Local gift ideas abound for engaged couples to give

The Men’s Shed can help new crafters create something special for the holidays.

Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday are coming up this week, and while engaged couples are celebrating their loved ones and upcoming marital ceremonies, they may also be concerned about gift giving.  

Shopping local – and shopping early – is always advised, and shopping in the parish is even better for the whole community. 

Jewelry 
Watches, rings, earrings, bracelets – these are all natural gifts, though some people shy away because they fear it’ll drain their pocketbook. However, not all jewelry is in the triple digits; simply asking for some help at a local jewelry store never hurt anyone. 

Homemade 
Before anyone dismisses this one due to a lack of crafting ability, there are a few ideas to take into consideration: Ruston Farmers Market’s vendors have an abundance of locally crafted gifts from skincare products to premade hot cocoa mix to handcrafted woodworks. And, if anyone is feeling crafty, the Men’s Shed on Farmerville Highway is open to individuals seeking to create something extra special for a loved one. 

Theatre 
Theatre is back and abundant in Lincoln Parish. Buy tickets to a Ruston Community Theatre production (Hint: An early Christmas gift could be tickets to “A Christmas Carol.”) or check out what the theatre departments at Grambling State University or Louisiana Tech University are performing. Check out the university music departments, too; a lot of romantic dates involve music, after all. 

Books 
Books are also a fabulous gift, but often it’s hard to figure out what someone would like to read. Never fear, check out some of the knowledgeable professionals at the Lincoln Parish Library. Talk to a librarian and see if that perfect book can be determined. 

Pets 
This one may not be for everyone, but it will be for some – what better way to prepare for a life together than to find a special pet for the holiday season? Visit 4PAWS in Ruston and let the volunteers find you a furever friend. Mind you, pets are a commitment, as many dogs and cats will live for 10-20 years, but if you think you and your partner are ready for the plunge, visit 4PAWS to see if the right pup – or cat – is waiting for you.