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What to Buy for Hard-to-Shop-for People


Go down the list of this gift guide for great ideas to make you the best gift giver ever.

En español | No doubt about it. Some people are nearly impossible to shop for. But with a little help, you can crown yourself the best gift-giver ever this holiday season. Just check out these choices for those folks in your life who’ve got you stumped.

The middle-aged cousin you only see once or twice a year:

Trendy water bottle. Drinking more water is on just about everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions. So why not make it easier for your cousin (or another family member) to do just that with a water bottle so fabulous that it will become the accessory to take everywhere. For some of the trendiest water bottles, check out the Bkr water bottles at

Grownup food storage. If his or her black hole of a Tupperware drawer is anything like yours, it needs a serious face-lift. Get your cousin some pieces from Lifefactory Food Storage. Made of tempered glass covered by cute silicone sleeves, it’s oven-, microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe, not to mention BPA- and BPS-free. A 2-cup food storage container goes for $17.99 at

Stress buster. Forget the fidget spinners of summer. The fidget cube allows you to spin, push and click all your worries away so that you can stay relaxed and focused. You can buy these on Amazon or elsewhere, usually for less than $10.

The trendy sister-in-law (or sister) you really can’t stand:

Wine for a cause. If she like-a da drink, these picks will allow her to imbibe while giving back. At least 20 percent of every bottle sold from Equality Vines’ LGBTQ Love Wins series will be given to an LGBTQ nonprofit. (Try the 2013 Love Wins sparkling cuvée, $45.) Under the company’s Suffrage series’ 19th Amendment label, $2 of every bottle sold goes to the League of Women Voters. Try the 2016 19th Amendment sauvignon blanc for $30; it’s handcrafted by pioneer winemaker Alison Green-Doran, who was one of the first two female winemakers in the U.S. when she first started her career in the early 1970s.

Wardrobe help. With a Stitch Fix gift card, a personal stylist can choose items to fit your sister-in-law’s tastes and wardrobe needs. For $20 a shipment, she can get a regular delivery (the company lets the customer choose the frequency) of new clothes to try — and then choose to buy the items she loves.

Kitchen appliance. If she likes to cook, a Dash Mini Maker may be the perfect present. These adorable little appliances feature different nonstick cooking surfaces so that she can whip up everything from waffles to fajitas! They heat up quickly and only cost about $10 on Amazon.

The teenage or college-age son or daughter of a close friend:

Personal towel. Small enough to squeeze into your backpack but big enough to take to the beach and lie out on, the PackTowl microfiber towel is lightweight and quick to dry. It comes in all sizes — from washcloth to XXL. It’s easy to wash and pack into tight spaces, and it’s perfect for everything from workouts to weekend getaways. And it’s not expensive. The original towel sells for $9.95 to $23.95, depending on the size.

Speakers. If you know the young person loves music — and what young person doesn’t — why not get them some waterproof speakers? The JBL clip-on wireless Bluetooth speakers get great reviews and are only $44.98 on Amazon.

Extra-long nylon charging cable cords. Who hasn’t worried about not having enough reach from a USB charger cable? The teen or young adult in your life will appreciate extra-long nylon charging cable cords, an inexpensive but useful gift for anyone who’s ever wanted to charge their iPhone, iPad or iPod from a longer-than-usual distance.

Your spouse of many, many years who never tells you what they want:

Put a ring on it. Enso wedding bands are silicone wedding bands for active people who don’t want to worry about denting (or forgetting) their actual wedding band while at the gym, shooting hoops with their buddies or performing other rigorous or messy activities. They come in silver and gold (flecks of real precious metals are used), black and other colors, plus in various textures. They have bands for women, too. ($39.99).

A super cuddle. Gravity blankets — weighted comforters thought to elicit feelings of relaxation — are super buzzy right now. Clocking in at 12 pounds, Brookstone’s weighted blanket claims to use the “same comforting pressure as a loving hug.” You two share a bed, meaning you’ll get to try it, too. ($149.99).

