The 2020 Local Holiday Gift Guide
If ever there was a year to surround yourself in the magic of the holiday season and gift-giving, this would be that year! We are excited to give you this Local Holiday Gift Guide for Cleveland’s East Side!! Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanza or the Festival of Lights or Festivus or..nothing but the Winter Solstice, this list is for you!! As always, it’s so important to support our small businesses, but this year it’s more important than ever! Our small businesses have been through a lot in the last 8 months and they have changed their way of business overnight!! It’s been a rough year all around, but if you have the means this year, please SHOP LOCAL, BUY LOCAL and EAT LOCAL!!
Disclosure: This Gift Guide is brought to you by the awesome businesses listed. Make sure to shop small and support local businesses this holiday season!
Quintana’s has it all, facials, massages, men’s/boy’s hair cuts, mani/pedi and a kick-ass speakeasy, serving the most delicious drinks you can imagine! The Speakeasy has a variety of drink specials and charcuterie boards for order on the Toast App. Quintanta’s is sanitizing around the clock and requires masks for all appointments (for both customers and staff) So schedule an appointment for the one you love and make sure to make it a double because you will not want to miss out on all the relaxing and pampering. You’re both worth it!! Quintana’s also offers gift certificates!
My family loves taco’s, and we love going to BOMBA!! The kids love it because, well, tacos. I love it because BOMBA is dedicated to serving healthy and super flavorful food. BOMBA supports farms that practice humane animal treatment and avoid using antibiotics and added hormones whenever possible. That is so HUGE when I am looking for a restaurant!!! If you have someone on your list that loves Taco’s, healthy food with big flavor, and yummy adult drinks, then give them a BOMBA gift card!! They will love it and maybe even invite you over when they use it! BOMBA offers curbside and delivery, as well as dine in!
Andrews Colour Atelier is the kind of salon I’d expect to see in a major metropolitan area (think LA, DC, New York), a salon that is at its core a workshop of hair artisans, people working first to perfect their craft. This salon takes on all tasks hair (cut, color, you name it), but they are experts in Balayage, which is a technique for painting hair to add in multi-dimensional, graduated, and natural looking highlights. On staff at Andrews are three certified Masters in Balayage from the L’Oreal Academy in NYC and a Vidal Sassoon celebrity stylist who travels from NYC to cut/style the hair of Cleveland clients!
Atelier is the French word for ‘a workshop or studio for artists and designers’. This word embodies what can be found inside Andrews Colour Atelier. A team of artisans collaborating to enhance the beauty and confidence of clients through their knowledge of color, cut, and styling of the hair. Schedule an appointment or gift someone a luxurious experience with one of their gift cards!!
Working out is essential these days, not only to exercise your body, but it’s also essential to keep your mental health in check as well. And Lifetime Fitness has it all. Group Classes, personal trainers, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and, for us parents, a kids club that pays just as much detail to what our kids do as what we do for our bodies! The Kids Club offers classes for kids to take while we work out, holiday and summer camps, Distance learning school pods, Kids Night Out and so much more!! Kids can stay in the Club and workout or they can go rock climbing, take tumbling, or dance, all included with your membership!! LifeTime is also going above and beyond to keep everyone safe! They’ve introduced mask requirements, temperature screenings, social distancing practices, deep-cleaning processes, and other safety measures that align with CDC guidelines!! Give the gift that keeps giving back, your health, and well being!
The Woodhouse Day Spa is a locally owned and operated Spa, located at Pinecrest. Offering over 70 distinct treatment options, The Woodhouse Day Spa is a place for you to escape and enjoy your massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, waxing and so much more!! What sets the Spa apart is its focus on customer service. They believe that when you arrive at The Woodhouse their sole mission is to treat you like royalty. And boy do they!! Their attention is detail and pampering is second to none!! Once you step foot in the Spa, you will truly be able to leave all the stress behind. The Spa offers gift certificates, as well as curated items to take the spa home with you!! Everything they sell is of the highest quality. They offer an organic skin care line from Ireland that uses the power of seaweed as a detoxifer! Shop on their website or stop in and see everything The Woodhouse Day Spa has to offer!
