9 Toledo gifts for $100 or less
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Tis the season to be making that last mad dash for presents. Don t stress too much, though, because Toledo s got your back. You may not know it, but this town is oozing with homegrown holiday gifts. In the Blade s final gift guide before the holidays, here are nine more uniquely Toledo gifts, this time priced between $50 and $100. While you re out shopping, be sure to pick up some yuletide cheer along the way. You re going to need it! Ryan E. Smith
1. Mud Hens jersey. Dress like your favorite player in this replica jersey, then swing for the fences or at least look like you could. Cost: $84.95 from the Swamp Shop at Fifth Third Field.
2. Glass vessel. Brighten your home for the holidays with this piece by Bill and Michele McKinney, of West Unity, Ohio. $90 from the Toledo Museum of Art s Museum Store featuring Collector s Corner.
3. Supernatural: The Complete Third Season DVD set. Snow won t be the only thing providing chills this winter if you get this spooky CW series from creator and Sylvania Township native Eric Kripke, who s been known to throw in a Toledo reference or two. $59.98.
4. Best of Toledo gift basket. This popular collection of area edibles from Taste of Toledo Gift Baskets and Gifts in Holland includes everything from Garlic Expressions dressing and marinade to the chocolate-and-peanut-butter creations of Marsha s Buckeyes. $86.
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5. I Am The Boss. This huggable dinosaur from Bryan-based Ohio Art Co. is part of the K s Kids line and comes with 60 colorful plastic balls. Even better, it was one of Esquire magazine s 31 great gift ideas for 2008. $89.95 from Sensational Beginnings in Monroe.
6. Wireless indoor/outdoor speakers. These gadgets from Mark Feldstein & Associates in Maumee, carried at stores like Kohl s, allow you to rock out to Christmas carols or AC/DC for up to 150 feet without having to worry about running wires. Starting at $99.95 per set.
7. Utility stand. Who says Santa can t be practical? This stand by Sauder Woodworking Co. in Archbold has a Dark Alder finish and a drawer to hide holiday goodies for next year. Average retail price: $95.99.
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8. Mardi Gras martini glasses. These hand-painted glasses sold by Swank Martini on Adams Street add flare to any occasion, even if Fat Tuesday won t come for another couple of months. Cheers! $69.00 for a six-piece set at swankmartini.com or call for an appointment at 419-241-9340.
9. Concrete goose and Santa outfit. Who needs flying reindeer when you ve got a gift-bearing goose from Bombrys Ornamental Concrete Inc. on Alexis Road. The ever-popular goose ($35) is made on-site and the outfit ($18 at the store) comes from GooseClothesGalore.com in Sycamore, Ohio. Total price: $53.