Today's Features

  • It’s a cool, rainy Monday at the offices of Faith Presbyterian Church in Indian Land, but there are a lot of warm hearts as volunteers put the finishing touches on gift-filled shoeboxes that will be mailed to children around the world.
    Jan Sellards enjoys giving to nonprofit groups at the holidays. As well as supporting Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, she has adopted two Angel Tree families and shops for them locally.

  • Not everyone is a creative gift giver, and that’s why there are shops like The Southern Nest and Chickadee’s in Indian Land and the Happy Girl Boutique and Anna Laura’s Boutique in Lancaster.
    The stores pride themselves on having what other stores do not.
    “They have all kinds of fun stuff – the Brighton Collection in jewelry, nice hand soap, unique plaques with sayings…I could go on,” said Stephanie Lambert, an Indian Land resident who frequents The Southern Nest at 6280 Carolina Commons Drive.

  • Every year, Gallup asks people how much confidence they have in various institutions.
    The results aren’t surprising. Only 8 percent had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Big business scored 21 percent. That’s no better than TV news.
    Small business, on the other hand, came in second, with 67 percent of respondents considering it trustworthy. Only the U.S. military scored higher.

  • Barbie is back!
    The popular Barbie Keepsake Ornaments are back in stories after a two-year absence due to a licensing disagreement between Hallmark Cards Inc. and Mattel. The 2015 holiday editions are available for $19.95 at Annette’s Hallmark House at 925 N. Main St., Lancaster.
    For many, the Hallmark ornaments are not only keepsakes and collectibles. They are a Christmas tradition. The same goes for the city of Lancaster’s annual historic landmark ornaments.

  • The shops that sparkle and shine are stocked for Christmas.
    Among them are Garris Jewelers and Lancaster Jewelers, long established mom-and-pop retailers in Lancaster, and Vinesett’s Jewelers in Indian Land, who still believe giving a piece of jewelry for a gift means as much now as it did in the past.
    The cases are stocked with jewelry that will make a powerful statement, evoke emotion and make Christmas 2015 unforgettable.

  • The do-it-yourself Christmas basket is easier than ever with the help of two local stores that are in the business of making you smile.
    Reid’s Fine Foods at 9762 Charlotte Highway in Indian Land is a specialty food store with tasty treats that are packaged just right for a gift basket. Choose one from the store’s catalog or build your own to the recipients’ taste.
    The Purple Rooster at 106 E. Gay St. in Lancaster is known for its unique gifts and awesome displays that just tickle your creative spirit.

  • Whether your gift recipient plays, watches or both, there are several local businesses that make sports shopping a win-win.
    Gameday Sports and Awards, located at 953 N. Main St., Lancaster, offers sports uniforms, equipment and gifts, with a big selection of University of South Carolina Gamecock and Clemson University Tiger merchandise. Popular items include T-shirts, coolers and wallets, which are $25. Car tags are $20 and up. Team knit hats start at $12.

  • For that person in your life who does not need any more stuff, try an experiential gift this year.
    Ranging from tickets to a show or sporting event to a trip to the spa or a weekend away, experience gifts usually rate high on the happiness scale because they create good memories.
    Paula Thames, 75, treated her husband at Christmas to 12 rounds of golf at Carolina Lakes Golf Club in Indian Land before the golf-loving couple moved to Sun City  Carolina Lakes and became members.

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    Avant Garde Center for the Arts

    If you are searching for unique gifts for those on your shopping list, the Artisans Holiday Market on Dec. 5 is your one-stop shopping destination.

  • If you are on-target, a gun could be the No. 1 gift for the outdoor-lover in your life.
    A hot spot at the holidays is Van Wyck Sporting Goods, located at 5219 Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck. The store carries a large selection of rifles and handguns as well as the Uncle Henry line of knives.
    “A lot of people want to upgrade their guns and scopes, and it makes for a great Christmas gift,” said Tommy Foster, who manages the store with his brother, Roger.