Ambience Salon Spa: Togetherness Package
Services include a “purefecting” plant peel anti-aging facial ($135) and 90-minute deep tissue sports massage ($110) for those on the go. Or truly indulge your loved one (and yourself) with an Element of Togetherness massage ($420) package, which includes 60-minute massage, manicure, pedicure and spa lunch. Men can enjoy the hand resin treatment while women delight in a finishing touch makeup treatment.
9437 Civic Center Blvd., West Chester, 513-771-9335
Bromwell’s: Grand Fireplaces
Upgrade your existing fireplace with elegant accessories and tools from Bromwell’s. Turn your living room into an English manor with Shakespeare’s Garden Screen ($299) and matching wall-mount toolset ($85). The store also sells The Ember Cradle ($150) grate and decorative firebacks ($149-$156). Their expert staff can help you design your own fireplace, from a grand addition to loft accent.
117 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-621-0620
Cincinnati Art Museum: Limited Edition Gifts
Showcasing great works of art year round, CAM also shows off some great holiday gifts perfect for artists, art collectors and art appreciators. Handcrafted by Cincinnati artisans, the Rookwood “Tree of Life” tile ($300) is the perfect gift for the true local on your list. Jewelry aficionados will delight in the Alexis Bittar Neo Deco necklace ($595) and Julz earrings ($50). An exclusive design by Judy Scheurer Evans, the earrings combine antique pieces with beads and stones for a one-of-a-kind gift. Or splurge on the Midnight Tiara ($480) and La Dolce Vita earrings ($430) by Paris and couturier designer Debra Mooreland. Decorate your Christmas tree with the Christmas Morning Breakfast Limited Edition ornament ($80) based on a museum favorite: a Horace Pippin painting. Artists spend four hours hand painting each ornament, making this an exclusive, limited edition gift.
953 Eden Park Dr., Mount Adams, 513-721-2787
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Memberships
Bring home exotic animals right to your loved one’s doorstep by giving a Cincinnati Zoo membership. Each pass includes free year-round admission to the Zoo and admission to PNC Festival of Lights as well as free or discounted admission to more than 100 other zoos. You can also get discounts at all retail and food service locations, three half-price guest passes, a subscription to their event and program newsletter and special invitations to events and previews. Memberships start at $126 and increase as you add features.
3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-751-2136
Corporate: Limited Edition Shoes
Into the coolest new shoes from Jordan and other Nike brands? Check out Corporate, which just received several exclusive new styles: Retro XIII, BIN VII, Formula 2010, Grown 2.0, Rare Air IV and more ($175 and under)
11578 Springfield Pike, Springdale, 513-771-0432
English Traditions: Traditional Lamps
You’ll feel as if you’re walking through a grand English manor as you step into this shop in Hyde Park. Light up your life with a Mini Architects double lamp ($450) or a candelabra-esque Castle floor lamp ($775) or find an English pine box with metal overlays ($380) that’s perfect for holding quilts when not in use.
2716 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-4730
Fetish: Winter Jackets
This small store on Hyde Park Square packs a powerful fashion punch. A tight-fitting Dale of Norway black winter jacket ($479) will keep your giftee looking good while staying warm. They also have a few stand-out cocktail dresses (I was eyeing one for $249) that offer style that gets noticed in a crowd. If you forget her size, you can always spring for the double print of William Howard Taft ($500) created by Andrew Sickle.
3451 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-321-0004
Fun Factory Roller Skating: Private Parties
Tired of attending routine, boring holiday parties? Host your own unique get-together at Fun Factory. You can rent the rink for private parties through the week for $200 for the first 100 people, plus $2 for each person over 100. Or plan a late-night private party on Saturdays from 10 until midnight; $400 for first 100 people and $2.75 for each person over 100. For both parties, there’s a $2.50 charge for skate rental.
1631 Sherman Ave., Norwood, 513-631-1311
The Melting Pot: Gift Certificates
Dip into tasty fondue or just try something new at The Melting Pot. The menu features cheese and chocolate fondue as well as steak, chicken and seafood entrees and salad. During the holidays, if you buy a $100 gift certificate you’ll get another $100 to spend at the restaurant in 2011. You can use the certificates for a special dinner with a friend or for lunch during December, where a three-course lunch is $19 per person and a four-course lunch is $27.
11023 Montgomery Road, Sycamore Twp., 513-530-5501
NVISION: Tiger Lily Calendar
For clothing, art and furnishings that flirt with the latest trends and retro looks, Nvision is the place to shop this holiday season. Perfect for falling temps, match a handmade Helen Smith wool hooded coat ($148) with Miu Miu basketweave heels ($250) for a dressy outfit ideal for any holiday party. Drink to your gift-giving success with a pair of Maslach art glass wine goblets ($250). Other gift items include the limited edition 2011 Tiger Lily Press calendar with woodcut prints ($60 per or $50 when you buy two or more) and a pair of ceramic stem wine glasses made by Bethany Kramer ($30).
4577 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-4577
Ted’s Pawn: Electronic Gaming Systems, Watches, Collectibles
Originally opened as Ted’s Market in 1970, this shop has grown into a thriving store with a wide variety of gifts, collectibles and unique finds. Their eclectic collection runs the gamut, from 14-kg. carved coral “rose” earrings ($173) and a Movado Gent’s Valor Tungsten Watch ($299) to an Accordiana Accordion with case ($399). A Bose Wave Radio CD with remote is $369.99, and kids will enjoy a trendy gaming system, like the PS3 (starting at $215), Wii ($139) or Xbox 360 (starting at $119). Most electronics come with a 30-day warranty, and the shop strives to ensure all merchandise is guaranteed authentic.
4028 Forest Ave., Norwood, 513-631-1246
Timeless Aesthetics: Spa Treatments
Know someone who gives and gives even after the holidays are over? Treat her (or him) to relaxing massages and facials at Timeless Aesthetics spa. You can also purchase beauty treatments, such as micro laser peels, laser hair reduction or to treat Rosacia and sun damage. Getting together with long-time friends? Host a Botox party at the spa’s luxurious location. Purchase gift certificates in any amount for any of these services or buy salon-quality products such as dermatological cleansers, skin kits and daily grooming items.
3260 Westbourne Dr., Bridgetown, 513-451-9600
Trek Bike Store: Hybrid Bikes, Cycling Shoes
Outfit your family with those shiny new bikes they’ve been wanting as well as all the accessories to make biking fun and comfortable. Popular FX Hybrid bikes are on sale starting at $399. Pairing high-class speed with relaxed comfort, this versatile bike can be used for long weekend rides or daily commutes. Plus it has all the high-class features you want: lightweight TCT Carbon or hydroformed Alpha Black Aluminum frames, rigid performance forks and fast-rolling 700c wheels. For training indoors while the weather’s bleak, try a CycleOps indoor trainer (starting at $150). And to wear during your indoor or outdoor adventures, the SSR cycling shoe ($65) is the perfect accompaniment for biking steep hills or long road trips.
7594 Voice of America Drive, West Chester, 513-755-3773; 9695 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, 513-745-0369