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Adding some humor to the holiday is an art form, and nobody does it better than Clevelanders who never take themselves too seriously. All it takes is knowing the personality or lifestyle of each person on your list and finding a gift that pokes a little fun at it. To give you a head start, here’s a collection of eight locally made goods that say it with a smirk, so you can share a little laughter along with that #shoplocal love.
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A perfect gift for anyone who’s known to murder a whole pizza in one sitting, this handmade tee honors the slice slasher in us all. For others who are just overall fans of our great city, Rocket E3 has you covered with illustrated posters, stickers, and apparel all laced with a healthy dose of Cleveland sarcasm.
Badass Badges for pets by Snarky Pants Studios are great stocking stuffers for anyone who’s obsessed with their animal. The “Gave Zero F*cks” Patch for cats and the “Rolled in Something Gross” Patch for dogs makes you realize how quickly you’ll want to start collecting them all.
A new baby is always the hero. With the Pooperhero Baby Bodysuit, the parents on your list can laugh even when things get super gross. Lil’ Burritos makes this onesie with picture-taking in mind, knowing that a little humor can save the day. It even comes wrapped in foil, like a real burrito. One that doesn’t poop.
The Fresh Food apparel line by Refresh Collective uses hip-hop and fashion to motivate today’s youth to grow, cook and eat healthy. Featuring even more puns, like Lettuce Unite, That’s My Jam, and Drop The Beat, these gifts feel good for the cause and not just the comedy.
Got a parent on your list? Cleveland’s king of quirk paints just how we really feel. Known for his ultra-surreal prints, paintings and sculptures of fantasy creatures, Bili Kribbs drives home the sarcasm in his titles. “Can I Go To the Bathroom in Peace” was recently on exhibit at E11even2 Gallery in the Gordon Square Arts District.
Motivate the potty mouth in your life to write thank you notes after the holidays. On a mission to revive the lost art of handwritten notes, Danielle of Dippity and Snark offers hand drawn greeting cards, stationery and illustrated gifts with a modern, cheeky twist.
With aromas to match every mood, Stephanie Smith of Ohio Wick House hand pours all-natural soy candles, then wraps them in a little bit of sass. Intriguing scents for everyone on your list include “I Did It All For the Cookies,” “Drink Up Grinches” and “Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animals”
The holidays generate lots of dirty dishes, so it’s good to have some lighthearted linens on hand. Kelly Noon of Sunshine and Memories offers hundreds of embroidered designs that are sure to crack a smile. You can even order a custom message if you feel like polishing up an old inside joke for someone special.