Gift Guide No. 01: Thoughtful & Economical

The holidays came up quick this year and we’re here to help with our gift guides packed full of gifts that are perfect for every person in your life and available right here in Alexandria (we’re kind of like Santa’s elves!) Our first guide is the Thoughtful & Economical gifts that work well for teachers, pet sitters, babysitters, co-workers, etc. Over the next days and weeks we’ll share more guides to help you through the holidays including: For Her, For Him, Splurge, and Last Minute gifts. Happy Holidays!


No. 01: The Kitsch Satin Sleep Set has a satin pillowcase, eye mask, and scrunchie for the perfect night’s rest. Available in blush, silver, and leopard print, these make a great gift for anyone who could use a few more zzz’s. (Available at Bellacara, $40)

No. 02: This mug that reads “Let’s Get Cozy” is perfect for any coffee or tea drinker in your life. (Available online at Laura Hooper Calligraphy, $15)

No. 03: What a lovely way to say “Bee Merry” with our favorite classic bee ornament in Christmas ruby red and tartan ribbon from global style setter Joanna Buchanan. (Available at Boxwood, $36)

No. 04: Need a little sparkle and shine to add to your holiday party look? We have you covered with fabulous hair clips from Mulberry & Grand (Available at Mint Condition, $8)

No. 05: For that person who is always traveling or going from event to event, the Laundress products are great to bring on the go! (Available at The Hive, Static Solution by The Laundress, $16)

No. 06: Pearl studs are an elegant, beautiful gift to give and our cultured freshwater variety would complement any aesthetic (especially since we offer them in white, blush, or black styles). We also have the sweetest little star studs to brighten up anyone’s day. Created in 14k gold and available in rose, white, or yellow styles. (Available at Alx&Co., Pearls, $80; Stars, $160) 

No. 07: This beautiful Becca Pop Goes the Glow Face and Eye Palette is all she’ll need to add a bit of holiday glow to her cheeks and eyes this season. (Available at Bellacara, $28)

No. 08: Printed on cream laid Italian paper stock, this Curiosities Calendar is full of colorful and curious prints from the natural world including specimens of insects, botany, anatomy, and sea life plates. A beautiful addition to any home, classroom, or office space. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $21.95)

No. 09: These sweet necklaces by Kitsch come ready to be gifted. Selection varies. (Available at Kiskadee, $25-$40)

No. 10: Sweat & Reset New Year’s Day Yoga Workshop at Mind the Mat, sign yourself and your partner or buddy up–two gifts in one! (Available online at Mind the Mat, $35 each) 

No. 11: Locally made and impeccable quality, the Appointed notebook is the best everyday notebook! All my coworkers are converts. And we’re offering a free monogram December 6 – 18! (Available at Penny Post, $25)

No. 12: Come check out our new retail section at Mint Condition! A candle from Farm Kitchen Candle Co. makes a great hostess gift. (Available at Mint Condition, $24)

No. 13: Five of Adrien’s favorite wellness hacks in one tiny, yet powerful, Alexandria Wellness goodie bag! The gift bag includes: Magnesium Epsom salts for the most relaxing bath ever, Adrien’s favorite lavender essential oil for the best sleep ever, tiny yet yummy orange flavored omega-3 packets to start your day off right, a mini band (the essential for any gym bag) to take your squats and push-ups to a new level, and caffeine-free teas by a locally owned tea store (because all Alexandria Wellness clients know to be mindful of caffeine!). One is a special blend to prevent colds and the other is quite possibly the best tea you’ll ever drink. (Available at Alexandria Wellness, $99)

No. 14: Personalize and commemorate any of your 2019 life events with a hand-lettered custom ornament. (Available online at Laura Hooper Calligraphy, $18)

No.15: Travel without compromising style and function. This Preto Nomad Round Travel Case is a year-round travel staple. (Available at The Shoe Hive, $60)

No. 16: S’well eats is the new way to pack a lunch in style. Simply prep, nest, go —and eat! (Available at The Shoe Hive, Calacatta Gold Eats by Swell, $40)

No. 17: A forever favorite, each Alexandria Virginia Tote is fair trade and made in Bangladesh with a waterproof liner and natural vegetable tanned leather straps. A sweet, stylish, and incredibly useful gift. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $68)

No. 18: I give Pinch Provisions Emergency Kits to my friends every year. I keep one in my car at all times and have been so thankful it’s there! (Available at Kiskadee, $25)

No. 19: Made in North Carolina out of all-natural beeswax, these stunning candle sticks in maple and hickory designs add a vibrant hue and organic feel to anyone’s home. (Available at Boxwood, $35-$38 per pair)

No. 20: This laser-etched serving board makes for a great hostess gift. (Available online at Laura Hooper Calligraphy, $42)

No. 21: Delicious popcorn in pretty packages. What more could you possibly ask for? Poppy’s Handcrafted Popcorn comes in so many tasty and inventive flavors, and they’re all wonderful! (Available at Penny Post, $10-$20)

No. 22: These hand poured soy Voyage et Cie Candles are organic and sustainable with 100% non-toxic cotton wicks. Poured in the USA! (Available at TSALT, $56)


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