MODESTO — Heres an idea that lets you do some good while giving someone a gift he or she will use all year. Throughout the holiday season, we are offering suggestions of gifts for $20 or less, available at local merchants.
Store: Mistlin Gallery Gift Shop
Item: 2014 Environmental Calendar
Description: The calendar features color photography and paintings by local artists, of subjects including the farmers market (shown here), classic cars and Modesto landmarks. Each month has tips on topics such as birdwatching, beneficial insects and water conservation. The back page lists city of Modesto phone numbers for graffiti abatement, sewer overflows and abandoned autos.
Perfect gift for: Any art enthusiast or Modesto resident who could use information at his or her fingertips. Proceeds go toward renovation of the gallery.
About the store: Mistlin Gallery Gift Shop offers handmade jewelry, ceramics, purses, paintings and photography.
Pertinent info: 1015 J St., Modesto. Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Call (209) 529-3369. The calendar can be viewed on the city of Modesto website at www.ci.modesto.ca.us/pwd/docs/Environmental-Calendar.pdf.
Have some creative, low-cost gift ideas of your own? Share them by e-mailing Patty Guerra at firstname.lastname@example.org.