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Last-Minute Columbus Gift Guide

Are you scrambling for some last-minute holiday gifts? Columbus is full of great items you can pick up in a hurry that will both impress the recipient and show of your Columbus style.

A bottle of wine on its own is a good gift for someone who enjoys it, but you can bump the wow-factor up a notch with a wine basket from Camelot Cellars in the Short North. They’ve got a Wine and Chocolate gift basket that features a bottle of their house-made wine, a local chocolate bar, a corkscrew and a bottle stopper.

If your gift-target prefers a harder beverage and a little DIY, Middle West Spirits has a great gift. They’re selling a Micro-Barrel Whiskey Kit that comes with a bottle of OYO White Rye Barreling Strength Whiskey, a 1-liter charred barrel with a stand,  2 crystal nosing & tasting glasses, a stainless steel funnel, and full instructions on how to age whiskey at home.

Dessert is a must at any holiday celebration, and heck, you have until the New Year to start those resolutions. You will be welcomed to any holiday gathering if you bring a few pints of ice cream from Jeni’s. Or go a step further and try one of the amazing ice cream terrines, like the Rockmill Chocolate Blackout Terrine (alternating layers of dark chocolate ice cream and chocolate-syrup soaked cake crumbles made with Rockmill Dubbel beer.)

If you don’t have a particular item in mind, there are lots of shops that have nicely curated collections of items that will please pretty much anyone. Check out Tigertree in the Short North for clothes and homegoods, Wholly Craft in Clintonville for offbeat and fun clothes and tchotchkes, or Helen Winnemore’s in German Village for nice handmade good from some of the nation’s finest crafters.