Instead of spending Christmas Eve running around a crowded mall, strap on your walking shoes and hit the streets of Richmond to pick up some unique gifts supplied by your local merchants.
Thanksgiving is long gone, and you’re stuffed on turkey and family time. Just when you think you can relax, you remember your never-ending holiday shopping list lurking in the shadows. What will you get Mom? Or your boyfriend who has everything. Don’t stress. When it comes to shopping, you’ve got plenty of options right here in Richmond. Instead of spending Christmas Eve running around a crowded mall, strap on your walking shoes and hit the streets of Richmond to pick up some unique gifts supplied by your local merchants.*
Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the 2009 RVA gift guide…
After a long day of work and running errands Mom needs some downtime. This teapot will do all the dirty work for her, so she can sit back and relax. With a teabag holder in the pot, all you need to do is add water and enjoy. That’s one less worry to scratch off the list. ($20, Mongrel)
This bud’s for you
Here’s a great spin on the classic flower vase. Instead of watching your pretty petunias slowly wilt away, snip those stems off and place the colorful buds in the Flower Bud Vase ($30) found at Strawberry Fields Flowers and Gifts.
That’s how mom will feel after visiting the in-laws and making food this holiday season. Release the tension by treating her to a day at the spa. Salon Vivace in Cary town offers holiday spa packages ranging from the “express” package including a facial, mani and pedi ($90) to the Celebrity Favorite, (guaranteed to make mom feel like a celeb for the day $290). You’ve just won yourself some major brownie points.
It’s a tie
Yes, a tie isn’t the most creative gift for Dad, but a personalized tie from Peter-Blair will surely raise those furrowed eyebrows. Known for their collection of ties and bowties, the good folks at Peter-Blair can help you personalize any tie with Dad’s favorite logo, mascot, or symbol. It’s sure to be the envy of all the guys at the office. ($40/tie)
No one loves a big meal more than Dad. Skip out on those expensive dinners out and head over to the Belmont Butchery for some supreme selections of poultry, pork, beef, and sausages that are sure to make anyone’s mouth water. With different choices arriving every week, you are bound to find something deserving of your father’s attention. (Prices vary)
For Your Lady Friend
Women are busy these days, there’s no doubt about it. Whether it’s picking up the groceries or heading off for a weekend trip, this large tote bag will hold everything she needs to take with her. ($20, Mongrel) Add a personalized luggage tag ($6, Strawberry Fields) and she’s ready for any vacation… (hint, hint).
Scarf it up
Sure everyone loves snuggling on the couch when it’s cold, but a girl’s gotta get out sometime. And when she does, she’ll appreciate a warm scarf that doesn’t make her look like Grandma. March yourself over to Pink in Cary town to browse their complete collection of scarves. This crocheted number is sure to knock her socks off. ($70, Pink)
Got the brunchies?
Skip your usual outing to the local greasy spoon and treat your lady to the Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Jefferson Hotel. Indulge from their extensive menu, which includes some of the best seasonal fare, while listening to the music of the Skip Gailes Trio. ($100/couple)
For Your Gentleman Caller
On the rocks
The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about your whiskey getting watered down. Grab your man some Whiskey Rocks ($23, Mongrel) and give him one less thing to whine about. Just place these in the freezer and in no time you have perfect ice cubes without the melty mess.
The couple that plays together stays together- isn’t that how the saying goes? Invest in some time together and pick a class that interests you both. Key Signatures offers a wide range of music lessons, from drums to piano, and even the ukulele At $25 per lesson, making music together can be beautiful and affordable.
Not musically inclined? Grab your chef’s hat and start up the oven. Mise En Place located in Shockoe Bottom offers hands-on classes covering many different cooking topics. ($75/person)
For Co-Workers or Friends
Mug it out
You know that grody coffee mug that your co-worker uses everyday? It’s about time for a replacement. Strawberry Fields has a great collection of personalized initial mugs, and for only $15 you can afford to get a few for the office. Feel like splurging a little? Why not get a dog mug from Murphies ($42)? These one-of-a-kind mugs are hand-crafted to look just like Fido and are sure to keep your work-buddies wired throughout the day.
For the Boss
You’ve always been a Richmonder at heart, but your boss left his heart in San Fran. Set the differences aside this holiday season and pick up a Geography Glass from Murphies ($12). With glasses designed for all 50 states, most big cities and even a few countries, you are bound to find one that’s near and dear to his heart.
Invest in a monthly contribution to your boss. Get together with your co-workers and buy her a membership to the Orchid of the Month club. Before you know it, your boss will have quite the collection of rare flowers to brighten her mood when things go haywire around the office. How thoughtful. ($30/month, Chadwick & Son)
2924 W. Cary St.
Strawberry Field Flowers and Gifts
423 Strawberry St
3426 W. Cary St
5413 Patterson Avenue
15 N. Belmont Avenue
3158 West Cary St
The Jefferson Hotel
101 West Franklin Street
5705 Grove Avenue
Mise En Place
104 Shockoe Slip
3141 W Cary St
Chadwick & Son
203 N. Belmont Avenue
*All products/services their respective prices were accurate at press time.