A fun game. Feed his competitive nature with an outdoor cornhole lawn-game set that’s perfect for the whole family. You can get a nice set with two regulation-size wooden game boards for about $120 on Amazon, or there are less expensive versions available on Wayfair and other sites.

Bonus. And for the dad who has everything, there’s the BottleKeeper, which keeps beer colder longer. This insulated stainless steel container starts at about $24.99.

An elderly parent:

Easy-to-use tech. Up Grandma’s selfie game with the GrandPad, the first tablet computerdesigned for older seniors. It’s perfect for a video-chat with family, using voice email in real time, sharing photos, playing games, making phone calls and more. Plus, GrandPad just partnered with Lyft, so it’s easy for him or her to request rides to see their friends, go shopping and more. No confusing buttons, passwords or pop-up ads, and wireless connectivity is built in ($49.99/month; tablet is included.)

Memory maker. Want to make it easy for your mother or father to share memories? Buy them a Zoom recorder for $99.99 and promise you’ll set aside time to visit each week so that you can ask them questions about their lives. You’ll make them happy and probably learn a lot, too! Available for $99.99 on Amazon.

Personal massager. If your parent is suffering from the typical aches and pains associated with growing older, consider a Zyllion shiatsu pillow massager with heat — for the back, neck and shoulders. Available for $39.99 on Amazon.

The pet lover in your life:

Pajamas. You know those families who wear matching PJs? Well, now you can buy matching sets for the dog lover in your life and their beloved pet. FabDog, which calls itself a “fashion brand for dogs,” has debuted a line of matching PJs for dogs and their owners. And they’re just $50 a set.

Paw washer. Keeping Fido’s feet clean isn’t always easy, so that’s where the Paw Wash comes in. Although there are a variety of products out there, the tube-like Paw Wash applies purely hydraulic action to clean your dog’s paws without the use of harsh chemicals and brushes. It’s also portable, so you can take this with you anywhere you go.

Selfie stick. For those times when you are trying to hold a dog’s attention for a photo, there’s now a special dog selfie stick that can do just that. Priced at only $13, it’s worth a try.

Hope this helps. If not, just get them all a Treasures gift card and be done with it.


Christmas Time at Shell Knob

December’s calendar is full for holidays at the Lake.  Half the month is over and every weekend has been full of  family fun activities.  The Tour of Homes is always well received and Special Thanks go out to those brave souls that put their time in decorating and opening their homes to the public.  The Lighting of the Star, at the Senior Center, was another beautiful event for children and adults.  Santa’s visit and treats for the children were awesome.  These traditions are all of what makes Shell Knob special and loved by those that share this part of southern Missouri.   Tonight, December 12, will welcome the family style dinner supported by the Central Crossing Fire Protection District.  These volunteers serve and protect our homes and our beings through out the year.  Their hearty laughter and bright spirits always welcome the community to share a meal with them.  The First Methodist Church has a new Mediation Trail that will provide a place for those thankful and spiritual beings to walk and offer thanks for this wonderful place, SHELL KNOB, MISSOURI.  We are truly blessed.


Senior Center Hours for the Holidays


ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP Central Crossing Senior Center…All Ages Welcome Thursday, December 21st 2 PM

CLOSED Central Crossing Senior Center Closed Friday Dec. 22nd and Mon. Dec. 25th for Christmas

WIC Central Crossing Senior Center

…All Ages Welcome Wednesday, Dec. 27th

Please call 417-847-2144 for an appointment ************************************

 DUE BY Friday, Dec. 22ndth FOR week (Dec. 27th-Jan. 3rd)


Central Crossing Senior Center Monday

January 1st Happy New Year BINGO

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK Central Crossing Senior Center….


Library News and Updatess

Jennifer Cochran, is a Branch Supervisor of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system. .

November 27th, 2017

By: Jennifer Cochran

Shell Knob Public Library


Santa at the Library

Santa will be visiting the Library on December 15th from 3-5.  Please make sure you bring a camera to get your child’s photo with the Jolly Ole Guy.  We will be giving out cookies and candy canes to all the children.

