"This is the season and this year it is more important than ever to support local businesses. To help you do your Christmas shopping, we've put together a Made in Virginia gift guide, featuring a carefully curated selection of Virginia-made treats for everyone on your list. Put a few of these presents under the tree to give the perfect gift to someone special while supporting your fellow Virginians this holiday season!
KO Distilling bottled in Bond Bourbon
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If you're looking for someone who loves spirits, consider purchasing a bottle from a Virginia distillery like KO Distilling & # 39; s Bottled in Bond Bourbon. From grain to glass, every step in the making of this outstanding 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 made by a Virginia company. This bourbon is all about local support, so if buying Virginia-made is your goal, we can't think of a better way to do it.
Purchase other Virginia spirits from an ABC store or nearby distillery. Due to COVID-19 and changing spirits regulations, many distilleries have also started shipping straight to your home, so check with your favorite distilleries to see if you can order a few bottles of Virginia spirits online.
Photo Credit: Ella Dickinson and Joanne Williams
Based in Petersburg, Ignatius Hats makes beautiful hats of all kinds, from the sleek and simple to the most glamorous and decadent of creations. These hat makers (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 who wore these hats on set even loved them enough to take them home as part of their regular wardrobe (Ethan Hawke was photographed with one of their hats after filming in Virginia!). Do you want to get an idea of the enormous amount of creative toppers that are produced at Ignatius Hats? Check out their Instagram and browse their Etsy store to take a look at the amazing works of art these hat designers produce.
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A Richmond-based watch brand, Handley Watches was founded by a husband-and-wife duo who believe that watches should be stylish and state-of-the-art while at the same time being comfortable enough to wear all day long. Opt for the Nester, a sports-style water-resistant watch that's perfect for athletic wearers, or opt for the Capital or the Continental for men who prefer a more refined, sophisticated look. Check out their website for a full list of their current watch styles.
Elodie & # 39; s Naturals French Lip Balms and Skincare Products
Photo Credit: Elodie Cally
Elodie Cally, owner of Elodie’s Naturals, is originally from France, where she came up with the idea of a skin care company while pregnant and tried 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, obtaining a degree in cosmetic formulation.
After moving to Arlington, Virginia, Elodie decided to use her expertise to open Elodie & # 39; s Naturals, a cosmetics store focused on healthy, easy-to-understand skincare formulas. In addition to creating beautiful products such as her plant-based, vegan-friendly French lip balms (infused with flavors such as caramel and blackberry), moisturizing serums, facial lotions and hand creams, Elodie also runs classes where participants can learn how to make their own safe and effective products. Due to COVID-19, these classes are limited to outdoors only; stay tuned for her upcoming class schedules for more information.
An overnight stay in a luxury resort, hotel or inn
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If you happen to know men who have their cards with them and cash in a rubber band or in an old expired wallet that has seen better days, gift them a new carbon fiber wallet from Ragged Edge Gear, located in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Originally designed for use in the aerospace industry, carbon fiber laminates are stronger than steel, lightweight, water resistant, and can be easily wiped clean when dirty. These purses are known for their long lasting durability even owned by 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 toilet sets, equipment bags, and folders made from the carbon fiber material, offering strong, durable products that will last for years.
Virginia wine, craft beer, or cider
Brew Cam Taps, Photo Credit: Steve Shires
When it comes to Christmas 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 over 250 breweries and cideries, there is always a vineyard, brewery or cidery just around the corner that brings some of Virginia & # 39; s high quality fruits and grains into their products. Support these local businesses this holiday season and let your friends and family sample a refreshing taste of Virginia with a bottle of wine or a crate of craft beer or cider.
Scarpworks Cheese Knives
The father and daughter team behind Scarpworks' wooden cheese knives are based in Suffolk, Virginia. They came up with the idea for wooden cheese knives after seeing the damage metal knives did to beautiful cheese boards over time and realized that a knife made of wood preserved the beauty of wooden cheese boards. Made from locally sourced woods such as maple and cherry, these sleek wooden knives make a great gift 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 will appreciate Heart & Spade Forge's artisan cookware based on Roanoke. Each metal pan is forged by hand, resulting in distinctive utensils that will last for decades. Buy individual grill pans, skillets and frying pans, or splurge on a matching cookware set that will absolutely "amaze" your culinary gift recipients.
Storied Goods Gourmet sugar cubes
Bring the coffee, tea and cocktail drinkers in your life, the gourmet sugar cubes from Storied Goods. Another woman-owned Roanoke-based company, Storied Goods takes sugar cubes to the next level by infusing them with sublime flavors like rose petals, orange zest, cherry and cinnamon vanilla. Combine with a handmade Storied Goods mug for a fun and complete gift set this holiday season.
Apothec beauty products
Based in Richmond, Apothec Beauty sells handcrafted all-natural beauty products made from some of the finest ingredients in the world. Designed to stimulate the senses, the Apothec line combines natural essential oils, herbs, botanicals and flowers, creating quality products that heal, soothe and condition 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 certificate to a local restaurant or boutique
The Hunt Room at the Cavalier Hotel
If you can't settle for a specific gift for someone, consider purchasing a gift card to one of their favorite Virginia stores or restaurants. They can choose their own perfect gift and you will get all the credit! In addition to shops and restaurants, many breweries and wineries offer gift certificates, so even if you can't hang out in person, you can get their next round of drinks at their favorite spot.
Looking for more gifts made by Virginia? Check out last year's Made in Virginia gift guide for 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 view unique handmade gifts.