You planned on completing your holiday shopping early in the season this year. Your sister has been done for months and your best friend did her shopping over the summer, right? We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and best-laid plans don’t pan out quite like we thought they would. Don’t panic! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite local shops and their top recommendations for last-minute shopping for the littles in your life.

For the Strategist

Best Chess Set Ever
Don't be fooled into thinking that chess is only for the oldest and wisest of the bunch. This set grows with the user from beginner to master, starting with the rules of the game in 16 illustrated pages. The board is a silicone mat that rolls up, never creases or wrinkles and always lies flat. Additional strategic tips help guide intermediate and advanced users, too. ($29.99)

Available at:
Finnegan's Toys & Gifts
820 SW Washington St.

Holiday hours
Daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dec. 24: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

photo: Finnegan's Toys

Automobile Engineer

photo: iSpark Toys

Have any other last-minute gift suggestions that can be picked up locally? Let us know in the comments below.

– Marianne Walters