Small businesses carry a variety of unique and creative gifts for holiday shoppers. For the next 12 days, Patch is highlighting some of the local businesses and gift ideas available in and around Sewickley. Today is the 12th day of Christmas.
With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the malls and chain stores are chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting.
Here are five restaurants to pick up gift certificates, an idea that requires little stress and can be bought locally. Besides, who doesn't like to eat out?
Go to East Coast Sandwiches and get more bang for your buck. Buy a gift certificate for $25 and get $5 free. Buy one for $50 and get $15 free. Find East Coast Sandwiches on Facebook.
Go to Cafe Des Amis for lunch and pick up a gift certificate while you're there. Specials this week are chicken pot pie with one side or blueberry pancakes served with bacon or sausage. Mmm. Today is the last day for holiday orders. Open 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and until noon on Christmas Eve. Call in or Take out: 412-741-2388. cafedesamispa.com
Go to Sharp Edge and pick up a gift card. You can also buy a beer basket or Beer Festival tickets. Between now and Jan. 1 when you buy a Beer Festival ticket, you get a free $10 gift card. Find Sharp Edge on Facebook.
Go to B Gourmet, an organic eatery and marketplace to pick up a gift certificate and give them the option to eat, shop or both. Closed on Sundays, but open on Mondays. Check them out on Facebook.
Go to China Palace to give someone a gift certificate to gourmet Chinese, seafood and sushi bar. Open today 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find China Palace on Facebook.
Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below.