Owner Shanna Porter created The Only Daughter Society to be a shopping destination for strong like-minded women who want an amazing life and an even better closet. The Only Daughter Society curates a selection of clothing for women so that any daughter can access an assortment of clothing essentials for her busy incredible life. Coming soon to online ordering: new loungewear sets (perfect for 2020) and cold weather pieces (sweaters, coats, etc.) that would be great for gifting this holiday season. Also, make sure you signup for their emails to be the first to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts!!!
Pottery Painting at Color Me Mine isn’t just for kids! Color Me Mine also makes a great date night or Mom’s night out with friends. At Color Me Mine, there is a TON of different pottery to choose from, so you can make the perfect gift for that special someone. You can bring the kids and make hand/foot prints on a plate or platter for the grandparents!! Or pick out pottery on their website and have it shipped or picked up for some fun at home!! Choose from winter Fairy Gardens, Unicorns, Santa, Star Wars, Christmas and Hanukkah pieces and so much more!! The friendly staff will help you every step of the way, so you can create the perfect piece! New this year: Have your pottery delivered by Santa!! The kids can watch Santa drop off their special pottery at home!! Also, Color Me Mine gift cards make the perfect gift!!
These days, grocery shopping is a huge chore. This is why getting a box of beautiful produce in the mail is the best gift anyone could ask for these days!! Perfectly Imperfect Produce rescues imperfect produce from local farms and wholesalers. So nothing goes to waste! Also, for every box ordered of Perfectly Imperfect Produce, they donate produce to people in need via local food pantries. Talk about a win all around!! It’s easy to order, just go to their website and select the size and frequency and you are on your way to fresh, delicious produce delivered to your door!! It’s that easy and makes the perfect holiday gift for even the pickiest of wish lists!!
Tara helps busy gals who appreciate elegant, yet easy things go from feeling sunk in this fast-paced world to find a reliable and creative simplified solution for at-home soirées and hand-written cards. She believes a personal touch is essential to this day and age of social distancing and zoom calls. Now available on her website:
Christmas Digital Shindig Kit – Only $12! (Use Code Merry5 at checkout)
The holidays are officially here and that means celebrating timeless traditions with the people we love. This kit contains not only a delicious cookie recipe, cocktail slush, styling tips, pennant banner, and a merry playlist… but learn about new traditions you can start. (For anyone purchasing the Christmas Digital Shindig Kit, you will be entered to win a Centerpiece Candle Cake + a tray of homemade holiday cookies (valued at $150) compliments of Fun in the Oven – Cakes by Phill. Must be local to Northeast Ohio and picked up on December 23.
Also make sure to check out her complimentary, simple At-Home Shindig Checklist! It acts as a big picture overview for hosting that next shindig at-home with success + simplicity. I hope you will find this special treat helpful + a constant reference for your planning needs. Visit taratonsetic.com to get yours today.
Erin offers portrait photography in Cleveland and Akron (and throughout Ohio and Pittsburgh) for busy moms who are looking for a hassle-free, luxury experience. She specializes in organic maternity, newborn, and family portraits because it’s their passion; they love to witness the connection between mother and child and families who love unconditionally. Their beautiful natural light studio located in Northwest Akron is cozy and bright, and allows for a truly peaceful experience! Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while your children play in their children’s area. If you need extra wipes, diapers, or anything else, they have you covered!! And after every session, Erin guides families in choosing the perfect artwork for their home and lifestyle; whether that is a wall gallery that can grow over the years, an heirloom album, or just digital files!
Erin also offers a designer studio wardrobe for mamas size 0-16, shirts for dads, and outfits for children from birth to size 5. They will also coordinate professional hair and make-up services in the comfort of your own home before your session with their preferred stylists. All you have to do is show up and they will take care of the rest!
And make sure not to miss this special offer: Between now and December 31st, anyone who mentions the Cleveland Eastside Moms gift guide while reserving their session will receive a complimentary second session ($250 value, digital files and artwork sold separately)
Get the family out of the house and head to Adrenaline Monkey where you can burn off some serious energy with 4 different adventure courses, fitness classes (including Yoga & Boot Camp), and an arcade to keep everyone happy & healthy! They have something for everyone, even your littlest Monkey!! Your kids will be entertained for hours!! If your kids get bored over the holiday break or you need time to work or chill, Adrenaline Monkey has just the camp for them! They are offering Thanksgiving and Christmas break camps that are fun-filled and designed to keep your kid active!! And if you are looking to celebrate your child’s birthday, Adrenaline Monkey is the best!! Every kid walks out of Adrenaline Monkey happy and TIRED!!
