It's getting down to crunch time. The game clock is approaching zero. There's no room for procrastination. You need bite the bullet and wrap up your Christmas shopping. And you need to do it now.

I'm usually a lollygagger in this department, completing my final purchases just before the final whistle on Christmas Eve. This year I was very proud of myself. I crossed off everyone on my list. Or so I thought. But as usual, I forgot all about the teacher and bus driver gifts until my kids reminded me earlier this week. They enjoy handing them out on the last day of school before the holidays.

The teachers and bus drivers undoubtedly receive their fair share of coffee chain and liquor store-related gift cards (which I'm sure are appreciated - and needed in some instances). There are also some unique, locally-owned stores here in Lennox & Addington County that offer thoughtful items that I'm sure they'd love to receive as well.

Take a browse of our business guide and find something thoughtful for them, and maybe tack on some extra items for others too.

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