You’ve got a week and some change to start/finish the Christmas shopping. I expect this weekend will find stores packed with the last-minute shoppers. Have your list handy, be patient and stop looking for a parking place near the door. You need the exercise and you know it.
New tabletop Cardinals book
It really doesn’t matter whether there is snow on the outfield and empty bleachers at Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinal fans pretty much bleed red year-round.
With that in mind, there’s a new book out that fans might be interested in. “Immortal Moments in Cardinal History” ($39.95) is an illustrated coffee-table book that chronicles the highlights from 135 years of St. Louis baseball history. Written by baseball historian Robert L. Tiemann and longtime KMOX sports director Ron Jacober, you’ll find the book at the Barnes & Noble in Fairview Heights. But you also can order the book (in person or by phone, 618-624-4361) and have it delivered free to the store before Christmas.
In case you want it autographed, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Tiemann and Jacober will sign copies at the Barnes and Noble store at West County Mall in St. Louis.
Skating into 2017
Eckert’s Country Store & Farms in Belleville wants winter to be a little more fun, so why not entice all of us to come there and do some Salchows and fancy footwork on a temporary 40-by-80-foot synthetic ice skating rink?
You’ll have to wait until after Christmas, but make a plan now to take the family. The rink will be open Wednesday to Sunday, beginning Jan. 4 and running through Feb. 26 under the canopy connected to the Garden Center. There will be indoor seating so non-skaters can watch. Cost is $5, plus $4 for skate rental. Or, bring your own skates. Kids 12 and under skate free every Thursday (does not include skate rental). At all times, if you’re 16 or younger, you’ll need parental supervision.
Buy an Eckert’s gift card and use it for skating, eating, shopping. And if you purchase $50 worth of gift cards, you’ll get a $10 bonus card to use January through March.
Check http://www.eckerts.com/ice-skating for hours or if you want info on bringing a group.
See the light
In case you need one more thing to decorate the home for the holidays, this week’s Flash Find at At Home (you know by now, the former Garden Ridge) in O’Fallon is a 13-inch-tall lantern with an LED pillar candle inside for $4.99, regularly $9.99. Depending on the store, you’ll find it in gold, silver, black and wood tones in a couple styles. Offer is good in-store only through Tuesday.
Gift ideas for your sweetie
At Francesca’s at St. Clair Square, boxed jewelry sets include attractive and trendy oversized watch, bangle and stretchy bead bracelets in coordinated colors for $34. I spotted about four or five styles.
Pink camouflage remains popular in many sporting goods stores, as well as retailers like Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights. It was an unexpected place to find Camo Belles products that included cosmetic cases for $9.99 and two styles of totes, $8.99 and $12.99. For warmer weather, consider the pink camo fold-up chair for $29.99. (It also comes in standard green camouflage.)
Keep her warm: Check out the supply of all things luxe and furry at Pier 1 Imports in Fairview Heights. A Faux Mongolian Fur Snowball Pillow is on sale for $26.21. Very cute. Very soft and fluffy as a bedroom throw pillow. Or, get her a tan Shaggy Sherpa Throw, also on sale for $44.96. With a long shag on one side and soft, faux fleece on the other, it’s great for snuggling.
Need to buy some trinkets in bulk? At Claire’s at the mall, it’s buy three, get three free through Dec. 31.
Maybe sexy lingerie isn’t exactly what you want to give, but Victoria’s Secret is also offer a set of sports bra, pants and beanie for $55 through Dec. 24. It’s a good deal because you get to pick a sport bras worth up to $29.99 and pants to $69.99. The knit hat, worth $20, says “VICTORIA Sport” on it.
Maurice’s at the mall may entice you in the door with a half-off sale through Saturday on all its regularly priced outwear, from jackets to coats to vests.