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Local ideas to fill your Christmas list

by Andrea Beaudoin

December 18, 2013

Karen Manvel, at right, selects some snacks at Rudy’s Market, with the help of Mary Shefferly. Photos by Phil Custodio
Robert Esshaki from Rudy's Market in downtown Clarkston said when invited to a Christmas party he recommends visitors come bearing a bottle of red wine, cabernet or bottle of vodka to a Christmas gathering.

"It's a great gift to bring the hostess," he said. "It will go over well at every party and every house can use it even after the party," said Esshaki. "It never goes bad and can be used later at like a New Year's Eve party or other special occasions."

Esshaki said Rudy's carries the widest selection of beer and wine in northern Oakland County, and if there is a product a customers looking for, Esshaki said Rudy's will do everything they can to find the product.

"If you're a guy like me you love getting beer for Christmas," said Andrew Sutherland. "It's always a great gift most guys will love."

Rudy's customer Karen Manvel said she had a few youngsters in her life to buy for, and when she asked their mom what they would like for Christmas, she said Rudy's was their favorite place.

"The kids like coming in after school and grabbing a bite to eat, and what they wanted was to be able to go to Rudy's," said Manvel.

Village Fashion Boutique carries a wide variety of fashion and accessories so that special friend, family member or you can look fabulous at Christmas and year-round.

"We have everything to sparkle and jazz up your wardrobe," said boutique employee Pat Easterday.

The boutique sells Brighton beads and jewelry, glasses, hats, wallets, and a variety of other fashion accessories.

Clarkston Travel sells vacation packages if you are ready to really surprise that special someone in your life. Jennifer Jaworski said the earlier you book a vacation, the better the prices are. "We also have gift certificates," she said. "You can book an all inclusive vacation which includes food and drinks," she said.

For a family Christmas present a gift of a trip to Disney World would be a present they will never forget for years to come. Call Clarkston Travel at 248-625-0325.

Any driver will appreciate a gift card for an oil change at Sellers Renew Auto Center located at 9603 Dixie Highway. A December oil change special for $14.95 will be a great gift or give a gift card for a years worth of oil changes.

In addition to oil changes, help that special someone with the gift of a clean car. Town Center Auto Wash sells gift certificates for a car wash that is good throughout the year.

A massage can be a great gift to de-stress from the daily grind.

During the holiday season, LaVida Massage has a special buy, three gift cards and get a $50 gift card free.

LaVida's Andrea Ryeson said the benefits of massage are plentiful and has the power to lower blood pressure, promote better sleep and help with better circulation. "Stress causes many diseases," she said. "Massage also helps lift the mood and helps with relaxation."

Ryeson said massage helps with rehabilitation after an injury to get blood, nutrients and oxygen to heal injured areas faster.

LaVida also offers many other services from facials to body wraps. To find out more give them a call at 248-625-7300.

Benefits of giving the gift of good health during Christmastime can last a lifetime.

Kinetic Systems carries a wide selection of bicycles and all the bells and whistles that go along with the bike. For specials and deals call 248-625-700.

Clarkston Hot Yoga; A Christmas gift that will provide lasting benefits. Yoga is good for your mind, body and spirit. Call Clarkston Hot Yoga for details at 248-620-7101

Another gift to help distress can be the gift of a clean home, especially after the holidays.

What better way to take some stress away from the holiday season than to give someone the gift of a clean home.

Clarkston Cleaning Services offers gift cards to get a house in tip-top shape. To get more information on giving the gift of a clean home gift cards can be purchased online or by calling 248-620-9410.

Other unique ideas include the gift of good health at Fitness Quest Training and Nutrition Centers or a one hour healing touch treatment from Wellness Enhancement, LLC.

Give the gift of information like community events, community news and special features and deals by purchasing a friend, loved one or coworkers a subscription to The Clarkston News.

Lunch and dinners are always great ideas. Get a gift card to your favorite sit down establishment or fast food restaurant. A nice night out may be a welcome reprieve from the daily grind and foster the creation of everlasting memories. Most restaurants sell gift cards and you may even get a special deal on your dinner too.