FOR YOU & YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY FUN SHOPPING VENTURES: Christmas, New Years, Birthdays, anytime you need a gift...We all have to think about giving gifts through the year, whether it’s holiday time or someone’s birthday or another special event. We’ve got you fully covered with various kinds of cool gift ideas here at Altro magazine’s gift-giving, shopping guide – for anytime of year, at your service and for your pleasure!

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In this online gift guide, you will find something here for everyone – many great local shopping opportunities in all kinds of locally owned and sometimes family-operated businesses as well as online businesses that sell their unique products/ services on their websites. You will discover great offers, discounted deals, coupons and gift card specials. Also, you’ll find some of the most diverse, independent and popular-in-their-own-way, ‘best-kept secrets’.

In our larger metropolitan’s DESTINATION HOT SPOTS, you may discover or even rediscover what makes this part of the Midwest so awesome – our rich and eclectic history along with our independence is what makes us stand out and shine in the spotlight of our own very celebrated identity. We have some of the best recreation as well as the best shops and food here. Plus, we showcase here what is TIMELESS as most of these gifts can be enjoyed any time, despite trends or spikes in sales at different times of year.

THE ‘ALTRO STANDARD’: It’s great to be part of a community, but within that neighborhood, you can also better appreciate your neighbors for having their own unique, trade-marked or signature flair that is truly all theirs, instead of something mass-produced or unoriginal. Within this guide, you will find handmade items/things made from scratch, unique styles or healthier products – including ‘prepper/ emergency’ foods – basically, products that are worthy of being labeled as ‘essential’ or one-of-a-kind. Here at AP Mag, you will NOT find the huge retail stores or corporate chains where everything is copy-catted and cloned to death! 

STARFISH LAGOONLaura Goins, owner and creator
I make seashell, beach, and tropical-themed jewelry and home décor using seashells and seashell pieces that I personally hand-pick from the beach myself.  I then hand-drill each one to use in my many diverse creations. (I never collect live shells.) It’s a labor of love, but it is totally worth the effort, as each piece is truly one-of-a-kind! 

Each piece that I make captures the essence of the beach and is an homage to my love of the ocean.  The ocean inspires in me profound feelings of joy, peace, and contentment. My prayer/hope is that each of my creations imparts these same feelings to those who wear or share them. As an added gift for readers of Altro, I have created a special discount just for you.  Simply enter, 10OFFALTRO for 10% off your purchase of all items on my website:

JUNGLE JIM’S INTERNATIONAL MARKET – Cincinnati gourmet store/ Fairfield Oh specialty grocery store
This place on our list is a tried and true favorite of many locals who never get bored shopping here! Rows and rows of endless gourmet and high-end specialty foods are found here but their produce is fresh and they also offer lots of organic and non-GMO foods. Take yourself on a trip soon if you have not – esp. if you are planning any holiday parties for friends of diverse tastes. You will find this popular store in our categories database above or also here at www.junglejims.com 
QUAIL HOLLOW CANDLE FACTORY & GIFT SHOP – Shop online to buy unique candles this year! Handmade products that hold up to today’s ‘supermarket’ variety…
This candle company in Amish country sells unique and interesting candles for all your holiday and other needs. Whether it’s a romantic dinner occasion, a family holiday dinner to create atmosphere, or if you just like the scented ones to fill your home year-round – esp. in the kitchen if you’re cooking smelly foods like fish – this store is ‘candle headquarters’! Choose from homemade hand-carved wax candles to scented ones to even special wedding type. But they don’t just sell candles – they also offer primitive goods and homemade Amish products which make great holiday gifts this time of year.                                    
For ordering and more info, see them on FB: www.facebook.com/quailhollowwax  Don’t forget their main site for more details: www.quailhollowwax.com .
PERSONALIZE YOUR GIFTS – The true, more genuine, thoughtful gift: The Personalized Gift!
Tired of sending or receiving bad gifts every year for Christmas or birthdays? So many of us tend to develop anxiety around these gift-giving times of the year and we panic at the thought of buying or opening another obligatory and boring gift.  We can all relate when we keep telling our friends and family to STOP buying us things we don’t need or re-gifting us with products that someone else used up and now it’s ours and it’s not our style or color or size! Well, don’t fret and don’t regret! There is a more simple solution for all of us and one that is quite affordable and whether it’s for any gift-giving occasion – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, anniversaries, graduations, etc…

personalized guitar picks!    

When a new year rolls around and so many of us are running around like crazy returning gifts, and then asking our gift bearers to please just give us cash instead, why not take that new cash present and visit Personalize Your Items?  See online store at https://personalizeyouritems.com/shop where you can create your own unique products or items that will not only be personal to you or your loved ones but something that will last and stand the test of time! Says owner Teresa Martin of Personalize Your Items, “We started out in screen printing and we began to acquire more and more equipment over time and then felt like we should grow it so we did. We have enjoyed such great responses from our many customers all over the country.

We have so many different things for sale that are unique to people and that can be made even more unique and personal with engravings printed on them or photos placed on them. We have everything from coffee mugs to even guitar picks. The guitar picks are hugely popular.”

Some of their more popular items also include dominos, car coasters, key chains and custom-photo t-shirts. What’s so convenient is that anyone can use their easy-to-navigate website and their software system inside the site to check on your proof after you upload your images or ideas you want to be displayed on your item. 

You may order online anytime, 24 and 7 inside their online shopping cart. Turnaround time is great too: Your order is shipped out in 1-3 business days and you will receive the order within 5-7 business days. See their website link above or their FB page here at https://www.facebook.com/PersonalizeYourItems.

**Not just for Christmas, but Personalize Your Items will also do wedding favors or party themes for you – just contact them anytime for your order. This is your one-stop shop for unique, personalized gifts for every occasion and all kinds of gifts including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Wedding and Anniversaries, Graduations, Baby Showers and much more!
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