Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dear Santa, Please shop downtown for me this year...

Hello Friends,

Maybe it was the weather that tricked us all into waiting this long to finish our Christmas and Holiday shopping...but to hopefully make things a little easier on you, below are several ideas for downtown gift-ables from our fantastic neighbors for anyone on your list (or to suggest to your own Santa Claus) for around $25 or under!!  Many of us are open additional hours, and every shop offers some form of gift card or certificate too!  *If any other retailers downtown would like to add a suggestion, please email me and I will include them!


L: Variety of art kits at Larkin
Top R: Luci solar lanterns at Walkabout Outfitters
Bottom R: Gourmet dog treats at Blue Ridge Dog
Rocktown Gift Shop:
Located inside the Hardest Higgins House, this shop features many Virginia-made items,
Their Picks:
- Harrisonburg tees, mugs, and more
- Gift certificates for Downtown Harrisonburg retailers and restaurants

Green Hummingbird:
This fair-trade clothing shop is located on Main Street across from the City building and features clothing and accessories that give back to the original makers and artists.
Their Picks:
- Cozy alpaca scarves, hats, and mittens
- Jewelry and hair accessories
L: Fused Glass jewelry from You Made It
R: Winter wear from Green Hummingbird
Ten Thousand Villages:
This fair-trade retailer carries unique home decor, accessories, and now even Mata Trader dresses!
Their Picks:
- Ornaments are perfect stocking stuffers
- Chocolates, coffee, and dessert mixes are thoughtful presents for co-workers or neighbors

You Made It:
This paint-your-own pottery and fused glass studio offers gift certificates in any amount!
Our favorite idea from David is to purchase an unpainted piece of pottery and wrap it -- the recipient can then come in and enjoy painting their item for no additional charge!
Their Picks:
- Gift certificates in any amount
- Fused glass jewelry pendant necklaces, $20

Blue Ridge Dog:
The perfect place to find a gift for your best furry friend (or dog-loving friend!) --- find a variety of toys, treats, gear, and more!
Their Picks:
- Holiday toys and boxed gourmet treats
- All-natural chews
- Collars + collar accessories

Downtown Books:
A downtown staple, the owner Bob will help you find the perfect book for even the most choosy reader in your life!  They also carry cards, CDs, movies, and offer gift certificates!

Yellow Button:
Find them in the Ice House across from Hugh Kohl.  A curated collection of women's apparel, accessories, shoes, and more!  (They now carry gorgeous bedding, too!)
Their Picks:
- Candles make a wonderful hostess gift!  Find upcycled wine candles in scents like Merlot and Cabernet, $25 and +
- Chunky and cozy gloves, scarves, hats, and Free People socks -- prices vary
L: Copper bangles from Laughing Dog
R: REWINED candles available at The Yellow Button
Sparrows Flowers:
Our Picks:
- Give a beautiful paper flower bouquet, gift certificate for an arrangement, or treat someone to a centerpiece for the holiday!
- Terrarium kits, live plants, and more
L: Under $10 items (from Sparrows Flowers + The Lady Jane)
R: Under $20 items!
The Lady Jane
Our Picks:
- Beautifully designed Italian art prints, $5.95
- Journals from Rifle Paper Co, $15-$18
- Art prints from Morgan Fink, Moon River Print Company, + Paper Nest Studio, locally-made jewelry and knit accessories, + more from over a dozen local creatives and makers.

This art gallery offers so many beautiful, local pieces that it's impossible to choose just one or two to list!
Their Picks:
- Prints, photographs, pottery, wooden items, jewelry, oil lamps, ornaments, + gift certificates available!

Laughing Dog:
-This custom print shop also rotates beautiful + local jewelry and accessories!
Their Picks:
-Silver jewelry, inspiration magnets and quotes, adjustable copper bracelets
Wonder Records + Skate Shop:
With a wide-array of records, you're certain to find the perfect album for any music-collector and record-owner on your list.
Their Picks:
- Skate gear, hats, and sunglasses, many of which start under $25
- Assorted records

Larkin Arts:
This multi-use space features a beautiful gallery, several artist studios, and a retail space with art supplies, locally-made pottery and jewelry, and DIY kits!
Their Picks:
- Calligraphy kit with pens and instructions, $19
- Block-printing and Stamp-making kits, $26

Walkabout Outfitters:
Located on Main Street across from Indian American, this retail shop is perfect for anyone who appreciates the outdoors.
Their Picks:
- LUCI Solar Lantern, $14.99
- Multiple brands of hiking/camping socks, $15
- Assorted Outdoor Stickers for your bumper, water bottle, laptop, etc! under $10

Located down Main Street beside The Golden Pony!  Shop the latest trends in jewelry and clothing.
Their Picks:
- Fleece-lined leggings, $14
- All flats $12

(These shops were either closed or unavailable via phone but be sure to check them out too!)

Trendy Glass + Beads
Hand-crafted jewelry, beads and supplies, and stained-glass ornaments would make a thoughtful and unique gift for anyone on your list!

Shop Whatever Vintage:
Retro clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift certificates!! Located with the White Unicorn Hair Salon above The Golden Pony.

Shabby Love:
Inside the Carriage House across from Bella Luna, they sell reclaimed furnishings, home accessories, + jewelry.

Glen's Fair Price:
Unique gifts, cameras, and more.

Specialty Shops:
Shenandoah Bicycle Company, Midtowne Market + Bottle Shop, Downtown Wine + Gourmet, Rocktown Bicycles, Hugo Kohl, Elk Run Mining Company, Blue Ridge Florist, James McHone Jewelry, Shenandoah Joe, Black Sheep Coffee, + Ice House Studios

You can always purchase a downtown gift certificate from the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance office OR in the Rocktown Gift Shop!

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