Last-Minute Lancaster County Christmas Gift Ideas To Save The Day

December 16, 2014

If you drive by the Historic Smithton Inn from Thanksgiving through early
January, you’ll quickly see that I absolutely adore the holiday season. With glistening outdoor lights aglow and our countdown to Christmas clock on the corner for all to see, our bed and breakfast exudes enthusiasm for this blessed time of year.

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t ever felt the holiday-induced stress of scrambling to buy gifts in the eleventh hour for friends and family! We’ve all been there, right?

Just in case you’re facing that anxiety this year, I thought I’d share a few ideas for last-minute gifts you can buy locally.

Six Last-Minute Gift Ideas You Can Find Right Here In the Ephrata Area

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A Historic Smithton Inn gift certificate—What could be a better present for out-of-town (or even in-town) friends and family than a weekend getaway to Lancaster County? You can order our gift certificates online to have them delivered instantly via email or choose to have us send them the old-fashioned way.

Local historically inspired gifts—At The Museum Store at Ephrata Cloister you’ll find traditional artwork (watercolors, prints, paper cuttings, and calligraphy) and locally made crafts like pottery, tinware, glass, and more. All are inspired by and reflective of original pieces in the historical collection. You can either stop by to visit the store (632 W. Main St., Ephrata) or give them a call or email them to place your order after browsing through their online store. When you buy items from the Ephrata Cloister, your money goes toward supporting its preservation and educational programs.

Dinner and a Movie gift certificate—Know someone who loves eating out and entertainment? With a gift card from Lily’s On Main, they’ll enjoy both. Lily’s gift cards can be used in the restaurant for an exceptional meal and at the Ephrata Main Theatre to catch the latest blockbuster. Give them a call at 717-733-2711 or drop by their location (124 E. Main St. Ephrata) to pick one up.

Authentic PA Dutch goodies from the Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction—Indulge those tough-to-buy-for folks on your list with some local Lancaster County homemade deliciousness. A quick trip to the Green Dragon market (955 N. State St., Ephrata) will put you within reach of jams, jellies, shoofly pies, and all sorts of other yummy local treats made by local Amish folks.

Something uniquely “them” from Extra Olives Gift ShopExtra Olives (358 N. Reading Road, Ephrata) has everything from gourmet foods to fashionable jewelry to hand-painted cocktail glassware and more. You’ll find many items crafted by local talent. If you’re stumped on what to buy for someone, a walk through this adorable shop will surely spark some ideas as you peruse its unique offerings.

An eye-opening brew from Ten Thousand Villages—Chances are you have some coffee aficionados on your Christmas giving list. Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata (240 N. Reading Road, Ephrata) has some delicious varieties of fair trade and organic coffees to make that special person’s mornings extra special.

I hope these suggestions take some of the pressure off you this holiday so you can relax and enjoy the season.

Peace and joy be yours!

Rebecca Gallagher

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