Last-Minute Gift Giving Ideas

Gift giving season is upon us! If you haven’t already, it’s time to think about your holiday shopping. There are so many unique and special stores in the Poconos to help you right along.

Open daily through December 23rd, Monday thru Friday 12-5 and Saturday & Sunday 10-5, plan a visit to THE BRIAR PATCH AT THORNHURST NURSERY. Their Christmas Gift Shop is filled to the brim with items to put you in the holiday spirit. From Santas, snowmen and ornaments to holiday prints, primitive art, winterberry wreaths, pillows and throws, they have everything you need to transform your home into a winter wonderland. Continue your shopping with their soy candles, balsam pillows, cuddly stuffed animals and delectable section where you can get butters, jams, assorted bread mixes and more. Locals can see their Christmas Tree Farm (visit at any time to tag your choice) and find the perfect tree for their home. Don’t forget to choose a wreath for that front door! Visit for more details, or call (570) 842-8072 or (570) 842-1266. The Briar Patch is located at 278 Pine Grove Road, in Thornhurst. Celebrating 25 years!

Open Mondays thru Saturdays 9am to 5pm, and closed Sundays, HOUSE OF CANDLES is the place to visit if you need a gift for someone… or if you just love candles! They have a large selection of in-store hand carved candles in a variety of themes: hearts, bows, butterflies, numbered birthdays, lighthouses, angels, holidays, animals, sports teams, and so many more to choose from. They also offer a complete line of hand dipped, jar, pillar and votive candles with a wide selection of scents. Jarred candles come in over 35 different scents, including all your favorites like Bayberry, Hollyberry, and Pine, that smell just like the holidays! House of Candles is located at 3371 Route 715 in Henryville. Check out or call (570) 629-1953 for more info.

Open seven days a week for winter sports season (and year-round), STARTING GATE ACTION SPORTS is the perfect spot to find the gift of snow gear this season! Starting Gate is your action sports one-stop-shop for equipment like skis, snowboards, apparel, and rentals. Peruse an extensive selection of warm winter outerwear in the latest styles and shades. You’ll also find warm hats, toasty gloves, insulated socks and helmets for all ages. The shop is located adjacent to Pocono Indian Museum, at 5905 Milford Road (Route 209) between East Stroudsburg and Marshalls Creek. Check out or call (570) 588-4807 for store hours, and more!