Mary Bandeen at Embroidery Design Group. Photo by Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch

I recently visited Embroidery Design Group and have spent the past week getting excited about Christmas gifts (yes, already!). In the running right now: A stuffed football for Cooper with his name embroidered on it, a big stuffed pink teddy bear with my Goddaughter's name and bars of soap stamped with my sister's initials. Nothing takes longer than a week, and most can be done in a day if you ask nicely.

The shop is hidden in an office building on Billingsley road and is a total gem. Plus, if you're visiting someone's summer home and need a gift to take, they have great stuff--from dish towels to pillows to totes--that are all in the $15 to $30 range. Check 'em out at --Kristy Eckert