The rush for the perfect last-minute Christmas gift is underway across South Mississippi. That includes the outdoor enthusiasts looking for a gift or stocking stuffer for anglers or hunters.
Popular gift ideas for the anglers are fishing rod and reel combinations, fishing charters from one of the many boats in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Charter Boat Association.
Stocking stuffers include a variety of fishing t-shirts design from Rip-A-Lip based out of Kiln and Biloxi artist Marty Wilson.
"We have everything from freshwater to 14 different saltwater designs from speckled trout to sailfish," Kenny Allison of Rip-A-Lip said. “We have short and long sleeve shirts and that includes a ladies line and youth line.
"The stores have been selling out and if you're looking for that last-minute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, we encourage people to check out our designs. We also have caps and visors and if you can't find what you are looking for, call our warehouse (228) 344-3097."
Rip-A-Lip products can be purchased in many stores in South Mississippi like Walgreen's, Shoe Station and Keith's Super Stores. Marty Wilson shirts can can be purchased at Art FX Gallery at 824 East Pass Road in Gulfport. Wilson's list of shirts and paintings range from cobia, grouper and bluewater species.
Tony Deas of Sports Unlimited in Gulfport said the No. 1 seller remains rod and reels combinations before the Christmas rush begins.
The final two or three days of Christmas shopping ideas centers around tackle and other supplies such as line clippers, weights and hooks.
The top lure on the market is the new line of VuDu Shrimp, especially in the shrimp and mullet design
"Right now, we have people coming in and saying 'sell me something for $20 or $50,'" Deas said. "This close to Christmas, people don't care about the money they are spending as long as it deals with fishing.
"Tackle boxes are hot, too. Everybody needs a new tackle box. We even sell a lot of Christmas gift certificates the last few days, too. We always have people come in looking for that perfect last-minute gift and they really don't have anything in mind. We work with them, especially if it's for a new fishermen or fishing wife. That way they can come back in the store and purchase what they want. The last-minute Christmas rush is on for sure."
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