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10 Gifts That You'll Really Want to Keep

You've made your list, you've checked it twice....and now it's time to shop small! Simplify and surprise this holiday season by shopping at these 10 shops full of local and handmade items. The hardest part will be not keeping these goodies for yourself!

Sara’s House

As you walk into Sara’s House you’ll happen upon display after display of gifting go-tos. Show your trendy friends some love with one of their one-one-of-a-kind lamps, made with repurposed items by Sara’s husband.

 Sara's House Hamilton Lamp

Image: Sara's House


InsideOut Studio

Not only will you find gorgeous handmade pieces by local artists, you’ll also support a great cause. Each sale helps local artists with developmental disabilities earn an income, and assists InsideOut in funding future artwork endeavors.

 InsideOut Hamilton

Image: InsideOut Studio


Jungle Jim’s International Market

This international foodie paradise many of us know and love, has brought the heat with new hot sauce, “X.” Crafted in collaboration with hot sauce gurus CaJohn’s Fiery Foods, this sauce is a must have for any hot sauce lover. Pick up a limited edition Black Label signed by John “CaJohn” Hard and “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio for keeps, and a regular Red Label for fiery feasts.

 Jungle Jim's Hot Sauce

Image: Jungle Jim's International Market


Don Popp’s Honey

Did you know honey can be used for all kinds of purposes? It’s used in tea, shampoo and even skincare! Pick up a jar or two and impress your friends with your honey knowledge, and a gift that goes a long way!

 Don Popps Honey at Celebrate Local


You're Fired! Pottery Studio

The ultimate handmade gift? One you get to create yourself! A guaranteed good time for kids and adults alike awaits at You're Fired! Pottery Studio in Oxford! Give the gift of art and laughter, with a gift card that will open the door to all kinds of creative outcomes.  


Christmas at You're Fired


Hanover Winery

With all the holiday parties coming up having a few bottles of wine on hand for host gifts is never a bad idea. With a collection of award-winning Hanover Winery wines, you’ll be the hit of any holiday party. This year's seasonal specialty is a Fruit Table Wine, Holiday Cranberry. Yum!

Seasonal Wine Hanover Winery

Image: Hanover Winery



Add a little spicy to your seasonal, and get a gift for that friend who loves to cook. MOON Co-Op has shelves packed with locally made items such as Five Generations of Greatness – Hot Pepper Sauce. Heed the warning, a little goes a long way.

Moon Co-Op Pepper Sauce


Good luck gifting, and not keeping!