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What's in Store: Holiday Shopping

Give salon-quality gifts and get rewarded for your purchase, or have a dog dropped off at your front door.

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It's holiday shopping crunch time. Don't know what to get that special someone in your life? I've rounded up a few East Bay businesses with some holiday specials--just in time to pull it off.

Plus: Everyone knows the most difficult part of holiday shopping isn't finding the perfect gift—it's finding a parking spot. Find out which city is advertising their garage capacity, and which city square will be charging you to park.

Tonight ...

Alina B. in Danville's holiday party is this evening, Thursday, December 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join in toasting the holidays with some bubbly as you pick out the perfect holiday gifts for the fashionable friends in your life. 3426 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, (925) 736-1300.

Holiday deals ...

Throughout the month of December, buy any two products and receive a third product half off at Skinspirit. 1647 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-9200.

Purchase $160 or more in gift cards, and you'll receive a free Naturally European Hand and Foot Cream gift set at Changes Salon and Day Spa. Order online and select “pick up at Changes” to redeem. 1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814.

For three days leading up to Christmas, select a dog or cat from Animal Rescue Foundation for a family member or friend, and have an ARF elf volunteer deliver the adopted pet on the afternoons of December 24 or 25. 2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-1273.

Blackhawk Plaza wants to reward you for the gifts you’ve been buying everyone else. Spend $100 or more at the Plaza on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on or before Christmas Eve, and bring those same-day receipts to the management office to receive a special Christmas gift.

Parking ...

Heads up! In Lafayette (I knew the day would come): La Fiesta Square has put up meters in its parking lot. The one place I thought I could escape parking fees has betrayed me. On my last visit, the meters were covered in plastic and not yet operational. But keep an eye on those pesky money eating meters so you don't get a ticket when the time comes.