2018 Holiday Gift Guide: December

We’ve got another gift guide to help you find the best gifts for friends and loved ones. Check out more fantastic foodie finds, fashion forward trends, and a new pet lovers section. This holiday season is sure to be a good one. Don’t forget to visit your local shops to support small business owners and find unique gifts.

Foodie Finds

Make a deliciously ethical purchase this year and get someone who loves coffee (and justice just as much) the Oakwood Coffee Gift Pack. All proceeds of this set from Hope Inspire Love goes towards eradicating human injustice, fighting for child welfare, care for orphans and the process to end human trafficking and exploitation. This gift bundle includes a white “Let Freedom Rise” scripted bistro mug and an “Oakwood Coffee 10 ounce bag,” You can get it for $25 at www.shophopeinspirelove.org

Zimmerman’s Nuts & Candies has a lot to offer this holiday season. The family owned business, now located on Elm Street, has been making the holidays a little sweeter since 1915. Try some of their delicious homemade peanut butter (a top seller!) or walk through aisles upon aisles of your favorite candies and grab a bag or two. For your foodie friend who wants to help local businesses thrive, this is the perfect gift to get them.

Get someone a poppin’ gift for the holidays, Urban Accents Get Poppin’ Snack Attack for Popcorn Lovers Gift set. It includes light and fluffy White Gold popcorn kernels, and 4 gourmet popcorn seasonings –  White Cheddar, Tangy Dill Pickle, Sweet & Salty Kettlecorn and Sizzling Sriracha. Not only does it bring some added flavor to your popcorn, but it can be used however you like. Sprinkle these popcorn flavoring powders on potatoes, nuts, chips and more. Find it for $25 at www.amazon.com

Fashion Forward

For that spunky fashionista in your life, check out Stella & Dot’s adorable array of statement earrings. With multiple styles and designs, your fashion loving friend will love showing off any of the stylish pairs you pick out. Prices range from $24 to $69. www.stelladot.com

Bow Creek Jewelry Outlet, a local store in Grantville boasts a variety of pieces like rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants and necklaces made of real gold, sterling silver or platinum. They also sell jewelry that contains diamonds of various sizes, or decorative stone or glass accents that add to their beauty, but not your cost. Visit them today for an extra special gift for someone you love. www.bowcreekfinancial.com

A trip to Bill Maloney Men’s Wear & Tailor Shop is a trip that supports your local small business owners. This men’s shop offers great deals on much of their apparel. They house one of the area’s largest varieties of suits, sport coats, shirts, shorts, pants, ties and accessories in Central PA. Your fashionable friends will appreciate a gift from this fine establishment.

Support Your Local Businesses

Toys on the Square is a hot spot this holiday season. The small Hummlestown shop markets themselves as having unique and fine quality toys. For those little ones who are just a little tougher to shop for, this place will be sure to have something for each and every child. www.toysonthesquare.com

The gift of going to Color Me Mine in Harrisburg is a fun and interactive gift this year. You pick your pottery piece, paint it, and then pick it up six days later. This affordable activity has an $8 studio fee and the cost of whichever pottery piece you choose. An average price is approximately $15 – $17. Get creative with this artsy gift.

Located over in Camp Hill, Capital City Car Wash, which has been in the washing and detailing business for over thirty years, offers many services that will be appreciated by that car-lover in your life. Head on over and grab a gift card from them for their great services. You can even gift someone one of their monthly advantage programs. www.capitalcitycarwash.com

Pet-Friendly Gifts

Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Now you can get a glimpse! Dognition offers a series of games that help reveal how your dog sees the world. The games measure things like empathy, communication, cunning, memory, and reasoning, and promises to give you greater insight into what makes your dog tick. Buy the Assessment for $19 – includes fun games for any dog and dog lover, with a custom profile type report. Or, buy someone a Membership for $79 – includes your assessment, a 12-month full membership, monthly game and analysis, tailored training tips and activities, and a 50 percent discount on additional dog assessments. www.dognition.com

For your friend whose other bestie is their pet, try gifting them this cute duo, a Friendship Collar and Bracelet! This sweet set comes with a collar for the four-legged friend and a matching bracelet for the two-legged one. Find it for $35 on www.chewy.com Find the kitty counterpart on the same website for $15.

Can’t choose what to get your pet or pet-lover? Try BarkBox Every BarkBox has at least two innovative toys, two all-natural bags of treats, and a chew, curated from each month’s unique themed collection. You can get a 1-month subscription for $35, or if you’re feeling generous, they offer 3, 6, and 12-month options too. www.barkbox.com. Get the same type of product for your cat at www.meowbox.com. Each box is aimed to purrrrfectly suit your feline friend.