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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
Express your love of Virginia at every meal or party with a cool state-shaped cutting board. We love the look of the cutting board carved with Virginia place names in the pic below, but it might be hard to clean. Amazon has several other Virginia cutting boards, including a smooth bamboo cutting board, lighter colored cutting board, handmade slate board, and a smaller cheese serving tray with spreader. The Virginia shaped cutting boards are ideal for serving cheese and crackers or other goodies at a party.
Richmond fans will love a set of practical and oh so cool Vintage Richmond pint glasses from Outside Vintage. Check out this 2017 Visit Richmond Gift Guide for more fun ideas honoring one of our favorite places for a weekend getaway.
READ MORE: Fun Things to Do in Richmond VA
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 available.
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.
READ More: 10 Fun Things to Do in Shenandoah County
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.
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 distilled 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.
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 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. The book was our first introduction to local hikes when we moved to Virginia over 20 years ago. Here is a link to more regional and themed Virginia hiking books on Amazon.
Of course, the state is not only for 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.
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,
READ MORE: Guide to Buying a U.S. National Park Pass.
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.
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.
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.
- James Madison University: JMU sports shop | JMU on Amazon
- University of Virginia: UVA Cavalier team shop | UVA on Amazon
- Virginia Tech: VT bookstore | VT on Amazon
- William & Mary: W&M bookstore | W&M 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, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 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!