Last-minute gift ideas locally

By BRENT MAZE,

It’s time for me to go shopping.

As most of you are putting the finishing touches on your Christmas shopping, I’m just beginning the process. I admit, I am a little bit ahead in some years, but that’s only bec

ause other years I haven’t even started by today, which is the first day of winter.

Yes, I am one of those last-minute Christmas shoppers. I guess I don’t ever make the time before I absolutely have to go Christmas shopping.

I’m open for a few ideas, but I have already run across a few good ideas from others this Christmas season.

The Newton County Genealogical Society might have a nice gift for the history buff in your family. Many years ago, Terry T. Lange and Harold Graham compiled the book “Veterans of World War II, Newton County, Mississippi.” They still have several copies for sale at $35 per copy. This might be a great thing to add to your library.

I will also put a shameless plug in for The Newton County Appeal. Give the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year with a subscription to your hometown newspaper. For this one, you don’t even have to leave the comforts of your home. Just sign up at www.newtoncountyappeal.com and set it up for your friend. Please make sure that you include your l

oved one’s address so we can get it set up. If you have any trouble, please email me.

During a recent church fundraising efforts, the committee came up with a way for you to give in someone’s honor. I thought that was a great idea.

So maybe find a charity that your loved one is passionate for and give a donation in their honor this holiday season. It’s a way to give a gift that will impact our world long after the Christmas season ends.

I’ll be honest with you, one of the best gifts I ever received weren’t always the most expensive gifts I’ve ever received. It’s the simple gifts that show that you know me.

“'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free

“Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

“And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.”

Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season!

Contact Brent at bmaze@-newtoncountyappeal.com.