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Columbus Gift Guide

Local tastemakers have come together to curate their top picks for the holidays for friends and family of all ages. Learn more about the tastemakers and view their top picks below for all of your holiday shopping needs. 

Although Franklin County is currently under a stay-at-home advisory until Dec. 18, all of these gift ideas are available online and for delivery in time for the holidays.


Christina Basham, influencer

My name is Christina Basham! I’m a Columbus native and proud hospitality veteran. I’m the founder of Bubbles + Agave Creative, a boutique firm that offers sophisticated bar services along with cocktail and spirit education for amateurs and professionals alike. In the spring of 2020, I returned to The Ohio State University to finish my pursuit of a B.A. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In my spare time, I enjoy cuddling my rescue pits, drinking Dirty Ketel One martinis with my wife and karaoke.

See my top holiday gift picks here:





Megan Rivers, influencer

Hi! I’m Megan Rivers. I’m a mama to triplet toddlers and the creator of the locally-focused blog Eat Play CBUS. I have a deep-rooted love for Columbus and am passionate about exploring everything it has to offer. I write about the beautiful neighborhoods, amazing people, great local food scene, where to fuel up on local coffee before exploring a playground, and where to grab a delicious cocktail once bedtime finally hits! My hope is to inspire a few new spots within your reach with each post.

See my top holiday gift picks here:





Pastel Bryant, influencer

My name is Pastel, I’m a local DJ and self-taught chef. I am 1/3 co-founder of Humans Of Columbus, a traveling thematic dinner party, bringing the cities creatives together while redefining what it means to break bread with a stranger. I’m a HUGE fan of supporting all things local!

See my top holiday gift picks here:





Sarah Townes and her family, VP of Marketing at Experience Columbus

Hello! I’m Sarah Townes, Vice President of Marketing at Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, wife and mother of three. I have more than 20 years experience marketing retail brands like Mall of America, Tresemmé Hair Care, Caribou Coffee, Kellogg’s Cereals and more. That’s why, shopping for family and friends is one of my favorite holiday activities—and if you’re a busy mom like me, hoping to stay safe, support local businesses and finish holiday gifting in a breeze—the Columbus Gift Guide is perfect for you! Check out our list of Columbus experiences and products for the whole family.

See my top holiday gift picks here:





Jeanyne Jakubowski, influencer

Hi! I’m Jeanyne! I’m mom to two beautiful princesses in training: Em (4) and Addison (1). I’m a motherhood and lifestyle blogger and I love talking all things fun and fancy with little sprinkles of style. I provide helpful tips/resources, guides and encouragement to empower moms to live life to the fullest with their little ones creating timeless moments and magical adventures on a busy schedule. Check out our list of our stocking stuffer picks from some of our favorite places around Columbus! 

See my top holiday gift picks here:





Tumbler from Roosevelt Coffee House

After the tough year that 2020 has been for so many, consider giving a gift this holiday season that supports a worthy cause. In addition to brightening up the recipient’s holiday and supporting a local business, purchasing a gift from one of the organizations we have outlined below has a tertiary purpose of doing good in the community.

See top picks here:





Dogs laying on a bed at BrewDog Doghouse in Columbus

When you’re making your holiday list this year, don’t forget your furry friends! Whether its your own dog, or one that belongs to a friend or family member, the many good doggos of Columbus deserve extra special treats this holiday season.

With the help of our friends from BarkEats, Columbus-based dog-food delivery company and the makers of BarkBox, we’ve rounded up a list of the top items and experiences for pups and pawrents in 2020.

See top holiday dog gift picks here: