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By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30. With the loss of businesses in Licking in the recent past, please remember there are still lots of shopping options and gift ideas for the holiday season in Licking. Many of our local businesses are running seasonal specials and also have gift certificates available for purchase. These businesses are designated with an asterisk (*). Our local businesses have a wide selection of new, old, up-cycled, floral and gifts for children, teens, men and women. We want local businesses to thrive; for them to do so we must support them by shopping locally.
Find a gift that’s unique and pertains to another person’s interest by looking at antique stores and flea markets; they may provide a gift with an historical past. They also often times have new items that are perfect for gifting. Locally there’s Rustic Haven Flea Market, TJ’s Flea Market* and The Vintage Box*.
For a perfect floral arrangement to lighten someone’s day or for holiday tables, browse TJ’s Flowers & Gifts* or Woody’s Flowers*. They also carry a variety of gift items including crystal, dishes, home décor, garden stones and chimes along with holiday decorations.
There is still time to personally create a handcrafted item. Lucky Dollar* has fabric and craft necessities, as well as floral and stocking stuffers. Boondocks* has a selection of over 100 Christmas videos available in addition to shelf titles. Several local artists have one-of-a-kind pieces available at their own shops, such as Jennings Country Crafts, Main Street Pottery or at the Texas County Museum of Art & History, which will be open Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25 and 26 and during the Licking Christmas Festivities on Saturday, Dec. 7. Also on Saturday, Dec. 7, several booths by local artisans will be at the VFW Hall. Licking Downtown is currently selling Licking hoodies, t-shirts and calendars.
Rinne Pharmacy can help with OTC health care items, which could be packaged into a useful gift for all ages. Located within the pharmacy is Heroes Coffee* and RX Boutique*, which has a fashionable clothing selection.
For the man or woman, you might give a gift that provides special treatment. Friend Fitness*, Kimplete Balance and Lotus Touch Massage are great choices. All ages may enjoy a new stylin’ hairstyle from B McCloy*, Carolyn’s*, Hair by Kathy*, Karen Akers or Pegan’s Salon. Many of these salons also offer products, which make great gifts.
Hood’s Frosty Treat* and PJ’s Café* are great locations for meeting with friends over the season or for a treat while taking care of seasonal errands. Schedule at El Carnival* or Olig’s BBQ* for larger special holiday gatherings with someone else doing the cooking and clean up. Consider the purchase of a Licking Senior Center meal card for a recipient. My Little Cupcake* is a location for sweet baked treats or Saturday lunch. Town and Country Supermarket* is the place to buy ingredients for all those holiday meals and goodies. If you’re so inclined they also do holiday trays and treats with friendly service.
One never knows what will be available at Bull’s Eye Pawn or Sullins Pawn, but it may be the perfect gift item. Route 63 Liquor* and Triplett Package Store will have holiday gift boxes of selected liquor brands.
High Country Home Store* offers furniture and home décor with layaway available. Right Away Rent to Own* also has furniture, home décor and appliances. Country Crossroads Custom Cabinetry can create unique one of a kind cabinets, furniture and utilitarian items. 
For auto, home, farm or hobby enthusiasts, much is available. Big Piney Taxidermy* can mount that trophy. Agri Enterprises* carries Stihl products for a useful gift. Hammond Feed carries bird feeders and seed, sporting goods and winter gloves. Kinder Feed and Farm* also carries numerous products that make great gifts. Friend Lumber* has tools, small appliances and holiday decorations.
Every driver would appreciate a gift certificate for an oil change, tire rotation or new tires to help maintain their vehicle; these are available at Lewis & Sons* and Rinne Tire Pros*. For those who do their own auto repairs and maintenance, consider a gift card from Parts City*.
Give the gift of hearing improvement by purchasing batteries for a hearing aid from A-1 Hearing* or gifting a hearing evaluation for someone. Apply a credit on a loved ones account for heating costs at Chilton Oil, Intercounty Electric Cooperative Association or where they may get their service. Helping with other costs payable through the City of Licking may be a gift idea.  A yearly membership for the Licking Rural Fire Department can be purchased at Hatch Insurance. Town and Country Bank recommends Dreambuilders CD’s, as well parents and/or grandparents providing beginning funds for a savings account. Give the gift of hometown news via a gift subscription to The Licking News*, there are also books and cookbooks available for purchase at the office.
Christmas is a time when our communities’ generosity is really evident. For those on the gift list that have everything, one might consider giving towards local resources for others by donating in someone’s name. Consider donating or adopting a family with the Christmas in Our Hometown, or a donation to the Knights of Columbus food drive, the Licking United Community Help Center or the Salvation Army Kettle. Residents at Hickory Manor would enjoy puzzle books, socks or soft fleece blankets. Licking Residential Care residents would enjoy the same in addition to personal hygiene items and colognes. Send a Christmas card to your person letting them know what you have donated in their name and the gift continues to give!
Any omissions are entirely unintentional; please shop your local small businesses this holiday season.

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