Pick the Perfect Present in Pulaski! (Last Minute Shoppers Edition)

It’s almost Christmas, still have some last minute gifts to get checked off your list or need something to fill that empty stocking? Look no further, here are some great gift ideas right here in Pulaski County, Missouri that will make the task a little easier.

There are many great shopping opportunities here locally. Visit one of the larger retail stores for that time saver, one stop shopping experience or support one of the locally owned small businesses for a more personalized shopping experience. Shopping locally for a special gift that you just can’t find anywhere else is so much better than that “Jelly of the Month Club Membership.”

For the collector or antique browser, be sure to check out the Antique, Thrift and Treat Trail that highlights some of Pulaski’s local unique stores for solving that “what do I get them” question. For the quilter in your life, a trip to one of the quilting stores would be a great place to find a creating gift. Worried about what dessert Aunt Bethany might bring? Pick up or order your treats from one of our sweet shops and let your family know that no one needs to fret about what’s for dessert!

Photo Courtesy of Triple Creek Antiques
Photo Courtesy of Sanctuary Coffee & Quilts

Hungry from all that shopping or need an idea for the foodie in your life? Take some time out, make a memory and treat them to a progressive meal experience. Eat your way through Pulaski County, stopping at various places and plan a full course meal experience! Dine at several different places and consume the different courses of a meal while enjoying time well spent together. Can’t seem to squeeze in your dining trip until later? No worries, most restaurants offer gift certificates. If you’re stressed that your meal might turn out like the turkey Clark is carving, make this year unique and switch it up a bit. Check out our dining list and plan a unique meal ahead of time, let local chefs place some magic on your table without all the fuss!

A great gift for the adventurer in your life is to gift a memory or experience. If you have a memory to preserve, have it specially framed and hide it under the tree until it’s time to open it. One up that gift and pair it with coordinating the next great adventure. Plan a future gift outdoors or on one of Pulaski’s rivers; the Big Piney or Gasconade where there’s great opportunities for fishing or floating. Go ahead and request a free travel inspiration guide to help you plan that special trip and be sure to check with our local outfitters to see if they offer gift certificates. Pro tip: Bringing an RV? Be sure to ask about RV park amenities, don’t be like cousin Eddy, know where the dump stations are located before arriving!

Photo Courtesy of BSC Outdoors Face book page

Pets are part of the family too, and if you’re still needing a gift for your fur baby, there are some great pet shopping options available. Wanting to keep them busy while you’re out and about? Use a pet daycare or boarding to keep your furry friend healthy and happy, because we all know that Christmas lights are not good toys for kitties!

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Dreadfulwater – Johnson

Needing some relief from all that holiday stress? Check with the local spas for gift giving or enjoy a treatment yourself. Needing a night out or looking for a place to celebrate the holidays? A local club might fill that need or a trip to the movies might just be the ticket. Looking for a fun, family experience but your knowledge of exterior illumination didn’t turn out as planned? Pile the family in the car and check out the holiday lights in Pulaski County, I’m sure Sparky would appreciate you searching for that “Griswold Family Christmas” experience.

Photo courtesy of Wild Rose Wellness Face book page
Photo courtesy of Light Up Pulaski County
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B & B Theaters
Face book page

Christmas for some, doesn’t always come in packages, boxes or bags, but is for celebrating another reason for the season, find the service and location that’s best for you. You can’t stop Christmas from coming, so take the time and make it special. If your home is far away and you need a place to stay, there’s always a great home away from home to select from. Rather at home or far away, be sure to sit back, relax and be in the moment, and once and you’re there, then you can reflect and can say, “I did it.”

Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays from the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.