It's finally December! That means we have one more thing to look forward to this year - the Christmas season. If you've caught yourself stressing out trying to find the perfect and unique present suited for your loved ones, we took to our local streets to find ideas and stores that can help you realize the creative gifts you want to give this season.

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    S & S Customs

    Powder coated tumblers

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    S & S Customs, located in Salado, specializes in custom design stainless steel tumblers. If your gift recipient is among the many who have jumped on the tumbler craze, this gift idea is just what you are looking for. S & S Customs uses powder coating and engraving to help personalize a tumbler of your choice. This is a great gift for a man or woman. The company's Christmas special is $20 for powder coating (regularly $30), $10 each additional color, and $10 per side for engraving. They are currently producing with a 10-day turnaround. Give them a call at 254-231-6484 to see how they can help you bring your ideas to life.

    Photo provided by S & S Customs
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    The Spa & Salon @ Greenbriar

    The Spa & Salon @ Greenbriar located at 217 E. Central Avenue in Belton, offers an all-in-one spa and salon experience. If your special someone is in need of a complete pampering session, this gift is the one. Just in time for the holiday season, The Spa & Salon @ Greenbriar is currently offering these fantastic specials:

    Knotty & Nice: One hour/Deep Tissue Massage/Peppermint Spa Facial for $120 (reg. $160)

    Ho! Ho! Ho!: Manicure & Pedicure w/Butter Rum Paraffin for $55 (reg. $79)

    A Full Day of Christmas: One hour Swedish Message w/peppermint aromatherapy/Greenbriar signature facial w/pumpkin mask/manicure & pedicure w/Butter Rum Paraffin/emergency keratin treatment/shampoo blow dry all for $265 (reg. $325)

    FA LA LA Lashes: Full set of lash extensions for $99 (reg. $150)

    Stack on the savings by purchasing a $250 gift card for only $215.

    To help you drop a hint to your special someone, The Spa & Salon @ Greenbriar will email your special someone your wish list just to make sure they get it right.

    Photo by Elizabeth Varville
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    Starbucks Personalized Gift Card

    What a wonderful way to express yourself, hand writing your thoughts for yourself for that special someone who happens to love caffeine. Starbucks has designed the perfect gift card for all your coffee lovers. The gift card package is free of charge and includes three blank gift cards to be loaded each with a minimum of $10, they even provide a black sharpie for your convenience.

    Photo by Elizabeth Varville
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    Painting With A Twist - Temple/Harker Heights

    Painting with a Twist, located in Temple and Harker Heights, is a gift perfect for a man or a woman. Whether you're trying to take your special someone on an unique romantic date or have a girls night out with your bestie, Painting with a Twist offers everyone a night of togetherness that ends with a special one-of-a-kind take home masterpiece. There is no experience needed and all supplies are included. Your favorite wine is even welcomed! Instructors provide step-by-step instructions to help you create your perfect DIY art piece. Each session has a specific theme which can be chosen prior to reserving your spot. Visit their website at to view upcoming themes. Prices range from $25 - $45.

    Photo by Elizabeth Varville
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    Homemade Gifts at Local DIY Workshops

    Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to gift something very different and unique to that individual who already has everything they need. Homemade gifts are available in limited qualities making the gifts even more special. There are four upcoming holiday events that will provide the perfect opportunity for you to obtain your homemade gift through local vendors:

    Christmas on the Chisholm Trail: Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 7 p.m. in downtown Belton. Note: Free admission

    Christmas Parade and Lighting: Monday, Dec. 5 starting at 6 p.m. in downtown Temple. Note: Free admission

    Christmas on Wall Street: Sunday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on N. Wall Street in Belton. Note: $3 admission fee for adults.

    Salado Christmas Stroll: The first and second weekend in December starting at 6 p.m. in downtown Salado.

    Photo by Elizabeth Varville