If you're a savvy holiday shopper looking for local gift-buying options, you'll want to include Old Town Auburn on your list of places to peruse. While you're moseying down the plank walkways past the brick buildings and wreathed light posts, you'll want to pop in at Re-Find Living on Lincoln Way for a dash of the Christmas spirit.
Inside the shop, you'll find santas and sparkles, reindeer, elves, and treasure-filled trees as well as this year's hot item -- according to co-owner David Eddy -- fuzzy gnomes with their hats pulled over their eyes.
"We had gnome wine glass sleeves," Eddy said. "They flew out of the store."
The shop's wide assortment of ornaments -- from lanterns and pickup trucks to bright baubles and snow people wrapped in red -- are always popular, he said.
Each year the staff from the Eddy's three stores -- including Not Too Shabby in Roseville and Folsom -- gather together for a day of holiday decorating, and their unique style is sure to offer shoppers a few ideas for their own homes.
And if the idea of home decorating makes you light up like Rudolph when Clarice tells him he's cute, you'll definitely want to sign up for the Eddy's chalk paint classes. Here, you'll learn various painting techniques including wax, gilding and gold sizing. You'll find all the supplies you need, including Annie Sloan paint and brushes, to turn your worn and dated coffee table or chiffonier into a work of art.
Hey, you might even consider buying a gift certificate for a paint workshop tucking it under the tree for someone you love. Take a class together. The more the merrier.
After shopping/painting bonus: There are so many places in Old Town to fill your belly: Bistro 103, Mandarin Kitchen, Bootleggers and Cafe Delicias to name a few.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
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1558 Lincoln Way, Auburn