Old Sacramento is stocking stuffer paradise, for those of you who are still trying to find small last-minute gifts. Here are three stores I checked out today.
No visit to Old Sacramento is complete without a trip to Evangeline's, where they sell toys, costumes, greeting cards, magic tricks, and gag gifts. I can almost guarantee that someone on your shopping list wants to find something from Evangeline's in his or her stocking!
A fun place to shop for esoteric gifts or items with a metaphysical bent is Garden of Enchantment, where you'll find jewelry, books on spirituality and world religions, incense, greeting cards, CDs, and other treasures too numerous to mention.
For the cooks on your holiday shopping list, check out Chef's Mercantile, offering kitchen gadgets, cooking equipment and supplies, gourmet seasonings, and other tasty tidbits.
I made one last stop before I headed for home: the Fresh Roasted Nuts stand in front of Stage Nine, where you can buy little paper cones filled with cinnamon-glazed almonds, pecans, or cashews (and no, there's no butter in the glaze). The sign on the cart reads, "WARNING: PRODUCT MAY BE HABIT FORMING." No kidding!