During this holiday shopping season, don't drive too far to get the perfect gift for that special someone. Manchester and Town and Country offer a wide variety of shops, both chains and locally-owned, that can meet the needs of every age, lifestyle and every pocket. Here is a look at ten random gift ideas from our own two cities.
1) Banana Bonanza:
We know that children love constructing their own devices, but how about children growing their own food? With Banana Bonanza, children ages 4 and up can grow their own Banana plant which will grow over a foot in the first month. The kit comes with the portable greenhouse, a seed pack—enough for three crops of plants—and the plants' mixture. Hobby Lobby located in Manchester sells this nature-friendly toy for $9.99. This item is also available in other plants, such as strawberry, watermelon, peanuts and sunflowers.
2) La Gloria Cubana Cigar Kit:
A perfect gift for the cigar aficionado, this holiday combo contains 6 Wavell Extra cigars from the Dominican brand La Gloria Cubana and comes with a fancy lighter. The Discount Smoke Shop carries this item for $38.69, but also sells other cigar holiday gifts ready to wrap.
3) Speed Chute Resistance Sprint Trainer:
Know someone who is always looking for ways to stay in shape? With the Speed Chute they will defy the power of the wind as they run with this small parachute attached to them. The Speed Chute, from company SKLZ, has been designed to improve speed, agility and quickness. The quick-release function will allow the runner to release the chute mid stride for that "shot-out-of-a-cannon sensation." The Speed Chute goes for $29.99 at Johnny Mac's Sporting Goods on Manchester road.
4) Ozzie Smith Autographed Baseball:
Everybody loves the Cardinals and some definitively more than others. This collector's edition baseball, autographed by Ozzie Smith, will give that one fervent Cardinal fan something to brag about. At the 1,000,000 Baseball Cards shop in the Winchester Mall, the Ozzie Smith sells for $159, but there are other cheaper items such as a vintage 1968 World Series magazine, a 2006 World Series 1qt Budweiser bottle, and of course, hundreds of baseball cards.
5) Earth-Friendly Tool Set:
Nowadays it can be difficult to figure out what to give a small child. Will it contain lead? Will it be too loud? Will they enjoy it? Cotton Babies, located in Town and Country, has many gift ideas for small children and expectant mothers, all with consideration of the highest quality standards. One of these gifts is the earth-friendly Tool Set, which is made 100 percent of recycled materials and made in San Francisco by the company Green Toys. The Tool Set is $24.99, but Cotton Babies also carries similar environmentally-conscious toys such as the Tea Set, the Chef Set, the Recycling Truck and the Dump Truck.
6) Inspirational Jewelry:
Want original jewelry? Then Laurie Solet in Town and Country is the place to go. One of the most original gifts at this local jewelry shop is the sterling silver necklaces and bracelets with inspirational quotes written on them in small caligraphy. This will not only make a great personalized gift, but it will have a meaning behind it. The necklaces and bracelets contain inspirational quotes from personalities such as Buddha, Shakespeare, Dante Aligieri and more. Prices range from $200 to $440.
7) 60-Feet Range Key Finder:
Sometimes the best gift is peace of mind. With this remote-controlled key finder from Target, those of us always loosing our keys can easily find them by pushing a button which will activate the alarm installed in the key rings. The Key Finder is on sale for $19.99, and requires two AAA batteries sold separately.
8) Pedicure Spa:
Spa's can easily cost hundreds of dollars, but for $9.99 give a loved one a relaxing treatment with the Mistle Toes pedicure pail, which contains toe spacers, emery board, callus rasp, clippers, foot soak, bichwood sticks, hand and foot lotion and an inflatable foot bath. Find the Mistle Toes pedicure pail at ULTA beauty shop in the Manchester Highlands mall.
9) Wake Up Light:
For those who dread the sound of an alarm clock, the Wake Up Light by Philips will change this early-morning routine for ever. The Wake Up Light is an alarm clock and FM radio that gradually increases the light in the room 30 minutes before wake up time, gently preparing the mind to wake up. The Wake Up Light has 20 brightness settings, a replaceable halogen bulb, and works as a bedside lamp too. Bed Bath & Beyond carries it for $99.99 and Best Buy for $79.99, both located at the Manchester Highlands shopping complex.
10) Live Scribe:
Sometimes it is just impossible to write down everything someone tell us. A perfect gift for a student, or anyone who works taking notes, the Live Scribe pen will record everything you write and can also function as a voice recorder. The Live Scribe pen can also translate and find the definition of words after you write them down. Price ranges from $79.99 for a 2gb pen, to $179 for an 8gb one. The Live Scribe only works with the Live Scribe note books, starting at a price of $17.99. Find it at Best Buy in the Manchester Highlands shopping complex.