Last-minute gifts

The need for a gift to give inevitably comes at the 11th hour. Or, perhaps the shopping list just seems endless. It happens. Below are a few suggestions that will make the recipient think it was planned all along.

Stephanie Webster of The Coop, 17 S. Loudon St. in Winchester, loves the soy-based, long-burning candles.

“They are unique to our store,” Webster said.

Try the Baked Apple Pie.  The Coop also offers Wax Melts, for those who enjoy the flameless candle option. Other suggestions include magnets, coasters, necklaces and fabric-covered button earrings.

Coe Sherrard, owner of the Woodstock Café & Shoppes, 117 S. Main St. in Woodstock, says despite having a wide variety of gift items, their No. 1 seller are their Woodstock Café & Shoppe gift cards.

“We go through about 300 of them between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Sherrard said. “They make an easy and flexible gift because they can be used for anything in our business, including our fancy wine dinners.”

Bonus: The cards never expire and can be used for any denomination.

“We joke with folks that they can buy a card for up to $2,000,” Sherrard said.

Nothing quite says the holidays like the smell of a delicious apple or pumpkin pie as it cools in the oven while the family gathers around the tree. Not everyone has the time to bake, but Matt Shaffer at Shaffers BBQ in Middletown can save the day.

“We offer a wide variety of homemade pies,” Shaffer said. Apple, pumpkin, pecan, and cheesecake are available to order.