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2021 vacation present information: 64 concepts from Lancaster County specialists | Ente…

We requested native specialists in a wide range of classes to assist us compile some nice present concepts for these hard-to-shop-for folks in your vacation present listing. 

For ebook lovers

Shopping for presents to your favourite reader or ebook lover might be troublesome, particularly in the event that they already personal tons of books. Listed here are 10 concepts for vacation presents that your reader is bound to like from the employees on the Ephrata Public Library

Emma blanket

Studying blanket from Litographs

Litographs affords enjoyable merchandise by printing over 300 books onto numerous gadgets, however our favourite is their throw blanket. Microfleece on one facet and Sherpa on the opposite, the blanket is mechanically cleanable and is available in three completely different sizes. Your reader will be capable of cozy up on a chilly winter’s day with their present ebook and comfortable blanket.

Studying socks

Let’s face it — all of us put on socks. Why not purchase a pair out of your reader’s favourite ebook (like Harry Potter) or a pleasant thick pair with grippers to put on round the home? Barnes and Noble affords tons of enjoyable socks to select from — and the worth is excellent. Try their choices on-line or of their shops.

Classic books

Collector’s version ebook

Are you aware your reader’s favourite ebook? Why not search for a uncommon or collector’s version so as to add to their assortment? Even when they already personal a duplicate of their favourite learn, an exquisite or uncommon copy can be a welcome addition.

E book sleeve

E book sleeves are a good way to guard a reader’s present ebook, however additionally they provide a spot to carry pens, small notebooks and ebook darts. The ebook sleeve is useful for readers who get pleasure from writing small quotes or taking notes. There are tons of ebook sleeves on the market, however we advocate trying out Etsy for some artistic handmade sleeves.

E book tote

E book lovers love ebook totes (particularly ones with additional pockets). Whether or not purchasing on the native bookstore or shopping the library, having a ebook tote helps forestall the sides of books from digging into arms (and permits browsers so as to add extra books to their studying lists). Try Out of Print for some nice ebook totes (and perhaps some nice stocking stuffers, too).

Kindle Paperwhite

We all know, we all know… many readers choose to have the precise ebook of their fingers. However, the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon is a good present for readers who journey, have hassle seeing smaller print, have hassle holding a standard ebook or simply love techno devices. The Kindle Paperwhite is backlit, permits readers to vary the sizes and fonts of printing and is ready to have TONS of books downloaded abruptly. And the very best half is that your reader’s native library has digital collections that may be borrowed and downloaded to the Kindle!

E book Nerd T-shirt

Out of Print affords nice E book Nerd presents. We personally love the Unisex ¾-Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt. It’s trendy whereas additionally professing the nerd-dom of ebook lovers and readers in every single place.

E book darts

E book darts make an ideal stocking stuffer to your reader, as they’ll simply mark pages or passages that they wish to revisit as soon as they’ve completed studying.

E book mild

Readers want ebook lights. Mighty Shiny affords ebook lights. It is a win-win! Mighty Shiny has an ideal choice of ebook lights, from commonplace LED ebook lights to journey ebook lights to double-headed ebook lights.


Subscription field

E book subscription containers are a good way to go should you’re unsure what precisely to get your reader. The containers include books, snacks and enjoyable little book-related presents every month, and there are a selection of genres from which to choose. Your reader will love getting a brand new shock every month.

For the homebody

When you’ve got somebody in your listing who loves spending time at residence and adorning their dwelling areas, strive thse present solutions from Lititz-based blogger Doreen Cagno, whose Hymns and Verses weblog affords residence decor and DIY recommendation:


A plant

Crops are the present that retains on giving. Not solely are they tremendous “on development” in residence adorning, they’re additionally a complete traditional. If somebody already has crops of their residence, contemplate one thing uncommon. Crops are available all sizes and shapes and worth factors, too. There are some nice nurseries in Lancaster County that make crops a simple present to provide! And, an ideal hostess present can be an amaryllis bulb or paperwhite bulbs that may bloom six to eight weeks after Christmas.

A comfortable throw blanket

All of us need our houses to be additional cozy within the chilly, winter months. And everybody in your listing would respect an exquisite cozy throw. Contemplate a hand-knit blanket that may final the check of time. Or if you’re in search of comfort, Goal’s Casaluna line has stunning knit blankets that look handmade.

A candle

Not solely does a candle heat up an area with its glow, however it additionally provides off a heat and comfy feeling. There are such a lot of completely different candle choices on the market. One factor I contemplate when shopping for a candle both for myself or as a present is the container. I like to decide on candles in a horny container that may be repurposed after the candle’s use. So, it’s nearly like two presents in a single. Additionally, I choose the clear burn of a soy candle. Take into consideration purchasing a few of the native markets and retailers to discover a particular handcrafted candle by an area maker.

