Finding the perfect Christmas gift for everyone on the list isn’t always easy, but savvy shoppers can find an assortment of gifts with a Columbia County connection.
Here are gifts available throughout the community:
Deck the halls
• A gold or silver holiday ornament features the former Gatekeeper’s Cottage, which houses the Savannah Rapids Visitors Center. The ornament cost $10. The visitors center, in Savannah Rapids Pavilion at 3300 Evans to Locks Road in Martinez, also offers postcards, paintings and jewelry from local artists as well as T-shirts, car tags, key chains and book lights. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call (706) 868-3373.
• The Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem, where Oliver Hardy was born, has an assortment of items, including a Christmas ornament featuring a wreath and a depiction of the museum. It ships directly to the buyer and costs $30 plus $5 shipping. The museum also sells movies, coffee mugs, books, T-shirts and other stocking stuffers. Items start at $3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call (706) 556-0401.
• Members of Harlem High School’s marching band are selling ornaments featuring their Bulldog mascot for $8 each. Proceeds benefit the band’s January trip to the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. Contact any member of the marching band or contact Debbie Grice at (706) 836-2604.
• The Lakeside High School Swim/Dive Team is offering a silver ornament featuring the school mascot. Proceeds from the sale of the $10 ornament will go toward the team’s travel expenses. Visit http://panthersplash.shutterfly.com/ or contact the Lakeside High School Splash Club at email@example.com.
• Lucky Lady Pecans in Harlem, the retail store of the Tracey-Lucky Co., offers a variety of gifts, including 12-ounce gift tins for $23 or $25, a 16-ounce tin for $26 or $28, and gift bags for $14-18. The store near the plant at 220 N. Louisville Street also offers Koozies for $2.50. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Visit www.luckyladypecans.com or call (706) 556-6216.
• Red Oak Manor and The Acorn Restaurant, a family-owned bed and breakfast in Harlem, offers homemade family goodies, including 4- and 8-ounce jars of pepper jelly for $3 and $5; 8- and 12-ounce jars of vinegar and tomato-based barbecue sauce for $5 and $7. Homemade cakes and pies made to order start at $19.99. Red Oak Manor is at 410 N. Louisville Street in Harlem. For information, call (706) 556-8222 or visit www.redoakmanor.com.
• Ruth’s Family Restaurant, which has operated in the same Martinez location on Washington Road since 1965, offers a variety of cakes, including red velvet cake for $30. The restaurant’s logo also is available on mugs for $5 and T-shirts for $15. Call (706) 863-5616.
• Grovetown High School offers several items bearing the school name or mascot. T-shirts cost $10, sweatshirts cost $20, and window clings and car magnets cost $5. Call the school at (706) 447-2102.
Most schools have items with school logos, available from the schools, clubs, parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs. Call each school for details before Dec. 17.
• Hometown Sports carries area private and public middle and high school letter jackets for $165, including embroidery; custom embroidered athletic bags for $28; stickers for $7; and T-shirts, golf shirts, hooded sweatshirts and jackets starting at $15. The store at 4115 Columbia Road in Martinez is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (706) 651-8777.
• Hats and shirts with logos are available from local golf courses. Hats range from $15 to $25 at Jones Creek Golf Club, and shirts range from $25 to $80. Call (706) 860-4228. Hats cost $19.99, and shirts range from $30 to $67 at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans. Call (706) 210-4681. West Lake Country Club carries hats starting at $22.50 and shirts from $40 to $90. Call (706) 863-4642.
• Sunrise Grill in West Town shopping center sells products imprinted with the restaurant’s sunglass-wearing, grinning sun. Mugs cost $5 and T-shirts cost $10-$12. Call (706) 228-4883.
• Before performing in Columbia County for an Oct. 28 concert to open the Lady Antebellum Pavilion named in their honor, the country trio Lady Antebellum released their third album, Own the Night, in September. Lakeside High School graduates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley make up two-thirds of the group. Lady A souvenirs, including a holiday ornament for $9.99, can be found at the band’s Web site, www.ladyantebellum.com.
• Kelley’s older brother, Josh, also a graduate of Lakeside High, released his newest country CD, Georgia Clay, in March. Souvenirs and music are available at area stores and online at www.joshkelley.com.
• Bethany “Peppy” Kelley, of the Appling-based Kelley Family Band, no relation to Charles and Josh Kelley, released her first album, Me and My Fiddle, in March. It is available at www.kelleymusicstudio.com or by calling (706) 760-0102.
