Whether it's a co-worker, friend, sibling, cousin or other acquaintance, there are plenty of people it can be difficult to buy for. Here's a look at some items available here in Needham that could make great gifts for that person who seems to have everything, who "doesn't want anything" or for whom gift ideas are otherwise escaping you.
1. Taylor’s Stationary offers NEST Fragrances, which are available in candles and room diffusers. They are the only store in Needham to sell them. Candles cost $32, while the room diffusers cost $36. They are available in assorted fragrances, but there are two that are of particular note: Blue Garden and Sir Elton John’s Holiday. The profit from Blue Garden goes to Autism Speaks, while the profit from Sir Elton John’s Holiday goes to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2. Needham Garden Center and Power Equipment recommends bird feeders as gifts. They range in price from about $15 to the low $100 range. The most popular bird feeder they sell is the Yankee Whipper, which is squirrel proof and made in the United States. It costs $89.
3. Also at Taylor’s Stationary are Eglomisé mirrors. These mirrors are made in Ayer, MA. Taylor’s is the only store in Needham that carries them. The mirrors are available in any four-year college or university in the United States, and Taylor’s also carries them with a picture of Needham Town Hall and St. Sebastian's School. Scenes in Boston, including Fenway Park, the ducklings and the Zakim Bridge are also available.
4. If you're looking for a unique gift idea for that Needhamite who has everything, how about putting the person's name on a paver to be included in a commemorative walkway at the newly renovated Town Hall. Engravers cost between $200 and $500 each. Brochures are available at Town Hall, the Needham Free Public Library, the Stephen Palmer Senior Center, Roche Bros., Sudbury Farms and Needham Bank or online at www.Needham300.org.
5. And keeping with the local theme, pick up a Trees of Needham 2012 Calendar or the Needham, Massachusetts 2012 Calendar at Taylor's or the Needham Historical Society. Though today, Dec. 21 at 3:00 p.m., you can order the "Trees of Needham" book and other merchandise bearing images of trees around town with half off express shipping via treesofneedham.com. There are also great Needham items—magnets, mugs and more at Joel's Gifts.
That concludes our series on last-minute gift ideas in Needham. Got some other great ideas? Share them in the comments section below.