Still time to shop (locally) for Christmas gifts

Christmas is hurtling toward us like a runaway freight train but really, there’s still plenty of time to be ready for its arrival.

Christmas is Wednesday and with busy schedules often keeping people from getting everything done, shopping might seem a terrifying proposition.

Shopping locally is the easiest way to finish up fulfilling the holiday shopping lists created by family and friends. Remember, when you shop locally, you help to keep a neighbor employed.

Look around and you’ll find many options for those last-minute gifts. Works of art, T-shirts, candles and other locally produced items can be found all around. They are distinct and fun presents to purchase.

Local restaurants offer gift certificates that solve the “what size should I buy?” dilemma. Those certificates can be a blessing for those who are too busy or too burned out by the holiday rush to have time to cook, so presenting them as gifts is a win-win solution to the buying dilemma.

Heading out to shop might seem a daunting prospect but we believe with the right attitude, finding that perfect present might just rekindle a holiday spark and brighten spirits, created in knowing your efforts will bring a smile to the face of someone you love.

Christmas is, of course, much more than just what comes in a brightly wrapped package. But finding the right things for the people you love is a wonderfully gratifying feeling.

When searching for those last-second items, please remember to spend your dollars locally.

It’s a long-term benefit to our community.