Virginia Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Picks

pineapple wreath

The Thanksgiving leftovers are going, going, gone, and it is officially December. You know what that means: time to finish (or start) your holiday shopping. The tough part is figuring out the perfect gift for each of your friends and family. Well, if you have a Virginian or two in your life, then this is the post for you. Check out our Virginia holiday gift guide for some great ideas for what to put under the tree this year. And don’t forget the holiday pineapple!

College Merchandise

Virginians take their school pride seriously, whether they’re a Hokie or a Wahoo, you can bet that a reminder of their alma mater will be a winning gift idea.

New UVA parents might appreciate this adorable bib.

Virginia holiday gift guide

Or this Virginia Tech stocking might be just what Santa is looking for this Christmas.

VT stocking

Recent JMU graduates will treasure this gorgeous diploma frame.

JMU frame

Show your Tribe pride with this “ugly holiday sweater” sweatshirt.

WM ugly sweater

And this handsome desk set will surely delight the VMI graduate in your life.

VMI desk set

Beer and Wine

Treat your giftee to a Virginia-grown holiday toast. Our state is home to a truly staggering number of wineries and breweries. Here are just a few of the many options.

wine bottles

If you’re looking for a bold red wine, you can’t go wrong with Linden Vineyards’ Boisseau blend or the Boneyard’s Syrah. For the white wine lovers, try Barboursville Vineyards’ Chardonnay Reserve or Jefferson Vineyards’ Viognier. If you’re looking for a sparkling wine to ring in the New Year, try Trump Winery’s sparkling rosé.

Starr Hill tap

For the craft beer lover in your life, try selections from top-rated Devil’s Backbone, Starr Hill, and Blue Mountain breweries.


We Virginians love our food, and there are some Virginia specialties, in particular, that are sure to delight year after year.

Smithfield ham

Peanuts are a major Old Dominion staple. Try some of the many varieties from producers like the Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, Hubs Peanuts, and Blue Crab Bay Co., just to name a few.

Smithfield ham is a Virginia staple, and it’s only made in – you guessed it – Smithfield, Virginia. You can also try country hams from Edwards Virginia Smokehouse.

If you know someone with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with a gift from Virginia Pound Cakes or Artisan Confections.


Sometimes the best gift is something you can do rather than something you can wrap. Virginia offers amazing experiences for every taste.

Turtle Pond - Mason Neck State Park

The nature lover in your life will love an annual or lifetime pass to Virginia’s state parks.

History buffs don’t have to search very hard for thrills in Virginia, but they will surely love a pass to Colonial Williamsburg for a day, a few days, or the whole year.

Colonial Williamsburg

If a bottle of wine just isn’t enough, treat your loved one to a tour of Virginia’s wineries.

For kids (or the young at heart) you can’t go wrong with a season pass to Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion.

Whatever you choose, the Virginians in your life are sure to be delighted.

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Photos: Tony Alter, University bookstores, Alan Kotok, Reuben Gray, Smithfield Ham, Virginia State Parks, Joe Ross,

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