Take a deep breath and a shot of eggnog — the season of giving is just ahead, which means the season of shopping is upon us. No need for it to be a slog that obscures the genuine pleasure of picking out something that will bring a smile to someone who makes you smile.
Step away from the keyboard and prepare to peruse our county’s array of shops and businesses, where you’ll also get a smile from the owners of those establishments. But first, take a gander at the riches spread before you in this year’s Gift Guide. Inside, you’ll see locally made jewelry, handblown glass and ceramics, gloves and coats to keep someone warm, and charming books and stuffed animals to keep children entertained. There are favors from Flavortown, carved wood treasures, buttery leather goods and other little luxuries to spoil each other with.
And all these indulgences — made or sold in our community — keep our beloved Humboldt businesses and creators, well, in business. Speaking of which, proceeds from the all-ages NCJ Coloring Book go to contributing local artists, so keep that in your pocket for a colorful present. It's available at ncjshop.com.
And while you’re at it, throw a bone to the folks hunting for a present for you and circle a couple of things for yourself.
Enjoy the season, Humboldt.