Story time

We will hold storytime on the fourth Wednesday of every month.  We encourage you to sign up your child.  If you have any questions, please call the library.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library meeting Will be on the first Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. The Friends group meet in the lower level of the library.  This meeting is open to everyone.  

Book Club

On December 18th at 10:00 a.m. the Book club is viewing “The Light Between two Oceans”.  They read the book last month and want to share with the public the movie.  All patrons are invited to watch it with them.

New Titles:


Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb

The Right time by Danielle Steel

Proof of Life  by J. A. Jance

Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman

The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler



The Wedding Plan

The Secret Scripture

6 Below




DUE BY Friday, November 17th FOR week (Nov. 22-Nov. 29)


Central Crossing Senior Center






Central Crossing Senior Center…All Ages Welcome

Monday, November 27th

Please call for an appointment


Central Crossing Senior Center…All Ages Welcome

Tuesday Evening November 28th 6:30 PM

Come and learn about essential oils

For information call Sue Trausch or Penny Muckle





DUE BY Friday, November 3rd FOR week (Nov. 8-Nov. 15)


Central Crossing Senior Center…All Ages Welcome

Join us during lunch to honor our Veterans

Friday, November 10th, 11:15-12:30



Central Crossing Senor Center…All Ages Welcome

Last day for Wii bowling for the season.

Will bowling will resume in January.

Wednesday, November 15th after lunch



Central Crossing Senior Center…All Ages Welcome

Jo Daniels will be having a class on how to make a fall wreath

and how to make stencil coasters for any season.

Come & have some fun creating a masterpiece.

Meeting held in Arts & Craft room

Wednesday, November 15th 9:30 AM.


Haven of the Ozarks -Spunky’s Smile will melt your heart!

Meet Spunky, the Haven of the Ozarks Pet of the Week!  He’s a beautiful 4 1/2 year old cattle dog/lab mix.  He has spent more than half his life at the Haven waiting for someone to choose him.  He was quite fearful when he came to us, but over time he’s become much more outgoing.  He loves going for walks and has nice leash manners.  Spunky gets along well with most other dogs but should meet potential dog siblings before going home to make sure it’s a good match.  He doesn’t like going to offsite events, so he hopes someone will see him here and come meet him at the Haven where he’s comfortable.  It may take a little time and patience to get Spunky used to his new home, but this sweet and friendly boy will be well worth it!  Please call 417-835-3647 or visit for more information.

Haven of the Ozarks 

 Hours: 9am-4pm, 7 days a week
9am-Noon on Holidays

Library News by Jennifer Cochran

Jennifer Cochran, is a Branch Supervisor of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library system.  Jennifer has three children and her and her husband, Bryndon live at Eagle Rock. She says, ” My children enjoy reading as it has always been a priority in our family. I love working at the library and look forward to meeting my Shell Knob neighbors. ” Her hobbies are photography and her children’s sports.

October 30th, 2017

By: Jennifer Cochran

Shell Knob Public Library


Winner Announced:

During the Month of October we had a guessing game of “How many Creepy Spiders where in the jar”.  We would like to congratulate Connie Gardner.  Her guess was 49 and there were 50 spiders in the Jar.  Connie was the winner of a 6’ sub from Subway.

Guessing Game for November

Stop in during the month of November and Guess how many of our Autumn mix is in the jar for a chance for a special prize.  You are limited to one guess per visit.

Story time

We will hold storytime on the fourth Wednesday of every month.  We encourage you to sign up your child.  If you have any questions, please call the library. This month it will be on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and this will be the last one until January. 

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library have changed their meeting on the first Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. starting in November.    The Friends group meet in the lower level of the library.  This meeting is open to everyone.  

Book Club

Book Club will be the third Monday  at 10:30.  This month the Book Club is reading “The Light Between Oceans”

New Titles:


The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Store by James Patterson

Barely Legal by Stuart Woods

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber


Non Fiction:

Eat to Live Quick and Easy by Joel Fuhrman M.D.

