Gift-giving is certainly joyful, but finding that perfectly unique gift for a loved one can also become quite daunting during the already busy holiday season. We’re big fans of shopping small and giving gifts that provide a sense of place and connection – and help support local businesses. Lucky for us, there are dozens of Virginia Beach-based brands thoughtfully making and curating some truly distinct products that are sure to delight the special people on your list.
This gift guide is for that person on your list with a wanderlusting spirit, the one who appreciates the little things and the big things just alike, who loves something tastefully made – and tasty as well. We think they’ll be surprised with your pick(s). Happy shopping!
From vases and mugs to dishes and platters, Jars of Dust offers a wide (and oh-so-beautiful) selection of handcrafted pottery items to choose. While you can shop online for convenience, we recommend stopping by their showroom, housed within their working studio, to browse the latest creations and see your next favorite gift item being created right before your eyes.
Something tasty and homemade is always in style, which is why we love the assorted treats from May’s Parlor. The Assorted Pastry Box and Seasonal Pastry Pack are a great way to gift a sampling of the female-led bakery’s best offerings – though be warned, you’ll be tempted to order some pies, cakes and scones, too.
Give the gift of a nourished mind, body and soul with a thoughtful gift from Glow Apothecary. The expertly curated boutique has everything one might need for a little self-care and wellness at home (and who doesn’t need that these days?). From holistic, high-performing skincare products to chic, sustainable clothing, your gift will have that special glow.
Make them feel (and look) like VB local with a gift from North End Bag Co. The brand’s handmade leather-and-canvas bags are made from scratch, the old-fashioned way, using a variety of multi-era vintage sewing machines to craft timeless and sturdy bags – from market totes and wallets to purses and travel backpacks – that are quintessentially “VB.” Find them in their shop/store in the heart of the ViBe Creative District or order online for nationwide shipping.
For the sweetest gift options, look no further than The Royal Chocolate at Town Center. The local chocolate shop offers an extensive selection of elegant confections made for those on your list with a seemingly unsatisfiable sweet tooth.
A trip to Paris may be out of the question, but a French-inspired gift need not be, thanks to French Twist Boutique, which exclusively offers European-inspired fashion, accessories, decor and artwork in a charming and, you guessed it, Parisian-inspired boutique.
Your furry friends need presents, too – and Mrs. Bones has plenty of options to keep them looking dapper, with a selection of designer and custom-made dog collars that are just pawfect! Browse the various collections online or stop by the Mrs. Bones Bowtique.
Add a plant baby to their shelf or pick them a colorful and exquisitely designed bouquet with help from Horticulture Design Co. In addition to a wonderland of plants and flowers, the shop features an array of unique jewelry, handcrafted apothecary products and lovely decor, as well as gift boxes made to order.
Give the coffee enthusiast(s) in your life the gift that keeps their cups flowing with a gift from Three Ships Coffee Roasters. From bean to cup, Three Ships cuts no corners in serving the perfect cup of coffee. Gift a gift card to enjoy a cup of their coffee in one of their beautiful VB shops or choose from several whole bean bag options – as well as an assortment of branded merchandise, including coffee-inspired tees and locally made mugs.
Level up their picnic-style with a gift from The VB Picnic Co. & Longboard Charcuterie Shop, which offers an inspiring selection of luxurious linens, trendy tablescapes and gorgeous charcuterie boards to add a touch of coastal inspiration to any space or gathering. Want to give the ultimate picnic experience? Book one of the VB Picnic Co.’s dreamy pop-up picnic experiences.