Where to go to score unique and creative local gifts for those you’ve yet to mark off your holiday shopping list.
Well, this is it folks. We’re down to the wire with three shopping days left until Christmas. Whether you’re searching for one more gift for someone special, or haven’t started yet, there’s still a little time. Here are the best places to snag last minute locally-made gifts in Carytown, Scott’s Addition, and the Museum District. Call ahead or visit each store’s respective website to check holiday hours.
One of the most popular gift shops in Carytown, Mongrel has all sorts of fun and interesting gifts. From handmade ornaments and books to Richmond-centric items, gag gifts, books, and a large selection of greeting cards, this is a great place to mark multiple people off your shopping list.
Locally-made arts, crafts, and prints adorn this quirky shop in the heart of Carytown. You’ll find a large assortment of RVA Coffee Stain prints for sale, and don’t miss the hidden set of stairs in the back of the shop that lead to a small upstairs area with even more items like local apparel.
Plan 9 Music in Carytown is a great place to find unique and rare vinyl and CDs, but the store also includes a wide array of local gifts like RVA hoodies, Richmond Folk Festival posters, and other merch.
Studio Two Three’s handmade holiday popup shop in Scott’s Addition is really unique. You’ll find hand printed Richmond maps, tote bags, prints, Richmond-centric signs handmade by Ross Trimmer of Sure Hand Signs, and more.
The VHS shop is a history lover’s dream come true. You’ll find locally made gifts, books on Richmond’s history, jewelry, reproduction city and state maps perfect for framing, and a selection of merchandise from the museum’s current exhibition, “Dressing Downton,” featuring the apparel from PBS’s Downton Abbey.
The VMFA Shop, within the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts itself, is a great spot to find eclectic gifts for the art or history lover in your life. From exhibition-specific items (think Chihuly, Forbidden City, Picasso, etc.) to handcrafted jewelry, there’s a lot of great stuff here.
World Of Mirth has awesome gifts for kids and the kid at heart. From toys and stuffed animals to learning games and a healthy adult humor section, you’ll find unique gifts, gags, and more in this Carytown store.
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