Virginia Cutting Board

Virginia Gift Guide for Residents and Travelers Who LOVEVA

Find the perfect present with our Virginia Gift Guide, full of unique, fun, and useful gifts for residents, visitors, and anyone who loves the Old Dominion. This Virginia Gift Guide is ideal for the holidays, but these gifts are worth giving all year long so bookmark the list for future reference.

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Virginia Gift Guide: Fun and Practical Gifts for the Home

Virginia-Shaped Cutting Boards

We saw two state-shaped cutting boards at our local Bed, Bath & Beyond. One has carved place names, which looks cool but might be hard to clean, and the other is smooth. Amazon has several boards too, including a bamboo cutting boardlighter colored cutting boardhandmade slate board, and a smaller board with spreader. The boards are ideal for serving cheese and crackers or other goodies at a party.

Virginia Cutting Board

Virginia Cutting Board at Bed, Bath, & Beyond

Glassware

Richmond fans will love a set of practical and oh so cool Vintage Richmond pint glasses from Outside Vintage. Check out this great Visit Richmond Gift Guide for more fun ideas honoring one of our favorite places for a weekend getaway.

Dish Towels

Dish towels nicely combine practicality and state love. We like the retro map feel of a Catstudio Virginia Dish Towel or the picture and wordplay of a Virginia State Towel from Made in the USA.

Catstudio Virginia Dish Towel on Amazon

Catstudio Virginia Dish Towel on Amazon

Virginia Gift Guide: Tasty Food and Drink

State Inspired Snacks

Gift a two-pack of salted peanuts from Hubs, Virginia’s oldest continuously family-owned peanut processor (or break up the pack and check two giftees off your list). Virginia Diner peanuts come in a range of flavors, from classic salted to Old Bay seasoned, with several combo packs avaiable.

Whether you live in Virginia or across the country, you have probably enjoyed a bag of Route 11 Chips. Mama Zuma’s, Sweet Potato, Chesapeake Crab—no matter which flavor you choose, you are sure to please with a gift of the salty, tasty goodness. Oder your Route 11 Chips on Amazon and plan a Shenandoah Valley road trip to visit the factory.

Route 11 Potato Chips Mt Jackson VA

Route 11 Potato Chips, Mt Jackson Virginia

Virginia ham is a holiday favorite, and you can send a tasty ham from Smithfield Farms, Virginia or choose one of their gift baskets.

Virginia Drink and Accessories

Our state is a mecca for local wine, craft beer, and spirits, and our Virginia Gift Guide has a few suggestions for your favorite craft drinker.

Visit any of the breweries on these 12 Virginia craft beer trails, and you are sure to find gift-worthy items like shirts, hats, and growlers. Fill that growler up and you have a gift that will bring a smile to the beer lover on your list.

Head to your local ABC Store to purchase Bowman Distilleries small-batch whiskey and more locally-made spirits. Better yet, take a day trip to Fredericksburg for a Bowman Distilleries tour, tasting, and to shop in the store. The Caramel Bourbon Cream makes a delicious alternative to spiked egg nog, The Sunset Hills Gin is named after the distilleries original location in Reston.

Bowman Distillery spirits Fredericksburg Virginia

Bowman Distillery spirits Fredericksburg Virginia

Every Virginia winery we have visited includes a store where you can purchase wine and fun accessories. Your gift list offers the perfect reason to visit local vineyards, sample the goods, and soak up a gorgeous winery view.

Combine history with your gift shopping when you pick up a bottle of spirits from George Washington’s Mount Vernon. In his day, George Washington was one of the largest whiskey producers in America. Today, the historic Distillery and Gristmill produces small batch spirits that are sold in the Mount Vernon gift shop.

Gift shop at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Gift shop at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Virginia Gift Guide: Outdoor and Travel Gifts

Hiking Books and State Guides

Virginia is a prime U.S. hiking destination. The state includes miles of the Appalachian Trail (the most of any state) and hundreds of excellent trails for family outings, day hikes, and biking. You’ll find lots of information on Northern Virginia hikes on Fun in Fairfax VA, and a book makes a nice gift to encourage your next adventure.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington DC hiking book

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington DC hiking book

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington DC was just updated by our friends, Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper, and it includes many of our favorite area hikes. We also recommend 50 Hikes in Northern Virginia, now in its Fourth Edition, which we first bought when we moved here 20 years ago. Here is a link to more regional and themed Virginia hiking books on Amazon.


Of course, the state is not all about hiking. Inspire a road trip or weekend getaway with a gift of Backroads & Byways of Virginia. Or peruse these other Virginia books that cover history, dining, and things to do regionally and throughout the state.

Annual Park Passes

A Virginia State Parks Annual Pass makes a nice gift for outdoor lovers who live in the state or travel here frequently. The $66 Naturally Yours Passport covers admission to all 37 state parks for 12 months (only $36 for Seniors). The pass is sold at any state park or you can order it by mail.

annual US national park pass

Annual US National Park Pass

Give the gift of our U.S. National Parks in Virginia and across the country with an America the Beautiful Pass. You can purchase annual passes online, but order by early December if you want to receive the pass by Christmas. You’ll recoup the cost in just three visits to Shenandoah National Park and you’ll be making a worthy investment in the great outdoors,  Learn more about U.S. National Park Passes.

Virginia is for Lovers and College Gear

Virginia is for Lovers Gear

No Virginia Gift Guide would be complete without some Virginia is for Lovers gear. We are, after all, the state of LOVEworks. You’ll find an extensive collection of Virginia is for Lovers gear at the official VA Store. They have some fun themed items for craft beer, beaches, mountains, wine, and more.

Virginia is for Lovers logo

Virginia is for Lovers

Several ABC stores, Virginia Welcome Centers, and local stores also offer select gear, and Amazon has a good Virginia is for Lovers collection. For example, declare your state love all day long with a Virginia is for Lovers t-shirt, available in a variety of styles for men, women, and children.

Express your hometown love with a shirt from Proud Virginia Hometown Tees. We also found a cool Richmond skyline shirt on Amazon.

Virginia College Gear

Gear from any of Virginia’s well-known universities makes a great gift for the alumni or future collegiate in your life. Here are links to shop for Virginia gear from university stores and on Amazon.

Of course, many of us live in a house divided. If you have a mix of students and alum from Virginia Tech and UVA (like we do), check out this collection of house divided gear.

We hope this Virginia Gift Guide has inspired your gift giving for the holidays, birthdays. or anytime you want to please Virginia-loving friends and family. We’re always looking for new gift ideas, so please let us know about your state-inspired finds in the comments below. Thank you and happy shopping!

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5 Responses to “Virginia Gift Guide for Residents and Travelers Who LOVEVA”

  1. Becky December 6, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    I *love* the cutting board. Definitely going on my wishlist!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA December 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

      I agree Becky!. I really like the board carved with town names and the slate board. There just might be room for one of each. Happy Holidays! 🙂

  2. Carl December 7, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    I want some more wine and will have to come up there to get some more stuff along with the cutting board. Thanks for the reminder, Julie!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA December 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      Sounds like some fun reasons to visit Virginia. We do love our local wine! Thanks for stopping by Carl.

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