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

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

Woman in santa hat with gift on head

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
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
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 Shop
Extra 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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