December 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

If you are looking for something truly memorable for the people on your gift list, shop at local businesses in the area for the most unique gift selections. The venues below will not only yield great gifts, but give you something new to discover in our area. This year it is more important than ever to support struggling local businesses. This holiday season, or any time of year, consider shopping local and directly support the small businesses in this area trying to survive during the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of AR Workshop, $45.00

AR Workshop
1601 Village Market Blvd SE, Ste. 116, Loudoun, Virginia 20175
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Deck the Halls, and trees, with ornament kits from AR Workshop. Bring the festivities home with a “Holi-DIY To Go Kit” Choose from a set of (6) Wood Slice Ornaments or a set of (6) Classic Wood Ornaments. Choose multiple collections to make your tree extra festive this year. Kits include all materials including stencils, wood, a PrimARy Paint Essentials Kit, brushes and instructions. Order online and pick up at the store. Locations also in Reston and Alexandria.

Scrawl Books

Photo courtesy of Scrawl Books, $125.00

Reston Town Center, 11911 Freedom Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190
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Rachel is founder and owner of Scrawl Books and former children’s librarian. Shop their special list for some great suggestions of the year’s best books across genres that they have specifically stocked up on large quantities for the holiday season. These books can be wrapped and ready for same day pick-up. You can also tell them what you are looking for and they can customize a “Holiday Bundle” which includes a tote bag, jigsaw puzzle, a word puzzle book, and a personalized selection of paperbacks from their shelves. For the health and safety of staff and customers they are only open for online order pickup or local delivery.

John Deere Animal Sounds Tractor, $24.95

Fairfax County Park Authority
Support local parks and shop safely by purchasing a unique gift at one of the parks’ gift shops. The gift shops are far less crowded than a regular store and they offer safe practices for purchasing their items. Frying Pan Park offers a VIP Holiday Shopping Experience. You can register for a private, thirty minute shopping spree by appointment. The Country Store carries gift items and locally-produced edible treats. Browse farm-inspired gifts, such as old-fashioned games, puzzles, tractors, toy farm animals, tools for young gardeners and nature lovers, educational books, and equestrian items. Order online for curbside pick-up as well.

Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road in Herndon, Virginia 20171
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DIY Scent Studio

Individual Perfume Creation: 15mL Bottle with 5mL Free. $50.00

4007 University Drive, Fairfax City, Virginia 22030
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Give the unique gift of a custom perfume. DIY Scent Studio guides you through creating your own perfumes. Your gift recipient will love the thought and originality of a custom perfume made just for them. Take a workshop where you will get access to over sixty scents and make your own blend, create your own hair or body oil with natural essential oils, or men can even blend their very own nourishing beard oil. Take advantage of their custom perfume service where they will they will create a perfume based on your preferences and you can pick up the same day. Gift certificates also available.

Great Harvest Bread Company

Photo courtesy of Great Harvest Bread Company, $46.00

44260 Ice Rink Plaza. STE 117, Ashburn, Virginia 20147
(703) 574-2461
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Each morning Great Harvest Bread freshly grinds their own premium whole wheat, and uses natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives to make all their breads. Choose their classic Honey Whole Wheat bread available daily, or choose another one of their delicious specials for the day. Freshly baked cookies, scones, muffins, tea loaves, and biscotti also available daily. Christmas Stollen, a traditional German bread full of apricots, raisins, and cranberries topped with powdered sugar and almonds, will also be available right before the Holiday. “The Great Harvest Holiday Classic Gift Box” includes two of their most popular loaves of Honey Whole Wheat, a loaf of Orange Cranberry Bread, a six pack of giant double chocolate chip cookies, package of delicious Soup Mix, and a jar of local Virginia Rocky Branch Jam.

Chesapeake Chocolates

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Chocolates, $48.00

11426 Washington Plaza West, Reston, Virginia 20190
(703) 620-0082
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Chesapeake Chocolates, Inc. was founded in 1998 by sisters interested in producing delicious, handmade chocolates. After training with chocolatiers in Massachusetts and learning the craft, they opened Chesapeake Chocolates. These delicious chocolates are handcrafted from fine ingredients in their shop on Lake Anne. They make fine chocolates every day, adding new recipes that join old favorites. Freshly made creamy truffles, salted caramels, unique barks, chocolate covered nuts, and butter crunch fill the trays along with favorites such chocolate dipped marshmallows covered in sprinkles and chocolate dipped Oreo cookies. Musical shapes, sports shapes, and nautical shapes are just some of the molded chocolates you’ll find. The “Classic Chesapeake Chocolates Basket” is filled with one pound box of assorted chocolates, an eight piece bag of butter crunch, a nine piece box of truffles and assorted chocolate shaped crabs and shells. Pick up and local delivery is available.

Canine Carousel Pet Supply and Salon

Photo courtesy of Canine Carousel, $3.99 – $5.99

43135 Broadland Center Plaza #129
Ashburn, Virginia 20148
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Canine Carousel is a local business that has been family owned providing a full-service Pet Spa Boutique, retail pet supplies, healthy treats and pet food products that are all natural and holistic with proper nutrition for your pet’s health and wellbeing. They are staffed by professional pet stylists and offer the service your pet deserves in a spa like setting. Show your pup some love with seasonal treats, as well as special birthday treats, from their pet bakery. Canine Carousel offers online ordering, call ahead local delivery, and curbside service.

Stone Tower Winery

Photo courtesy of Stone Tower Winery, $150.00

19925 Hogback Mountain Rd. Leesburg, Virginia 20175
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Three generations of the Huber family have considered Hogback Mountain their home, celebrating some of their most cherished memories on the property. With its rolling hillsides, the two hundred acre estate atop Hogback Mountain is uniquely situated to produce world class fruit for winemaking. The Huber family shares their stunning views and property at their Tower View Tasting Room, making it a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Order their “Signature Bundle” including some of their newest releases of Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let Stone Tower customize the perfect gift set for you.