From main street boutiques and galleries to small town antique stores and the craft beverages, produce and artisanal goods found at our wineries, breweries and farm stores, we’re spoiled for holiday gift choices in Loudoun. But sometimes we all need a little help to get the right gift.
Here’s our guide to buying the perfect present this holiday season.
Brick & Mortar on King Street, Leesburg has quirky accessories for the man in your life, not to mention the wittiest store manager around. (Hi Samantha!) The shop features everything from canvas shoulder bags, Stetson hats and faux vintage vinyl record players to ephemera such as coffee mugs and car license plates. If your man likes a drink, book him a tour and tasting at world-renowned Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in downtown Purcellville, the first distillery in Loudoun since Prohibition. As an add on, buy him the Catoctin Creek Cocktail Kit containing a bottle of spirits, bitters, mixers and instructions for the suggested cocktail of the month. Done.
Middleburg’s Washington Street is a trove of treasures for the style conscious lady in your life. Pick up glam faux fur neck warmers at Chloe’s of Middleburg, the chic women’s apparel and gift store of Wendy Osborn, a former Bergdorf Goodman buyer. On the same street, “at the intersection of Passion and Fashion,” Zest Clothing Co. is a chic yet laid back boutique carrying seasonal designs from likes of Lucy Paris and Harper Wren. Over in Leesburg, Wldwst is the lifestyle boutique and design studio of Lora Tran and Collen West. Pick up locally made, small batch apothecary products (facial creams, perfume oils,) as well as hand-poured candles, artisan jewelry, clothing and art prints. Across the street, Muz and Rose is a unique boutique supporting local and sustainable designers, brands and artists. Ladies will love the iridescent resin earrings and gold-plated studs from local designer Harper Lee Jewelry and the ethereal landscape paintings of Loudoun artist Kathryn Anderson. A final surprise? Since the holidays can be a stressful time, put a gift card for Aria Medispa in Sterling under the tree. An hour-long hot stone massage for $145 at this medically inspired wellness center will wash away tension.
For the Family
To really support local artists and artisans this festive season buy the family a subscription to the Franklin Park Arts Center Artisan Gift Box – a monthly package, available through February, that gives subscribers access to decorative art, music and artisan products made entirely by Loudoun creatives. Kids will love the music, there’s art for the walls of your home, a book by a Loudoun writer and always local food products. What better way to Take Loudoun Home?
On top of supporting local artists, be sure to support local restaurants, many of which have upped their gift card game. Family favorites Ford’s Fish Shack and Blue Ridge Grill are doing generous December gift card deals and the purchaser qualifies for discounts in January. A $40 gift card at Fire Works Pizza gets the lucky recipient $10 off a pizza, a fleece blanket for staying warm outside, two koozies, a bag of brownie mix from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and two cans of holiday ale. Something for all the family. Visit our article on supporting Loudoun restaurants here!
For the Kids
Kids with a sweet tooth might like an extra special treat this winter: Mocatinas, the Parisian-style dessert house will pack anything from cotton candy to cupcakes in decorative pink cardboard boxes that look very pretty under a tree. The Leesburg-based shop also sells a Gingerbread House Kit – ideal for keeping young ones busy during the break.
Leesburg Animal Park provides plenty of festive fun for children in December. Take them to the park’s Christmas Village, then buy a gift card to visit in the New Year and learn about camels, zebras, llamas, snakes and other exotic animals.
Talking gift cards, are any of your children budding thespians? A $120 gift card from Stagecoach Theatre Company in Ashburn can cover tickets to upcoming magic shows and murder mystery productions, private acting and singing lessons and even audition prep. Next stop Broadway!
For a Friend
Buying local products and produce is a good way to impress friends about the bounty of Loudoun. Visit one of Loudoun’s 40 vineyards- or shop their online stores- to send wine to someone this holiday. Purchase the Red Spark from Casanel Vineyards for you and your friend to do a virtual sparkling toast to the New Year.
Thera are more than 35 breweries in Loudoun, almost all of which sell cans and growlers to take home or order online. Buy a selection of seasonal ales from one of your favorites like Old Ox Brewery’s Bourbon barrel aged stout, which is a real winter warmer.
Winter is coming so buy something distinctly Loudoun to keep a friend warm. Fiber artists Rebecca Brouwer of Shepherd’s Corner Farm, Purcellville, and Susan Trask of Lovettsville, raise Gotland goats and alpacas respectively, shaping and coloring the wool into majestically beautiful fleeces, scarves and throws – what Trask calls “art you can wear”. Order from Brouwer at www.she.farm/shop and arrange a visit to Trask’s farm and studio via her website www.earthwindandfleece.com.