Christmas is closing in, and holiday shoppers are bustling throughout the Outer Banks buying last minute gifts, and — in some cases — packing them up to ship off to far-flung friends and family.

Jessi Rhodes, owner of Barr-ee 2 the Warehouse Store in Southern Shores, says she’s ready to help last-minute shoppers check people off their lists.

“This is a really busy time of year for people, and the time of year people might get a gift from someone they didn’t expect — and don’t have anything to send in return,” Rhodes says. “I decided to offer a ‘last minute’ gift basket service to shoppers in the final weeks of the shopping season to fill a need and help do my part to reduce stress.”

Rhodes says shoppers can go to her shop’s Facebook page or stop by the shop and pick out anything they’d like to create a special gift package, and she will handle everything else.

The young entrepreneur has some ready-to-go options for people strapped for cash — and time — available or $20, $30 and $60, which includes shipping and a choice of Christmas card created by local artists.

For $20, shoppers have a choice of a unicorn necklace with matching earrings in silver, gold or rose gold. Another $20 option is a gold necklace with a charm inscribed “You Are Mermazing,” or a gold necklace with sea turtle charm.

A $30 gift option is a 16 oz. locally made candle, and a box of matchsticks in a hand-designed box crafted by a local artist. Candles are available in a variety of scents, including pumpkin almond biscotti, honey hive, water lily, island gardenia, pink grapefruit, mulled cider, beach pine, pineapple mint, beach peachy, coconut cove, and vanilla vacation.

For those with a little more green to splash around, there’s a $60 option that includes a pair festive earrings and a necklace, “which are perfect for the holidays and special occasions,” Rhodes says.

“There are so many gift options out there that it can be overwhelming for some people,” she says. “I just wanted to put a few things together to make it easier for people in a rush, but there are loads of other merchandise options for gift baskets: scarves, clothing, hats, purses, home decor. If they give me a budget, I can make it happen — and ship it anywhere they like in time for Christmas.”

The shop carries everything from locally made jewelry and artwork to unique women’s fashion and accessories, to eclectic home décor.

“I can take orders by phone, and people can pay using a credit card or through PayPal,” she says. “Just think of me as a last-minute Christmas elf.”


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