Giving is the best part of the holiday season! Although receiving presents is part of the fun, the true joy of the holiday season is giving gifts to your friends, family, or charities. Even though giving is the reason for the season, it can sometimes be difficult to pick out the perfect gift. In order to help you shop with ease, we’ve created a list of the best places to find unique gifts in Charlottesville! These boutiques are local to the area, so you are supporting your community with each purchase. Skip the big box retailers this year and shop local.
The Virginia Shop
If you’re looking for a unique gift unlike all the cookie-cutter presents out there, then you should check out The Virginia Shop. Located in the Barracks Road shopping center, the store offers a variety of souvenirs, candies, and wine. There’s even an option to have everything packaged in a Virginia Shop Basket. Virginia peanuts are practically their own food group, with the store offering flavors ranging from BBQ to Lemon Crab. In addition to other salty treats, the store stocks sweets from Gearharts Fine Chocolates, a local chocolate shop. For foodies and wine-lovers alike, you can’t go wrong with a gift from The Virginia Shop.
Rock Paper Scissors
For stationary aficionados and the crafty people in your life, Rock Paper Scissors on the Downtown Mall is an adorable custom invitation boutique that also sells gift items. The store carries popular brands such as Kate Spade and Rifle Paper Co. Handcrafted cards and stationary class up any gift and will add the perfect finishing touch. The quaint paper store was featured in several publications including the Knot, Southern Living, and Martha Stewart Living. Frequented by both locals and visitors, Rock Paper Scissors is a great place to find a unique gift in Charlottesville.
The Barn Swallow Artisan Gallery
Drive outside of the city just a few miles, and you’ll find this antiquated yet charming barn with “The Barn Swallow” displayed in white lettering on the outside. All items in the store are hand-picked by owners Janice Arone and Mary Ann Burk. Many of the products for sale in the shop are beautiful handcrafted pieces from local artists. Glazed pottery, silver jewelry, and other home decor items fill the circa 1800’s barn. Help support the local artisan community and find a unique gift at the Barn Swallow Artisan Gallery in Charlottesville.
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