Sunday, December 12, 2010

RED Holiday Shopping Guide

Well, it’s that time of year again – the holiday shopping season (or the annual cutthroat free-for-all, as some might call it) is upon us! Are you tired of getting Dad the same old tie, or getting Mom her usual knock-off gemstone earrings? Why not step out of the box this year and check out some local RED businesses to find gifts for your loved ones that are both unique and economical!

Stop by A Step Apart clothing store on Park Ave to browse unique fashions and accessories. A Step Apart’s styles closely follow today’s trends, yet do so with the addition of an urban flair. Does your sister have a thing for funky jewelry? Does your Mom need a new (less Mary Poppins-esque) handbag? Do you want to take a break from shopping for others and reward yourself for being so generous? Then A Step Apart is the place for you!

Wondering what you could possibly buy for your crazy poet aunt? Is Dad’s expanding tie collection causing him to look into larger houses? Break the cycle, and hit up Greenwood Books on East Ave to find new and antique books – from classics to cookbooks to travel books to children’s books, Greenwood Books carries the kind of obscure treasures that you wouldn’t find at Barnes and Noble. A book from here would make the perfect thoughtful holiday gift.

Are you dreading going home at the thought of being deafened 24/7 by your 16-year-old brother who has “decided to start a band”? Well, you probably have to get some earplugs to solve that problem, but if you’re wondering what to get him as a gift, look no further than Lakeshore Record Exchange, located on Park Ave! Here you can find CDs, music magazines, vintage records, and all sorts of fun collectable items. Oh no! Did you realize you spent all your money on your sister, your mom, your crazy aunt, and your dad?? No problem! Lakeshore Record Exchange also buys used CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes, so clean out your media collection and get some cash so you can buy your little rockstar-in-the-making brother the gift he deserves.

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