It just hit me that we’re well into the 12 days of Christmas and I have figured out exactly zero of my gift giving plans. I love the holidays and while waiting till the last minute doesn’t make me a humbug, I’ll be the first to admit, it does produce a bit of self-inflicted stress. Essentially, it limits options and so forces me to become more creative and resourceful as the ‘will arrive by Christmas’ shipping dates slip away one by one. Ultimately, I am left with either exorbitant shipping rates or local shopping options. The latter, I contend, is actually a good thing after all. I get to support our local shops and enterprises and my friends and family get some unique gifts and experiences that a mega shopping site just couldn’t deliver. So, in the spirit of shopping (and drinking) local, here are some of the ideas I’m entertaining this year for the beer lovers in my life.