The holidays are here. There is no more procrastinating, and it’s time to make the shopping lists.

Difficult to believe it’s Thanksgiving, but it is. Black Friday is upon us, and the holiday shopping season is now.

This year I’m on a quest to find unique and memorable gifts, ones my family and friends will cherish forever.

I find these usually come in the form of hand-made presents such as a photo album of you and your loved one on a trip or you and your buddy over the span of a year or two.

Baskets filled with neat little gifts you know your friend or relative will appreciate. It could be a favorite nail polish, lipstick or cologne; a compact disc for the music lover or bag of toe-warmers for the hunter in your life; a book by their favorite author or bag of their favorite chocolates or nuts.

Get creative and really think about the people on your list. What do they like to do? What are they into? What are their passions? When you figure that out, the rest comes easy.

It makes all the difference when you put a little thought into your gift-buying. They appreciate the present even more, and you get that really amazing feeling knowing you just made someone truly happy. After all, the season really is about giving, not receiving.

Caroling

Christmas caroling at Villa Feliciana and the Louisiana War Veterans Home, both in Jackson, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

Cool School

Jackson Elementary will be featured as a Cool School on an upcoming segment of WBRZ.

JES will appear between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. The segment will replay at noon and will also be posted online.

Tree decorating

Women in the community are invited to decorate a Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Jackson United Methodist Church, 1757 Sycamore St., Jackson.

Fifth Sunday service

Jackson’s fifth Sunday service will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 30, instead of 6 p.m., at Trinity Baptist church, 1908 Trinity Church Lane. Fellowship, food and fun are featured at this non-denominational event. Area churches are invited to attend.

Diabetes support group

Anyone with diabetes, including family, friends and others in a supporting role can attend a Diabetes Support Group from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

For information, call Sherri Brady at (225) 658-4583.

Health care session

Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center will host an Affordable Care Act seminar for the Clinton community, teaching residents how to access the health care system in various ways.

Charles Rabalais and Carolyn Torres will show attendees how to access marketplace health coverage via application, in person, online or over the telephone.

Rabalais and Torres will meet attendees at Clinton United Methodist Church, 11321 Old South Drive, from 10 a.m. until noon and 12:30 to 5 p.m. They will also assist in signing attendees up for coverage. Call (225) 603-0886 for information or visit lahealthcarenav.com.

Send items by email no later than 3 p.m. Friday to sgill@theadvocate.com.