Gift Guide No. 01: Thoughtful & Economical

Believe it or not, we’ve almost made it to the end of 2020. That means the holidays are here… and it means we’re here to help with our annual gift guides packed full of gifts that are perfect for every person in your life and available right here in Alexandria (let’s support our small businesses!) Our first guide is the Thoughtful & Economical gifts that work well for teachers, pet sitters, babysitters, co-workers, etc. A perfect way to reach out and say hi (not via Zoom). 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: This Alexandria dish towel from Red Barn Mercantile is the perfect little something for your kitchen! (Curated by ALH Style, Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $20)

No. 02: These Power Gemstone bracelets from Gorjana always make a perfect gift. With many choices of stones and silver or gold, there is always something that will make your recipient happy! (Available at Kiskadee, $38)

No. 03: For the perfect gift, may we suggest The Mystique Blue Ribbon Box holding 11.5 to 12mm button shaped genuine cultured freshwater pearl earrings on sterling silver. (Available at Mystique in black or white, $35)

No. 04: I bought these bath bars for all of my girlfriends. They smell divine and the packaging is cute, too. The holiday scents are lovely without being too sweet. (Available at Kiskadee, $15)

No. 05: Get 30 percent off any two or more Aveda haircare and skincare products *add $1 for a holiday gift bag and card. (Available at Claude Marcel Salon)

No. 06: Christina Malle’s petite Rosette Studs are sweet gifting options. With options in 18k yellow gold or sterling silver, you can meet any price point and still give a high-quality and responsibly crafted gift to the jewelry-lover in your life. (Available at Alx&Co., $75 in sterling silver; $325 in 18k yellow gold)

No. 07: A 2021 Candle because the new year can’t get here soon enough. (Available at Boxwood, $26) 

No. 08: Vietri Plate: The red bird is a sign of remembrance that someone who loves you is thinking of you. (Available at Boxwood, $26)

No. 09: A thoughtful, very 2020 mug for someone who may be bummed they aren’t able to partake in their usual holiday festivities. Perhaps throw in a gift card or some hot chocolate mix to really sweeten the deal. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $18)

No. 10: The perfect treat for any gal on your list. The Fiery Pink Pepper 3-Piece Fragrance Gift Set also makes a wonderful item to lay out in a guest bedroom. (Available at Bellacara, $35)

No. 11: Hand painted “Old Town” totes by Tulusa have arrived and they couldn’t be cuter! Limited supply and various designs. (Available at Mint Collective, $40)

No. 12: The radical adjustments we have all made as a result of the coronavirus pandemic ensures gifting may take on an even deeper meaning. Gift cards, oft seeming impersonal, will now have sizable impact — your dollars will ensure our community stays intact and will let your recipient know that you understand and value her relationship with the small business community of Alexandria. We have physical cards for purchase as well as online options. (Available at Stomping Ground)

No. 13: Packaged in a cute little box, these Sara Happ sugar lip scrubs will keep the dead skin at bay. (Available at Bellacara, $24)

No. 14: Looking for a gift that’s not a candle or water bottle at a low price range? That’s where our Clare V. Bandanas come in. They are perfect to tie in your hair, on a bag, or around your neck. The possibilities are endless. (Available in two colors at The Hive, $55)

No. 15: Because he’s the sexiest man alive, and because everyone needs a little Dr. Fauci in their life! (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $22.50)

No. 16: These are hands down the best coloring pencils. Bright and beautiful for any budding artist or designer. (Available at Penny Post, $25)

No. 17: Customize a Mind the Mat gift certificate, for any amount, right here online. This makes a great stocking stuffer! (Available at Mind the Mat)

No. 18: Face masks are the new accessory of the year. These Lele Sadoughi ones come in a set of three and are adjustable on the ears for maximum comfort! (Available at The Hive, $40)

No. 19: McCreas caramels are so yummy! This small party box comes with an assortment of caramels that everyone will love. It makes a great teacher and hostess gift. (Available at The Shoe Hive, $30)

No. 20: Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn is a favorite of ours year-round, but the holiday packaging is particularly wonderful. Such a lovely and tasty treat! (Available at Penny Post, $24)

No. 21: The Allure belt is perfect for the holiday season and beyond. A gold belt goes with literally everything! (Available at Curated Classix by Lindsey Evans Studio, $35)


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