Cleveland Art To Wear & Share - Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is in full swing and as we're checking people off the shopping list, the struggle we endure almost every year is beginning to rear its head again. - What to buy for those "hard to gift" family members, friends, co-workers. etc. from our list?

Let's face it. It's tough. There are always a few that seem nearly impossible to shop for. We search the stores and browse online for gift ideas. In many cases, weeks worth of hunting and browsing all culminate with a surrender.  We give up and just snag a gift card. And sometimes, that's our best choice.

But don't surrender just yet! If you have hard to gift people on your list who keep a piece of their heart connected to Cleveland Ohio, head on over to The 5th St. Arcades. We have some unique gift ideas to share.

Wearable Art

At Fra Angelica Studio, Art To Wear is what we're all about. Thankfully, you won't find racks, rows and cases of look-a-like fashion and mass-produced baubles in our store. We specialize in high-quality clothing, cozy knitwear made from hand-dyed yarns, and uncommon jewelry all designed by independent... and in many cases, local Cleveland area artists. We also carry a diverse selection of Cleveland-themed t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, jewelry and even aprons with designs from local artists, like Chris Deighan, Marge Widmar, Kristin Ellis, Pip Malensek, Gil Kudrin, Jim Ptacek, and Irene Bellomo.

Cleveland Holiday Ornaments

The artisans of Wendell August, America's premier metal artisans, have partnered with renowned Cleveland photographer Jim Ptacek to create a limited edition ornament collection highlighting Cleveland and Ohio. Today, Ptacek's photography is represented in numerous galleries throughout the country and his absolutely stunning nine ornament collection is available at our studio while supplies last.

Cleveland History Books

Native Clevelander Alan Dutka is an author, and popular speaker at historical societies, libraries and community centers. He has written several books, including Misfortune on Cleveland's Millionaire's Row and Cleveland Calamities. In East Fourth Street: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street, Dutka helps to relive the stories and follow the dynamic rise, decline, and rebirth of an urban Cleveland hotspot. If you have a hard to gift  #CLElovin history buff on your list, I think we've officially got their number.

Alan Dutka Cleveland History Books

Cleveland Print Art (Gift Card Holders)

If you've made it this far in the post, it's likely you haven't found that perfect gift for that special someone just yet... but fear not. While it may be time to just go ahead and snag that gift card, we have one last idea to share. One of the best kept secrets at Fra Angelica is our extensive collection of unique greeting cards designed by local artists; Chris Deighan, Mark Yanochko, Jim Ptacek, Marge Widmar, Michael Prech, Gil Kudrin, and Deborah French. From abstract collages to cityscape prints to graphic media designs, we carry dozens of Cleveland inspired greeting cards. So if you must, go ahead and grab that gift card. We'll be happy to help you wrap it.

Fra Angelica Studio proudly carries a diverse collection art to wear and share from Cleveland local artists. If you're looking for a unique gift idea for someone special or for yourself, stop on by to try some on, or have a look.