Forget the snowglobes, bottle openers and other tchotchkes you usually bring home from a trip. Your family deserves better. Luckily, Cleveland offers a wide selection of signature swag that offers the same mix of clever, creative and cool that the city prides itself on. Hit up these local spots for gifts that will actually make an appearance in your day-to-day life.
Bertman’s Original Dortmunder Beer Mustard
We all know Great Lakes Brewing Company’s award-winning Dortmunder Gold Lager® tastes great in a glass. But have you tried it on a brat? Bertman’s Original Dortmunder Beer Mustard is a tailgate-ready blend of tangy and malty flavors just right for cooking, dipping and spreading.
LONG LIVE ROCK
Love the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s iconic, Instagram-worthy Long Live Rock sign? Snag a mini, 10-inch “Long Live Rock” model for your bookshelf, desk or wherever you choose to display your love for rock. Small but mighty, this souvenir is tailor-made for selfies.
If you’re looking to add a major award to your window, you’re in luck: A Christmas Story House & Museum lets you take home your very own! Grab a replica Leg Lamp from the gift shop on-site at Ralphie’s home or online from the comfort of your own.
Cleveland Candle Co.
From stunning lakeside sunsets to sports teams, Cleveland Candle Co.’s CLE-themed collection reps our city’s greatest hits (and scents). With pics of local icons and scents evoking things like a crisp winter snow, this seven-candle collection provides a perfect memento of The Land.
Show your support for Karamu House—the oldest producing African American theater in the nation—by sporting one of its Black Playwright T-shirts. These stylish tees depict figures such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, with proceeds benefiting the theatre.
Cleveland Clothing Co.
Did you even visit if you don't leave with a Cleveland-themed T-shirt from Cleveland Clothing Co.? For over a decade, this popular brand has been making must-have shirts with phrases like “I Liked Cleveland Before It Was Cool” and “Believeland” for a true Forest City fashion statement.
Just call your dentist now. With creamy peanut butter surrounded by milk chocolate, the Ohio Buckeyes candies by third-generation family-owned Malley’s Chocolates will satisfy your sweet tooth. A box makes a perfect drool-worthy gift from the Buckeye state or browse the many other chocolate and non-chocolate confections on display in their many shops.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Make your wardrobe a canvas with art-themed apparel from the Cleveland Museum of Art (offered both online and on-site). Snag a Picasso tie, Monet-splashed tote bag, or a scarf paying homage to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and become the best-dressed art aficionado on the block. Or peruse a selection of prints, art books, jewelry and other gifts to remember your trip to CMA.