‘Tis the season, and this year, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. To help you get your holiday shopping done, we’ve put together a Made in Virginia gift guide, with a carefully curated selection of Virginia-made goodies for everyone on your list. Put a few of these presents under the tree to give the perfect gift to someone special while also supporting your fellow Virginians this holiday season!
KO Distilling Bottled in Bond Bourbon
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If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys high-quality spirits, consider purchasing a bottle from a Virginia distillery, such as KO Distilling’s Bottled in Bond Bourbon. From grain to glass, every step of crafting this excellent bourbon is done in Virginia. The corn, wheat, and malted barley are all grown in Virginia, the bourbon is aged for four years in charred new American Oak barrels at the distillery, and finally, the bourbon is bottled with a label created by a Virginia company. This bourbon is all about supporting local, so if buying Virginia-made is your goal, we can’t think of a better way to do it.
Shop other Virginia-made spirits at an ABC store or nearby distillery. Due to COVID-19 and changing spirits regulations, many distilleries have also begun shipping directly to your home, so check with your favorite distilleries to see if you can order a few bottles of Virginia spirits online.
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Located in Petersburg, Ignatius Hats crafts gorgeous hats of all types, from the sleek and simple to the most glamorous and decadent creations. These milliners (the title for people who design, manufacture, and sell hats) are well known in the fashion industry; their hats have been used to complement costumes in movies and television shows, and some celebrities that wore these hats on set even loved them enough to take them home as part of their regular wardrobe (Ethan Hawke was photographed wearing one of their hats after filming in Virginia!). Want to get an idea of the vast array of creative toppers produced at Ignatius Hats? Check out their Instagram and peruse their Etsy shop to get a peek at the amazing works of art that these hat designers produce.
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A Richmond-based watch company, Handley Watches was founded by a husband-and-wife duo who believe that watches should be stylish and state-of-the-art while also being comfortable enough to wear throughout the day. Opt for the Nester, a water-resistant sports-style watch that is perfect for athletic wearers, or choose the Capital or the Continental for men who prefer a more refined, sophisticated look. Check out their website to see a complete list of their current watch styles.
Elodie’s Naturals French Lip Balms & Skincare Products
Photo Credit: Elodie Cally
Owner Elodie Cally of Elodie’s Naturals originally hails from France, where she dreamed up the idea of a skincare company while pregnant and trying to find cosmetic products that were safe for both her and her baby. She began tinkering with her own simple and safe formulas, eventually returning to school in Paris and earning a degree in cosmetic formulation.
After moving to Arlington, Virginia, Elodie decided to use her expertise to open Elodie’s Naturals, a cosmetic shop that focused on healthy, easy-to-understand skincare formulas. In addition to creating wonderful products like her plant-based, vegan-friendly French Lip Balms (infused with flavors like caramel and blackberry), moisturizing serums, facial lotions, and hand creams, Elodie also teaches classes where attendees can learn how to mix their own safe and effective products. Due to COVID-19, these classes are restricted to outdoor-only; stay tuned to her upcoming class schedules for more information.
An Overnight Getaway to a Luxury Resort, Hotel, or Inn
This year, travel looks a bit different, so planning a trip out of state may not be ideal for you and your family. Instead, consider planning a “staycation” in Virginia and book an overnight excursion to a luxury resort, hotel, or inn, such as The Tides Inn on Virginia’s Northern Neck, Quirk Hotel or Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, or The Jefferson in Richmond. These are just a few of the incredible luxury properties found throughout the Commonwealth; find one near you and enjoy a relaxing holiday getaway to a neighboring upscale resort.
Twin Oaks Hammocks
Those outdoorsy friends and family members will appreciate a Twin Oaks Hammock waiting underneath the tree this year. Since 1967, this Louisa-based company has been crafting rope hammocks, fabric hammocks, and hammock chairs, carrying quality products that are reliable and durable. These hammocks come in both single and family size, and can either be strung permanently between two supports in your backyard or carried along to outdoor events such as music festivals (once those are back on the agenda!).
Ragged Edge Gear Wallets
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If you happen to know men who carry around their cards and cash in a rubber band or in an old decrepit wallet that has seen better days, gift them a new carbon fiber wallet from Ragged Edge Gear, based out of Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Originally designed for use in the aerospace industry, carbon fiber laminates are stronger than steel, lightweight, water resistant, and can easily be wiped down when dirty. These wallets are known for their long-lasting durability, even in the possession of the most rugged guys, and with many styles to choose from, you can find a color, size, and shape for almost anyone. The company also produces toiletry kits, gear bags, and folders made from the carbon fiber material, offering strong, durable products that will last for years to come.
Virginia Wine, Craft Beer, or Cider
Brew ridge taps, Photo Credit: Steve Shires
When it comes to holiday gifts, you can’t go wrong with the gift of locally-made Virginia beer or cider or a bottle of Virginia wine from a nearby vineyard. With over 300 wineries and 250+ breweries and cideries, there is always a vineyard, brewery, or cidery just around the corner that infuses some of Virginia’s high-quality fruits and grains into their products. Support these local businesses this holiday season and get your friends and family a refreshing taste of Virginia with a bottle of wine or a case of craft beer or cider.
Scarpworks Cheese Knives
The father and daughter team behind Scarpworks wood cheese knives are based out of Suffolk, Virginia. They came up with the idea for wooden cheese knives after seeing the damage that metal knives did to beautiful cheese boards over time and realizing that a knife made from wood preserved the beauty of wooden cheese boards. These sleek wooden knives are made from locally-sourced woods like maple and cherry, and are a great present for the foodies on your list.
Heart & Spade Forge Skillets, Griddles, & Cooking Pans
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Amateur chefs looking to take their culinary game to the next level are sure to appreciate the artisan cookware from Heart & Spade Forge, based out of Roanoke. Each metal pan is forged by hand, resulting in distinctive kitchen cookware that will last for decades to come. Purchase individual griddle pans, skillets, and saute pans, or splurge on a matching cookware set that will absolutely “wow” your culinary gift recipients.
Storied Goods Gourmet Sugar Cubes
Get the coffee, tea, and cocktail drinkers in your life the gourmet sugar cubes from Storied Goods. Another Roanoke-based business that is women-owned, Storied Goods takes sugar cubes to the next level, infusing them with sublime flavors like rose petal, orange zest cherry, and cinnamon vanilla. Pair with a handmade Storied Goods mug for a cute and complete gift set this holiday season.
Apothec Beauty Products
Richmond-based Apothec Beauty carries handmade, all-natural beauty products made from some of the finest ingredients on the planet. Designed to awaken the senses, the Apothec line blends natural essential oils, herbs, botanical, and flowers, creating quality products that heal, soothe, and care for your skin. For men, we recommend the Beard to Bare Grooming Oil, and while there are dozens of products for women, a few highlights include the Souffle Body Wash, Coconut Milk & Honey Lotion, and Apothec’s Linen & Room Sprays.
A Gift Card to a Local Restaurant or Boutique
The Cavalier Hotel’s Hunt Room
If you can’t settle on a specific gift for someone, consider getting a gift card to one of their favorite Virginia shops or restaurants. They’ll be able to pick out their own perfect gift and you’ll get all the credit! In addition to shops and restaurants, many breweries and wineries offer gift cards, so even if you can’t hang out in person, you’ll be able to get their next round of drinks at their favorite spot.
Looking for more Virginia-made gifts? Check out last year’s Made in Virginia Gift Guide to get extra inspiration, or browse our list of gifts just for Mom and Dad! For even more locally-made gifts, head to a Virginia holiday market, bazaar, or craft show to peruse one-of-a-kind handmade presents.