If you’ve put your holiday errands on the backburner, don’t fret. Richmond is home to plenty of local shops that can help you with everything on your list. Here are some of our favorite places (and ideas) to get your holiday shopping started & finished with ease.
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1. Flowers to brighten up dreary winter days
A joyful bouquet or floral accent is always welcome in most homes, and one of the best flower varieties for gifting is orchids. They bloom indoors and add a welcome pop of color to the home this winter, and their sculptural good looks will inspire your gift recipient to post photos of your gift on social media.
Chadwick & Sons Orchids has been around since 1989, and this family-owned business knows their orchid varieties. If you’re not sure what type of orchid to purchase, simply go for a gift card.
2. A bottle of bubbly to celebrate—or a vintage to go with their fave cuisine
For all of your favorite wine connoisseurs, head to Richmond Wine Station. They have a world of wines on hand, so you can simply tell their helpful salespeople about your gift recipient’s favorite foods and let them recommend the perfect matching wine or beverage for gifting.
Wine is also a classic hostess gift; if you are heading to a holiday party and are not sure what varietal to bring, ask them to point you to a bottle with a crowd-pleasing blend of grapes.
3. A skin-smoothing treatment from a true professional
Sure, there are spa gift cards, but not all providers offer higher-end treatments with MD supervision, which is important when you want to give a friend the best (and avoid sending them someplace with questionable hygiene). If you’re looking to pamper a loved one or yourself with soft, glowing skin in the new year, we’ve got you covered with laser skin resurfacing, microneedling, and more. Contact our Richmond office today to get our recommendations, whether you’re looking for a gift for a college-age gal, your mom, or S.O. (Men love our treatments too!).
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4. Go vintage and bring on the musical memories
Looking for an original gift that celebrates years of friendship? Head to Plan 9 Music for a record or two. With vinyl representing both iconic and obscure musicians, old and modern, you’re sure to be able to dig up a classic that reminds you and your friend of past good times. If your friend doesn’t have (or want) a record player, consider framing up the album art instead.
5. If you’ll know the right gift only when you see it, check out multiple shops at once
For those who have no clue where to even begin, head to Carytown. This row of RVA gift shops has something for everyone—clothing, jewelry, hobbies, toys, and much more. Plus, it’s beautifully decorated this time of year and will get you in the holiday spirit.
6. Support your local makers and get chic gift wrapping too
For a curated sampling of the best locally-made items that are certain to delight your friends, check out Gifted RVA—they have something special for everyone on your list. You can have them build a personalized gift or choose one of their themed groupings (The Bloke and The Chic are standouts). Whatever you choose, it will come in beautiful packaging so that you don’t have to lift a finger.
What are your favorite places to shop this time of year? Let us know in the comment section.