Not for me. A black eye seems more appealing than crawling out of bed at the crack of dawn to play tug-of-war with a wild-eyed, bargain-crazed shopper who forgot to comb her hair before she climbed in the car with a fist full of sale papers, barreled toward the nearest sale and tried to grab the $99 iPad right out of my hands.
That, anyway, is the vision my mind has created over the years when I think ‘Black Friday.’
A little exaggerated, I hope, but I’ll take an extra couple of hours tucked in with my flannel sheets any day.
And what about ‘Shop Local Saturday’? A good concept, but does it work? I imagine that same wild-eyed woman, sanity restored, exhausted, flat-broke and not likely to go out and “shop local” after black-eye Friday.
It seems backward to me. Shouldn’t we be lined up with wads of cash and melting plastic to patronize our local businesses on Friday morning?
And then, maybe meander over to the mall Saturday afternoon to pick up a token gift that says “I supported big-business, low wages and the Chinese economy this holiday season!”
So, with some 28 shopping days left before the big guy arrives, I’ve come up with a couple of suggestions for shopping local, right here in Kuna, including my idea of interesting and meaningful gifts, timesaving, tasty treats and ordinary stuff to feel good about, merely because you bought it close to home.
First off, get in the mood. Kuna True Value Hardware, 467 W. Main Street, has indoor/outdoor LED holiday light sets, along with 100-piece screwdriver sets and power tools for dad, carpet cleaning machines you can rent and other supplies that produce scrubbing bubbles and a lemon-fresh scent.
Because no one – and I mean no one – ought to be thinking about putting up a Christmas Tree, unwrapping presents or drinking eggnog in a dirty house.
And if you spend all week cleaning and need some pies in a pinch, you can’t possibly go wrong with Pie Face, 346 W. 4th Street in Kuna. Holy Toledo. Before Pie Face, I always thought the crust’s only purpose was to hold the filling in. Right?
Wrong. I ordered a couple of pumpkin pies from Pie Face, and the crust was incredible. Unbelievable. I was in pumpkin pie heaven. After one piece, I decided not to ruin the rest with Cool Whip.
Out at Vogel Farms, 9501 Robinson Road, three gift shops are brimming with interesting ideas for thoughtful gifts, including baskets teeming with Idaho products—and only Idaho products. Nothing from China, Michigan or anywhere else. Idaho. I’ve seen those gift-shop shelves with my own eyes, so be warned — you’ll want to take something home for yourself, too.
Just don’t ask to go in the pens where the turkeys are growing fat and hoping for an invitation to Christmas dinner.
If the farmer says yes, you’ll end up leaving your shoes on the front porch for a week. Not that I’d know.
Rustic Gardens, 2417 W. Kuna Road, has Christmas trees (you’ll need one to string the lights you found at True Value) and Zamzows, at 256 W. 3rd Street, has trees, too.
The Willow Tree Home Decor & Gift Shop, 315 East Avalon Street, features Amish, primitive and country décor in everything from large furniture to quilts and wall hangings to remind someone about the important things: “Live simply.” Or “Family — we may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” Not that I can relate or anything.
For the forward-thinking, investment-minded individual on your gift-giving list, Chris Mayes at Edward Jones, 498 W. Main Street, will write up a certificate for a free portfolio review. Cool stocking stuffer, and you get bonus points for saving your money.
Once you get the tree up and put the lights on, you’ll need a couple of ornaments. The UPS Store, 1577 N. Linder Road, can help you create personalized photo ornaments, as well as cards, home décor and more.
And you can’t possibly go wrong with the gift of dinner from El Gallo Giro, 482 W. Main Street, or one of the community’s other signature restaurants.
Or how about making a contribution in your recipient’s name, to one of the many local groups who work for the good of the community?
I have a list of suggestions for that, too, believe it or not. It includes, for starters: the Kuna Food Bank; Kuna Alcohol Drug Free Youth (KADFY); Kuna Grange; Kuna Lions; Kuna Youth Softball and Baseball Association (KYSBA); Kuna Police Activities League (KPAL); or event the Kuna Easter Egg Hunt.
And, while I haven’t found many places to shop down in Melba (someone please correct me if I missed it), the Melba Community Auction is coming up, and there’s Melba Little League, too.
Which of these are important to you? Let them know—and let us know which local businesses or groups you’re supporting this year.