By Jen Bakken
With the holiday season here, it’s time to find gifts for those special ones in our lives.
Some people enjoy shopping among the crowds, while others decide to surf the Internet from the convenience of home.
One thing we all have in common is trying to find just the right gift at just the right price.
Delano offers a variety of choices for holiday shopping. Avoiding the cost of filling up your gas tank is an advantage, and saving time is priceless.
A short drive to Delano Crossings brings many shopping opportunities. RU Sisters offers unique items; themed baskets, lotions, candles, gourmet foods, baby items, and inspirational items, to name only a few.
Always open to suggestions, the store can special order items, too. When you purchase a gift, the staff will even wrap it, complete with a raffia bow.
The popular children’s gift “Webkinz” is available, from $9.95 to $15.95. If the children in your life haven’t already told you about Webkinz, they are plush animals who come complete with access to an educational web site.
The animals have a code that enables children to become part of an interactive virtual world. For more information, visit www.webkinz.com. Another popular gift idea is an RU Sisters gift certificate or a themed gift basket.
“We make a lot of corporate baskets,” said manager Jane Speckle. “And many men come in the day before Christmas worried about finding just the right gift. We help them look like a hero when they leave.”
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1 the store will open at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Christmas merchandise will be on sale during their holiday open house Thursday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 16.
While you are at Delano Crossings, stop by Bagy-Jo’s, where Tiger Spirit Wear and pajama pants are always a top-seller. Then you can go to Snyder’s Drug Store to find many items including the popular digital picture frames.
Traveling west on Highway 12, one runs across Antiques at Delano. A special gift for that special someone doesn’t have to be something brand new.
“Buy something that can have a lasting effect and will increase in value,” said Ilene Watke.
With four antique dealers at the store, there is surely something for everyone. Sure to be a unique find is an old magazine with the date of your loved one’s birthday.
Sharing the building with Antiques at Delano is A2B Pack & Ship. If you have a gift to send, owner Jim Kowalski is sure to be able to help at an affordable price.
With a guaranteed delivery date, insurance, and tracking, you can entrust your packages to this local business.
While you are there, be sure to take a look at the crafts for sale that are handmade by Kowalski’s wife, Tamara. The original paintings, jewelry, creative sewing, paper crafts, and other artful whimsies will enable you to give a one-of-a-kind gift.
Continuing west, Loopy’s Dollar Store is a must-stop for all your stocking stuffers. Also available, and a hot item, is a new type of skateboard, with light-up wheels and a twistable middle, enabling riders to go uphill. Loopy’s will be open Christmas Eve until 5 p.m. for all your last minute holiday shopping.
Just past the river bridge on Highway 12 is Equestrian Outfitters, the perfect place to find gifts for the horse lovers on your shopping list.
Continue on your local holiday shopping trip by heading into the downtown area.
On Bridge Avenue, you will find that Delano Floral and Gifts has many items beautifully displayed, and gift wrapping is offered free. They are a full service florist, but there is much more than plants and flowers available here. You can find candles, ornaments, baby gifts, miscellaneous decorative items, and much more.
“We have a lot of unique items,” said owner Deann Shoutz. “If you want that one special thing, you can find it here.”
Delano Floral and Gifts will soon have a big selection of poinsettias, and they will deliver flowers, plants and gift items, too.
Nearby is True Value Hardware Store, where you can purchase a gift certificate for those handy, but hard to buy for, people in your life.
Next, look down the street, where you will spot Lil Gift and Embroidery Shop. Recently opened by Caroll Solberg, the shop is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Dec. 22.
If you are still searching for gift ideas, why not consider a gift certificate to other local businesses.
• A gift certificate to Linda’s Photography or McDonald’s Photography Studio will help your family and friends preserve memories.
• Everyone needs their hair cut so why not purchase a gift card to a barbershop or one of the area beauty salons?
• We all like to eat and a gift card to Coborn’s or one of Delano’s restaurants would be a tasty treat.
• With the high price of gas affecting pocket books, a gift card to a convenience store would be useful and appreciated, especially if you have teenagers on your shopping list.
• For the active members of your family, why not purchase time at a fitness center or a game of bowling at Doc Holiday’s?
There are countless options and places to consider, in Delano, for all your holiday shopping needs.
For more ideas, check the 2007 Delano Community Guide, or just take a look around town. You may be surprised at how much time and money you can save by shopping right here in Delano.