Shop Local and Find Unique Gifts this Holiday Season

November 24, 2021
Stories, Arts & Culture

Looking for a gift for someone special this holiday season? Shop at locally owned businesses to find unique items with meaning! Small businesses are the backbones of their communities. They provide employment, give towns their individual character and charm, and keep money within the community to support local services and other endeavors. Read on to discover how to support Waynesboro small businesses and snag some really great gifts!


Shenandoah Valley Art Center Winter Market

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center Winter Market, an annual opportunity for artists to sell their work, will run now through January 15th, with extended hours on Thursdays. The market showcases handmade artisan works from local and regional artists, including jewelry, original paintings and drawings, cards, pottery, wood, glass, textile art, and more. Buying unique gifts for those you love will support local artists this holiday season. Its hours are: Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Thursdays until 7 p.m.).




Get your Gifting on at these local shops!


The Faded Poppy Mercantile offers unique, small-batch gifts and home goods, plus a whole fresh flower bar. Check out their collection of clothing, soy candles, quirky gifts, greeting cards, home decor, and more.



You’ll want to make time to visit the P. Buckley Moss Galleries, Ltd. to admire a large collection of work of this local artist who has been painting in her distinctive “Valley-style” for 50 years. You can also see and purchase her work online.


Initial Inspiration is the place to go for personalized gifts, decor, and more. The shop sells trending apparel, jewelry, and bags that can all be personalized with in-house embroidery to identify the owner or commemorate a special event, along with decorative home goods perfect for any occasion. You can even bring items that you already own to have them personalized.


Pyramid sells an eclectic assortment of loose spices and herbal teas, raw honey, candles, a wide variety of handmade wears from local artisans and craftspeople, and much more. The downtown storefront is open 6 days a week and you can also buy much of their merchandise online.



Shenandoah Hemp Supply supports area farmers by selling locally grown hemp and CBD oil products. Not only can customers visit the shop on Wayne Avenue, they can also shop the online store that carries wares for both people and pets.


You can’t go wrong with edible (or drinkable!) gifts. Check out Bubba’s Sweet Nectar, which has been selling local, organic, pure clover and wildflower honey since 2014, or head to Simply Cheddar’s website to pick out an award-winning cheeseball for the perfect hostess gift. Mister Jamison's has a fabulous selection of wines and craft beers from around the world to take to your next dinner party or gift to the craft beverage lover in your life. Waynesboro's own Lightwell Survey also has all of their current wines for sale (plus some merch) on their website - free shipping when you purchase 6+ bottles!



Gift an Experience

Head to South River Fly Shop to shop for fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts on your list. A guided fly fishing experience is definitely a gift your loved one will remember. You’ll also find hammocks, clothing, high-end rods and reels, and more. 



From one of the newest members of downtown Waynesboro, give the gift of stress release with a trip to Havoc House this holiday season. From the rage room to axe-throwing, there's something here for anyone who's been a little tense the past year and a half. 



The spa at Wild & Free is ready to pamper with their skin treatements, lash enhancements, massages, and more! They also have tons of skincare products in the shop, and not everything is for women - they have kids' and men's lines too!


Historically, Small Business Saturday, part of a nationwide Shop Small movement, has been held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to bring their holiday shopping business to local establishments. But we encourage you to #ShopSmall all season long!

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