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The Messenger Gift Guide: From Practical to Plucky

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Admit it. We all have too much stuff. And not enough time. Yet, things still need to get done. That is why this Christmas, T
he Messenger suggests services for all your friends and loved ones. And, let’s keep it local. For even the most challenging individual on your list (cough, Aunt Ida), we guarantee that one of these will be their favorite present under the tree. Can’t stray from the traditional material goods? Check out our local stocking stuffers.



Dog Training
Go Rogue Dog Training Center
301 S. Phoenix Road, Unit E, Phoenix

The thoughtful way to tell your friend’s dog to GET OFF YOUR LAP, to keep the licking to a minimum or just—sit. Go Rogue even offers to train (shudder) cats. Between felines, behavior modification classes for dogs and pet finding, it seems that they have never met an animal—or human—that they couldn’t train.


H Clarence Bartow Firewood
Grants Pass

Chances are, if your special someone has a woodstove, they are the practical type—very practical. Hence, what is a more practical gift than firewood? (For all you city folk, a fireplace cannot heat properly without firewood. So, take practical up a notch to essential.) And no workout needed; delivery included.


Boudoir Photos
Art of Hope
Grants Pass

Spice up your own love life, or give a friend the nudge to kick theirs up a notch. Or drop a not-so-subtle hint to your significant other that you like to see them nearly naked in flattering light. And throw in some body painting for pizzaz.


Beards (And Hair)
Rogue Barbers
304 SW 6th Street, Grants Pass

“Everywhere you look in Oregon or beyond, you see beards sprouting,” says Rogue Barbers co-owner Damion Trovato. And every man’s beard deserves the ultimate, which Rogue Barbers has dubbed the “Sasquatch Delight, an intensive beard and mustache treatment.” Basically, if you are a man and don’t have a beard—get one just so you can experience the Sasquatch.

And for the ladies? Gillaspie Hair Design, 220 SE 7th Street, Grants Pass. 541.476.2954.


Surround Sound
Custom Sight & Sound
11606 Michael Road, Central Point

After unwrapping that massive new HD TV, that initial feeling of happiness is quickly replaced by dread at the prospect of installing the behemoth, not to mention the proper surround sound to support it. Never fear! Custom Sight & Sound has got you covered in setting up all home theater and TV configurations. Now, where did that spare HDMI cable go?


Remote Car Start
Progressive Audio Inc.
1313 Court Street, Medford

There is truly nothing more decadent in the dead of winter than getting into your cozy warm vehicle in freezing weather. In addition to remote car start, Progressive Audio provides an array of car audio and electronic services including: stereo, mobile video, Bluetooth and more. It has been said that a person’s home is their palace; now their car can be too.


Garden and Landscape Design
Regenesis Ecological Design
426 A Street #102, Ashland

The best time to start dreaming about a summer garden or yard is now, especially for a complete revamp in spring 2016. Regenesis puts the green in landscape and garden design. Between their weather and greywater irrigation systems and recycled and local building materials, they are committed to making your space the envy of the neighborhood and the environment.


Carpet Cleaning
NewAge Natural & Organic Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
545 Dogwood Drive, Medford

When winter is in full swing and most of our time is spent indoors, clean carpets are a key to keeping mold and dust to a minimum—not to mention toxic chemicals. NewAge is committed to biodegradable and chemical-free products in their cleaning process. Why? Their website tagline says it nicely, “Because all of life is woven together.”


The Blue Giraffe Day Spa & Salon
51 Water Street, Ashland

Mmmmm—a massage. Need we say more? We will at least mention that Blue Giraffe also offers hydrotherapy baths, facials, body wraps and a full lineup for men. Mmmmm for everyone.


Interior Design
Joan E. Designs
2800 Biddle Road, Medford

Show your pal’s stuffy aunt-in-law that they know their chaise from their armoire—or at least the walls of their apartment are painted in colors that complement the carpet. Joan E. Designs has a showroom to peruse and contractors at the ready to tackle that BIG project. Kitchens and bathrooms are their specialties, which makes them the perfect match for that goose-with-the-blue-ribbon-around-it’s-neck wallpaper that has been in your mother’s kitchen since before you were born.


Oil Change
Miles Automotive
690 S Pacific Hwy, Talent

Taking care of your friend’s car is almost as important as taking care of your own car. Who is going to give you a ride when yours is acting up? As a bonus, Miles Automotive can handle any other squeak, hiccup or leak your automobile might spring on you. And only five-star reviews on yelp—now that’s somewhere you can take your grandma’s Cadillac.



Smoking Accessories

Victoria’s Station
120 Galice Road, Merlin

For those friends of yours who just haven’t gotten around to picking up the proper equipment since recreational marijuana became legal to purchase on October 1, it might be time to slip something in their stocking. Victoria’s Station is keeping the green in Christmas with a full array of glass for every taste and budget. And conveniently located across the street from River City Dispensary.


Bill Francis Fine Ceramics

Sure, giving the mass-produced coffee mug that reads “I Heart New York” has been done. But we are all addicted to coffee or tea—especially in the winter—and what better way to get your special someone to their daily fix than a locally crafted mug? You’ve probably seen Bill Francis and his exquisite ceramic work in the Lithia Artisans Market of Ashland or the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, and now’s the time to see it in your loved one’s stocking.


Out of the Flame

For unique yet simple and elegant glass jewelry, look no further than Out of the Flame. And Annette Trujillo isn’t just a creator of jewelry, she also makes miniature ceramics and takes beautiful photographs. She and her work are often found at the farmers and crafters markets around the Valley, or check her out on Etsy or Facebook.


Cary’s of Oregon
413 Union Ave, Grants Pass

Gotta have something sweet in every stocking. With so many flavors and variations to choose from, Cary’s can make choosing difficult. But may we suggest the Dark Chocolate Hawaiian Salt? They also make delectable gift baskets if you truly cannot choose just one.


Dog Treats
Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies

We all have that stocking for our dogs and after shopping for everyone else, Fido usually ends up with—a stocking filled with his regular dry food. Which he accepts, even gets excited about, but that is because he is your best friend and doesn’t want to burden you with his feelings of gift disappointment. Isn’t it time for some soy, wheat, gluten, corn and artificial preservative free treats?


Taylor’s Sausage
525 W Watkins Street, Cave Junction

What else will get your brother through his weeklong snow caving trip? Well, a properly built snow cave—and locally made sausage. The Taylor family has been making their famous meat products since 1924 in California and since 1970 in the Illinois Valley. Check out the Smokehouse Gang for smattering of just about everything.


Baby Clothes
Sweet Magnolia Handmade

It seems like babies are everywhere these days. And wouldn’t you know it, their parents prefer to dress them in the finest eco-friendly bamboo fabric available. But hey, just imagine what you could have become if you had been dressed like that from the get-go. Let’s start the next generation off in style. Available through Etsy or featured at Eco Tots in Grants Pass for the month of December.


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