With a week to go, some Darien residents may be feeling satisfied that their holiday shopping is almost complete. Some may be trying to find a last-minute gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend.
And then there are those who haven't even started shopping.
Those unfortunates may be moving at a frantic pace, sliding into Christmas like a ballplayer headed for home in the 9th inning of the deciding game in the World Series.
Fear not, for there is hope. And a little help from Patch. We've rounded up four Darien businesses offering gifts that are not just timely but also personalized. Because after all, your friends will never guess you designed a mug with their face plastered across the front at the 11th hour.
- is at the ready to create same-day calendars and high quality photo books. These great keepsakes can incorporate snapshots of kids, grandchildren, a vacation or other memories. With reasonable prices and a helpful staff, Wolf produces gifts that are sure-fire winners.
- How about a coffee mug with a favorite photo on the front? Or a an ornament or totebag? offers these gifts and more. There are two Darien locations, or you can order online. Second-day and overnight shipping options are available at an additional cost.
- in Chestnut Court can create silk-screened and embroidered apparel, including shirts, hats, jerseys and sweatshirts. They even monogram towels, pillowcases and blankets. Because it's having a busy season—and depending on how complicated your project is—Harry's cannot guarantee every request for Christmas delivery. Bonus: Chestnut Court is offering free wrapping at Harry's for any gifts purchased in the mall.
- If photo and apparel goods aren't appealing, then a visit to , also in Chestnut Court, might fit the bill. With numerous cases of jewelry, watches, frames, silver items, plaques and trinket boxes just to name few, ADC offers a plethora of choices. Engraving is done on premises and what's more, they can even inscribe names on iPads, iPods and the like.
So wrap up that shopping and take advantage of what Darien retailers offer; the recipients will be none the wiser that it was purchased last minute.