From Me to You: 10 Special Gifts You Can Only Find on the River
One for you, one for me. That’s the spirit, right?! However you shop for the holidays, we’ve got something for everyone. We won’t judge if you bring a few things home for yourself!
Here in the River Realm, you’ll find art, jewelry, food, tools, and clothes you can’t find anywhere else. Every item has a story and a touch of the river spirit. Your friends and family will know you selected their gifts with a sense of love and adventure.
Here’s our list of 10 gifts to inspire you during your shopping adventures:
Oyster Gems and Jewels
Our favorite mollusk is just as gorgeous as it is tasty. Earings, necklaces and bracelets are adorned with renderings of the oyster in silver, gold, ceramic and more. Find river inspired jewelry from from Objects Art and More, Burkes Fine Jewelers, Fin & Pearl, Ross’s Rings and Things, Lowe Tide.
Fresh, Local Food
Got a foodie on your list? We’ve got you covered. Our local farms and markets have a variety of items sourced right from our lands and rivers. Pick up cans of fresh locally sourced pickles, winter vegetables, meats and seafood from Dug In Farms, Old Farm Truck, J & W Seafood, Miss Mary Seafood, Kellum Farm’s Produce and Seafood. Some also carry locally made crafts and other gift worthy finds.
Wrap your friends in the river! Purchase a quilt, pillows, and other stitched creations made by local creators here at Sewlovelee or the Village Needle Point. If you’re in the mood for DIY, they have you covered, too. You can get the supplies to make your own quilt, pillow, or wall decor.
Art Inspired by the River
Artists from around the world make their way to the River Realm. The region’s inspiring landscapes, warm charm, and creative culture make it the perfect place to inspire their paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more. To get a one-of-a-kind gift for the creative friends and family in your life, head to Allure Art Center, RAL, Urbanna Harbor Gallery, and Pat’s Gallery.
Personalized and Quirky Stationary
The holidays are such a good time to prepare for the year ahead. Help your friends stock their offices with unique desk supplies, stationary, and organizational tools. Papeterie specializes in all of these things! You can also find a great collection of stationary, books and inspirational office decor at River Birch Gifts and River Party Boutique.
Oyster plates, armoirs, letter holders, roller skates, Urbanna Oyster Festival posters — you name it you can find it at one of our local antique shops including Rivah Shack Treasures, Urbanna Flea Market and Antiques, Nimcock Gallery, Kilmarnock Antique Gallery, and Rivah Antiques and Accessories.
Fishing Pole and Supplies
Got an avid fisherman on your holiday gift list? Maybe he or she is just getting started. Either way, you can get them stocked up with all the right tools. Shop and get advice straight from the people who know best at West Marine, Nauti Nell’s, and J & W Seafood’s Fishing Store.
Locally Written Adventures
Winter is the best time to slow down and curl up with a book to enrich the imagination and the mind. The book worms on your gift list will love locally written fiction, historical accounts, travel stories, illustrated children’s books, cook books and more. Head into Nauti Nell’s, Deltaville Maritime Museum, Lancaster County Historical Society and River Birch Gifts to shop for the bibliophile in your life.
A Carved Creation
Does your pal’s home or office need a little touch of something handmade? Consider a wooden creation including stools, kitchen utensils, decor, and more. We have two stores that you’ll get lost in: If It’s Wood and Pointe Provisions.
Wrapped by the River
Get the lady in your life a jacket to keep her warm. Peacoats, cardigans, faux fur coats, and fancy fleece make a sweet gift for the holiday season she’ll put to use right away! Discover Unique jackets from places like Objects Art & More, Dandelion, Cyndy’s Bynn, Weekend’s, Pearl, Waterline and The Rivah.
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Come down to get your shopping done during one of our holiday events! Stay, play, eat and shop til you drop. Get our full holiday event guide here.
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