Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Shop local this holiday season – Alexandria Times

Both the Huntsman jacket and Rax boots are $50.


Boxwood, which opened at 128 S. Royal St. in April, offers an eclectic, stylish selection of goods for the heart and the home.

One of the most popular items at Boxwood is the small yet colorful Vietri vase, co-founder Leah Donahue said.

Boxwood’s Vietri vase is handblown in Italy and costs $46. (Photo/Cody Mello-Klein)

“This is one of our most popular items, especially for hostess gifts,” Donahue said. “It’s a little bud vase, it’s hand blown in Italy and it’s only $46, but it comes in that nice box and it’s a good brand.”

The Vietri vase is available in a variety of colors, including, white, amber, pink and cobalt.

For a gift that’s sure to get some use during the holidays, Donahue suggests Boxwood’s Christmas tree-shaped cutting board. Stained white, the cutting board – $200 – is best suited for use as a charcuterie board, Donahue said.

Wine Gallery 108

No holiday party is complete without popping open a bottle of champagne. Luckily, Old Town wine boutique Wine Gallery 108 has a selection of bubblies at a variety of price points.

There are the $100 top shelf champagnes, but owner and chief wine taster Lisa Katic suggests the Legras & Haas champagne, which goes for $55.

Available at Wine Gallery 108, Legras & Haas champagne is perfect for holiday get togethers. (Photo/Cody Mello-Klein)

“These are smaller production, what we call ‘grower champagnes,’” Katic said. “They’re generally family-owned properties, grown in smaller lots and made in smaller batches. They’re a little more handcrafted and a little more specialty.”

To bring even more festive flair, Katic had some wine carriers made in the shape of Santa’s bright red overalls. The carriers hold two bottles of wine – one in each pant leg – and will be available on Saturday during Small Busi- ness Saturday. Anyone who buys two bottles of wine or items worth $50 or more will get 10 percent off and receive the Santa pants carrier.


It can be hard to find the right gift at the right price point for the right person. Luckily, Bellacara has removed the headache for those looking to buy bath and beauty gifts.

Located at 1000 King St., health and beauty shop Bellacara has an entire section dedicated to gift sets at different price points.

Musee’s 12 days of Christmas bath bomb advent is available at Bellacara for $48. (Photo/Cody Mello-Klein)

“We tend to do a different price point kind of thing so that if you’re trying to get something for a co-worker and you don’t really want to spend more than $25, then you have options,” owner Angela Sitilides said.

The $55 Molton Brown body wash sampler is a great mid-level gift for adults, Sitilides said. The Molton Brown brand is commonly used in swanky hotels, so the sampler pack is a great way to bring a bit of style to an otherwise ordinary shower.

For kids, Sitilides recommends Musee’s colorful 12 Days of Christmas bath bomb advent calendar.

“Every night, they get a new scented bath bomb, which is kind of fun,” Sitilides said.

Bishop Boutique

For the fashionista in your life, consider checking out Bishop Boutique’s collection of clothing, jewelry and accessories.

The boutique, located at 815 King St., carries a variety of brands, but Loeffler Randall remains manager Hattie Dove’s favorite, both for its aesthetic and dynamic appeal.

This silver Loeffler Randall handbag at Bishop Boutique is versatile enough for black tie events and casual get-togethers. (Photo/Cody Mello-Klein)

The silver Loeffler Randall handbag – $250 – has both a clutch and crossbody and is versatile enough for all kinds of holiday events, Dove said.

“It’s kind of that really good size for if you’re going to concert. You can take it to black tie events or do it a little more casual,” Dove said.

And no holiday season is complete without sweaters, which make for some of the more giftable items at Bishop Boutique, according to Dove. A soft, grey oversized Holden sweater goes for $88.