Trendy Christmas gift ideas

kameish johnson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas season is merrily on its way along with the infamous holiday rush. You either find the thought overwhelming or it gets you insanely excited. Either way, I’ve totally got you covered with a head start. Here are a few trendy Christmas gift ideas from some of our local businesses that you’ll want to put on that list for a coworker, friend, or loved one!

Windblown Apothecary

Windblown Apothecary was a pleasant discovery for me. It’s only been open for a couple of months now and you’ll be dying to get your hands on the products once you walk in. Between the Garden in a Bags and the fresh flower display, I felt as one with nature and happiness. I particularly love their Birchrose  & Co. Skin Care line with coffee scented body scrubs, cleansing oil, an aura mist and other products priced anywhere between $18-$24. It’s great for anyone who loves to pamper themselves or who prefers pure and natural skin care. Besides, who would say no to a glow serum?

Ideal for: mom, aunt, beauty-obsessed bff, the trendy grandma


Givens Books and Little Dickens

Givens Books and Little Dickens is a fun place to find books or any trendy item your child might be asking for this year. Some of the anticipated top sellers this year are the Ozobot Bit Starter Pack for ages 6 & up at $49.99 and the Cubetto Coding Robot for ages 3 & up at $225. Codename Games are also a fantastic option pricing between $19.99 and $24.99. You can also create wish lists on the Givens website to share! This is bound to make things a lot easier, especially for families with multiple children.

Ideal for: tech-savvy child, family, adults, game lovers, the reader

 

Have you heard of the plush toy craze? Given Books and Little Dickens also has the Jellycat. Yes, Princess Charlotte has pioneered the way with these adorable little toys and now every child wants one. Who are we kidding here? I want one too! Take your pick of practically any animal from chickens, to bunnies, to a ridiculously cute octopus. The prices vary on the Jellycats from around $13.99 & up. Douglas Cuddle Toys also has a huggable plush toy collection including this sloth for $49.99 and the lama for $29.99 Plush toys are a definite must for your child this Christmas. They are bound to be cleared off the shelf in no time!

Ideal for: infant, toddler, child, the kid-at-heart


Shay’s

Shay’s is a gift-shopping favorite year-round but is especially known around this time of year for its personalized ornaments priced at $10, $15, & $20. The great thing about giving ornaments as a gift is that they can be a memorable keepsake each year and everyone loves receiving a gift that says something about them! So go ahead and express your fondness of someone with a fun ornament featuring their favorite sports team, alma mater, or your wedding anniversary.

Ideal for: hobbyist, fiancé, college student, parents, teacher, baby, spouse

 
 
 

Shay's also has this nifty travel skirt made in India out of recycled material is actually an all-in-one piece. It includes 2 skirts, 2 belts, and a bag that can be worn 2 ways for $95 and comes in assorted colors and styles.

Ideal for: world traveler, fashionista, the practical dresser, the sassy lady

 
 
 

How about adding a pair of these Agave Sky boots to the mix? If you know someone who always has trouble finding the right boots to fit their calves then Shay's is the perfect place to get them. They also come in a tall slim style for a more elongated look and the price ranges from $325-$425. Of course, if you shop here, you’ll get to meet Shay, who can help you come up with some creative ideas for a gift.

Ideal for: fashionista, the practical dresser, the sassy lady


Favored Flavors

 
 

Flavored Flavors is a gourmet tasting shop where you can try the products to choose what works best for you and your culinary desires. They also have some unique, pre-arranged gift options in store. I adore the Good Karma Tea Teasers or the Sugar Samplers for $19.99. They also offer gift sets that include a delicious Altus Chocolate bar, Good Karma Tea, and an oil and vinegar set for $20, or another one with Good Karma Tea, ginger sugar, and a tea strainer priced at $27.95.

Ideal for: food connoisseur, tea aficionado, chef, healthy eater, co-worker


SkyBoss Drones

 
 
 
 

SkyBoss Drones has just the thing that special man in your life will enjoy this year! Run by local business owner Rey Gonzalez, you’ll find different drone or accessory options available on the SkyBoss website. The Parrot Mambo Minidrone FPV Kit is a fantastic gift choice for someone new to the drone world. It’s priced at only $179.99 and comes with some pretty neat accessories. Personally, I want the Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone for myself. I can just see my Instagram photos now! But if you’re not sure what to choose, you can send an email or call the business and speak to someone who has drone-flying experience! The great thing about this is that financing is an available option and shipping is also free.

Ideal for: dad, aerial photographer/ videographer, the techy friend, the gadget geek, gamers, the hip grandpa, girl who likes selfies


Basket Case

Basket Case is going to be a God-send for a lot of us during the holiday season who can never figure out what someone would enjoy. Patsy, the owner, designs each basket based on what the customer tells her about recipients’ personality, style, what they do, etc. Or you can certainly make requests for what you’d like to be included in your basket. The Christmas gift baskets range from $50-$55 and they can be shipped, delivered, or picked up. All orders will need to be placed at least a week in advance for the holiday season.

