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Stark County has abundance of local gift options

Aug 23, 2023

There's no need to leave Stark County if you're struggling to find a special gift for the holidays. From Massillon to Alliance, local businesses have something for almost anyone. The Canton Repository collected some items to help you show your loved ones just how great Stark County is. Here's our Top 10 picks of locally made or inspired gifts:

Still looking for stocking stuffers, gift baskets and goodies? Here are some additional ideas for people on your nice list.

For the foodies:

You don't have to go far to find sweet, savory or salty treats for the holidays.

The Hartville Marketplace's indoor shops have a wide variety of unique gifts and foods of all kinds. The nearby Hartville Kitchen bakery also sells homemade breads, cookies, cakes and other baked goods.

For artisan cheese and grazing boxes, Fromage du Monde offers online ordering for pickup in downtown Canton. The shop also operates La Maison, a rental space with a small retail area featuring products from local sellers — such as Lee's Bees, Akron Honey and Intelligent Intentions.

Nuts, chocolate and candy are available at longtime Heggy's establishments — Ben Heggy's Candy Company on Cleveland Avenue NW in Canton, Heggy's Nut Shop on Tuscarawas Street W in Canton, and Heggy's Confectionary in Alliance and Salem. All have online stores with shipping or pickup options.

If you're looking for gifts that do good, look no farther than Just Imagine Gift Gallery, The Shoppes at Aultman or Lily Pad Gift Shop.

Just Imagine in downtown Canton is operated by TWi, formerly known as The Workshops Inc. The nonprofit gallery displays and sells artwork created by adults with developmental disabilities who receive 30% of their sales.

The Shoppes, between Aultman's main and Bedford lobbies, offers more than the typical hospital gift store with home decor, flowers and a variety of other wares. Proceeds go to the Aultman Women's Board, which raises money for hospital improvements and services.

The Lily Pad shop at Sippo Lake Park's Exploration Gateway advertises "a wide variety of educational, science and nature-themed gifts for all ages" and features items with the Stark Parks logo or related to park programs. Purchases help fund the Wildlife Conservation Center and the rehabilitation of injured or orphaned animals.

Lovers of all things local:Cantonology and the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library and Museum.

Tea, coffee connoisseurs: Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters and the Ohio Tea Company.

Adults over 21: Maize Valley Winery and Craft Brewery and Stark County's numerous craft breweries.

Artisans at heart: Canton Museum of Art's boutique, and Arrowhead Vintage and Handmade Goods.

The unconventional: The Troll Hole Museum gift shop, Plant Et Art, and Quonset Hut.

Milk chocolate turtlettes from Ben Heggy's. Buckeyes from Waggoner Chocolates. Holiday Blend coffee from Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. A coffee mug with the Pro Football Hall of Fame A "Canton" T-shirt from the Little Chicago Clothing Co. A "Places We Love" art print A tin of gourmet popcorn from Nom Nom Popcorn A bottle of wine from Gervasi Vineyard. A Canton Food Tours gift certificate. A gift certificate for a stay at The Brewers Quarters For the foodies: Lovers of all things local: Tea, coffee connoisseurs Adults over 21 Artisans at heart The unconventional