stop in and pick their favorites.
A Twist on Olives
44 N. State St., Westerville
Taco Takeover ($15)
Build your own taco, with just the right fillings, faster than your competitors, and you win. Sounds simple, right? Sounds fun, right? Perfect for family game night or fraternity, uh, game night.
Naturally Curious Kids
13 E. College Ave., Westerville
Ohio coasters ($24)
Class up your coffee table and show your home state pride with a set of handcrafted wooden coasters from Columbus' Fallen Tree Wood Shop. (Non-Ohio styles also available, but why?)
Pure Roots Boutique
18 N. State St., Westerville