If you’re beginning to panic about what to get whom, where and for how much, I’ve got a few ideas that just may save you. The Battenkill Valley is filled with hidden little gems like the little lantern shop on Rt. 313 on your way to Arlington, VT. Real, working hand-crafted copper lanterns are just the beginning of a unique array of country gift items you’ll find there and nowhere else. Just up the road is another adventure at Battenkill Valley Outdoors (gotta love that name!). There, Lisa and Don can outfit the outdoors adventurer in your life with anything from kayaks to kerchiefs, hiding gear and flies tied by local Tom Miller. It’s definitely worth a look and fun to explore. And how about art work? Salem and Cambridge both have art galleries that are filled with beautiful works that are as unique as they are inspiring. And no trip to Salem is complete without popping in to McCartee’s Barn (right next to the school). There seems to be no end to the art, antiques and unique finds you’ll find in the niches and crannies of this historic barn. So don’t panic. Come to the Battenkill Valley and make your last minute shopping fun and inspiring!