Last minute shoppers in Nebraska City have plenty of choices for perfect gifts and items to build lasting family traditions.
Dean Scheideler of Bring it On Antiques said the day before Christmas was busy last year and shoppers were ready when the stores opened downtown this year.He and Kim Crossfield of Warehouse Antiques @609 said items like vintage Christmas ornaments are popular among last-minute shoppers.
"There's something about the old decorations that link people to a simpler Christmas," Scheideler said.
"Chances are someone's grandmother or great-grandmother used these things. They remind people of family traditions and help build new memories with families," Crossfield said.
Vern McGowen of Revelations suggested glass work by Deb Kubik of Nebraska City.
"Everything she does is original art. Whoever receives it gets artwork and not just mass merchandise," he said.
Bill Shirley of Heartland Crafts at the Factory Stores of America Mall said Roxie's Glass Flowers offers flowers made of from glassware.
"You can just imagine how the intense, gorgeous light they would reflect from the sunshine, " he said. "They are so unique that no two are alike," he said.
For a modern touch, Radio Shack at Watkins True Value has Beats Studio headphones by dr.dre.
"Kids know what they are and they love them for their great sound and great style," said store owner Paul Davis.
Tina Driever, manager of the Fort Western Stores, said American West purses, which have stitching guaranteed for life, can be the perfect solution for shoppers with wives or daughters to buy for.
Carolyn McKenzie, the mother of Tickled Pink owner Carolyn Gude, suggested Molly 'n Me jewelry or outfits for young girls. She said they are extremely cute and popular with kids.Pashming scarfs at Pendleton Outlet are an inexpensive gift at $10, but look expensive, said cleark Debbie Vanderbeek.
The colorful, scarfs are made of natural fibers and Vanderbeek said they feel like cashmere. "They are soft and light, but they are warm," she said.