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2019 Lake Murray Holiday Gift Guide

Local Shops With Popular Present and Service Options

Hankering for a different way to wrap holiday gifts this year? Consider yarn as a handy wrapping aid. Yarn is known as a great way to secure gifts, but more importantly, it can become a gorgeous, homespun accent against unassuming paper. First, wrap presents in brown parcel, white butcher paper or a solid color paper. Then wrap yarn around the present multiple times to create a Christmas tree (green yarn wound lengthwise and tied off at one end with red yarn to mimic an ornament) or to spin a personalized design at the top or bottom of the gift. Get really creative and create a tartan plaid design out of select color yarns. 

A second gift wrapping option is to place multicolored yarn on packages and then top them off by affixing or gluing on tree clippings, pine cones and other pieces of fresh greenery.

Tie candy canes, tiny ornaments or sprigs of rosemary or pepperberry onto yarn as another way to brighten packages. 

For those good at making yarn pom-poms, those add another dimension to the excitement of unwrapping gifts. 

If time is of the essence, gift wrapping services also are available in Lexington at Postal Express, 955 E. Main St. Call 803.957.2342 to discuss wrapping options or to get a free quote. 

Barnes Jewelers 

Located in the Shoppes of Flight Deck in Lexington, Barnes Jewelers is family-owned and has served regional residents since 1981. They custom design jewelry, in addition to repairing pieces and watches. They also offer engraving, jewelry inspection/cleaning, watch batteries and appraisal services. Additionally, they buy gold, platinum, sterling silver and gold-filled products. And as a bonus for the holidays, they gladly provide free gift wrapping!

109 Old Chapin Road, Suite F, Lexington, 803.951.2020

Body Chek Sports Essentials

A South Carolina mother-daughter team, Christy and Reagan Cox came up with the idea to produce and sell sports-related "Field Kits" because as a player and a coach, they needed everything in one bag. To round out their firsthand knowledge and thinking, they consulted with fellow athletes, coaches and parents about what they deemed essential to get them through hours of practice and long weekend tournaments. The results are fabulous kits sports-loving families can purchase for games, cheerleading and traveling. Kits are filled with essentials such as antibacterial ointment, shaving cream, bug repellents, lip balm, hand warmers, sunscreen, deodorant, tape, hair ties and Biofreeze pads.,

Dems Fine Jewelers

Since 1969, teams at Dems Fine Jewelers have serviced the Irmo/Columbia region. As a family-owned and -operated, full-service fine jewelry store, Dems features beautiful collections of Tacori and Hearts On Fire diamond jewelry, as well as TAG Heuer and Tissot watches. They custom design pieces, along with handling jewelry/watch repair, appraisals, pearl stringing, watch batteries and watchband replacements. Dems also buys and trades gold or diamonds. They are offering a chance to win $20,000 of Tacori Jewelry by visiting their store to enter through Dec. 31, 2019.

1068 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo, 803.407.5290,

Lake Murray Event Rentals 

This event entertainment business handles rental products for special events, weddings, corporate celebrations and parties in Chapin, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, West Columbia and Newberry. Rentals range from china, dance floors and tents to restrooms, portable bars and sound systems. 

1308 Peace Heaven Road, Chapin, (Mailing) P.O. Box 388, Ballentine, 803.345.0054,,

 Lake Murray Souvenir Shoppe

Did you know unique Lake Murray-logo wooden and marble ornaments are available at this local shop? New for youths are plush, stuffed bass. For gifts and stocking stuffers, the shop also carries Lake Murray-branded hoodies, shirts, caps, tote bags, stickers, wooden signs, coasters, barrel tops, books, wine stoppers, bottle openers, keychains, cutting boards and cruet oil sets. For bird enthusiasts, they also have Purple Martin pottery plates. 

Lake Murray Country Visitors Center, 2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia, 803.781.5940,

Lexington Massage Therapy

Massage is more than a luxury; it promotes health and vitality. In fact, massage helps those suffering from chronic pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis or poor circulation. Lexington Massage Therapy team members specialize in therapeutic massage and provide cupping therapy and wraps, too. They also offer weight loss with a LipoMelt treatment. For gift ideas, they have massage packages.

518 E. Main St., Suite #7, Lexington, 803.996.3786,

Lexington Smile Design Studio

This medical team handles cosmetic, general, family and restorative dentistry. Dr. Max (Frawley) was born and raised in Lexington.

4881 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 803.359.7100,

Mr. Handy

From roofs to crawl spaces and everything in between, Mr. Handy, Cliffton Gathings, can fix it all. He has 16 years of experience in indoor and outdoor home repair. Cliff can handle all those odd jobs that need to be completed before holiday gatherings, including ceiling fan installations and deck updates.


Pedego Electric Bikes

Shop for electric bikes with the help of passionate electric bike experts. Join guided tours on electric bikes of downtown Aiken and the equestrian district, with rental bikes also available. Bikers can adjust how much motorized assistance they want. Tours are limited to eight people and cost $40 per person. 

4019 Pavillion Pass, Aiken, 803.226.9007,,

The Braces Place

Dr. Dan Pennella and The Braces Place Team have perfected more than 10,000 smiles in the Lexington area. They have patients of all ages and can assist with the selection of the best style of braces.

502 North Lake Drive, Lexington, 803.359.4480,