Rustic Homes, Barns, Cabins, Cottages and Farmhouses by Country Living

Crochet 200 Questions & Answers


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Everything, Everything

This Beautiful Fantastic

The Great American Sex Scandal



Don’t spend your summer dealing with pests

By Shelley Emling

Keeping your kitchen sparkling clean all year long isn’t always easy, especially in summer, when the battle of the bugs really heats up. But you can do it. In addition to making sure counters are wiped down and food and dry goods are stored in airtight containers, try these seven somewhat surprising (and natural) hacks for a pest-free kitchen.


This prolific garden plant is a natural insecticide that repels ants, spiders and mosquitoes. Apparently, they just can’t stand the smell. Place a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball, and then place that ball in areas where you find insects. Or make a spray by adding four or five drops of peppermint essential oil to water in a spray bottle. Use it on spiderwebs or anywhere else that bugs gather. An added bonus: Peppermint also deters mice and raccoons.


This herb may be great in your pasta sauce, but it also repels houseflies and mosquitoes. Plant basil in containers and place them in your kitchen or anywhere you like to entertain or hang out. According to the Natural Society, you can make an insect repellent spray by adding 4 ounces of boiling water to a container filled with 4 to 6 ounces of clean, fresh basil leaves. After the leaves steep for several hours, remove them and squeeze all of the leaves’ moisture into the mixture. Then pour 4 ounces of supercheap vodka into the basil-water mixture. Store in the fridge and apply as a spray when going outdoors. Just don’t get it in your eyes, nose and mouth. One more thing: Outdoor basil plants can attract whiteflies, despite their ability to ward off domestic houseflies.

Chalk Line

Ants won’t walk across a chalk line or anything else that interrupts their scent trail. So if there’s a particular area of your kitchen that you want to keep ants out of, draw a chalk line around it. The bad news, though, is that chalk usually stops them for only a brief period. Eventually, the determined little critters will set out and cross it.


As the name suggests, flypaper is a tried-and-true way to trap flies. The paper, which you can buy at Target or just about any convenience store, is coated with a substance that has an alluring, sweet fragrance. And it’s so sticky that any fly or bug going near it gets trapped. Flypaper can be hung from walls, windows and ceilings. But don’t forget that when you walk into your kitchen in the morning, you’re going to face a lot of little dead bugs.


Fruit flies come out in summer and breed quickly, meaning an infestation in your kitchen can go from small to large in just a few days. If you don’t like the idea of spraying harmful chemicals where you prepare and eat food, try using vinegar to get rid of the little annoyances. Here’s how to make a vinegar trap, courtesy of EcoWatch:

  • Pour about 1 inch of apple cider vinegar into a tall glass jar and mix in a couple of drops of dish soap.
  • Cover the top with a piece of plastic wrap, secured with a rubber band; poke a few holes in the wrap.
  • Fruit flies are drawn to the strong vinegar. They can get in through the holes in the plastic wrap, but they can’t get out.
  • Refresh your trap every few days until you’re not catching flies anymore.


Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender? Fleas, flies and other bugs. Tie a few bouquets of lavender and place them around the house to keep bugs outside. You can deter insects from gathering on your patio or anywhere else you hang out in during the summer by planting lavender in containers or in gardens. Another tip: The oil works well as a mosquito repellent if you apply it to your skin.


Believe it or not, salad fixings can actually repel insects. Just toss a few cucumber slices onto the windowsill or wherever pests gather, and you may get rid of at least some of these annoying bugs. Ants in particular hate the taste of cucumber — go figure


What’s Happening on October 21, 2017 at Shell Knob? Bring your boat and your pole and have fun for a good cause.

His House Foundation, a nonprofit group in Shell Knob, has provided over 17,000 meals to the community and continues to serve dinner every Tuesday evening.  HH also provides different programs and assistance to anyone and everyone including those in need. 100% of funds raised from the tournament will go directly to funding the operations striving to make a difference in the local community.  The is a $60.00 entry fee per boat and that includes $10 dollar side pot, 90% payback divided over 5 places $50 dollars for the smallest keeper.  Alway a prized for the dead last 5 fish limit.  Contact Re?Max Lakeside, P.O. Box 564, Shell Knob, Mo 65747


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