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Local Love Gift Ideas

Gift giving is not only a joyous thing to do, but it’s a form of art. 

“One of the most amazing things about git giving is to see the thought and emotion that is put into every gift,” says Kristina Parsons, Owner of Cascata Gifts.

When it comes to giving gifts for the ladies on your list, Parsons recommends going with all things lavender. “It’s a busy world out there, and most people don’t take the time to take care of themselves,” she says. “Gifting relaxation forces her (or him) to sit back, relax, and focus on oneself. Too often we are so busy doing life, we forget to just relax.”

For the men in your life, opt for whiskey or golf themed gifts. If they aren’t quite into that kind of thing, go with food. Men always love food. Parsons says that when it comes to men, she recommends combining favorites from local companies like Krema Nut Company, Anthony Thomas Chocolates, and OhiYo Chocolates

Got a wine lover on your shopping list? Try a visit to Wine on High, where you can find wine for every type of palette. 

When asked what her favorite local businesses are to shop for the holidays, Parsons says she can’t quite pick just one. “Columbus if full of amazing local shops from clothing to wine to local goodies,” she says. “Some of my favorites for women’s gifts are Ladybird, Thread, and Jolie Occasions – all different style boutiques filled with the best assortment of clothing and accessories.”

Ladybird carries a line called Boulevard Bags, which allows you to personalize each piece with initials. The store also carries an assortment of all things animal print. 

At Threads you’ll find pieces such as Pluma Jewelry, which Parsons says is one of her favorite local jewelry designers and considers it to be the perfect gift piece. 

Then there’s Jolie Occasions, which carries local brand Cuffed by Nano as well as an assortment of bags. 

For the men, she recommends Samson in the Short North where you can find clothing, accessories, and giftables for the hard-to-shop-for guy in your life.

As for her own business, Cascata Gifts, Parsons says that she’s currently offering multiple options for the holiday season. 

“We have gifts for the hostess, gifts for baby, gifts for the couple, and holiday specific gifts,” she says. 

This year’s holiday assortment from Cascata Gifts including the Christmas Tree Garden In A Bag from Potting Shed Creations, lavender essentials from ElizabethW, and a mix of cocktail and barware from a variety of brands. 

“We have boxes that range in price to fit everyone’s budget,” she adds. “We can also customize any box. Let us take care of your gifting needs this holiday season!”

To learn more about Cascata Gifts, visit You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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