It’s getting close to the big day. Here are some of my favorite gift ideas and where to find them in Richmond, VA.
The 16-piece gift assortment ($34) is a special go-to. Virginia-made Gearharts chocolates are handcrafted, beautiful, and come in distinctive flavors like Apricot Brandy, Raspberry Zin and Vanilla Bean Brulee. I’ve never not received a positive reaction when gifting this box. Get it at the shop at Libbie and Grove. Smaller assortments, drinking cocoa, toffees, and other treats also make wonderful stocking stuffers or smaller gifts.
Find it online (enjoy upgraded 2-day shipping with orders of $75 or more) or locally at Wardrobe. I love to give this jewelry because it is 18-karat gold plated, comes with a lifetime guarantee, and is delicate but designed for layering. The bracelets are pretty and a nice price point for gifting. I also have and regularly wear the Sol Gemstone Large Drape Hoops as a different twist on a classic gold earring.
Belle Isle Craft Spirits Cold Brew Coffee Moonshine
Any coffee lover in your life will adore this Richmond-made libation. Made with Blanchard’s coffee, this moonshine has a strong, pure coffee flavor and pretty much no bite on the finish. Just blend with a little half and half and serve over ice for a perfect Christmas Morning brunch beverage.
Speaking of booze… champagne!
Stop by Barrel Thief on Thursday, December 21, between 5 and 8 p.m. and sample eight true champagnes for $25 between 5 and 8 p.m. Come on, you know you’ll be ready for a drink by then anyway. Choose your favorite for a gift that will really make an impression.
Cricket Cove Soap Co. Holiday Soap Set
This cute little combination of one locally made handmade soap, one natural lip butter, and a draining soap dish all tied up with a pretty ornament costs $16, making it a great hostess gift or gift for a new family member, office mate or friend. Pick one up in person at RVANest.
Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
Back Creek Farms makes an array of different syrups. The barrel aged bourbon is a unique and complex flavor profile and is made using local Reservoir Distillery barrels. When gifting, remind the recipient it’s also tasty when added to cocktails or served on meats. If you’re looking for something simpler, I’m also partial to Back Creek’s Hickory Syrup, made from the bark of local Shagbark Hickory trees. Find it on Thursday at GrowRVA’s special South of the James Christmas Holiday Market from 2-5 p.m. There will be a host of other vendors there too with gift items and holiday ingredients. I’d also suggest taking a wander by Square of the Bone locally made jewelry—last weekend I splurged on a beautiful butterfly necklace from this designer at a market at Vasen.
Richmond’s Culinary History: Seeds of Change
In this new book, authors Susan Winiecki and Maureen Egan tell the story of Richmond’s food history through tales of forgotten cooks and makers who paved the way for the modern food scene. Of course there are recipes included as well. The book is fun and easy to read, making it a perfect gift for any foodie or history lover. Pick one up at Fountain Bookstore, Chop Suey, Sally Bell’s Kitchen or The Valentine.
At just under $15, these little dip holders are still my favorite for bringing to holiday events as hostess gifts, especially if you’re bringing a dip. Find them now at Stella’s Grocery, Tinker and Company, Sassy Bee, Andre’s Day Spa, or Cottage Lane. Also, I hear if you contact Dipadidoda through the website you might be able to arrange a local pickup or delivery. While you’re in Stella’s Grocery, another fun gift is the Bracelet Bangle Flask.Yes, it’s a stainless steel flask made in the shape of a bangle bracelet and it is absolutely fabulous. I kind of want to gift this to myself. It’ll come in handy sometime I’m sure.
Hot Toddy Mix
This gourmet Hot Toddy Mix is available in lemon ginger or orange clove. All that’s needed is the user’s choice of liquor (a perfect companion gift!) and honey to taste. My at-home toddies never taste quite right, so I love this stuff for winter. Find it at House of Floralie along with an array of other creative gift options.
Bands of Hope
Bands of Hope come in a variety of colors and styles. I happen to have the pictured Blush Lace Tie band, which is super sparkly in real life, and gets many compliments whenever I wear it. For every band purchased, a headband is given to a child with cancer, making them fun, affordable gifts with a purpose. You can get them locally at The Shops at 5807 or Tweed.