One of the challenges of the gift-giving season is how everyone on the gift list deserves something special. Yet, finding that something special can be a tough task in a world full of stuff that is all alike. The many artists of the Schroon Lake Region are up to that challenge. Here are five fine shops with unique ideas.

Stocking stuffers

One good rule is to buy a gift that isn't that expensive, but would be something the person would never get themselves. Stirring Creations has handmade candles, lip balms, and craft soaps in interesting combinations and heady scents.

Stirring Creations has a wide variety of cute scent packages.

They also make soap, cell phone, and business card holders of polished local stone. For really gorgeous artisan indulgence, there are stone sinks and tabletops available.

Handmade holidays

Crafters who visit Aunt Polly's Material Girls will find a treasure cave of materials for their own crafting. If time is short, there are also crafts made by others, from coasters and purses all the way up to exquisite quilts.

The quilt shop lets anyone make their own, or buy handmade gifts from others.

Aunt Polly herself will be glad to help pick out the perfect gift.

Whole rooms

Pine Cone Mercantile has a beautifully decorated store, with sample rooms to make browsing a delight. See items "in their natural habitat" to make the right choice.

Pine Cone Mercantile is like visiting a gorgeous home.

But wait! There is more. North Woods Bread Co. is in the back room, with coffee and baked goodies. It's a real Adirondack experience.

Different tastes

The many rooms of The Towne Store offer a broad range. From small Adirondack souvenirs to artisan furniture, there's plenty to explore.

Thirty artists contribute to this treasure chest of possibilities.

There's more than thirty artists contributing to the Artisan Attic showroom alone. This is the place to go for those tough-to-gift people.

Find the form

Animal lovers will enjoy a gift from Sculptures by Frank. From knickknack size to life-sized, get an Adirondack bear that doesn't need feeding.

Animals carved from wood in a range of sizes and species.

From eagles and frogs, pumpkins to benches, these beautiful chainsaw sculptures will give all year.

Don't settle for the same old mass-produced gift! Go for something special to make that person feel special.

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