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Published Dec. 1, 2011                                                      

A most wonderful time of the year to shop in Hinsdale stores

   Working on the Christmas gift ideas stories each year has provided us some interesting experiences — sitting in a Maserati for the first time, seeing a $65,450 necklace up close and dreaming of finding a sheared mink stroller under the tree.
   Those gifts were all part of our “luxury gifts” story in 2007. We’ve also done the “100 gifts for $100 or less” list more than once and discovered all sorts of finds to put under the tree for any family member or friend.
   This year we’re highlighting gifts of all shapes and sizes in a three-part series that continues this week on Page 7.
   The stories are always great fun to work on. Crystal-studded cowboy boots, a PJ and bedtime story gift set and miniature building blocks (think tiny, tiny LEGOs) are among the discoveries we’ve made this holiday season.
   We always find great ideas for the people we need to buy for and a few items we put on our own holiday wish lists.
   Shopping in Hinsdale is a great experience, and one we fear not all Hinsdaleans have taken advantage of. From exceptional clothing and one-of-a-kind jewelry to fine art and high-end pianos, Hinsdale shops sell just about anything you might want to buy.
   And, as our $100 limit reminded us in years past, you can find gifts in any price range here in town — even at some places you might not expect.
   There’s also something about looking for gifts in an intimate environment where you don’t have to search the aisles for someone to help you. In many stores in town, the person standing behind the counter is the owner, ready to share invaluable advice.
   And while we’ve seen more customers in stores this season than in years part, you’re aren’t likely to encounter the crushing crowds that seem to characterize other shopping destinations.
   It’s easy to forget that Hinsdale offers three shopping destinations: its vintage downtown, Grant Square and Gateway Square. The latter two have their own identities but are still very much a part of the community.
   Few excursions offer the quaint and charming background that downtown Hinsdale has to offer. And with the number of restaurants in town continuing to grow, there are more options for those who want to schedule lunch and dinner as part of their excursion. While you’re at it, why not make an appointment for a massage to help ease some of the holiday tension that always seems to show up this time of year?
   You won’t have to worry about those neck and shoulder muscles tightening up again as you fight traffic on the drive home. You’re likely to be pulling into your garage in five minutes or so.
   So start a new tradition this holiday season. Give yourself the gift of a productive, convenient shopping experience in your own community.






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