Adrenaline Monkey is taking all the precautions to keep you safe and healthy!! They have reduced admission, mandatory masks and they are sanitizing everything, every hour!! Adrenaline Monkey also offers gift certificates!
Don’t miss out on Adrenaline Monkey’s Annual Membership Flash Sale on Black Friday only, where they will slash the prices of memberships by 50%!! Talk about an awesome gift that will last the whole year!! Gift cards are also available to purchase!!
Give a gift that lasts a lifetime! Swim lessons bring joy to a child’s world and peace of mind to yours. At Goldfish, children learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence, and learning life lessons. Kids love Goldfish’s fun, tropical environment, and 90-degree pools. Parents get the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are accomplishing an essential life skill based on a proven curriculum. And, new precautionary measures help ensure everyone’s health and well-being during these uncertain times. Believe it or not, now is actually the BEST time of year for families to be thinking about water and swim safety.
Goldfish Swim School (Cleveland East Side and Fairview Park) is offering special discounted holiday packages through December 31st or while supplies last. Choose from 3-holiday packages (each offering more than $100 in savings!).
Everyone is welcome at Shaker Rocks!! A state-of-the-art rock climbing gym in the Van Aken District of Shaker Heights, Ohio that provides a unique opportunity for sport, camaraderie, and civic pride, regardless of skill level. Shaker Rocks is a climbing and social hub for local residents, a destination spot for the entire region, and a supporter of environmentally and socially responsible actions.
Offering Yoga, POD school weeks, P.E. Rocks, Kids’ Night Out, Holiday Camps and so much more, Shaker Rocks makes it easy to keep the kids entertained, off of screens and teaches determination, problem-solving and a generous dose of helping others keep kids engaged from hands to heart.
Sign up for Holiday Camp, Yoga Class, Kids’ Night Out or buy a day pass and experience Shaker Rocks for yourself. Also, Shaker Rocks gift cards make the perfect Holiday gift!
This adorable cafe is a powerhouse!! Featuring delicious breakfast pastries, lunch, and dinner, Picnic Hill also offers some of the best cocktails around!! Picnic Hill also offers meal kits (think Hello Fresh but with local, sustainable food) delivered to your door!! They are perfect for busy nights at home or purchase them for that certain someone who has everything!! Easy to follow recipes for any level of cook, and they even have video walkthroughs available! Everything is perfectly portioned, so you spend less and reduce waste!! Choose from meals like Wasabi Salmon, Carne Asada Steak Bowls, NY Strip Steak, Sesame Peanut Noodles and so much more!! And the best part of Picnic Hill Fresh….it’s delivered to your door!
Music brings light into the holidays! Join us for our Holiday Sing-Along Classes this December and get into the holiday spirit. Each class is an interactive 30-minute class based around specific types of holiday music: Chanukah, Church Carols, Christmas Carols, Winter Songs, and Mish Mosh (a little bit of everything). Choose the holiday music that interests your family and sign up today! You can share your zoom link with the grandparents so they can sing along, too! Space is limited to 15 families per Sing-Along. Reserve your seat today!!!
STEM soaps are handcrafted using 100% all-natural ingredients. Only high quality 100% vegetable oils are used to create soaps that leave your skin feeling hydrated and soft. All-natural handmade soaps contain a high concentration of glycerin which helps your skin attract and retain moisture. Each bar of STEM soap is created using our own innovative oil combinations. Using all-natural vegetable oil is only just the beginning.
While STEM is located in Lakewood and The Van Aken District, you can also purchase their wonderful soaps, bath bombs (a favorite in our house!), scrubs, lotions, and more on their website HERE. A hand-selected gift basket makes a perfect gift for the Holidays, as does a gift card from STEM!!
