A season of gift buying

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Christmas shopping season is upon us and Big Lake merchants have plenty of gift ideas to encourage holiday shopping close to home. Save gas and support the Big Lake community with these gift ideas from local vendors.
Big Lake Hardware Hank and Rental offers battery chargers in prices ranging from $29.99 to $84.99. They stock live bait and tackle, beginning at .99 cents and up. Snow sleds range in price from $8.49 to $44.99. Puzzles start at $6.49. They also have plenty of snow shovels in stock for $6.49 and up.
For the adults, Lake Liquors has Crown Royal gift sets from $26.99. An Old Smokey apple moonshine gift pack sells for $23.99. A Tequila Rose gift pack costs $19.99. A Crystal Head Vodka gift pack sells for $47.99. A Casa Noble Redosado Tequila gift pack costs $46.99.
SAFE Bait and Tackle and Discount Liquors offers stocking stuffers, including fillet knives and lure packs for $10 or less. They have Crown Royal, Rum Chata, Prairie Cucumber Vodka, Pendleton Whisky and Tequila Rose gift sets  available and they sell gift certificates for any amount.
Need a haircut? Great Clips in Big Lake is offering pre-paid haircuts for $9.99 through Dec. 13. These certificates never expire. Buy  five and get an additional $9.99 haircut the same day. They also have lots of holiday gift packs for all hair care needs.
For larger ticket items, check out Aubol’s Appliance, located on Hwy. 10 in the heart of Big Lake. Amana dishwashers sell for $319. An Amana dryer costs $429. A new Whirlpool washer costs $549 and a Whirlpool dryer is $629. A Whirlpool refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom sells for $999.
Advanced Styling has a sale on purses, buy one get another for 40% off. Also get 20% off the purchase price of any product with any service. A spa package, including a one hour massage, manicure, partial foil, haircut and eyebrow wax costs $125. 
They also have gift certificates. Purchase of $100 gift certificate gets an additional $25 free. A $75 gift certificate gains an additional $15 and a $50 gift cerificate gets an additional $10.
Finally, work off all those extra holiday calories with the gift of a one-month membership at Anytime Fitness in Big Lake or Becker for $49.99. The one-month membership includes three physical training sessions with a fitness coach to get started. They also sell one month of unlimited tanning for $40 plus tax and stock a supply of tanning lotion and goggles. Or purchase one jug of protein and choice of t-shirt for $50 plus tax.


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