Finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be challenging. Here are a few ideas if you want to give a gift that is uniquely Jacksonville.
1. Pampering: A gift certificate for some post-holiday pampering at one of our spas or salon is a sure way of being appreciated twice - at the time you present the gift and then again when the gift card is redeemed! Check out your options at Spa, Angelica Day Spa, and California Street Skin & Nail Studio.
2. Jacksonville Christmas Ornaments from the Visitor Information Center. Three different ceramic ornaments featuring historic buildings – Beekman House, Presbyterian Church, and the Courthouse. $10 each or all three for $25.
3. Donations – honor a friend or family member with a donation to an organization dedicated to serving Jacksonville. A couple of ideas - Jacksonville Boosters Club does many projects like restoring the Britt Gardens, Friends of the J’ville Cemetery is the volunteer group that helps to maintain and restore our beautiful pioneer cemetery.
5. Local Wine – As the heart of the Southern Oregon wine region there are lots of options to select from and you’re sure to find a variety for any palate. DANCIN has been reaping many awards as has Quady North. South Stage Cellars features wines made from their grapes by other winemakers as well as their own label. Valley View is the grandfather of the regional vineyards and Caprice is known for its cabernets.
6. Jacksonville’s History – You will find books on our history at Terra Firma Gifts and Trolley Stop Antiques. The Visitor Information Center stocks books as well as a DVD on our history. Or you’re your holiday guests on a Beekman House Holiday Tour the weekend after Christmas.
7. Gift Baskets or Jerky (Beef, Buffalo, Elk) from Gary West Meats. Celebrating 50 years of producing what has become known as the Rolls Royce of jerky. They can also create customized gourmet food baskets for many different tastes.
8. Shared Experience – A gift certificate for an experience to be shared. One options is a Segway rental or tour from Segway of Jacksonville. For those with a culinary interest a Cooking Class with Cordon Bleu trained chef Constance Jesser at the Jacksonville Mercantile would make an enjoyable evening activity.
9. Art – The level of artistic talent in this area is continually surprising. For items created by local artists and artisans check out The Woodcarving Place and Art Presence Art Center. The diversity of offerings will astound you.
10. Locally Crafted Products – You can also find locally crafted items at a number of stores around town. Jacksonville Candles at WillowCreek Gifts, Thomas Gregg Fine Jewelry at Carefree Buffalo and Wine Totes at Jacksonville Mercantile, to name just a few.