Get A Square Deal On Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Okay, you won't find a partridge in a pear tree in Market Square. But plenty of holiday shoppers are flocking to the shops in — and around — the Square for last-minutes gifts for colleagues at work or unexpected guests who drop by in the next week or so.

Of course, we're hoping for a bit of snow this holiday season. Still, the cooler temps can bring on a big chill in a hurry. Well, there's no better way to warm up a long winter's night than a basket of tea or coffee from Nicholas Brothers. If the boss is still on the gift list, this is one great perk.

Now, while some might like to sip, others on your list might like to nibble on something sweet throughout the holiday season. Just in case you're all thumbs in the kitchen, a batch of yuletide cookies or other goodies from Prantl's will satisfy most tastes.

You won't wear out any shoe leather for the next stop on this holiday shopping expedition. But if a certain gent in your life happens to be in need of new footwear, the Nettleton Shop is the place to find a sole mate for your soul mate.

For a complete head-to-toe look for that GQ type of man, the Heinz Healy's Gentleman's Apparel store is well suited to dress the fashionable male in nearly any sartorial style. From sportswear to more formal attire, this dapper depot is a must stop destination.

Guys, if you're still thinking about a new vacuum sweeper for that "lucky" woman in your life, take our advice. Head to Serendipity. Chock full of the latest, chicest accessories this side of New York and Los Angeles, a gift from this oh-so-hip boutique will put you at the top of her list as the New Year nears.

And for a very special touch, a gift certificate from Denham & Co. is a perfect stocking stuffer. For that post-holiday makeover, this cozy salon offers a bird's eye view of the Square and a to die for menu of services that range from a new ’do to facials, manicures and pedicures. Plus, Denham carries a complete line of Aveda lotions and potions to revitalize hair, skin and the inner beauty within.

Okay, all this deadline shopping can be stressful. So if you're looking to treat yourself, try a soothing massage at Zhang's. A combination of options from head and neck massage to an overall rubdown can help relax those aching shopping muscles and restore your good cheer — just in time to enjoy the glad tidings of this very special time of the year. 

While activities in the Square might be on the light side this weekend, the Season of Lights display will continue to shine. And the Square will be hockey central next week during a special Dec. 30 noon rally for the New Year's Day Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field.

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