You've probably seen the gift suggestions from Patch bloggers Lori Duff and Jason Brooks. You might already be making your list and maybe even checking it thrice. And like many, you might be planning your assault on the retail world with an early start to walk off a bit of your Thanksgiving Dinner or being first in line for Black Friday sales to get some of those one-of-a-kind (and only ONE) deals.
I say, "WAIT." Check out some of the great shopping right here in Grayson to celebrate "Small Business Saturday."
Locally owned businesses are the emphasis on Small Business Saturday … a sort of grass-roots economic recovery starts locally combined with an opportunity to “git ‘r’done” that takes you away from internet shopping and into the land of sparkling lights and Christmas music – without going to the mall!
Can you get it ALL done right in the heart of Grayson? Certainly you can get a LOT of your holiday shopping completed locally, so here’s a few of my favorite places to start:
Unique Gift Giving
The Grayson Arts & History Center has everything you could possibly need to decorate your home in high holiday fashion as well as some beautiful jewelry, warm scarves, tasty treats, and things that will cozy-up your home.
Make it special by making it personal! Southern Sisters and the Paper Fairy has a wide range of all things that can be personalized - from baby apparel to jewelry to the classic touch of engraved household wares. They also have a line of yummy smelling candles and a whole wall of Vera Bradley which beckons with vibrant colors and patterns.
Big surprises come in little packages and you can’t go wrong with jewelry … just saying … Grayson Jewelers has some original designs as well as some of the very sought after Pandora that will surely bring out some holiday joy! Sparkling jewelry in all sorts of colors and prices to meet every budget, we think you’ll be surprised by the options.
The Gift of Food
How lucky are we that we have so many wonderful restaurants in Grayson?! A gift certificate for those hard-to-buy-for folks is always a GREAT idea.
Grab a gift certificate for some drive-by nourishment from some our favorite fast-food and almost fast-food options for those on-the-go teens and grown-ups in your life. For something a bit more … refined … gift cards and certificates are available in the denomination of your choice at the Hail Mary Sports Pub, Johnny’s Pizza, Salamandra, After the Game, Nagano and Graft.
And let’s not forget the sweet treats available in Grayson! If you’re looking for a beautiful hostess gift, a special gift for a special teacher or even one that speaks of love through chocolate or cookies, let the folks at Parkside Bakery and Café know your spending limit and they’ll put together a memorable something to share.
While a cone of your favorite soft serve yogurt or ice cream might be a messy proposition for a stocking stuffer, consider the excitement of a gift card or certificate from Lickety Splitz, Five Spot, or the legendary Bruster’s Ice Cream.
The Gift of Beauty
O.K. GUYS …. LISTEN UP! Mom’s usually find it difficult to set aside the time for themselves, so think about a day – or even an hour – of beauty. Gift certificates as well as some of the most sought after products can be found at Peace.Love.Hair, Vivid, and Salon 124.
And if tanning, manicures and pedicures put a big smile on the faces of the women in your life, you can’t go wrong with memberships and gift certificates from any of the wonderful salons in Grayson. You can find a complete list of salons in the area HERE.
For the Men … or Women with Cars
Sure, cars need love and care year ‘round, but there’s also the need for a little bling every now and again! From special key chains to identify a favorite hobby to seat covers or even the practical needs for keeping your “baby” spotless, you can find them at AutoZone or Advanced Auto.
Get on your “somebody’s” good side with a gift certificate for a clean car in the stocking from Mr. Clean Car Wash - Almost as good as stepping into a house that’s seen the best side of a housecleaning service!
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So make your plans - coordinate your teams and then meet up at one of the great restaurants for a celebratory glass of wine! You deserve it!
Many of the retailers and restaurants in Grayson will be having specials for Small Business Saturday Sales, so make sure you friend them on Facebook, find their website, or just stop in and let them know you support local businesses!