If you’re reading this on Sunday, there are 23 days left until Christmas, and you may still be looking for that perfect gift.
Below are some of my favorite things, which may spur some ideas.
I love to give (and receive) Williams Sonoma dishtowels. Although expensive at $19 for a pack of three, they dry dishes, which can’t be said about many new dishtowels. They’re something for everyone, I think.
A person who likes to cook might enjoy a new knife. Knives come in all price ranges, and I particularly like J. Henckel’s 4-inch paring knife or a Wusthof chef’s knife, beginning at about $10 at Marshall’s or T.J. Maxx.
Aprons make great gifts, too, and you can find them at the Country Gourmet just off the Square.
Country Gourmet also carries the limited edition Murfreesboro collector’s ornament - a nice surprise.
While you’re on the Square, check out Bill Brison’s selection of artwork and gifts at Appleton’s Creative Framers. Bill’s own paintings are breathtaking and Appleton’s gift items are displayed to inspire.
Jewelry is always in style, but if it’s not in the budget this year, spruce up old gems with a sonic-wave jewelry cleaner, around $25 at local jewelry stores.
Technologically savvy family members on your list might enjoy padded headphones instead of earbuds.
I’ve also noticed computer speakers at many discount retailers. Both plug into the back of most new computers and start at $12. Either might be just the ticket for someone who listens to music from their computer.
If you know someone who wants to learn to sew, visit Mid-South Sewing and Vacuum on River Rock Boulevard where you’ll find machines in all price ranges.
I recommend buying a sewing machine only from a dealer not a big box retailer, because newer models are sophisticated and come with free lessons (invaluable). I know many 30-somethings hankering for this gift.
Knitting is hot right now, so hop over to The Knaughty Knitter, on Thompson Lane across from the YMCA, for a gift certificate for a class or a kit.
Also hot are brightly patterned bags from Vera Bradley, and the friendly staff at The Peddler in Georgetown Shopping Center will help you select one for a woman of any age.
My final favorite is the Sonos Music System from AudioMasters on College Street. Sonos is a state-of-the-art, hi-fi system that connects through your wireless router to speakers throughout your house.
I have one in my sewing room where I listen to free Internet music via www.Pandora.com or I can access my iTunes library from my iPhone with two touches of my fingertips. I never to listen to the same song twice. Check it out at www.sonos.com.
Then, there are always the staples: gift certificates to theaters, coupons for babysitting or a meal, foot warmers, personalized recipe notebooks, a homemade cheese ball and crackers.
Oh, that our funds were as plentiful as our ideas.
Lastly, a few cherished words on a piece of paper could be the best gift you give this year. A note or letter can be done at the last minute, is priceless and won’t cost a thing.
I hope this spurns some ideas, and I’ll be visiting again ... next week.
(Our condolences to the family and staff members of Audiomasters who lost their President Mike Warren this month. He will be missed).
'Til next week.