Last Minute Shopping List

Christmas will be here before we know it and many of us have yet to start or finish our Christmas shopping. I present to you – last minute ideas for those who are hard to shop for!

These are all local stores to me in Cedar Rapids, IA and I encourage you to use these or similar local businesses in whatever city you’re in.  It is always a good idea to support the locally-owned and operated places in your community, for many reasons. This year, it is even more crucial to support our neighbors—we have all taken a hit during this pandemic and the holiday season may be the last chance for some to stay in business.

Please check out the links here for their websites!

The Marion Chocolate Shop – got a chocolate fiend in your household and beyond? Look no further than The Marion Chocolate Shop for all your gourmet chocolate needs, plus caramels and toffees!  

Stillwater Coffee – looking for a coffee gift card, beans, or a great place to meet? Get the beverage aficionado in your family all the coffee or tea they can possibly want. Plus, check their calendar for a live event and enjoy a night out! 

Gianna’s Italian Beef – Supporting a local, family-owned restaurant is easy when the food is as delish as Gianna’s! Perfect for any holiday gatherings, and equally perfect for any family members or employees of yours who work downtown – grab a Gianna’s gift card!

Hands in Harmony – Who hasn’t felt the stress of this year?! Get your most-stressed family member or friend a gift card for a lovely, relaxing massage – and give them something to look forward to in the new year. For those who don’t like massages, other services they provide include waxing, facials, and nails! 

Scribe Stationer – You may have already sent your Christmas cards, but what about New Year’s cards, or that new planner you have your eye on? Get yours today from a local Cedar Rapids small business who has only the best paper and stationary products on order in an historic firehouse.

Next Page Books – a little walk from Scribe Stationer, Next Page Books is never to be missed, for gifts for you, your family, your favorite barista, etc. If you’re lucky, you may have an encounter with Frank the bookstore cat.

Sweet Mercantile Soda Fountain & Candy Shop – and for the sweet tooth or nostalgic in your life, check out the newest soda fountain in Czech Village. You can’t go wrong with their selection! The perfect stop for both kids and grownups.

SOKO Outfitters — this store is packed with the gear you need to get outdoors. The staff is well-versed in their selection and always able to make the perfect suggestion for any outdoors person in your life.

Moss Plant Shop —  Lastly, you can never go wrong with a little green! If you are at a loss for gift ideas, head to Moss to find the perfect plant addition to any household. You can also shop their variety of cards, jewelry, candles, and other gift giving items.

So, good luck to all of you last-minute shoppers! Avoid the malls and support your local businesses. After all, these owners are our friends and neighbors. 

Happy holidays to one and all! I wish peace, love, and gratitude for everyone.


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