Find a perfect gift for the holidays locally

LAKE COUNTY — Since Lake County doesn't have any malls or big box stores, Christmas shopping may seem daunting for residents. Yet there are plenty of places to grab that last minute gift for those who don't want — or are unable — to make the long drive to cities such as Ludington or Big Rapids.

Those in Luther can stop by The Gift Shop on Main Street sells candles, jewelry, purses, assorted fashion accessories and ginger snaps jewelry and charms which can be attached to various clothing, purses or items such as rings or necklaces. Employees there recommended a Cherry Republic food basket filled with treats like salsa, nuts and chocolate.

For a friend or family member looking for a little culture, or maybe just something to bring a little color to their home, a gift from the Plump Pumpkin in Dover Township might have just what they're looking for. The shop has a wide selection of art and craft items.

The Baldwin Lumber company offers various goods for those looking to take on some projects in the new year. This includes power tools, gardening equipment, or items for use around the house such as flashlights.

Similarly the Ace Hardware Store in Baldwin has similar offerings in addition to hunting equipment and clothing; including shirts and other items which read 'Pure Baldwin' for those who want to give a gift with some local pride.

Pandora's Box in Baldwin has a wide selection of various items perfect for putting under the tree. A wide selection of clothing and footwear is available plus things like jewelry, pillows and incense.

Down the street is Fabric Peddler, the perfect stop for those shopping for someone who loves to quilt, sew or knit. Besides items such as fabric, thread and tools like scissors and rulers, the shop carries several consignment items.

The staff at Baldwin's Northern Treasures shop likes to say they have everything under the sun. Among their offerings are toys, clothes, fishing equipment, tools and craft supplies for hobbies like knitting, painting and crocheting.

If there's a fishing enthusiast in the family, both Baldwin Bait and Tackle and Ed's Sport Shop have plenty of supplies to help them plan their next trip out on the water. Both offer camping equipment as well and Ed's Sport Shop has a variety of hunting equipment, too.

The Up North Gift Shop, while not technically in Lake County, is also a convenient option for those who live near Baldwin. They offer several types of Christmas decor and Christmas-themed items, as well as jewelry, puzzles and candles.