Last-Minute Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful busiest time of the year. And if you’re like me, early holiday shopping has taken a back seat this month. Thankfully, there’s still hope for last minute gift givers with tons of holiday deals throughout the city. Plus, shopping locally is a great way to support small businesses, especially in lieu of the devastating economic hit most shops took this year. 

The Gift of Wearable Art

Forget basic jewelry you can find anywhere. Give a gift that stands-out with one-of-a-kind pieces from Junebug Jewelry Designs. They supply hand-crafted designs that are described as “wearable art.” And once you take a peek, you’ll understand why. No two pieces are the same and each one is as extravagant as the next. Whether you’re looking for pendant necklaces, statement rings, exquisite cuffs, or unique earrings, Junebug has an assortment to please the Bohemian in your life.

Check out their 2020 holiday gift guide, or stop by their pop-up boutique, Thursday through Saturday, 12-6 PM, located at: 1327 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine.

The Gift of Work-From-Home Chic

The Native One has lots to offer, but their curated selection of stationary, plants, potters, candles, and diffusers make great gifts for those looking to transform their at-home office space into a zen oasis. They also have stylish attire including comfy yet chic lounge sets that make the perfect work-from-home outfit. 

Order online or visit one of their two locations at 1400 Vine St, Cincinnati, or, 326 Scott Blvd. Covington, KY

The Gift of Socially-Conscious Cosmetics

Launch Party is a hub for all things indie beauty. The best part? All of their products are women-owned, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, organic, vegan, and socially-good (say that five times fast). Launch Party puts a spotlight on emerging indie brands that started small with a founder and a dream. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all things beauty, you’re going to love what they have to offer.

Need help deciding? Dive into some of their gift guides, or check out their pop-up shop inside Wolf Pack at 1813 Elm St., in Over-the-Rhine.

The Gift of Everyday Streetwear

The Native Brand started as one man selling T-shirts out of his backpack and has transformed into a lifestyle brand popping up all over the Queen city – and the nation. From streetwear to lounge wear, The Native has a rad collection of snapbacks, beanies, hoodies, and more to gift those who like to kickback, relax and look good while doing it. 

View some of their favorites online.

Happy Shopping! 

Give the Gift of Your Local Favorites this Holiday Season

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Do you have a nearby craft brewery that makes your neighborhood a better place to live? Maybe you enjoy a weekly outing for a refreshing coffee drink at a local gem. Or you’ve enhanced your home with local crafts, décor, and unique treasures. All of the small businesses you enjoy in NKY need our help.

We’ve all been hit hard by COVID-19. There’s good news on the horizon—promising vaccines that will begin to put this pandemic behind us next year. But our local gems, the places that make Florence, Covington, Newport and all the other cities of our Northern Kentucky region such a special place to live and visit need our help surviving this winter and making it to 2021.

meetNKY has created a campaign, in collaboration with the OneNKY Alliance, which includes the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, called “Winter is Coming” to help those unique, local favorites make it through to the better days that lie ahead.  “Winter is Coming” calls on all of us to give the gift of our favorite things to do, places to eat, unique shopping opportunities and more for the holidays.

Put a BB Riverboats Dixieland Jazz Brunch Cruise under the tree for someone this year. Or a membership for the whole family to the Newport Aquarium. Did you know we have five Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour distilleries here in NKY and they all offer tours that include tastings? One of our most unique attractions, the Ark Encounter, draws visitors from all over the world—have your friends seen it yet? Give someone the best fried chicken in Kentucky, or the best Hot Brown, bourbon cocktail, dozen doughnuts, mac ‘n cheese, potstickers, bagels, Chicago-style pizza, tortas, sushi, IPA…we have too many unique bests to list them all! So many awesome stocking stuffers.

We’ve created a web page,, that lists inspiring ideas for your gift lists. It’s comprised of categories to get your gift planning wheels rolling: gift cards for coffee lovers, foodies, bourbon sippers, craft beer buds, pizza cravers, girls who need a girls’ night out, family fun, and more. This list is just a start! Buy a gift card from any local spot you love and help them make it to 2021.

From all of us here at meetNKY, thanks and Happy Holidays!