The foodie in your life will love Steffen’s gift picks—from edible treats to handcrafted tea mugs and wine-colored clothing. Modern CLE Staff Report
Photo: Hilary Bovay Photography
This week, Modern CLE is helping you shop for the holidays and support local businesses with curated gift guides created by area women in-the-know. All their perfect-gift picks are made or provided by women and men in Northeast Ohio. This is the final in a series of four.
For food photographer Nicole Steffen—the woman behind food promotion company Eat Local Ohio—giving local is important. (After all, as Steffen points out, it’s in her business’ name.) “When you shop small, that money circles back into the local economy,” she says.
This season, like every season, Steffen is excited to exchange presents with the people she loves. “Whether you give someone an item or a new experience, it is something that has meaning,” she says, adding that, unsurprisingly, I tend to give gifts that are food related.”
Here, Steffen shares five gifts you can share with others this season.
This time of year, “when I get a new comfy a— sweatshirt, I never want to take it off,” says Steffen, who admits she all but lives in her “Salty” sweatshirt by Shore Society, which she wears in the photo above. “I love to wear it while lounging, or to layer with my leather jacket for a day out,” Steffen says. She suggests gifting it to your “best friend, mom, or partner” this season. Sizes XS to XL, $45
If you need the perfect present for your boss, work best friend, or “the chocoholic in your life,” Steffen says, this box of six sweet truffles might be the gift to give. “I used to go buy a box for myself just because,” she admits, “but they are also fun to share with friends.” $15
If you don’t want to gift an edible present, then Steffen suggests giving something that at least smells delicious—a gift set from STEM Handmade Soap in its Lemon Verbena scent. “This is a great way to introduce anyone to local soaps,” Steffen says, who suggests buying the set—which comes in different scents— for your “grandma, aunt, or sister.” $20
When you live in a snow belt, a beanie is an all-but necessary accessory—and gift—for just about everyone. Steffen recommends buying a beanie by Legend as a holiday gift because the colorful hats are “cut, sewn, embroidered, and assembled here in Cleveland,” she says. Sold in a several colors, “the burgundy is my favorite because it’s the closest to wine.” She wears it above. $25
“I love mugs,” Steffen says, and “yes, we all probably have way too many, but when they are cute and locally crafted, they’re still a necessity. I love the idea of giving mugs and putting a couple tea bags in them.” Steffen suggests buying Lauren HB Studio’s Formation Mug, then gifting it with Inca Tea to “your neighbor, your kids’ teachers, or your co-worker.” $42