LMGG-Stocking-Stuffer-225x300With one week left until Christmas, it is time to scurry, scurry, scurry and tick those gift items off your list and turn to the stockings hung by the chimney with care.

While it’s easy to hit the local CVS, Walgreens or mom-and-pop pharmacy and buy some small toiletry items and toys, playing cards, or even vitamins, travel-size pain and cold relievers or candy to stuff into a stocking, why not get creative?

How about:

Gift cards

Bop into your local Dunkin’ Donuts,  Starbucks, Subway, Baskin-Robbins or local frozen yogurt emporium and grab a gift card for your husband, wife, son or daughter. Even a gas card is a fun  — and unexpected! — item for a relative to discover in the toe of their Christmas stocking.

“There’s no giving like show giving, like no giving we know,” says the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Playhouse debit gift cards make great stocking stuffers and can be used for show tickets, popcorn or other lobby food and beverage choices as well as, of course, to experience live entertainment.

Artists ranging from Lee Ann Womack and Lonestar to Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer, to Chris Botti, Beth Hart and Kat Edmonson grace the stage. Plus the playhouse also brings Broadway/cabaret, comedy, dance, children’s events, entertaining conversations, health and wellness, and adult education workshops to town.

For tickets and gift cards call the box office at 203-438-5795, or order online order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Another fun gift card would be one from your local movie theater, or even admission to the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Stepping Stones Children’s Museum in Norwalk or other museum in your area.

Books

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” — Garrison Keillor

“How many things could claim the same?” says Dorothy Sim-Broder, owner, Written Words Bookstore, 482 River Road, Shelton.

“Colorful wrapping and dazzling ribbons will be torn and discarded, the novelty of the so-called latest and greatest will wear thin, but a good book will forever warm the heart and enrich the soul — at a fraction of the cost. And yes, again and again.”

While Barnes & Noble is always an option, buying books right in your own hometown or the next town over is often  easier and helps those independent bookstores — like Written Words or Elm Street Books in New Canaan or Books on the Common in Ridgefield. Just like a good book you can’t put down!