You've likely spent so much time tramping the aisles of your favorite stores, the employees think you're one of them.
You've stood in lines so long, your credit card's about to expire.
You deserve a break. But it's just two weeks before Christmas and your shopping's far from done.
Don't despair. This is the time to get creative. Pull on a jacket, grab your list and head out. But this time, skip the malls and head for the deli, one of several specialty food stores or wineries and breweries in the area. Instead of looking for that perfect sweater, choose an edible, or drinkable, gift.
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Food always fits. It's rarely returned, and the color is seldom an issue. (Unless, of course, it's green and fuzzy, but that's a food safety issue and the subject for another column.)
First choose a container. Baskets are always a good choice, but heavy-duty gift bags work too.
Then choose a theme. Breakfast? Scone and pancake mixes, jams and syrups are good selections.
Is there someone with a sweet tooth on your list? Handmade chocolates, fudge, caramel corn and chocolate-covered cherries will be perfect.
Coffee lovers? Flavored syrups, gourmet coffees and gift cards to their favorite drive through cafe will make you their hero.
Wine and dine
St. Joseph's School in Kennewick is seeking sponsorships for its annual Art and Wine event scheduled Feb. 1. The adult event features a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by a sit down dinner and live auction. Proceeds help support the school.
For more information, contact Shannon Street, sponsorship co-chairwoman, at 509-308-9338 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the event are available online for $60 per person until Dec. 20 and $75 between Dec. 21 and Jan. 17.
For more information, go to www.stjoesartandwine.com.
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