Our Experts Picks the Gifts They’re Giving (and Hope To Get)

Some of my best customers are my team members. They are the people to whom I turn when I’m deciding on what to buy for the store. Because their taste is impeccable, and their style is timeless, I figured they would be the best people to ask for gift-giving suggestions this holiday season. Below you will find a selection of our team’s favorite gifts, some of which are on their personal list and some of which they will be giving to their loved ones. This is the first in a two-part series so look for more wonderful ideas next week!

Karen: This limited edition Blackwing 33 1/3 was designed as a tribute to vinyl records. The gloss black foil banding near the grip was inspired by the grooves on a record, which makes this a special gift for an artist, musician, doodler, or anyone who appreciates a good pencil. (Available at Penny Post, $30)

Jenn: This Rifle Paper Co. enamel pin is a sweet way to dress up your favorite jacket, backpack, or tee. (Available at Penny Post, $10)

Kathy: Callie’s Cheese Crisps are nearly impossible to keep in stock. You will be a very popular houseguest if you bring this with a bottle of wine. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $12.50)

Amy R: The Wobbel playfully and efficiently supports physical awareness and balance. Children are especially apt at finding new, creative ways to play. It can be a slide, a tunnel, a ramp, a step stool, a puppet stage, or whatever else their imagination allows it to become. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $184-$198)

Blair: Winter is for cuddling! Measuring in at a huge 58-inches long, this sweet soft, tiger will bring joy to just about everyone. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $169)

Lanette: This gorgeous organic throw is a sure way to keep anyone on your list extra cozy this winter. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $145)

Ashley: The Classic Machined Pen is sophisticated, compact, and dependable. Plus, each pen comes with a Schon DSGN notebook. (Available at Penny Post, $100)


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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.


1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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