A Thought for Today
by Terrell Tebbetts
If you still need to find some Christmas gifts for family and friends, I know a couple of off-beat shops where you might find just the right thing—the unusual thing for folks hard to shop for. Both shops are treasure troves. One is the Scot Shop on the Lyon College campus. Located just to the left of the parking lot entrance to the new Edwards Commons, the Scot Shop offers lots of Scot-themed items to choose from. It has clothing, of course—caps, visors, tees and sweats, as you’d expect, but other items as well. It has cardigan sweaters for women and V-necks for men. It has Nike shirts and business-casual polos and button-up shirts. It has tartan neckties and bowties and silk scarves for women. It even has children’s and baby’s clothing—like the onesies I bought for my grandson Louis. Then there’s glassware. It has a big collection of Lyon mugs, both for travel and for the house and office. It even has a line of handcrafted pottery mugs from Mountain View. And for when you’re between home and office, it offers backpacks, umbrellas, and portfolios for your papers and I-pad. If you’re driving, you might like to sport a Lyon license plate on your front bumper. When you return home, you might like to see a Lyon garden banner testifying to your Lyon pride. If you’re looking for entertainment, you’ll find golf accessories including gloves and towels, as well as disc golf equipment. For entertainment less active, you’ll find headphones and speakers for private or public listening. The second shop is the gift shop at Old Independence Regional Museum, located at 9th and Vine Sts. It’s jam-packed with an incredible assortment of unique items for men, women, and children. For guys it stocks functional and attractive McCoy pocket knives in assorted sizes, and for book lovers it has lots of books on local, regional, and state history, including books on Native Americans and the Civil War. To display those and other books it has heavy, colorful bookends made from geodes. For ladies the museum shop stocks lots of jewelry (a great stocking stuffer, guys!) and a bunch of hand-sewn items like cute aprons and dish towels, bonnets, and throw pillows made from crazy quilts. It also has beautiful hand-crafted wooden items (like vases and bowls) and pottery. For the kids it has tons of items—educational card games (like one featuring Native American chiefs), hand-made dolls, and incredibly gorgeous hand puppets that look as much like stuffed animals as they do puppets—foxes, rabbits, a big alligator. For hobbyists among your family and friends, the museum stocks lots of kits that crafters will love, including kits for making your own woven baskets, and birdwatchers and gardeners will love its hand-made bird houses. Let’s make jobs right here as we shop—and give something extraordinary as we do so.
Terrell Tebbetts is the Martha Heasley Cox Chair in American Literature at Lyon College. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. gg