Friday, December 10, 2010

Men's Shopping Nights in the Lehigh Valley

If you're a guy, and like my BF, you have not begun thinking about holiday shopping, let alone actually doing it. Good news: You don't need to think at all in the Lehigh Valley in the next couple of weeks.

The Easton, Just Around the Corner (5 N Bank St., Easton) has planned a Mens' Shopping Night on Wednesday, December 15, 5-9 p.m. Owner Diane and her staff will offer personal shopping assistance, free gift wrapping, complimentary Weyerbacher beer and Colonial Pizza, plus 10% off your entire order!

The Men’s Shopping Night in Bethlehem is Friday, December 17, 5-9 p.m. in Bethlehem's Historic and South Side Shopping Districts. Stores and restaurants will offer discounts on merchandise, free gift wrapping, refreshments and drinks (including beer and scotch), as well as personal shoppers offering advice for men looking to pick up the perfect gift for their loved ones! For more information, visit the Christmas City Website.

At the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley (2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley) on Tuesday, December 21, 5-9 p.m. , men will receive a free cigar when they present Men's Night receipts totaling $50+. The outdoor shopping center is offering free gift wrapping, refreshments, great gift ideas & discounts at participating shops.
Here are a few shopping tips even if you can't make it to the events:
  • Shop local whenever possible. You'll avoid the mall parking lot, long lines and pushy kiosk sales people.
  • Stumped for what to get someone who has everything? Try something consumable... bake some cookies (or buy them from Gail at Back Door Bakeshop - I won't tell), wrap them with beautiful napkins from La Petite Provence (458 Main Street, Bethlehem), and package them in a basket or crate along with a bottle of wine from Sorrenti (new store at 22 N. Third St., Easton), some cheese from Calandra's (350 E. Lawn Rd, Nazareth) and a CD of "A Lehigh Valley Christmas."
  • Ask for help. When I'm shopping for a gift, I don't mind walking into a store like Cleo's (21 East Third Street, South Bethlehem) or Aardvark Sports Shop (571 Main St, Historic Bethlehem) and telling the sales manager what my budget is, and a few details about the gift recipient. The manager or associate often suggests items that I never would have noticed, helps me decide between a few great ideas, or puts together a gift basket with everything I need to surprise my loved one. Armed with a gift receipt, I feel confident the gift will be a winner.

  • Do something together instead of exchanging wrapped gifts. Attend a concert, peek inside some houses on a holiday open house tour, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Check out the calendar of events at Discover Lehigh Valley to get started. My family saw Bowfire's holiday show together at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Sunday.
Bowfire at the Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Happy shopping!

1 comment:

  1. Good topic ... and thanks for the link!!!