On our holiday gifts lists, we’ve all got those people who already have everything. You can spend hours online or fight the mall crowds looking for that “perfect” present, but neither is really all that much fun! Why not give yourself a little joy while you shop for those you love? My suggestion: treat yourself to excursions to some of the unique shopping venues Lancaster County has to offer.
Within a fast 5 minutes from our bed and breakfast, you can find amazing gifts at one of these locally favorite Ephrata retailers:
Ten Thousand Villages – Rte. 272, 240 N Reading Road
|From Ten Thousand Villages Facebook|
Features fair trade gifts, home decor, jewelry, and more made by artisans from developing countries across the globe.
Extra Olives – 358 N. Reading Road
A charming boutique where you’ll find local products such as jewelry, textiles, sauces, soaps, woodworking and more made by local craftsman and artists. Not sure what to buy? They welcome your questions and will guide you in choosing gifts to match particular tastes.
|From Sheldon’s Gallery Facebook|
Sheldon’s Gallery – 20 W. Main Street
Art, unique home décor (for indoors and outdoors), custom framing, jewelry, and Christmas-themed gifts. It’s one of Ephrata’s locals’ favorite places to find that special gift for that special someone.
Parkhill Jewelry – 5 W. Main Street
Known for their gorgeous jewelry, but they have so, so, so much more! Your shopping adventure wouldn’t be complete without visiting Parkhill!
Plus, Lancaster County has a variety of local craft and artisan shows to make your 2013 holiday
7th annual Homespun Christmas Craft Show – Nov 28, 29, 30 and Dec 1 & Dec 6, 7, and 8
12 Shops of Christmas (by the folks who do the Best Kept Secrets Tour) – Dec. 6 – 14
Christmas Folk Art Show in Manheim – Friday, Dec. 13, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Christkindlesmarkt at Stoudts – Sundays: Dec. 8, 15, and 22 – 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Happy shopping! And when you’ve finished checking off the items on your list, drop by here to leave a comment and tell me about your best find of the season.