Ideal for: your real estate agent, doctor, business owner, pastor, mailman, boss


The Conscious Mercantile

 
 

The Conscious Mercantile has quite a few options if you’re looking for locally made toys, jewelry, pottery, or creative knick knacks that you might want to give to that someone in your life with a sense of humor. It’s also a great option for finding neat gifts for men. I especially love these items from First Hand Supply, including the solid cologne for $14, lip balm for $3, mustache wax for $5, and beard oil for $14. Complete the gift with this Free Range & Feral bag for $36.00, wallet for $46, cardholder for $38, and Izola Money Clip for $20.00. Talk about a man with style! Hello handsome!

Ideal for: the well-groomed gentleman, hipster with a mustache, man on the go, any man who wants to smell good


Scene 3 Designs

Scene 3 Designs is a fun shop of quality items made from broken skateboards that you’ll want to check out for yourself. The entire concept is fascinating! The must have Christmas items are these handmade ornaments priced at $12. There will also be some Virginia state ornaments available as well and they’re usually quite popular for the holiday season. Other favorites of mine include the tea light holder for $12 and air planter for $25.

Ideal for: the artisan, the active teenager, ornament collectors

 
 
 

Scene 3 Designs also has gifts for the adventurer in your life. A new backpack for $55, hat for $39, and hammock ranging from $32-$69. Jeff, the owner, is quite helpful and I’m sure he’ll have a lot more suggestions for you. Oh, and there’s a chance your day will be made by Rocket once you walk through the door!

Ideal for: outdoorsy adventurer, athlete


Altus Chocolate

 
 

Altus Chocolate will have you drooling over their delectable assortment this season! Their Salted Caramel Sauce priced at $12.50 is a holiday gift favorite and so is the Holiday Truffle Collection for $24. The truffle assortment includes eggnog, cinnamon apple, gingerbread, and yuletide mint. There’s also a Salted Caramel gift box option for $24. If you know someone who enjoys sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day, consider getting him or her a gift card because this place gives off all the cozy winter vibes.

Ideal for: chocolate aficionado, friend, co-worker, teacher, mailman, nurse, dentist


Woven Devotion

 
 

Woven Devotion is the place where you’ll find modest fashion and the opportunity to support a good cause. These necklaces for $12.99 and bracelets for $6.99 support Voices of Consent, an organization that provides support boxes for girls coming out of abusive relationships. The scarf is $13, comes in various styles, and was made by human trafficking victims in Thailand.

Ideal for: fashionista, the philanthropist

 

If you’re looking to surprise someone with an entire outfit this Christmas, then you might consider this off-the-shoulder taupe top for $55, denim with ankle zipper for $74, blanket scarf for $26, studded bag for $45, wine booties for $39, or blush pink flats for $39. And why not throw in this makeup bag for $12 and the Molly Sunglasses for $14! If you’re more interested in sticking to accessory gifts then I’d recommend pairing these nude heels for $49 with the black studded bag at $45. Tough decisions? You may simply opt for a gift card that will suit the trendsetter in your life much better. The staff at Woven Devotion is incredibly helpful and they’ll certainly be willing to give you a few more suggestions in person.

Ideal for: the modest-minded, the girly-girl, fashionista, trend watcher


The Farm Basket

The Farm Basket likely has an option for anyone you can think of from jams, spices, and plants to clothing. If you know someone who enjoys Lynchburg and its very essence, or just enjoys decorating with candles, then you’lll want to get them one of these Lynchburg scented candles. The collection ranges in price from $18.75 - $31.00 and features scents including Old City Cemetery, Batteau, Blackwater Creek, The Awareness Garden, Forest, Bluff Walk, Seven Hills, and of course Lynchburg. I especially love this 2018 Planner Set with items from $9.99 - $36.00 that are perfect for the person who likes things to be organized and well-planned.

Ideal for: the chef, the interior decorator, the homemaker, the organized lady, the out-of-town mom who misses you

 
 
 

There are so many more local places to shop with great gift options and I obviously couldn’t cover them all. But the holiday season is a great excuse to go out, support our local businesses, and spread the holiday cheer. Shopping locally is the gift that keeps on giving! So make that list, check it twice, and get a head start on your trendy gifts! Let’s spend less time this year running grandma over with our reindeer (aka minivans) and more time rocking around that Christmas tree with loved ones. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas, Lynchburg!

About the Author:

Kameish is a Lynchburg based writer, event speaker, and stylist who is passionate about mentorship in all spheres of life. Her blog features content on Christian living, fashion trends, and frugal living. She enjoys the arts, giving makeovers, organizing things, and a good dessert! Learn more at kameishj.com and connect with her on Instagram @kameishj and Facebook @kameishj.

 

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