Never has it been more important to let someone know just how much they mean to you.
Whether your holiday plans include gathering with your loved ones or spending the season a little more distant than normal, the unwrapping of a special gift will bring you closer together, a feeling that’s been so out-of-reach this year. To make the holidays easier on you, I spent hours searching for presents your friends and family are sure to love.
I am happy to feature five unforgettable gifts—all designed and produced by West Virginia makers—and purposefully crafted to become treasures. Any of these options will earn you the title of Gift-Giver Extraordinaire, and hopefully make up for all the time spent apart.
Beards are trending in 2020. Gift a Beard Grooming Kit from Private Stache of Harpers Ferry. It includes all the essentials: a 1-ounce bottle of their woody Grit beard oil, a 1-ounce tin of beard balm, a handmade beard comb, and a grooming bag. $50, etsy.com/shop/privatestache
This Bright Hope Company candle screams cozy and promises to become a favorite in any home. This Lewisburg company’s candles are made with high-quality wax and fragrance infused with essential oils. They burn cleanly and evenly in a 9-ounce amber glass jars. $11, etsy.com/shop/brighthopecompany
Melissa Dotty, West Virginia’s “Acryla Gouache Queen,” hand paints 3-inch ceramic ornaments brimming with color and joy. Grab one for yourself and one for a friend. $34, melissadoty.com
Elizabeth McDowell of Charlie’s Market designs her jewelry to be versatile—dressy enough for formal and casual enough to wear with jeans, a tee, and a mask. These white jade drop earrings would make anyone on your list this year overjoyed. $34, charliesmarketwv.com
Brighten someone’s day with a handwritten note inside this adorable holiday card. Then tuck a sticker sheet inside for a nice surprise. Check out Emmy’s shop—Lemon Milk Paper Co. in Chester—for these and as well as illustrated paper goods, stationery, stickers, pins, and more. $3.50-$5.50 etsy.com/shop/lemonmilkpaperco