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2020 Holiday Wishbook: Gift ideas, holiday events and more

In Mid Rivers Newsmagazine’s 2020 Holiday Wishbook, you’ll find another year of unique Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your list, holiday event listings, fun games for kids and other holiday-related content for you to reference all season long!

This holiday season, local stores are gearing up to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! Browse the selection below for a dose of inspiration.

Give the Gifts of Savings

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If the wee one in your life really doesn’t need one more toy, consider giving that child the gift of a savings account. With the help of the child’s parents, grandparents or guardian, an Earn and Learn savings account can be established at Together Credit Union for those big expenses yet to come – college, cars, computers and more. Visit togethercu.org to learn more.

Dream Big

Dream Play Recreation
Dream Play Recreation

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s the value of having high-quality recreation options right outside our own back door. A play
set from Dream Play Recreation can provide hours of safe adventures that challenge your child’s creativity and strengthen their growing bodies. Choose from a wide variety of swing set shapes and sizes, plus trampolines and basketball hoops. Discover them all in-store and at dreamplayrec.com.

Consider Membership

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The local region is host to a wide range of organizations that rely on members to help live out their missions. At each, membership has its privilege. For instance, a gift membership to the St. Louis Art Museum (slam.org) provides a year of free admission to fabulous exhibitions along with shopping and dining discounts, exclusive events and memorable art experiences. What’s not to love?

Weekend Getaway

Weekend getaway
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Missouri has much to offer within a few hours’ drive of St. Louis and St. Charles. Treat your loved one to a weekend getaway or day trip to one of the small towns located just outside the metro area. Explore Missouri wine country, stay in a cozy bed and breakfast, discover historic sites and outdoor activities and enjoy beautiful views in places like Ste. Genevieve, Washington or Hermann. Your grand romantic gesture is sure to earn you some brownie points. Want to take the trip to the next level? Rent a sports car or other luxury vehicle to explore the rolling hills and quaint downtown corridors.

Keep It Classic

CR Frank
C.R. Frank Gourmet Popcorn

You know it’s the holiday season when someone cracks open a tin of C.R. Frank’s gourmet popcorn. The buttery, caramel-coated, cheesy goodness of the “3-Way” classic tin is impossible to resist and makes the perfect gift for colleagues, teachers, neighbors and clients. Shop online (crfrankpopcorn.com) and pickup your purchase in one, easy trip to the company store in Hazelwood. Family owned and operated, C.R. Frank has been popping delicious corn since 1925.

Fill a Box or Basket

Gift basket
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A collection of items from local boutiques, specialty shops and even delicatessens and markets is a lovely way to say “Happy Holidays” to both local businesses and gift recipients. Don’t forget to ask if your favorite local business can ship their wares to faraway friends. Many do! Shopping local, even if you’re shopping online, is a gift to that gives back to the local community.

Care and Share

Care sign
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Pick up a meal from your favorite restaurant and deliver it to friends or family members this holiday season. Doing so will give the recipient
a welcome break from cooking and the promise of good times ahead. Plus, your thoughtfulness will help a local business during these challenging times.

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