A espresso desk ebook

In case you are shopping for for somebody who loves residence decor, contemplate an exquisite espresso desk ebook of their design fashion. In the course of the winter months, it’s so stress-free to cozy up by the hearth with a adorning ebook with beautiful images. These books present a lot inspiration, however will also be a design aspect in your house when displayed on a espresso desk, finish desk or console desk.

A charcuterie board

In case you are shopping for for a homebody, they doubtless like to host folks of their residence. A stunning charcuterie or serving board would make an ideal present for Christmas. The serving board idea has been round now for over a 12 months and I don’t see it going anyplace. And you may purchase a strong wooden board or a marble board. They’re obtainable in most residence shops at a wide range of worth factors based mostly on the dimensions and materials. Contemplate including to this present with serving items, meals gadgets, linens, and many others.

A present card to a favourite retailer or boutique

For the gardener

The useless of winter will not be prime gardening time in Lancaster County, however many devoted gardeners are nonetheless at work, whether or not they’re pruning, planting or planning for the 12 months forward. When you’ve received an avid gardener in your listing, contemplate these present solutions from some native specialists:

From Christa Shoreman, coordinator of the Penn State Grasp Gardener program in Lancaster County:

Soil knife

That is many gardeners’ No. 1 device. It appears to be like one thing like a protracted, compact trowel with some extent and can also be referred to as a backyard knife or hori hori device. It may be used for digging up weeds, slicing by way of stems, string and rope, dividing perennials, and digging a gap for transplants. Measurements marked on the blade support in planting bulbs. Accessible from many sources on-line for round $25.

Utility tub

Search for a shallow plastic tub within the paint division of an area ironmongery shop. They’re nice for transplanting, holding yard waste and extra. Round $10

Galvanized buckets

Galvanized bucket

I take advantage of them to carry hand instruments as I transfer across the backyard or to gather as I prune. Or put a bit of water within the backside for crops to soak up earlier than transplanting them to a brand new place within the backyard.

“Dirr’s Hardy Bushes and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia,” by Michael A. Dirr

This ebook is a good information for figuring out and selecting panorama crops by a foremost professional on woody ornamentals. Accessible new and used on-line, ranging in worth from $140 to round $10.

From Lois Miklas, space coordinator for a number of counties, together with Lancaster, for the Penn State Grasp Gardener program:

Rain gauge

Rain gauge

Since vegetable gardens want about 1 inch of rain per week, a savvy gardener ought to monitor rain occasions to be able to water correctly. I just like the “pop up” rain gauge I obtained as a present. A floating cylinder is displaced by rainwater and pops out of the container, displaying the variety of inches. Many sorts of rain gauges can be found on-line from round $20 to scientifically correct gauges at over $100.

Bamboo backyard gloves

A gardener can at all times use new backyard gloves since they’re usually misplaced or just put on out from use. Bamboo material, often mixed with synthetics for stretchiness, is light-weight and breathable. Bamboo backyard gloves might be discovered at backyard facilities and big-box shops beginning at solely $7.

Books by Doug Tallamy

College of Delaware professor and Pennsylvania resident Doug Tallamy is a nationally acknowledged guru of nature conservation and sustainable landscaping. I like to recommend any of his books: “Bringing Nature Dwelling” or Nature’s Finest Hope” for newbies, or “The Nature of Oaks” for established followers. Books are revealed by Timber Press Inc. and can be found by way of numerous booksellers. Costs vary from $15 to $26

Golden Gark

This device is on my want listing. The Golden Gark appears to be like like a mixture of a rake and a shovel. Actually, it’s a sturdy, light-weight alternative for raking, shifting and even for shoving snow. Search for the Golden Gark on-line for about $50.

Develop mild stand

Considered one of my best joys as a gardener is beginning my very own seeds indoors in late winter. Although you’ll be able to rig up your personal system of lights and pulleys, specifically designed develop mild stands make this course of a lot simpler. My present stand makes use of fluorescent tubes, which work nicely, however I now want I had LED lights, which don’t give off warmth and use much less power than fluorescents. These are carried by many on-line backyard suppliers. Costs vary from $170 to $1,000, relying on the dimensions and variety of cabinets.

From Kim Frey, co-chair of the plant sale, Grasp Gardeners of Lancaster County:

Hydroponic backyard

A hydroponic backyard means that you can harvest edible crops year-round. One instance is the AeroGarden Harvest 360. $149.

Electrical canner

For vegetable growers, a brand new electrical canner just like the Ball freshTech Electrical Water Bathtub Canner will assist protect ample harvests. $149.99



Improve your backyard instruments with a set from Higher Backyard Instruments. One mixture has a pruner and lopper, each of which have ratchets, making for simpler slicing. $79.95.