Spice for Life is a women-owned social enterprise dedicated to providing fresh spices and spice blends. From their shop a the Van Aken District Market Hall in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and through their website, they want to encourage home cooking and healthier eating and to contribute back to the community by donating our profits to combat human trafficking. Enjoy free shipping on orders over $20 or stop in to see them at their store today! They have the perfect spice blend for your Thanksgiving and holiday meals! I especially love their mulling spice packs for wine!
No experience required. Barre3 classes are designed to make everyone feel welcome and get a great workout. Their science-backed approach helps clients build strength, restore balance, increase endurance and energy, decrease stress, and rediscover the joy of movement. The transformative power of their workout is more than physical—and it extends far beyond the studio. Barre3 isn’t just about the hour you spend strengthening and balancing your body; it’s also about the empowerment you carry with you into your life.
Starting on November 24, 2020, receive 20% off 10-class packages and all new clients get a FREE Livestream or in~studio class until November 30th, 2020!
Make sure to follow Barre3 Solon on Instagram, as they will have some fun giveaways and deals this holiday season!!
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar offers only the finest ingredients with a focus on responsible sourcing. From wild-caught fish to antibiotic and hormone-free meats, Paladar strives to offer the best Latin dining experience! Everything is made in-house, even all of their sauces!! And my favorite thing about Paladar, is well, their Rum cocktails! Like each dish they create, every drink from the bar is hand-crafted with quality ingredients.
Ordering from Paladar is a snap with their online ordering and they offer delivery, curbside, and dine-in!! Let them cater your next meal!! Or their gift cards make great holiday gifts!
Musicologie Cleveland Heights
No matter how old you are, what your experience is, or what your goals are, Musicologie is the place where you can fit in. Each teacher is handpicked and specifically matched so you can be confident you’re with the right person to guide you on an amazing musical journey. Offering music lessons in any instrument and skill level, in-peron or virtual!
Give the gift of music this holiday season with a holiday gift package from Musicologie!! The Holiday Gift Package includes: 2 months of lessons (in person or online), First lesson is free, Limited edition Musicologie ballcap and a Musicologie notebook (Hat and notebook must be picked up at your local studio. Curbside pickup can be arranged). Holiday Gift Cards are also available in any amount and make a great gift!
Photographs are a wonderful gift for the Holidays whether you are giving them or gifting a session!! L RYA Photography specializes in Family and Senior (High School and College) Photographs. Easy to work with and with an eye for detail, L RYA captures stories that last a lifetime!
Gift a surprise session to your family for the Holidays or gift cards are available for future use!
Relax and recharge in Cleveland’s first professionally built Salt Cave featuring a “Graduation Tower” a water feature that naturally creates a unique, healing micro climate in the cave. Lounge in orbital chairs nestled under cozy, weighted blankets while ambient music helps you drift off into your own meditation. Feel the healing powers of the cave bringing purification and balance to your skin and respiratory system as you gaze into the peaceful starry sky breathing in the salt air. Take some time out from the distance learning and enjoy all the benefits that Salt provides or buy a gift card for that lucky person in your life!!
Manifest is a unique beauty lounge offering beauty services to both men & women while serving distinguished craft cocktails. Owned by local Mom, Jamie Spaid, Manifest offers, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, and bridal hair & makeup!! This holiday season, Jamie would like to invite you to bring your family and friends for a one of a kind spa event!! For parties of 6-12, you can have Manifest all to yourselves!! Book a party now and you won’t have to share the space with anyone that you didn’t invite. This is perfect if you want to get your family/friends together in a safe environment and get your nails holiday ready!! Call Manifest today and book your evening!!
Also, Cleveland East Side Moms is excited to partner with Manifest again in December for a Kids Drop-off event on Sunday, December 6th!! Space is limited so please reach out to secure your spot!!
Burn Boot Camp is a 45-minute interval training workout! Every class targets a different area, so your body is never bored, nor are you! Every class is different and so is the culture at Burn. The moment you walk into the door (or join virtually), you are family!! I cannot tell you how nervous I was when I went to my first class, but the trainers and other members are so incredibly supportive that my fears disappeared quickly!! There is never a part of camp that cannot be done!! The trainers always have an alternative move to work the same muscles, but switches things up, so if you have a bad knee, they can work around it. Me, I have a bad back and whenever I feel stiff or tight, they give me a modified exercise to do.
The community of members at Burn is tight!! It’s an amazing community, one where everyone is in it together. No one is trying to compete with another person and that is so refreshing!!
So give the gift of Burn this holiday season!! Monthly and annual memberships are available to purchase for yourself or to give to your BFF! With your membership, you also have access to virtual and outdoor sessions, as well as the Burn Facebook Community page!!
Every day the body is depleted of water and essential vitamins due to diet, daily exercise, infections, sweating, hangovers, and fatigue. Through IV hydration, Hydration Bar will replenish what the body has lost. Don’t let an acute illness, long flight, overindulgent evening, or sheer exhaustion rob you of valuable time and the ability to be your best. Hydration Bar can treat your condition promptly at a time you schedule online, with rush service available. It isn’t normal to always feel mentally drained and exhausted after work or distance learning. Our bodies are designed to sustain intense physical and mental activity if we replenish it properly. Our medical spa is facilitated by a group of medical professionals. Hydration Bar is comprised of a Chief Medical Director and Nurse Practitioners that work together to provide safe and quality care. The infusions and injections are provided by a trained licensed Registered Nurse. We all work together to help YOU choose the best vitamin therapy for you.
If you are feeling tired most days or just want to boost your immune system, schedule an appointment today at Hydration Bar. Gift cards are also available and make sure to follow them on Instagram for discounts and promotions!!
Bring your child’s dreams to life with dance classes from Studio J! My daughter has been a student of Studio J for the past 3 years!! While she has a blast learning different dance techniques, dance has also taught her lessons on self-discipline, patience, self-accountability, and perseverance!! Having had an outlet of dance over the past few months has created a solitude for her and something new and exciting to look forward to each week. She loves the teachers and has made life long friends who support her and laugh with (and boy, do they laugh)! Studio J has decreased class size, implemented sanitation procedures, requires mandatory masks, and takes the health and well-being of every dancer seriously! Studio J provides in-person or virtual dance classes!
Register today for dance classes in January and received 10% off January’s tuition!
If you are looking to stay on trend with tie-dyed leggings, posh dog toys, and luscious slippers and robes, then Sanity in Chagrin Falls is the place to shop!! Owner Isabel hand selects each item that she sells and makes sure you get everything on your list (and then some). The shop is open for in-person shopping or check out their website for their own holiday gift guide and shop from the comfort of your own home!! Also, if you are looking for something fun and different, let Isabel be your personal shopper this holiday season! She can pick out the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, so you have more time!!
Starting November 16, 2020 buy a $50 gift card and receive a $10 promotional card! Purchase in store or online! And make sure to sign up for their newsletter to receive special discounts and promotions (sign up can be done on their website)
Better health means more charm! Systematic health care improves your appearance, and cryotherapy is your ally, forcing your body to improve its functions, increasing endorphin secretion, increasing collagen production, and enhancing the body’s defense and immune system. At Core Elite Wellness Fit Cryo Studio, they offer 12 different treatments, and they are not just a cold!! They offer no contact facials, fat removal, cellulite removal with the help of a 4D lypo massage that burns up to 500 calories in just 3 minutes to compression therapy, and much, much more! During this challenging Covid19 time, health is most important right now, and our treatments are proven to strengthen your immune system, relieve chronic pain, help with migraines, and the list goes on and one!!
Core Elite Cryno specializes in helping Moms feel the best they can quickly! They understand parents don’t have a lot of time and we need to feel our best so we can take care of our kids!! Buy a gift card or experience all the benefits for yourself this holiday season!
COVID-19 has turned the college admission world upside down. If you are scrambling to figure out all the changes each college is making, ACT/SAT testing, the Common App or you are wondering how you can visit colleges during this time, then you need to call Class 101! They are the premier college advisors in the Cleveland area and have helped hundreds of students get into college and more importantly, receive merit-based scholarships to make it affordable! If you have a high school student at home, it’s never to early to start planning for your child’s future! Virtual and in-person meetings available!
Right now, Class 101 is offering Cleveland East Side Moms followers a FREE college assessment!! Call Andrew and Jackie today (216) 404-7777 and make getting into college easy and fun!
