As you're getting ready to plan your holiday gift shopping, or are already in the process, why not keep some of your money here in Iowa and patronize some of our fantastic local businesses? Here are just a few of many. Feel free to share your suggestions and ideas in the comments below.

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery-Swisher:  Wine is huge, and you and your loved ones will need it--for more than one reason--at the holidays. Pick up a bottle to give, and one for yourself, at one of the best places for it in Eastern Iowa.

Amana Furniture and Clock Shop-Amana: These clocks look spectacular and are just part of what's available and made with Iowa craftsmanship right here in our area.

Raining Rose-Cedar Rapids: Winter is hard on the skin and lips. Give the gift of relief, made by a highly reputable local company.

The Wright Touch Catering and Bake Shoppe-Cedar Rapids: These caramel pecan rolls look mouth-watering and they alone should encourage you to stop by or place an order. Give them as a gift or an offering for your holiday party. Wright Touch has so much more, too, like cookies, cupcakes and bread pudding. Check out their website for more details.

Great American Popcorn-Cedar Rapids: More food, but can you blame me? Popcorn of different flavors and varieties as well as ice cream and other items. Located in the NewBo District, stop by and see them for more holiday treats.