If you go
• Bead Paradise, 415 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday
• Hero Support, 823 “E” St. Washougal. Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
• Rainy Creek Holiday Boutique, 407 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday
• True Value Hardware, 1822 Main St., Washougal. Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
You’ve gotten most of the holiday shopping wrapped up, so to speak.But what to do with the stockings?
Instead of frantically racing through a big box store on Christmas Eve, you can find a variety of inexpensive, fun, and non-sugary stocking stuffers for everyone on your list in Camas and Washougal.
The Post-Record recently visited four local businesses, which had not been featured in a prior holiday gift giving story, to see what could be found for under $15. These businesses are just a small sampling of the many items to be found locally.
At Rainy Creek Holiday Boutique in Camas, items under $15 include bracelets, ornaments, aroma beads, whimsical post-it notes and note pads, bar soaps, magnets, wine stoppers, purse accessories and travel candles.
“When people shop locally, they avoid the crowds at the bigger stores,” said Angela Fuller, manager.
Rainy Creek sells holiday gifts, and will only be in downtown Camas through Jan. 10. It is filling the vacancy left when Anything But Ordinary closed after just a few months in business.
“We made sure that when we were purchasing items for this store, we would have something for everybody,” Fuller said.
At Bead Paradise in Camas, one can make a Pandora-style bracelet for less than $15. These are very popular items with ‘tweens. Gift-givers can select the bracelet and beads, and let the recipient string their beads in whatever order they wish.
There are also glow-in-the-dark bracelets for $3.95, along with angel and Christmas tree earrings.
“Our customer service and quality are great,” said owner Shane Woodward. “We give people lots of one-on-one attention. They like that.”
Hero Support in Washougal features toys for kids and kids at heart. Some stocking stuffers under $15 include mini Lego sets, various Star Wars figurines for $10, tubs of Legos for $4 or $5, Ninjagos for $13, Lego Friends for $8, and a variety of fantasy games for $15 and under.
Rebecca Dotson, co-owner, said an advantage to shopping at the store is the customer service and competitive pricing.
“Also, you’re shopping local and helping support a businesses that holds a lot of tournaments and events for people,” she said. “We try to tailor our selection to meet needs. We have a variety of old and new stuff.”
True Value Hardware in Washougal has a selection of mittens, hats, gloves, candles, flex lights, flashlights and ice scrapers, all less than $15.
Owner Bill Lavin said an advantage to shopping there as opposed to a big box store is better and quicker service.
“You can wait 30 minutes to get a question answered sometimes,” he said. “We have most everything customers need, but with less walking involved.”