From Sherry Watson, co-chair of the plant sale, Grasp Gardeners of Lancaster County:

Kneeling bench

A kneeling bench or stool is very useful for growing old gardeners. Search for fashions with a padded kneeler and arm handles that can assist you stand up. In addition they might be flipped over and used as a small bench.


Retractable hose

The Hoselink retractable hose is 82 toes lengthy and might be mounted on a stake or to the facet of the home. No extra tripping over the hose. Round $200.

Reward certificates

A present certificates to your gardener’s favourite nursery can also be a welcome present.

For the traveler

When you’ve got travel-savvy pals or household in your listing, contemplate this mixture of journey devices and kit compiled by Lancaster journey author, photographer and Girls’s Journey Travels ( Adventuress in Chief, Karen Loftus. You’ll discover picture-perfect presents for picture buffs and up to date attire and kit which are each fashion-forward and practical.

Mirror mirror

Mirrorless cameras are all the fad on the picture entrance. Canon’s light-weight EOS R5 Mirrorless full-frame physique solely with 45 MP, 8K uncooked video recording, and contact display screen LCD is the dream machine ($3,899). Their R6 with 20 MP can also be spectacular ($2,499).

The attention of the beholder

A superb lens can appropriate a less-than-stellar digital camera. SIGMA’s 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C ($899), the primary hyper-telephoto lens from the competitively priced model, is appropriate with Canon. The water- and oil-repellent lens will make any wildlife photographer swoon.


Measurement issues

GoPro continues to be the go-to for small journey journey images. The just lately launched GoPro Hero 10 packs a punch with 4K120 video decision + 23-megapixel images. Pricing for this waterproof surprise begins at ($399).

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Again that up!

Kingston’s SD 128G ($22.99) or 256G ($42.99) reminiscence playing cards and their DataTraveler Micro 3.1 USB Flash Drive ($31.99) are good stocking stuffers for any shooter in your listing.

Bag magic

Guragear’s Kiboko V2.0 22L Digicam Bag ($329.95) is next-level. It holds 2 DSLRs, six lenses and has loads of pockets for reminiscence playing cards, cords and drives. It appears to be like low-key, which is what you need should you’re strolling round with a bag stuffed with goodies and kit.

Get down on it!

Outside Analysis has the very best equipment from mittens to gloves, goggles and caps for these in your listing heading in a extra intrepid course. Seize their girls’s responsibly sourced 800 fill down, sturdy and light-weight Helium Down Jacket ($229). It’s the lightest and most packable insulation layer at OR. The lads’s counterpart is ($199).



SCOTTeVEST is the king of hidden pocket attire. Their smooth Girls’s Penny Coat with 19 pockets ($379) is a prime vendor. It’ll cowl in-transit journey, trails, metropolis and safari with no luggage obligatory. The Males’s Microfleece Hoodie with 21 pockets ($154) is athleisure perfection for males.

Your finest foot ahead

Sorel seamlessly hits the mark between style and performance in terms of boots. Girls’s Joan Of Arctic™ Wedge III Chelsea Bootie ($195) is a superb possibility for city explorers and outside fanatics.

Security first

This 12 months slip Pacsafe’s RFID Blocking Passport Wallets $54.95 into each savvy traveler’s stocking. You possibly can up their security and style ante with Stylesafe’s Anti-Theft Sling Pack ($44.95). They’re the very best luggage within the enterprise in terms of anti-theft.


Life help

LifeStraw’s Go ($39.95) Superior BPA-free water filter bottle and their LifeStraw ($19.95) filter micro organism, parasites and microplastics from all water whereas out on the planet.

For the house prepare dinner

Do you’ve a foodie in your present listing who likes to create as a lot as they prefer to eat? Listed here are some solutions to your favourite residence chef from family members and client sciences division at Hempfield Faculty District:

Air fryer

Air fryer

An air fryer is a more healthy possibility that may fry meals with out all the oil. It additionally cuts down on cooking time. The 8-quart Ninja Foodie 6-in-1 means that you can prepare dinner in two baskets on the similar time. You could find air fryers at Goal, Amazon, and Mattress, Bathtub and Past for anyplace from $100 to $500. The Ninja Foodie is accessible at Goal for $179.99.

— Lauren Stauffer


The WonderCup is an adjustable measuring cup that means that you can measure moist or dry elements in cups, ounces, tablespoons, teaspoons and fractions. It’s particularly helpful for shortening and different gooey elements. Accessible at Walmart for $12.85.

— Katie Midgett


This kitchen device is helpful for zesting citrus or grating cheese. Accessible at Amazon for $12.99.

