Monday, 10 December 2018
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A guide to giving great gifts this holiday shopping season

By Amber Tyner

Halloween is freshly gone, Thanksgiving is most of the month away, Christmas isn’t anywhere close — and yet shopping season is upon us.

From now until the end of December, stores will be filled with people trying to find presents for family and friends.

But awash in pricey electronics, endless online options and friends and relatives who seem to have everything — and have it on their doorstep in two days, free shipping — how do you find that perfect gift?

Below is a guide with gift ideas to help you find a present for everyone on your shopping list.

Howling good gifts

There’s always that one person on your list who is a total pain around Christmas — a metaphorical brick wall standing athwart your gift ideas like writer’s block.

But there’s usually one solid way around that wall, and it’s through the doghouse.

Gainesville and Hall County have what feels like a nonstop supply of gifts and ideas for the dog owners we all know and love.

Over on Dawsonville Highway, few pet stores are getting into the spirit like Pet Pleasers, the all-in-one store offering boutique dog foods, supplies and — most especially — an in-house bakery.

Think your dog buddy might like a liver brownie? How about beefy bones or chicken stars? You could go all-out and pick up a pack of Bark-B-Q ribs. And if you don’t know your dog buddy well enough to shop for him or her, the store offers gift certificates.

If that tricky person on your list doesn’t have dogs, Pet Pleasers also sells its own cat treats and — get this — horse treats.

On Skelton Road, Fido’s World is a one-stop shop for most dog services and equipment. The business and its offshoots (Barkin’ Brews and Rucker Dog Training) offer boarding, grooming, coffee and supplies for the dog owners of the area.

Schedule that athletic dog owner a few agility classes at Rucker Dog Training or get you and your friend (and your dogs) a couple of spots in one of the group training courses.

If you want something a little more lasting, check out Wild Hound Outfitters in Cleveland.

At, Bridget Tuckey and her husband sell their handcrafted leather goods for dogs and their people.

From rustic to bejeweled, the leather collars from Wild Hound can get as rough-and-tumble or fancy as you’d like. The Tuckeys also sell bowls, beds and, for those who travel often with their dogs, waxed leather seat covers, which keep dirt and hair off of the back seats of your vehicle.


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