ESTEVAN - If you’re in need of help with your Christmas shopping or compiling your Christmas wish list this year, then the Estevan Mercury is here to help.
The Mercury’s fourth annual Christmas gift catalogue can be found in this week’s edition of the paper.
“Every year it just keeps getting better and better,” said Deanna Tarnes, the publisher and sales manager for the Mercury. “People look forward to it and businesses look forward to it.”
The catalogue has a great selection of gift ideas for people of all ages.
“It’s one of our favourite initiatives that we do. So I just really encourage people to save it and use it and support our local businesses.”
The catalogue can also be found at participating businesses in the community.
Tarnes believes that the catalogue is a reflection of the diversity in Estevan’s business community. And it was really well supported this year.
“There’s more items in it than last year,” she said.
Categories for this year include separate sections of gifts for him, her, kids, students and grandparents; stocking stuffers; and items for the home.
The business community looks forward to participating in the catalogue each year, and they budget to be involved.
“They like the reach and the shelf life,” said Tarnes.
Tarnes urged people to tackle their Christmas shopping locally, asking them to support those who support the community.
“Our local businesses work really hard at bringing in the products you want to buy, and there truly is something for everyone on your list. If you shop locally, you don’t have to worry about shipping … you don’t have to worry about that it’s not going to get here in time.”
Also included in the catalogue is one of the Mercury’s Christmas promotions for this year – the Win Your Christmas Wish List. People can flip through the catalogue, find items that they want and write down what they like.
Then they can drop it off at the Mercury’s office, or take a photo of it and email it to email@example.com, and three lucky people will win items on their list from local businesses, up to $500 each.
Win your Wish List will also appear in the Mercury.
Tarnes said the Mercury will be offering a lot of initiatives leading up to Christmas, including the Light up Estevan Christmas light scavenger hunt in co-operation with the City of Estevan. People will drive around town to find well-decorated homes.
The Letters to Santa promotion will see children send their Christmas letters to Santa Claus and one local youth will get a $100 gift card.
The Mercury’s annual Christmas Greetings special publication will run on Dec. 15. To advertise, please contact Tarnes at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 306-634-2654.
There will be special Christmas messages throughout the first four papers of December.