Happy people running with xmas gifts. Christmas sale.

The holiday shopping season is only a few short days away and what better place to start, or finish, than downtown Tunkhannock.

Tioga Street is home to more than a dozen locally-owned shops and restaurants, offering unique options for gifts in all shapes and sizes.

One of the newest stores on the block, Kaleidoscope, has an array of vintage antiques, jewelry, and home accessories.

Home accessories feature a wedding section and a farm-kitchen section, which includes one-of-a-kind plate settings.

Beads and Baubles is the one-stop shop for the jewelry lover on your list. Ranging from locally crafted earrings to fine jewelry, there’s something sparkly for everyone.

Besides jewelry, Beads and Baubles offers exactly what the sign says: baubles. Mixed throughout the store are wooden signs, picture frames, and other gifts. There is also a clothing and winter accessories section.

In the midst of the stores is Paradise, a Christian gift shop offering books, gifts, and delectable homemade chocolate truffles. The truffles are the work of the owner’s wife and are created with chocolate bought in Vermont by the shop owner; perfect as a stocking stuffer.

Monzie’s Floral Design is the town’s go-to for fresh floral arrangements as well as an eclectic mix of gifts. In Monzie’s adjoining store, Friends, Art, and Unique Gifts, shoppers can find funny and inspirational signs, vintage pictures, and a children’s section. The children’s section contains a vast amount of gifts for newborns to the kids at heart. Soft, plushy stuffed animals on a wooden bench wait to be taken home and newborn clothes and booties are housed on a vintage shelf.

Monzie’s is also the perfect place to pick up a hostess gift of a fresh floral bouquet or centerpiece to bring to any holiday dinner or party.

Offering other floral arrangements is Mayflower Florist, located half a block down from Monzie’s.  Mayflower offers a wide range of flowers, suitable for any occasion, and is a perfect stop for a centerpiece to bring to a family gathering.

A few steps down from Mayflower Florist is Ebb’s Candy Jar.  Ebb’s features classic candies as well as the usual favorites to fill any stocking.

Add some ‘spice’ to presents this year at Tunkhannock’s Spice of Life Shoppe. The shop includes various spices and teas to stock up your cupboards at home. One can also find antique jewelry and paintings done by local artists.

A few stores up is Eclectic Heart which offers a variety of vintage furniture, antique jewelry, and country home accessories. The finds in this store reflect the name: eclectic. There is a section dedicated to lake living with fisherman knick-knacks and signs, various home-goods ranging from platters for a Thanksgiving turkey to everyday plates and silverware. Several items are already on sale and prices are reasonable.

A perfect gift for the person that has everything can be found at the Dietrich Theater where holiday gift bags come complete with everything for a night out at the movies.

The gift bags are filled with two movie tickets, two popcorn bags, and two concession candies, all tied in festive red and green wrapping. The Dietrich also offers ‘Poppers’ which have one movie ticket, one concession candy, and one popcorn bag, and make a great stocking stuffer.

Both the gift bags and the poppers allow for free refills on the popcorn.

Occasionally a Christmas gift can be a large purchase, such as furniture or a car.

Fernwood Auto Sales in Nicholson is offering specials on pre-owned cars as reasonable prices.

Greenwood’s Furniture can help find the perfect recliner for that special someone to relax in after a long day.

Gay’s True Value, located next to Brick’s Market, is a one-stop shop. Not only does it offer heavy-duty equipment needed to conquer winter weather conditions, it also has sleds and children’s toys to have some fun in the snow after shoveling it.

Gay’s sells locally-made jams and honeys provided by Lori Gramberg’s Country Delights. Honey from J&J Apiary, along with Loch’s Maple Syrup, also adorn the shelves.

Look no further than Gay’s True Value when shopping for the men on your Christmas list. Its wide selection of tools and outdoor equipment is sure to make someone’s holiday happy. Sales can also be found on various items throughout the store.

Hunters can find all the necessities for a happy outdoor season at Gay’s, including specialty Remington calendars on sale, as well as Remington rifles and ammunition.

There are many dining options within walking distance after a long day perusing the stores, and you’ll want to encourage those on your holiday list to enjoy a night out with gift certificates.

Something for everyone can be found at Twigs, the Tioga Bistro, Downtown Deli, Remington’s or just a short drive away is Purkey’s Pink Apple or the Fireplace, which offers a cozy atmosphere on a cold day.

For those wanting to venture out a little more, Nimble Hill Winery is just a short drive east of Tunkhannock and there is no better way to end the day than with a wine tasting. A bottle of wine festively wrapped from Nimble Hill also makes a nice hostess gift. Nimble Hill also features its brewing company and has Christmas baskets already assembled for shoppers. The brewing company baskets include an empty growler for patrons to fill at Nimble Hill, two glasses with their logo, and some snacks.

The holidays seem to fly quickly every year, so before the Christmas season becomes too hectic, set aside some time to spend in the Endless Mountains for shopping, dining, and an old-fashioned feel.

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