So you've picked out holiday gifts for , , and . You've even managed to sneak out with some . But what about your boss? Or your favorite coworker? Have you purchased anything for your babysitter, hairstylist, or next door neighbor?
In many cases, these gifts can be the most difficult to pick out. You want something that shows that you put some effort into the purchase (and didn't just choose the first thing out of the bargain bin at !). But when you don't know your recipient's tastes extremely well, choosing a great holiday gift can be tricky.
Thankfully, there are plenty of great local shops in Maplewood and Brentwood that have the perfect gifts for those miscellaneous people on your holiday shopping list. Read on and wrap up the rest of your holiday shopping!
I recently adopted a cat from the , and ever since, I've been quite obsessed with my little fur-baby. If anyone on your shopping list is a pet owner, chances are they feel the same about their lovable companion. Airedale Antics to the rescue! This local pet supply store has everything any doting pet owner would want for their furry friend.
Pick up some all-natural Gingerbread Bark Bars ($5.99) for the pet lover on your holiday list. Airedale Antics also carries a great selection of stuffed pet toys; there was a huge bin in the center of the store that had a great selection of stuffed toys for only $5.75 each. Want to show kitty some love? Pick up a few cans of Evo Cat Food. At $2.20 a can, it is certainly not cheap, but this all-natural, grain-free cat food is the pick of the litter. Grab a set of stylish Cat Food Can Covers ($3.99) to store leftovers.
You'll be hard pressed to find anyone on your holiday gift list who doesn't appreciate chocolate. Luckily, Kakao Chocolate has a number of sweet treats that will satisfy the chocoholic on your holiday shopping list. Pick up a box of Hot Chocolate Mix ($6); with flavors like Semi-Sweet, Mexican, Mint, Chai, and good old Milk Chocolate, there's something for everyone. For a quick and easy stocking stuffer, pick up the popular Sea Salt Caramels ($6). These morsels combine sweet chocolate and caramel with crunchy salt. However, the item that caught my eye? The Marshmallow Pies ($4). This super sweet treat features a shell of decadent chocolate surrounding the fluffiest marshmallow you'll ever sink your teeth into. Sinful.
When all else fails, the gift of food is always a winner during the holidays. Camille's Sidewalk Café in Brentwood is the perfect spot to pick up a gift card for anyone on your shopping list. Better yet, treat your gift recipient to a trip here! With a variety of hot wraps, flatbread pizzas, and salads, there is definitely something for everyone at Camille's. My personal favorite? The Poblano Chicken Nati-Wrap ($7.99) – this decadent meal features jasmine rice, grilled chicken, black beans, green peppers, and roasted poblano dressing in a honey wheat tortilla.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I can't cook. Oh, I can follow a recipe with limited success, but when it comes to whipping up something from scratch? I can't do it. So when , I was super excited to check it out. This local business operates under a simple concept: customers come in, pick which meals they'd like to prepare (Chicken Roulade, Japanese Steak, and Maine Seafood Bake are just a few of this month's options), and Time for Dinner provides the ingredients, the workspace, and cleanup. Assemble your meal, take it home, and pop in the oven. Done! A gift certificate to Time for Dinner would make an excellent stocking stuffer; better yet, prepare a few meals here yourself to take as a gift for a busy mom, grandparent, or neighbor.