LINCOLN LIVING: Your Guide to Local Gifts

Check out these local businesses for unique and specialty gifts this Saturday.
Check out these local businesses for unique and specialty gifts this Saturday.

There are many reasons to give a gift– holidays, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or even just because. Small Business Saturday takes place this November 27, so now is the perfect chance to explore local shops for the best gift items.

You've likely heard about recent global supply chain issues preventing packages from arriving. Shopping local is a great way to ensure you won't have to wait too long for packages, find more unique items and support local businesses.

Specialty Shops: Trinkets, homeware, decor, novelty items and adorable odds-and-ends always make great gifts any time of the year. Look at locally-owned shops like Euphoria, Ten Thousand Villages and Eyes of the World for artisan, specialty items that make a meaningful and unique gift.

Give an experience: For the person that already owns everything they'd ever need, gift them a memorable experience for a day out on the town. Lincoln has a wide variety of experience-based businesses for a range of interests, including Paint Yourself Silly, escape rooms at Escape Lincoln, Craft Axe Throwing and indoor mini golf at Prehistoric Putt.

Go antiquing: At a vintage or antique shop, you can find truly one-of-a-kind items that no other gift-givers can replicate. Local stores like Timeless Treasures, Vintage Village, Cool & Collected and Burlington Antique Mall offer home decor, memorabilia, furniture, jewelry and even clothing. Designate a couple hours to explore these spots, to find the perfect gift for someone with fine taste.

Give a plant: You likely know and experienced or aspiring gardener– help them grow their green collection with a new plant or two. Campbell's Nursery is a great local shop with a wide selection. Urban Trail is closed for the season, but keep an eye out for this family business reopening come spring. You can also swing by the annual Horticulture Club Poinsettia Sale during the first week of December.

Short on time? Nearby businesses offer gift cards for their goods and services. A gift card from a unique business still feels thoughtful and personalized. Consider purchasing from these local merchants: