The beginning of November can be a bit overwhelming. There are candy hangovers from Halloween, planning for Thanksgiving, then it’s Christmas, and then New Year’s! Whew! And then there’s shopping.

But this part can be relaxing! And we challenge you to enjoy all aspects of your holiday season with our helpful planning guide. We want to turn an exhausting time of year into something enjoyable.

So start your day at The Midland Stop. Go in, order a great latte (they make their syrups there, and I highly recommend their hazelnut). They also sell a selection of coffee, tea, and other great gift items. Say hi to Jacob and the gang, and start your morning off relaxing in a friendly environment.

Now that you’re charged up, head over to Rock Run Gallery and find some unique gifts. Their shop hosts a beautiful selection of fine arts and crafts, also some great pieces of jewelry, in case you want to make the holidays extra special.

After that, head on over to Main St., where there are a large selection of shops and restaurants. CKS Main St. is a popular stop for outdoor adventurers, with a large selection of rafting and kayaking gear.

Sister’s Remembered strikes a more sentimental tone, with Victorian-styled gifts for that special someone in your life. They also have a room that carries Christmas ornaments and decorations all year-round.

Just down the street, Sundog has a great selection of vintage western wear, mid-century photography, jewelry, and collectible goodies. Need some great furnishings? They’ve got you covered there too with a selection of mid-century and mission-style furniture.

If you find yourself getting stressed about finding something perfect, stop at jalaBlu Yoga and take a quick (or long) pause for yourself. They also have some comfy yoga wear for that yogi in your life.

Continuing to the west side of Main St. you’ll find a real treasure of a place in Serendipity Yarn & Gifts. They have a huge selection of yarn for your favorite crafter, as well as soon-to-be well-loved gifts.

A couple of off-the-beaten path finds are The Book Nook, and The Lake House. The Book Nook has a large selection of games, puzzles, and, of course, books. The Lake House features USA made jewelry, and hand-knit gifts and designs.

The highway has some real treasures as well. Heading south, BV Drug has a wonderful collection of collectibles. Head north and find The View Café (next to the Best Western). Inside you’ll find a huge selection of gifts that will make any house feel like home.

Need a floral gift? Buffy’s Flowers and Gifts has a great selection of arrangements that will serve any holiday need, as well as gifts for someone that wants something more personal.

After all of this shopping fun, head back to Main St. and treat yourself to dinner at The Simple Eatery, and follow that with a great craft beer at The Jailhouse (they have some great gift ideas for your favorite beer drinker!)

Take a step outside your door and shop local. Buena Vista has a great selection of shops and restaurants so you can take a stroll around town, relax, and know that you have gifts for everyone you know. And you might meet some great new people while you’re at it.

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