For nearly 50 years, Fairmount has been a nurturing community where people of all ages and interests have come together to discover, learn, and develop new skills in a friendly, welcoming environment. Explore programs for toddlers through seniors. Classes, workshops, music lessons, lectures, camps, speakers series, special events and performances are all offered in a welcoming, friendly environment.
Family traditions in new ways! Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty, OH will present Nutcracker at Home, a safe and magical way to celebrate and connect this holiday season, on December 6 from 3-4pm EST. Nutcracker at Home is a live-streamed event that includes dance, music, and fun. Fairmount faculty and dancers will perform scenes from The Nutcracker and professional musicians will lead a family sing-along. Plus, the program will end with a visit from a special guest from the North Pole! Families and friends are encouraged to stream from their own homes but share in the magic by connecting during the performance via FaceTime, text, or other methods. Register: https://www.fairmountcenter.org/performances/
If you are looking for a creative, convenient way to connect? Fairmount’s ArtsyoU is an innovative approach to learning to arts—bringing personalized classes to YOU. ArtsyoU classes are uniquely crafted to align with your personal learning style and creative curiosities. Unlike a typical Fairmount class, ArtsyoU can be fluid in its program elements—schedule, frequency, number of participants, location, or curriculum. You dream it, we make it happen! Let us connect you with the experts in the arts to create your personalized experience. Have you ever wanted to learn how to use your digital camera like a pro? Do you wish you could gather your friends together for a calligraphy class? Would your kids enjoy an art-inspired playdate?
Choose from a variety of options and we will help you customize a class structure that fits your wants and your lifestyle.
Talespinner Children’s Theatre
Continue to explore the theater arts at home with two brand new TCT craft kits that make the perfect gift! Our kits provide all of the supplies needed to create as well as multiple versions of instruction to suit different types of learners. Miss Asia and Miss Chrissy provide the crafting instructions as well as lessons to help bring the new theater creations to life!
Choose from a Shadow Box Theatre Kit, Music Kit, or Camp Combo kits that can be delivered to your door! A limited number of kits are available and are perfect for supplementing distance learning or as a gift for kids to use their imaginations and discover the world of theatre at home!
Owner Courtney is a preschool teacher and maker-mama with a passion for all things in the early childhood world, she created Little Bakery as a place to share hand-crafted goodies and gifts inspired by her baby, Baker. From cozy baby blankets to fun notepads, Little Bakery has the perfect gift for all of your loved ones! Her design aesthetic is full of bold patterns, bright colors, and eclectic pairings all inspired by creativity and imagination. Wonder what you might find while exploring!
For the rest of the month of November, you can find The Little Bakery in The Corner at The Van Aken Districts Market Hall!
Breakfast with Mr. Kringle
Join Mr. Kringle & friends for a delicious buffet-style breakfast at The Burnham Restaurant inside Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Honored guests will dine with Mr. Kringle and his fellow merry makers and partake in festive holiday activities including cookie decorating, letter writing, and s’more making by the fire pit! For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://bit.ly/34yOowj.
Mr. Kringle Suite
Available for the third year at the property, the holiday-inspired one-bedroom suite, featuring a pull-out couch, is fully-adorned in seasonal décor and perfect for families planning their holiday escape. Upon arrival to the suite, guests are transported to Mr. Kringle’s retreat with festive decorations, featuring two sparkling Christmas trees, tabletop adornments, such as holiday-themed candy cane candles and The Elf on the Shelf®, room decorations, including a life-sized nutcracker, and holiday-themed furniture complete with seasonal velvet bedding and pillows – truly bringing the holidays to life. Guests also receive a special note from Mr. Kringle, milk and cookies, complimentary self-parking. For more information and to book, please visit: mrkringle.com/mrkringlesuite
Looking for an amazing cut and color? Look no further than Salon Dahlia’s owner Cori Carmosino!! Her salon is located at Pinecrest on Cleveland’s lovely East Side!
Chef out this fabulous new business that brings an affordable, personal chef to your home and makes a homemade meal for you and your family, so you can spend time with each other or just chill!
If you are looking for alternatives to virtual learning and extra classes for your kids, make sure to check out our Cleveland East Side Mom’s Back to School Resource Guide for Fall 2020!!