Great gifts under $16 for stockings, small gifts, gift baskets, and any time you want to gift a little surprise.
Body Butter Candle: Available in five scents, this candle is made with a blend of soy, shea butter, avocado and coconut oils. Light it, wait for a pool of wax to form, then blow out the flame, pour the wax onto your skin and rub in the moisturizing blend. Since soy wax burns at a low temperature, the wax will feel nice and warm but won’t burn. $15, made locally by Day Three Bath & Body.
Fairy Glam Lip Balm: Sure the Mighty Mint is another of my favorites by this local brand, but Fairy Glam is waaay more fun for gifting. Only $6 each. Buy online or view a list of stores that stock it here.
Dip-a-di-do-da: Bring one of these cute little Richmond-designed dip holders along with your favorite spread and you’ve combined an appetizer with a gift your host will use for years after. $14.25 each, buy here.
Cheese Straws: Locally made and full of delicious flavor, add these to a gift basket, pair them with a bottle of wine, or just grab a bag to bring to a party. Oh so tasty! $8.99. Here’s a list of where to buy.
Emergency Port!: This little test-tube vile of port is perfectly packaged for the wine-lover in your life. They can store in a purse, glove compartment or suitcase for a severe port emergency. $11.95 from Barrel Thief.
Virginia Car Air Freshener: If you’re going to have something hanging from your rear view mirror, it might as well be this cute. $6.25 from Tweed.
Red Rocker Peppermint Bark: Dark Belgian chocolate, white chocolate infused with peppermint oil, and crushed peppermints come together in this limited-edition holiday treat that’s made in Troy, Va. $12 at Twig.
Bling Slippers: I mean, how cute are these? ‘Nuff said. $15.99 from The Shops at 5807.
Detoxifying Bath Salts: Who couldn’t use a little detoxification after the holidays? These organic bath salts are made in Virginia Beach. $9 from The Bizarre Market.
Phone Stand: A desk essential for any fashionista. $12 from Francesca’s. Plus, right now gift items are buy-one-get-one half off.
Metal Solo Cup: Why waste time with a regular solo cup when you can use a shiny metal solo cup that keeps drinks cold? Hello, pool season. $10 from Francesca’s.
Essential Oil Trio: Sample sizes of local all-natural product brand Maven Made’s top-selling Headache + Tension Remedy, Facial Serum and Sleep Serum are perfect to tuck into a purse or cosmetic bag and use as needed. $14, from these stores.
Gearharts Brown Sugar Pecan Toffee: 8 pieces of buttery, brown sugar toffee loaded with roasted Georgia pecans and bathed in milk chocolate. $9 from Gearharts.
Gingerbreat Stout Soap: Although this locally made by Bon Air Naturals soap is in fact made with Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, I’d say the scent is more straight hearty gingerbread. Perhaps it’s the additions of orange, ginger, clove, cinnamon, and lavender essential oils. $8 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.