Read all about it
• The new Columbia County history book, As Long As the Rivers Run: Highlights from Columbia County’s Past, written by Barbara Seaborn, chronicles Columbia County before and after it was established in 1790. Books are available at The Columbia County News-Times office.
• Another historical book released earlier this year focuses on Columbia County’s black history. The setting for much of Joe Williams’ Mountain Climbed is the Burks Mountain area in Appling. To purchase a copy, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A children’s book, Amaryllis the Armadillo, written by Appling resident and former Columbia County educator Geniene Moore, is illustrated by her 9-year-old granddaughter, Anna Burnett. The book can be purchased online at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Amazon.
• Greenbrier High School Assistant Principal Terri Duncan’s 110-page novel, Camping Reservations: Body of Lies, is aimed at readers in middle school. The book, about a family camping trip, is available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
• Keep up with local news with an annual subscription to The Columbia County News-Times. Annual ubscriptions, which can be mailed out of town, cost $52 plus tax. Call (706) 868-1222.
• The MOMS Club of Evans has a holiday cookbook featuring 300 recipes submitted by the club’s members. It costs $15 and all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. The cookbooks are available at all club events or by contacting Cori Daniels at email@example.com.
• Grovetown soapmaker Leslie Carson handcrafts all-natural Luna Bug soaps, including those with holiday themes, with most costing $6 to $7. The products can be purchased at Herbal Remedies on Columbia Road in Martinez or at www.lunabug.com. Call (706) 309-9563.
• Asparagus Soap Co. offers natural bath treats from Evans soapmaker Charles Ronen. Individual soaps cost $5.99 to $7.99. Speciality soaps and gift baskets also are available at www.asparagus-soap.com.
• An afghan featuring scenes from Columbia County is sold exclusively at Strictly Country, 4313 Washington Road, Evans, for $69.95. Call (706) 868-1348.
• Serta mattresses, manufactured at the company’s factory in Grovetown, are available at Just Beds at 4158 Washington Road in Evans. Call (706) 868-5500.
Moving on up
• Club Car golf cars, manufactured in Evans, are available from Transportation Solutions of Augusta, 692 Commerce Court, Evans. Prices range from $1,600 for used cars to $7,000 for new vehicles. Four-wheel utility cars and street-legal, low-speed electric vehicles cost up to $10,000. Visit www.tsagolf.com or call (706) 228-5525.
• Augusta Turf and Tractor sells a full line of John Deere tractors made in the company’s Grovetown plant. Call the Augusta business at 2804 Wylds Road at (706) 737-9191.
• License plates with Columbia County’s sailboat logo are available at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 4424 Evans to Locks Road, Evans and at The News-Times office, 4272 Washington Road, Evans, for $5.
Works of art
• Two Web sites feature many Columbia County artists and their works. The Columbia County Artists’ Guild site, www.artistguildcc.org, features online galleries of county artists and links to their personal Web sites. A Web site designed specifically to showcase products and arts created in Georgia, www.gamadegagrown.org, also features many Columbia County artists.
Many Columbia County organizations offer memberships that are available as gifts and support local cultural and charitable efforts.
• Columbia County Arts Inc. members receive an Arts Talk newsletter, invitation to special membership events and performances, and a 10 percent discount for sponsored shows, performances and exhibits. Memberships start at $25. Visit www.columbiacountyarts.org.
• Columbia County Humane Society donations helps raise money to operate the spay-neuter clinic Dogwood Park at 6100 Columbia Road in Appling. For information, call (706) 541-2911.
• CSRA Happy Tails Inc. offers a 2012 calendar featuring photos of cats and dogs the group has rescued, along with their stories. The calendars cost $20 and are available at all Happy Tails-sponsored events including weekly adoptions. Visit www.csrahappytails.com or call (706) 955-0438.
• Friends of the Columbia County Libraries memberships range from $10 for an individual to $500 “Best Friend.” Visit www.ecgrl.public.lib.ga.us and follow the links.
• Columbia County Historical Society membership ranges from $10 annually to $100 for a lifetime family membership. Call Vermill Baxter at (706) 541-1683.
• The Professional Disc Golf Association, based at Columbia County’s Wildwood Park, offers memberships from a $75 annual professional membership to a $30 student membership. Call (707) 261-6342 or visit www.pdga.com.w