I am falling into the trap of tradition. While most will describe me as “the least sentimental person I know,” I do from time to time like to create and maintain tradition. For example, I love hosting the Thanksgiving feast at our home. Granted, I initially started hosting because it was easier with young kids to have a multi-hour gathering at my own home then packing up all their gear and heading somewhere else. Perhaps you would argue, then, that I was actually being selfish and certainly not motivated by creating a lovely scene for my two families. And probably I wouldn’t argue that point.
Tradition… I hear the word and instantly my sister’s voice, singing the main line from Fiddler on the Roof, jumps into my head. For today, our tradition will honor those fantastic people in our lives that save their shopping lists for the last moment. If you are one of those individuals, here is your cheat sheet. Feel free to bookmark this page and return to it on December 24. Cheers!
Typically, the Olympia Farmers Market hours are limited to the weekends this time of year. But, no need to worry, they have extended their hours to include Monday, December 24 as part of their annual Last Minute Shopper’s Delight. While produce may be light this time of year, the crafters are there in force, peddling their wares.
Shipping deadlines have passed and unless you are interested in forking over $40+ for overnight delivery, it’s likely that you need to look local for your gifts. Turn to Olympia crafters that are selling products through online marketplaces such as Etsy. Look them up and set a time to meet and swap money for handmade treats.
I am a big fan of giving the gift of an experience rather than a “thing.” Check out this awesome list. Support local businesses and pick perfect gifts.
For Shopping 101 tips, turn to this article to guide you through the wonderful maze of downtown merchants.
Last minute shoppers – this is written for you. What better stocking stuffer then matching toothbrushes for the family? See what Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry has to say about the range of awesome oral hygiene gifts. Everyone has teeth.
And, then when you really need an extra hand, turn to the personal shopping crew at Ralph’s Thriftway.
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