With Christmas only 3 days away, I imagine that there are many procrastinators out there scrambling around still trying to find the perfect last minute gift? I, unfortunately, speak from experience! My saving grace, however, is that I choose to shop local for the holidays so there is no need to try to rush to a mall for my last minute items. Luckily we have so many great little shops to choose from that my variety is plenty. One of my all-time favorite shops in our area is Schoolhouse Earth located just a few minutes from Deep Creek. With over 3 buildings full of items, there is definitely something for everyone in your group. They have a children’s section which consists of everything from toys to clothes to room décor. Another section of Deep Creek décor such as vintage maps, wall signs, and plaques. For those that have a “Foodie” or Wine lover to buy for, they have a wonderful variety to choose from whether you are looking for certain spices and dips or just a cute new wine glass or wine opener. Definitely worth the stop. The Christmas Chalet, located in the heart of the lake action, is the place to go if you are shopping for that person that just can’t get enough Christmas decorations or perhaps collects certain ornaments! They even have football themed trees (Are you a Ravens or a Steelers fan? They have both!) It’s definitely the store to go into if you haven’t yet found your Christmas spirit as it truly is a winter wonderland. Travel up to Oakland to the local Book Mark’et & Mezzanine. A new tradition could be buying your children your favorite childhood book for the holidays or pick up the latest novels for the bookworms that you know. They also have a wonderful collection on antiques and unique home décor. Your choices are endless.
Back to the lake to shop at Bear Creek Traders who offer everything from cool cups and mugs to large pictures and displays. Completely stumped? Head to Trader’s Coffee House to get your java loving friends a new coffee mug complete with Trader’s gift coins! Every year I promise myself that I am not going to wait until the last minute to shop and yet, here I am. Very comforting to know that my choices of where to go are numerous! Support your local shops this holiday season and throughout the year!