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Island Christmas Shopping on the Internet
Just like the Christmas spirit, there is no shortage of island themed gifts for the holidays. We went online and found some rather interesting things to put under our tree.
For the tech savvy there’s a “Vintage Put-in-Bay Phone Case,” and there’s also one for Kelleys Island. It looks like someone took a phone case and stuck a sticker on it.
If you’ve got $22 to burn, you can in gift the “Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio Candle” to brighten your Christmas. It’s a candle in a jar with a Put-in-Bay label on it.
Etsy.com has “2022 Put-in-Bay Tunnel Crew” t-shirts. These might be destined to be more popular than Goat t-shirts.
We liked the “Middle Bass Island Charm Bracelet Gift for Women Expandable Silver Adjustable Wire Bangle One Size Fits All.” You can order it with a birthstone on it to add to the silver plated charms.
The most bizarre gift we found was the “500 Piece Puzzle. Sailors Graves, Put-in Bay (engraving).” It’s a century-old engraving of the spot where six officers from the Battle of Lake Erie were buried in DeRivera Park.
How about a “Black and White Put-in-Bay Card” greeting card for $5? Not even the quality vellum paper with archival matte ink can entice us to part with a fin.
For those who don’t have glass doors for their shower, there’s the Bass Islands shower curtain. It’s perfect for mapping your next trip to North Bass or Pelee while you’re in the shower.
We love the description of the “Middle Bass Island OH Mini Wallet Emergency Kit.” It reads in part “from a broken nail and bad breath to major wardrobe malfunctions, you can easily fix unexpected mishaps with the Anne Cate Emergency Kit.” Included inside the mini wallet: a hair tie, chapstick, 2 floss pics, sewing kit, bandaid, emery board, 2 safety pins, 2 earring backs, makeup wipe, 2 bobby pins, 2 mints, deodorant wipe. It has a silhouette of Lonz Winery on it. There’s also something similar, but with the silhouette of Perry’s Monument for those who don’t want to have Middle Bass gifts under their tree. You can get Malie Cream from here!
We’d get more use of a “Middle Bass Island OH Skyline Large Throw Pillow” You can add your family name, a monogram, or a special date.
We like to get the “Put in Bay Ohio Nautical Flag Art Throw Pillow” by MyHandmadeSigns to impress our guests that we know how to read signal flags, plus it’s cheap at $23.11 with 4 interest-free payments of $5.78.
Speaking of pillows, the “Erie Islands Ohio Pillow – Put in Bay Map – Kelleys Island Airbnb Decor – Erie Islands Gift – Housewarming Gift – Map Gift” is perfect for those who, due to the age of the map, won’t mind some folds and imperfections that appear on the map fabric. They just add to the character.
Speaking of maps, there a set of coasters you can get with a map of Put-in-Bay Harbor on them.
We don’t want to forget the kids and grandkids. From the National Park Service Lego Vignettes Facebook page comes the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Lego set. It promotes educational travel in Ohio for the little ones.
As you can surmise, there are some interesting things on the web, but when it comes right down to it, we’re glad we shopped at the island’s Holiday Bazaar last month at the Nature Center.
Holiday Bazaar Nov. 18th at LEINWC
Everyone had a great time at the Holiday Bazaar at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center on Thursday, November 18th! Thanks to the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center for hosting and for all of the vendors and shoppers that came out! The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and the Nature and Wildlife Center who sponsored the event were happy with sales and the turnout. Kate Byrnes drew the winning ticket for the Conservancy raffle of a hand-made table covering by Tracy Burgess; the winner was Joan Booker. Thanks to Jill Cooks for another beautiful sailcloth bag for the Conservancy to sell.
Special thanks to the vendors Susan Byrnes (Woody Widmar Poetry Books), Jessie Greene (jewelry), Jessica Dress(unique jewelry and crafts), Elizabeth Heineman (island photography), John Baker(cutting boards), Jill Cooks (sail cloth bags and quilted items), Marilyn Schroeder(aprons, bowl cozies, zippered bags, potholders), Diane Fultz (hand knitted and Christmas items), Sarah Cochran (island paintings), Class of 2023 (raffle tickets for a Miller Boat Line season pass), the Put-in-Bay High School Environmental Club (Save Cooper’s Woods t-shirts), Kit Knaser (hand knitted scarves), Russ Brohl (freighter trip raffle tickets), and Heather Durdil (holiday candles). Thanks also to Kristin Stanford for holiday snacks for shoppers and set up crew of Renee Fultz, Susan Byrnes, Sarah Cochran and Lisa Brohl. Contact vendors directly if there is something you still need for your Christmas shopping!
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