No matter where you live in Southwest Virginia, there’s no shortage of local shops offering unique gifts this holiday season. If you’re heading to downtown Roanoke in the coming weeks to check out Dickens of a Christmas or any of the other festivities, pop into small businesses and see what they have to offer.
Here’s a guide to some of the shops’ top sellers and special products available for the holidays:
The Candy Store, 904-5580
This new store’s oversized novelty candies are a hot item for the holidays, and range from $20 to $30. The selection includes 1.5 pounds of Fun Dip, 2 pounds of Jolly Ranchers and 1-pound Reese’s Cups, York Peppermint Patties and Snickers bars.
Two popular items this year are keeping fashionable men a little more casual. The Peter Millar herringbone cotton fleece comes in multiple colors for $165, while the store’s popular canvas baseball cap (also in multiple colors) featuring the Virginia seal costs only $27.50.
Fret Mill Music Company, 982-6686
Ibanez has two special packages available at Fret Mill for the music lovers. Choose from a ukulele or guitar package, both of which come with the instrument, a gig bag and a tuner. The ukulele package is only $99 and the guitar package is $129.
The Gift Niche, 345-9900
The Gift Niche is the perfect spot if you’re looking for Roanoke-centric items. The 31-year-old store has exclusive “Star City of the South” Tervis Tumblers in three sizes that display the Mill Mountain Star. Tumblers range from $20 to $23.50.
Fans of the show “Shark Tank” on ABC might recognize a product available at both area chocolatepaper stores: Freakers. This line of insulators can stretch to fit everything from cans to wine bottles. There are several different designs, all made in the U.S., at both locations. Prices start at $11.99.
Outdoorsmen looking to pick up a new hobby might be interested in the new beginner rod, reel and line set from Encounter for $159. Give it as a gift now and your special someone can take advantage of the free fly fishing classes Orvis offers in the spring.
Ladles & Linens, 769-8181
Ladles & Linens has been racing to keep Charles Viancin lids in stock this season. The flexible silicone lids come in different shapes, sizes and patterns, and can fit pieces as small as coffee cups and as large as a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. Safe for the oven, microwave and dishwasher. $9.95 to $19.99.
Blue Ribbon Boutique, 345-3553
The hand-thrown pottery Handwarmer mugs from Clay in Motion are perfect for sipping hot beverages. These mugs are available for $19.50 in various colors and are made in the United States. Have a lefty loved one? Mugs are available in left-handed styles, as well.
Walkabout Outfitter, 777-2727
If high-tech outdoor gear is on your shopping list, the new Petzl Tikka R+ headlamp will surely get your attention. This lamp has reactive lighting, so it’s bright when you’re looking at things in the distance and automatically dims when you focus on something up close. The lamp is 170 lumens and comes in red and blue. $79.95.
310 Rosemont, 345-5326
Whether they’re preparing for New Year’s or have a Christmas party to attend, ladies might consider buying a festive new outfit. 310 Rosemont has a selection of French Connection party dresses with sequins, lace and tulle that start at $150.
La De Da, 345-6131
La De Da is has a wide selection of Love Heals Jewelry featuring different varieties of precious stones and gems, as well as Old Gringo cowboy boots in various styles. Bracelets start about $80, necklaces about $150, and the handmade boots come in at $500.
Milan Tobacconists, 344-5191
Limited-edition holiday cigar samplers are now available from Padrone and Arturo Fuente. Packages come in a variety of sizes, but each includes a few rare cigars released in small quantities. The manufacturers have a package for every price range, from about $30 to $120.
Ripple Roanoke, 492-9878
This shop features merchandise from over 90 local artists, but one popular line is jewelry by Ariel Oliver. Oliver, of Lynchburg, makes necklaces, key chains and bracelets out of antique Roanoke trolley tokens. Prices range from $15 to $40.
Shades of Color, 344-1732
Looking for an Earth-friendly alternative to average gift wrap? The folks at Shades of Color have made a line of gift bags and wine bags from recycled upholstery fabric. Wine bags are $8 and all others are only $5.
polished by claire v., 904-6868
Loofah Soap is a great stocking stuffer or at-home pampering product. The glycerin soap is combined with a natural loofah to create a product that cleanses and exfoliates. Even better — it’s a bargain at only $7.
Beads Indeed, 344-9586
This shop is known for its extensive collection of beads, but you can also purchase handmade earrings and pendants. Earrings come in a variety of styles and start at $6, while the pendants, which feature stones, pearls and African trade beads, start at $8.
Christy’s Apparel & Accessories, 342-2280
Christy’s offers a variety of dress and casual pieces, but the Lisa International faux fur vest, with a detachable fur collar, is available in several different colors for $64. It’s sure to keep you cozy.
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