By Jen Bakken
DELANO, MN The holiday season is here, and it’s time to find those special gifts for family and friends.
Some enjoy shopping among the crowds searching for bargains, 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.
With the economy as it is, keeping one’s dollars local is more important than ever. The variety of businesses in Delano make the community unique.
At Delano Crossings, one can find many shopping opportunities. A must stop is Bagy-Jo’s, where Tiger spirit wear is always a top seller, for children and adults alike.
CVS Drug Store has a variety of items, and offers a great photo lab to develop all of your holiday pictures.
Just west of the Crossings on Highway 12 is Antiques at Delano, which proves a special gift 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 multiple antique dealers displaying merchandise at the shop, there is surely something for everyone. A unique find is an old magazine with the date of your loved one’s birthday.
Loopy’s Dollar Store is a must-stop for all your stocking stuffers. Loopy’s will be open Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for last-minute holiday shopping.
Schnell’s Saddle Shop in downtown Delano is the perfect place to find gifts for the horse lovers on your shopping list, as is Equine Impressions, a newly-opened store in Delano’s Country Mall that specializes in embroidery, silkscreening, etching, and sublimination not only for horse themes, but for anything.
As soon as one walks through the door of Delano Floral and Gifts, many items beautifully displayed come into sight.
Gift wrapping is offered free. The store is a full-service florist, but there is much more than plants and flowers available here. One 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 also arrange a gorgeous centerpiece for holiday parties, will soon have a big selection of poinsettias, and they also deliver flowers, plants and gift items, too. Be sure to check out their new gourmet food line and selection of Willow Tree Angels.
Nearby is True Value Hardware Store, where one can purchase a gift certificate for those handy, but hard to buy for, people. All Seasons Sports can also provide the right idea for those outdoorsmen.
Apple Jack Orchards is a great place for the pies and apple cider needed for the holidays. They have fresh Christmas trees, wreaths, and great gifts to choose from.
“We will even ship out gift boxes of apples to anyone on your list,” said owner Kit Dekarski. “And Santa will be here two days this year.”
Crow River Harley-Davidson is a safe bet when searching for gifts sure to be a hit with motorcycle fans on your shopping list.
If 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 family and friends to preserve precious memories.
Everyone needs their haircut so why not purchase a gift card to a barbershop or one of the area beauty salons?
Everyone loves food, and a gift card to Coborn’s or one of Delano’s restaurants would be a tasty treat. And, don’t forget about the restaurants in neighboring communities, just a few miles away.
A gift card to a convenience store would be useful and appreciated, especially if there are teenagers on one’s shopping list.
For the active members of the family, why not purchase time at a fitness center or a game of bowling at Doc Holiday’s?
- In lean economic times, what better gift than helping someone with their auto maintenance at Star West, Delano Dodge, or another local shop?
For the wine lovers in one’s life, a gift from Woodland Hill Winery would be a friend or family member’s favorite for sure.
There are countless options and places to consider, in Delano, for all holiday shopping needs.
Check the current Delano Community Guide, area phone books, or just take a drive around town, and you may be surprised at how much time and money can be saved by shopping locally.