Shop Local and Find Unique Gifts this Holiday Season

November 17, 2022
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 November 12th-January 14th. 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. Shop Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Get your Gifting on at these local shops!

 Luke's Hobbies is a local family owned small business dedicated to serving the hobby and enthusiest needs in the area. They carry all major brands of RC vehicles as well as scale model kits, slot cars, hobby supplies, rockets, pine car derby, paint and accessories. They also host scale 1/4 mile RC deag racing with full trackmate timing system! Check their Facebook page to plan your visit and catch a race! 


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 Gallery 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 City Foxes is a Wine Bar and Market in downtown Waynesboro focused on Virginia wines, foods and products.  They also have a calendar packed full of events like pairings, book club, meet the maker, and more - purchase tickets to an event for that wine lover in your life or a wine club membership for a gift that keeps on giving!


Find vintage, pre-loved, and new toys, collectibles and other awesome, nostalgic items right in the heart of downtown Waynesboro at The Tubular Toy Box!  You're sure to find something for the special kid on your list, or just the kid at heart. 


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. Delly Up has a fabulous selection of craft beers 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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