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Great gifts for your guy

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By Julie Graham

The secret to finding a gift for a man is as simple as buying where his interests lie.
Sportsman or spectator, grill-master or taste-tester, handyman or craftsman, there are so many options around Lancaster to find great gifts for him.  

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Guns and ammo
R&G Sporting Goods, located at 1890 Great Falls Highway, is stocked with gifts for the outdoorsman with hunting and fishing gear. The most popular gifts of the season are guns and ammo.
“Everybody likes guns,” said owner Tony Bower. “They tell their wives it’s what they want.”
He said automatic rifles, pistols, knives and holsters are top sellers.
At R&G’s, automatic shotguns start at $375 and .22-caliber target rifles are $299 and up.
Van Wyck Sporting Goods at 5219 Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck is another hotspot for firearms. Handguns are popular, as well as rifles. The store also carries the popular Uncle Henry line of knives – a quality gift for under $20.

Beer and jerky
Next door to the sporting goods shop is a haven for the meat lover. Hickory Hills, known for its busy deer processing business, also specializes in smoked beef and pork products that are big in taste, small in preservatives, owner Kyle Starnes said.
“It’s the taste that keeps customers coming back,” said Starnes, who sells beef jerky for $10 per package, pickled beef sticks at $10 a jar and snack sticks for $6. The business has also perfected a seasoned dog bone for man’s best friend.
For the man who loves beer, Benford Brewing Co. at 2271 Boxcar Road has a full line of bottled and canned craft beer that is made in Lancaster.
Choices include Irish Honey Ale, Smoked O’Hickory, World’s Problem Solver IPA and O’Soo Stout, which stands for O’Neal’s Special Oatmeal Oyster.

Comfortable stadium seating
Some men enjoy outdoor sports; others like to recline indoors while watching a game.
For a wow-like selection of comfortable furniture, conducive to many hours of football watching, check out Merino’s Home Furnishings at 5840 Lancaster Highway in Fort Lawn.
The best-selling recliners are the Best brand with hardwood frames and adjustable back supports. Starting at $442, there are leather-touch and fabric options, as well as different sizes – from petite to the Beast. All are advertised to fit like a glove.
“People always come in to buy them,” said Amanda Steele, a Merino saleswoman who’s bought two matching Best recliners as Christmas gifts for special people in her life.
“Yes, they will fuss at me for spending money on them, but they will be tickled,” she said. “You can’t just sit in the same recliners for years – they wear out.”
For the outdoorsman, a camouflage sofa, called the Catnapper, is perfect for a man cave. It retails for $758.48 at Merino’s.

Team spirit
Apparel to match the sports-loving spirit of the season is available at a number of stores in Lancaster, including Gameday Sports and Awards at 953 N. Main St., Athletic Warehouse at 210 North Park Square and Hibbett Sports at 1234 S.C. 9 Bypass.
If he likes the Lancers, there is a full line of clothing and gifts at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Bookstore on campus. Gameday is heavy on the high school athletics, with hoodies and hats as best sellers, as well as clothing and gifts for Gamecock and Clemson fans.

Fixer-uppers
For the guy who likes to fix things, hit McBride’s Building and Supplies at 557 S.C. 9 Bypass or Home Depot at 1116 S.C. 9 Bypass West.
In addition to its agricultural and livestock supplies, Tractor Supply Co. at 593 S.C. 9 Bypass East has tools, workwear and boots.