Last-Minute Gifts That Won't Feel Last-Minute

So, it’s happened again: Christmas is less than a week away and you still haven’t finished all of your shopping. There's no need to panic this time, because we've got your last-minute gift ideas right here.


For Anyone

There’s absolutely no shame in giving a gift card if it’s for someone’s Happy Valley favorite. Stop into just about any local place—places like The Waffle ShopCC PeppersDwellingsCafé 210 West, the list goes on—and pick up a gift card that you won't find anywhere else. It's a lot more personal than one for the average big box store, and let's be honest: everyone loves the feeling of being "known for" their favorite local spot.

A super special idea for any fun-lover is Tussey Money from Tussey Mountain. It's good for anything at Tussey, winter or summer—skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, go-karts, mini golf, and a lot more—so they can take their pick! Plus, unlike most gift cards, it's offered at a discounted price! See more details here.


For the Ladies

No matter if it's your mom, your girlfriend, your sister, or anyone in between, the lady on your list will thank you for treating them to a spa day: Carnegie Inn & Spa and Simply Health Salt Spa are both top notch. 

Downtown State College is your best bet for adorable home items, with stores like Kitchen KaboodleHome Reflections, and Dwellings. Or for something really one-of-a-kind, look for the perfect antique at Apple Hill Antiques in State College or Plaza Centre Antique Gallery in Bellefonte—you never know what hidden gems you'll find there.


For the Men

Appalachian Outdoors has everything an outdoor lover could want, including apparel, sporting gear, and camping and hiking equipment. Or for a golf lover, surprise him with a gift card or membership to one of State College's outstanding golf courses: ToftreesBlue & White Courses, or Mountain View Country Club (Boalsburg). Most are currently running specials, so be sure to check out their websites first.


For the Penn State Fan

We’re pretty sure there will never be a better time to gift someone with PSU gear than in the weeks following a Big Ten Championship title and leading up to a Rose Bowl appearance. All the downtown stores are currently stocked with a great selection of Rose Bowl and Big Ten Champions gear: McLanahan’sLion’s PrideFamily ClotheslineStudent Book Store, etc. But right now, any PSU gift will be the perfect choice for the Penn State fan on your list.


For the Brew Lover

Local beverages always make for unique and excellent gifts, and State College is equipped with some of the best around.

  • For spirits: Barrel 21 Distillery or Big Spring Spirits
  • For wine: Seven Mountains Wine CellarsMt. Nittany Winery, or Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery
  • For a case of beer: Otto's Pub & Brewery
  • For a sweet and tangy option: Good Intent Cider in Bellefonte

Or better yet, go for all of the above with a passport to the Central PA Tasting Trail.


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