Are you tired of wrestling a redneck for the latest xbox at Wal-Mart? Behind on Christmas shopping? Sick of long checkout lines at the mall or department stores? The Food Adventures Crew feels your pain. Have you thought about shopping for unique Christmas Gifts at Dayton’s 2nd Street Market? We think it is the perfect place to find unique Christmas Gifts, birthday gifts or any gift occasion for that matter. This is part 2 of our market series (last week was FOOD, CLICK HERE to view).
Follow our advice and you’re sure to be a hit with the family, with some of the best local gifts around.
Consider this The Big Ragu, Hungry Jax and Chef House’s, Gift Giving guide to the 2nd street Market with a Food Adventure twist.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— The 2nd Street Market is located near downtown at 600 E. 2nd Street and is open 3 days: Thursday & Friday 11am-3pm, and Saturday 8am – 3pm.
— Dozens of local vendors from crafts to wine, and of course, local foodstuffs.
— THE TOFFEE from SWEET NOTHINGS : Our favorite flavor is the Dark Almond Sea Salt Toffee. Actually, all of the toffees use sea salt. Other great flavors are Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Dark Chocolate Cashew. A great gift for the chocolate lovers in the family. The Big Ragu considers Sweet Nothings his favorite toffee of all time.
— THE OLIVE OILS from THE OLIVE TREE : Have friends or family that love to cook ? Here is a perfect gift idea. This vendor has some amazing, flavor infused olive oils. May we suggest our favorite, the Sundried Tomato Parmesan Garlic Olive Oil. You can actually sample all of the olive oils and choose your favorite from the many unique flavors. We also love the Basil Flavored Olive Oil and the Strawberry Peach Balsamic Vinegar Olive Oil.
— SALSA and SAUCES from WALT’S HOMEMADE SALSA : Family owned operation, selling jars of salsas in various styles and spiciness. Some extra hot, some medium and some mild, their products are extremely tasty. You can even sample Walt’s new lines of BBQ Sauces that are also available by the jar. Their gift baskets make a fun Christmas present with a local twist !
— HOMEMADE ITEMS from MONCO INDUSTRIES: Monco is a local company that provides jobs for special needs people or local residents with disabilities. The result is a win-win for the community. Great gifts made by a great organization. Our favorite gifts here are the pet treats and the stuffed animals. Make sure you stop by and get a gift from this company, and share the true meaning of Christmas.
— HANDCRAFTED BELTS and LEATHER CUFFS from VINTAGELIZ 1974: We say, “these gifts are pretty kick ass.” Timeless, leather accessories, made by hand in Dayton. Take some time to check out this cool vendor.
— SCARVES from NEW WORLD ALPACA TEXTILES: Perfect winter gift! They have various items made with fleece from alpaca animals that are raised in a local farm in Brookville. The also sell socks and beautiful artisan rugs ! Great gifts this time of the year.
Honorable Mention: The Wine Gallery also has some good deals on unique wines, and a friendly service staff. Want unique? How about Maria’s Unique Foods, with wild selections like jars of pickled eggs in various flavors. They also have great gift basket ideas.
For all of us that love to buy local when we can, the 2nd Street market is a great place to ‘put your money where your mouth is. ‘ We have mentioned some of our favorites, but there are many more vendors with great gift ideas. Avoid the crowds SHOP LOCAL!
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