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With Christmas mere days around the corner, shoppers around the Rogue Valley are searching for last-minute gifts as Christmas.

In downtown Jacksonville just before noon Saturday, a family found them with less of the hustle and bustle required from going to the Rogue Valley Mall or a big-box store.

Outside Scheffel’s Toys, Connie Jeter of Medford raved about the stocking-sized travel cribbage set she found for her nephew.

Jeter and her niece, Jenna Seeley, also of Medford, said they find “the best one-of-a-kind items” in the historic town.

They said they’re on the lookout for gifts such as gloves, scarves and toys a little more special than what you’d find at Target and other big-box stores as the signature trolley rolled along California Street and people dressed in the styles of yesteryear strolled past them.

The pair said they always have to check Scheffel’s toy store, Terra Firma gift store and Pot Rack kitchen store and Gary West Meats.

“Terra Firma for sure,” Jeter’s sister Cathie Seeley said.

Jeter said the shopping trip is an annual tradition with her sister going back “at least 20 years,” even before Seeley’s niece and nephew, Jenna and Jacob, came along.

Cathie Seeley has memories of taking the kids in horse-drawn carriages and trolley rides when her kids were little.

Usually, however, the holiday tradition occurs closer to the first of December.

“This time it ended up later in the month,” Jeter said.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Shoppers make their way into Scheffel’s Toys Jacksonville Saturday morning.