Famous Author Norman Vincent Peale says, “Christmas is the season of joy, of gift-giving and of families united.” The best part of giving a gift is the excitement of getting someone that ultimate present and knowing it is something they will love and enjoy.

This year, it’s even more important to shop local with small businesses for everyone on your gift list. Here are a few fabulous local businesses in Lewis County that offer some cool gifts ideal for that special someone. Plus, you can shop from the comfort of home.

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This stylish Glenna Bag transforms from a side bag to a backpack or crossbody purse. Photo courtesy: Ageless Valor

Ageless Valor

Ageless Valor sells artisanal, high-quality leather, and wood products with durability in mind. Find wallets, key chains, bags, camera straps, and more worthy of passing down through the next generations. Their mission as a company is to be honorable and authentic.

This is a great place to check out for the guy in your life with something for everyone including matching father and son belts. The craftsmanship is exquisite and the personal touches are so creative. Contact Ageless Valor at agelessvalor@gmail.com.

Ctown Thrift

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Ctown Thrift has a wide variety of cool vintage clothing. Photo courtesy: Ctown Thrift

If you are having a hard time finding the perfect gift for the millennial in your life, go check out Ctown Thrift. Young entrepreneur and owner Josh Dixon is a Centralia graduate with a goal to provide affordable and sustainable fashion. His emphasis is an online presence but he does pop up shops occasionally. Find a wide variety of vintage tees, jackets, pants, and more to choose from.

On December 5 and 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Josh and his team will have a pop up at All Star Vintage. They accept Venmo, Paypal, and cash.

Gaean Allusions Pottery

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You can also visit Santa Lucia Coffee and Cafe to purchase a handmade mug or tumbler created by Gaean Allusions Pottery or use the digital storefront at LuciaCoffee.com. Be sure to order their amazing coffee or chocolate too! Photo courtesy: Gaean Allusions Pottery
Gaean Allusions Pottery is operated by owners Godfrey, Karen, and their daughter Freya. Since 1990, the couple creates wheel-thrown and hand-decorated utilitarian pottery. With the addition of Freya to the family business, the Chehalis company offers functional art perfect for those on your list who are hard to buy for. Every piece they create is incredibly unique.

Visit their Etsy Page for an idea of what they have currently in stock. Folks can use the code LOCAL at check out to waive the shipping fee and schedule a pick up with the artists. To make an appointment or ask any questions email pottery@gaeanallusions.com.

Pacific Northwest Freshies

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Pacific Northwest Freshies adorable cow rearview mirror air freshener is a great stocking stuffer. Photo courtesy: Pacific Northwest Freshies

Pacific Northwest Freshies are the perfect stocking stuffer. Adna’s Dani Newman hand makes these custom air fresheners. These are not your average air fresheners with several unique scents from fruit loops to leather. You can choose from an assortment of styles including pineapples, cows, the breast cancer ribbon, and many more. She showcases a variety of freshies for men as well.

Pacific Northwest Freshies have vent clips, scented key chains, and the classic air freshener to hang from your rear-view mirror. This is a great gift for the new driver in your family or that teen boy whose car smells like he just left football practice.  Dani takes custom orders and accepts Venmo.

Tasteless Babe

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Tasteless Babe’s candles are sassy and witty. Sign up for email updates including coupons and the latest info on up-and-coming inventory. Photo courtesy: Tasteless Babe

Teresa White is the owner of Tasteless Babe. This single mama is raising her two sweet boys on Madison Grove Farm in Winlock. Her online shop carries classy and edgy wearable mantras and all-natural candles and beauty products. This online shop is where you will find a gift for your precocious best friend. The supplies Teresa uses in making the items are all from small businesses.

This sassy boy mom hand hammers all the jewelry herself. Tasteless Babe has three different collections — Matra and Metals that consist of bracelets, necklaces, and rings, Treat Yo Self and features body butter, shower frosting, and exfoliating shower frosting, and Cussy Scents. This collection has a wide variety of witty and sassy candles. She continues to improve her creations and generate new mantras. If you are looking for something custom or are interested in wholesale pricing, message Teresa on the website or Instagram.

Remember when shopping this holiday season to support small businesses in Lewis County. Local businesses generate 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail stores and for every dollar spent at a local business, approximately .80 cents stay in the community.

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