Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping with Goodwill

The holidays are here, and while we’re spreading good cheer, many of us can’t help but stress over all the shopping (and spending!) that needs to be done. This year, you don’t need to overspend or fret about finding the perfect gift. Ohio Valley Goodwill is the best place to find unique gifts at affordable prices!

Beige Holiday Sweater from Goodwill

Holiday Sweater from Goodwill

Tips for uncovering gift-worthy finds

Of course, there are tips and tricks to finding the most gift-worthy items at a Goodwill store. First, make sure you’re organized. Bring a list of the people you’re buying for, and have a budget in mind for each. This way, you can go down your list and focus on one person at a time.

At Ohio Valley Goodwill, you can find outfits for the whole family. Keep an eye out for items that are in new or “nearly-new” condition. You can even find clothing at Goodwill with the tags still on, which sure beats buying brand new clothes at department store prices! Another tip is to look for designer labels on clothing, bags, and accessories. These items will likely be in good shape because the previous owner took good care of them. Trust us, gifting a designer bag will definitely earn you points for the rest of the year — and no one has to know you paid thrift store prices for it!

Think crafty!

What about those people on your shopping list who are so hard to buy for? You know, the kids’ teacher, your hairdresser, the neighbors, the list goes on! If you use your imagination, Ohio Valley Goodwill has endless options for creative DIY gift-giving.

Glass jars from Goodwill

Glass Jars from Goodwill

When you’re out thrifting, look for items you can paint or repurpose. For example, vintage teacups can easily be turned into stylish candles. You could fill Mason jars with cookie, brownie, or hot cocoa mix – or you could fill them with a homemade sugar scrub for an at-home spa day. And when you’re invited to a holiday get-together, bring a vintage thrifted party platter filled with homemade candies or freshly baked cookies.

Frames and Artwork from Ohio Valley Goodwill

Of course, Grandma and Grandpa always want pictures of the grandkids. Shop at Goodwill for unique and affordable picture frames that will make those photos extra special!

Find something for everyone!

Whether it’s toys, games, or home décor, Ohio Valley Goodwill has something for every person on your shopping list. And don’t forget the stocking stuffers! Goodwill has so many options that will make the little ones in your family smile. Look for things like children’s’ books, collectible cups or mugs, small toys, or even costume jewelry for kids who like to dress up!

Toys from Goodwill

Toys from Goodwill!

With the holidays right around the corner, now’s the time to get started. Get ahead of the rush by shopping at your local Cincinnati Goodwill retail store! You can even shop from the comfort of home by visiting the Ohio Valley Goodwill page on ShopGoodwill.com, Goodwill’s online auction site. Simply search by category or keyword for the gifts on your list, place a bid or select “buy it now,” and your item will be shipped directly to your door!

The best part about thrifting for the holidays is that you’re giving back just by shopping. When you choose to shop at Goodwill, you’re choosing to support meaningful job skills training and employment support for individuals with disabilities and veterans who want to go to work. There’s nothing more true to the holiday spirit than that!