— Kathy Buckwalter

Rubber scraper

Rubber scrapers are nice for folding, mixing and scraping batter from a bowl. You could find them nearly anyplace, however Pampered Chef affords the very best quality, longest-lasting scraper for that baker in your listing. $14

— Kathy Buckwalter

4-Cup Batter Bowl

This Pampered Chef product allows you to measure, combine and retailer batters and different liquids multi function bowl. It’s good for do-it-yourself pancakes! $16

Garlic press

This Pampered Chef model allows you to mince garlic in a second, with out even having to peel it. It features a device to take away the garlic from the holes. By no means purchase pre-minced garlic once more. $22

— Teagan Travis

Picket utensils

Pennsylvania-based Chester P. Basil’s affords handcrafted wood spoons, slicing boards and spatulas. Their choice contains serving instruments, cooking spoons, potsitters, tongs, salad units, slicing boards and extra constructed from cherry wooden and Italian olive wooden.


Charcuterie board

Excellent for entertaining, a charcuterie board might be personalized for any individual. Accessible from Etsy or native makers.

Household enjoyable

Cooking brings the household collectively, and there are a variety of family-friendly methods to assist children be taught within the kitchen. Cooking containers from embody recipes, seasonings, a purchasing listing, academic actions, enjoyable cooking instruments, and an exploration information to be taught in regards to the tradition, traditions and meals of a rustic. Quite a lot of subscription packages can be found, starting from $21.20 to $24.95 per field.

— Charlene Smith

Children’ knife set

Encourage the budding chef in your listing with the Playful Chef: Security Knife Set from Mindware. Every knife has a comfort-grip deal with and practical plastic blade that may chop meals like apples and carrots with out slicing little fingers. The three-piece knife set contains an instruction information to be taught security ideas and completely different children of cuts. $17

— Charlene Smith

Cooking courses

Cooking courses are an ideal alternative for any residence prepare dinner to be taught extra about particular cooking abilities, strategies or different cultures. They are often enjoyable to do as a date night time, an exercise along with your children, a ladies’ night time out or to reinforce your private abilities. Zest! Cooking Faculty in Lititz affords a wide range of courses that make nice presents.

— Teagan Travis

Combine ‘N Chop

This helpful Pampered Chef device helps you crumble floor meat and mash meals with ease. $16

— Sarah Hunt

For the music lover

Whether or not they’re listening to the automotive radio, exercising to some tunes that get the blood pumping or kicking again to benefit from the classics, most individuals get pleasure from music. For these actual music followers in your listing, listed here are some present solutions from Gregg Barley, proprietor of the Millersville music venue Phantom Energy.

Live performance tickets

There isn’t a substitute for experiencing your favourite band reside! Live performance tickets can vary from $15 to $40-plus, relying on the band.

The following smartest thing

If tickets are too dangerous to buy, a present certificates and perhaps a T-shirt from a music venue are at all times a secure wager. $10-$50


In the event that they get pleasure from amassing information or CDs, a present certificates to an area file retailer is a good possibility. Many impartial retailers like AYP, Mr. Go well with and CI Information provide uncommon and limited-release music. $10-$50

Make it private

A brand new and extra private method referred to as Cameo has been gaining in reputation. There are numerous musicians each well-liked and obscure obtainable to offer a private message or favourite music with a fortunate fan. $25-$200-plus

Subscription service

In the event that they drive usually and have a stereo able to offering XM radio, a subscription to this service affords one thing for nearly everybody. $72 per 12 months.

Help their skills

If they’re a musician, contemplate an instrument, an adjunct or a present certificates from Drums and many others. or Guitar Middle. It’s certain to place a smile on their face. $5-$150

For the crafter

Obtained a crafter in your present listing? Contemplate these solutions for supporting their hobbies or serving to them begin new ones from Lancaster Artistic Reuse, a nonprofit 501(c)3 donation-based artwork, craft and stitching provide retailer.



Knitters and crocheters in your listing will welcome a contemporary provide. For a stocking stuffer, contemplate knitting needles.

Stitching patterns

If there’s somebody in your listing who likes to stitch, the present of a stitching sample and material will give all of them they want for a brand new winter undertaking.

Stitching machine

What higher strategy to make that winter undertaking than with a brand new stitching machine. There are various nice choices for newbies and specialists.

Cricut machine

A Cricut is a digital die-cutting machine that may lower a wide range of supplies for craft tasks, from paper and material to leather-based and cork. The machine connects to your pc so it could actually lower based on the designs you’ve created with the push of a button.

Scrap provides

Is your crafter seeking to improve their scrapbook or begin one for an upcoming trip or milestone? Get them a wide range of cardstock and paper units to make use of as backdrops and as frames for pages.

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