AlexandriaSpotlight

50 Extraordinary Gifts

From fashionable accessories to quirky home décor, children's toys to last minute grabs, shoppers find unique gifts for unique loved ones in the independent boutiques dotting Old Town's streets and the colorful storefronts lining Del Ray's Mount Vernon Avenue. With so many holiday options in Alexandria, selecting that ideal gift for friends and family, co-workers and pets, should be a treat, not a headache. To help navigate the city's shopping scene, we've assembled a guide filled with some of Alexandria's hottest gifts.

Each week, we'll roll out a new top ten! 

Week 5: Top 10 Last Minute Gifts

Growler Growler Art Classes Pendant
Gift Set
Olio Tasting Room
$18.99 and up

Olive oil & vinegar gift boxes & baskets

Refillable Growler
Union Street Public House
$25

68 oz. growler with ceramic top


Art Classes and Camp
The Art League
$45 and up

Gift cards good for art classes, camp, supplies and artwork

Heartfelt Pendant
Sacred Circle
$137.95

Rose quartz and garnets in sterling silver setting
       
Bracelet Dog Ball Popcorn Guinea Hen
Chan Luu Birthstone Bracelets
Zoe Boutique
$75

Bracelet with semi precious stones and AB Swarovski crystals
Dog Tennis Ball Set
Del Ray Variety
$15

Dachshund shaped box with three holiday colored tennis balls
Popcorn Gift Set
Popped! Republic
$24.99 and up

Gourmet popcorn in array of flavors

Painted Guinea Hen
St. George Gallery
$10 - $170

Handcrafted guinea hens by Ethiopian women; 10% benefits non-profit group Soliana
       
  Spiced Rum Natural Patches  
  Todd Thrasher's Rum Kit
Society Fair
$45

Todd Thrasher's secret spice mix plus tools for homemade rum
Natural Patches
Fountains Day Spa
$19.95

Healing body patches using essential oils and aromatherapy
 

Week 4: Top 10 Extraordinary Home Gifts

Holiday Pillow Wine Glasses Vitage Santa Glasses Brie Baker
Christmas Pillow
The Christmas Attic
$30

Festive embroidered throw pillow

Holiday Wine Glasses
Del Ray Variety
$20

Bold, graphic glasses with witty detailing

Vintage Santas Collins Glasses
The Hour Cocktail Collection
$160

Set of 8 festive glasses


Brie Baker
Torpedo Factory Art Center
$40

Handmade brie baker with wooden spoon and recipe, featured in Scope Gallery
       
Snow Flakes Bowls Throw Teaism Trays
Rorschachian Snowflakes
Torpedo Factory Art Center
3 for $25

Glass ornaments handmade from wine bottles by artist Alison Sigethy, studio 307
White Porcelain & Gold Bowl
Coco Blanca
$185

Handmade porcelain bowl with gold glazed interior

Lambswool Throw
Coco Blanca
$260

Cozy blanket for fireside relaxation

Serving Trays
Teaism Old Town
$25

Colorful trays for entertaining


       
  Apron Leather set  
  Marcy Butler Aprons
La Cuisine
$88

Apron by local designer, comes in four necklines and colors

Leather Bar Kit
Society Fair
$80

Cocktail-making kit by local mixologist Todd Thrasher

 

Week 3: Top 10 Authentic Alexandria Gifts

Gallery Lafayette Holiday Ornaments Earrings Green Potomac Bead 2
Alexandria Calendar
Gallery Lafayette
$24.95

Twelve watercolors of Old Town Alexandria by resident artist Todd Healy
Handmade Holiday Ornaments
The Art League
$10 and up

Ornaments made by painters, sculpters and other Art League members
Green Tourmaline Earrings
A Show of Hands
$65

Handmade earrings by Joseph Cozad of White Cloud Creations

Custom Jewelry
Potomac Bead Company
$25 and up

Handmade custom creations by you!

       
Poppi Rings Lunar Moonscapres Wool Gloves Red Salsa Necklace
Poppi Rings
Torpedo Factory Art Center
$68

Colorful sterling silver and glass rings made by local artists

Lunar Moonscapes
Gold Works
Prices vary

Rings, cufflinks, earrings and cuff bracelets designed by owner David Martin
Wool/Cashmere Gloves
Torpedo Factory Art Center
$38 - $45

100% wool/cashmere fingerless gloves by local artist
Red "Salsa" Bead Necklace
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
$295

Tubular peyote beadwork with handmade glass pendant designed by Joanne Bast
       
  Natural Spa Chocolate and Wine  
  Natural Spa Gift Set
Truly-Life Eco Gifts
$55.99

Bar soap, perfume, loofah, gift card & more, all grown and produced in Alexandria
Wine and Chocolate Club
Artfully Chocolate
$80

Three month membership. Subscription includes monthly wine and chocolate bars
 

Week 2: Top 10 Children's Gifts

Pony Tail Holder Mini Melissa Mouse Hat Rainbow Loom
Crystal Ball Ponytail Holder
Zoe Boutique
$25

Stylish hairware for fickle ponytails

Mini Melissa Bow Jelly Shoe
The Shoe Hive
$54

Comfy waterproof shoe with peep toe

Manny the Moose Animal Hat
The Shoe Hive
$30

Adorably warm winter headware


Rainbow Guide Loom Book
Del Ray Variety
$16.95

Kid-friendly guide to looming


       
Cell Phone Case Baby Oxford Nutcracker  Speedster
Hand Woven Cell Phone Cases
Torpedo Factory Art Center
$32 - 35

Colorful cellphone carrying cases from Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
Trumpette Baby Oxford
Appleseed
$26.50

Stylish oxford-style baby socks


The Nutcracker
Hooray For Books
$24.99

Beloved Christmas novel by E.T.A Hoffman.

Metal Speedster
Why Not?
$111

Classic ride for little speedsters


       
   Dancing Aligator Bowtie  
  Dancing Alligator
Why Not?
$21

Clicking and clacking pull toy made from real rubberwood

Rock the Casbow - Bow Ties
529 Consign
Prices Vary

Chic bow ties for little guys


 

Week 1: Top 10 Fashion & Beauty

makeup brush Pinch earrings Uggs
Haughty Cosmetics Brush Set
Zoe Boutique
$58

Powder, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, eyebrow and crease brush
Pinch Minimergency Kit
Bellacara
$15

Essentials like hairspray, earring backs and stain remover
Jude Frances Hoops & Charms
Mystique Jewelers
Prices Vary

Classic styles by Jude Frances


Ugg Baily Button in Chesnut
Montague and Son
$165

Calf-height boots with elastic-band closure

       
Flask Gloves clutch 1 Druzy
Flask
The Lucky Knot
$58

This stainless steel hip flask


Smart Phone Texting Gloves
3 Sisters
$15

Warm gloves with smart phone-friendly fingertips

Kyla Travel Clutch
The Shoe Hive
$222

Envelope zipper clutch with credit card, ID, iPhone, mirror and zipper coin case
Druzy & Pearl Earrings
Kiskadee
$150

Gorgeous bittersweet drop, druzy quartz earrings.


       
  Necklace Scarf  
  Copper Jewelry
She's Unique
Prices Vary

Necklaces, cuffs and earrings in gorgeous copper

"Celebration of Colors" Scarf
Torpedo Factory Art Center
$185

Wildly colorful, 100% silk scarf from Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery


 

Looking for more?

Check out the Holidays Made Extraordinary guide for signature events, photos with Santa, dining ideas and much more.

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