From bubbles to charitable gifts the items in this year’s gift guide all share one guiding principal, authentic country living. Plenty of useful stuff, all perfect for the tough-to-shop for Keswickian.
In Vino Veritas your wine shop ‘east’ of Charlottesville says it’s a great time of year to come in for the holidays as they have plenty of gift giving options! Come by every Friday for a wine tasting from 4:30-7pm. 3015 Louisa Rd, Keswick at Shadwell Corner; 434-977-6366; Open Monday-Saturday
Michael Turk Company’s Belgian Cover Up for kids. Hand-loomed 100% bamboo combines both flexibility and extra protection from the sun. The fibers provide natural UV protection as well as a soft to the touch feel, fast drying and ultra-absorbent performance with bacteria resistant qualities. www.madeincharlottesville.org
Will Coleman Equestrian offers a rare, special, gift option – inquire on ownership in one of the syndicates. Regarded as one of the top event riders in America and a 2012 Olympic athlete, Will has carefully produced and competed horses at the highest levels of eventing. Tivoli Farm, Gordonsville, 434-981-1629, www.willcolemanequestrian.com
Floradise Orchids’ lavish custom orchid arrangements will bloom through the Holidays into the New Year in one-of-a-kind containers. Orchids in heirloom species and superb blooming varieties. Weekly delivery. ($175+; Gordonsville, 540-832-3440, visit Wednesday thru Sunday: 10am – 5pm)
Donate a gift to Help Save The Next Girl and 100% percent of your money goes to the primary focus: to spread safety information and prevent future crimes against young women. (donations can be mailed to: Help Save The Next Girl, PO Box 8062, Roanoke, VA 24014)
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, has so many ways to give aid or financial support. The money you invest in assisting a Partner Family, whose payments generate the funds that go directly toward building additional homes. (donate a gift on behalf of a friend, call 434-293-9066)
Instant Shade will work with you to pick the perfect tree for that special gift for Christmas, to commemorate a birth or other special occasion. Call Ralph to make this unique gift, custom arrangements or to visit the nursery off of Polo Grounds Road, Charlottesville. Plant a tree! (fees vary, 434-981-8733)
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Your caring and generosity make it possible for these guys to continue its life-saving work. One of the few No Kill communities in the entire nation; but their job is far from over as pets are in need. No gift is too small or too large. To make your gift call or visit www.caspca.org.
Hospice of the Piedmont offers great savings at many of the area’s best restaurants, theatres and vineyards with their 2020 hibernating edition of ‘Dining Around the Area’ coupon book. An estimated value of more than $1,200, the dining books make a great gift from the heart. ($50; call 434-817-6900, or log in: www.hopva.org)
CASA Piedmont, support by generous donors enable these advocates to help over 200 children last year. They rely solely on the support from caring individuals. No other agency provides community volunteers to serve as child advocates in juvenile court proceedings. (call 434-971-7515 to donate)
Monticello Annual Fund Your gift will significantly aid in the enhancement and stewardship of Jefferson’s Monticello — the only home in America recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site — one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. For further information please visit: www.monticello.org
Piedmont Environmental Council Your contribution will help sustain the organization and help keep the Piedmont a wonderful place to live and work. With a donation of $35 or more you will also become a PEC member or renew your existing membership. Contact Karissa Epley at [email protected] or 540-347-2334.
Our mailing address is: The Montpelier Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Orange, VA 22960.
Laurie Holladay can make a lamp from almost anything. Build a lamp, fuse a memory with function. Give this shop a riding hat, riding boots, antique seltzer bottles, duck decoys, toys, bottles, vases, trophys and watch Mr. Holladay transform it into an unforgettable gift. (123 South Main Street, Gordonsville, 540-832-0552)
Stokes of England has candlestands! This local blacksmith shop has custom hand-forged architectural iron works and turn out detailed wrought-iron railings, stair cases and doors for royalty all over the world. Visit their shop to discuss custom orders. (117 South Main Street, Gordonsville, 540-832-7888)
Montpelier Farm Every bale of hay, quart of grain, halter, horseshoe, and vaccination is made possible by generous donors. Sponsoring a permanent resident at Montpelier makes a wonderful gift for someone special. Please call our TRF Montpelier Development office with any questions, a donation of any size is gladly appreciated, call Nancy Lowey 540-672-3454.
Montpelier Charitable gifts from generous donors allow Montpelier to open the doors every day to visitors, students, scholars, and international leaders from emerging democracies. Your gift honors James and Dolley Madison and shares their legacy with the nation and the world. Please contact [email protected] or call (540) 661-0253. Our mailing address is: The Montpelier Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Orange, VA 22960.
Beautycounter, this season’s essential gift set, a limited-edition hand wash and lotion in a fresh neroli scent, packaged in elevated, sustainable frosted glass bottles. The gentle hand wash cleanses without stripping skin, while the fast-absorbing lotion hydrates and conditions with shea butter and jojoba oil. Pampered hands! ($65; call consultant Sierra Young, 540-290-5478)
Gregory Britt Design will bring your special someone beautiful holiday décor, custom centerpieces, wreaths, tree decoration and magnificent mantels sure to brighten the day. Simply call with a budget and he will get to work. (cost varies; 5445 Gordonsville Road, Keswick – in the heart of Cismont, 434-548-0580, www.gregorybrittdesign.com, delivery service available)
The Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education has several methods of making contributions that will enable the donor to enjoy personal financial benefits while supporting their mission to support children who experience learning disabilities and/or emotional behavior issues. Visit www.lkfse.org
Danny & Ron’s Rescue Calendar features photos and stories of some of the many dogs rescued. All proceeds from the sale of this calendar will be used to help Danny & Ron’s Rescue, based in Wellington, FL, and Camden, SC, whose mission is to help homeless dogs find loving families to adopt them. Contact: [email protected]
The Calendar is available online for only $20 each (+ $3 shipping) and 100% of the proceeds go directly to our rescue efforts!
Private Libraries is more than just a bookseller, Kinsey Marable & Co. assembles private libraries unique to each client. Let Kinsey assist in building your private library, recommend acquisitions, investigate authenticity, find rare or out-of-print volumes and help you understand the fair value of books. (202-329-8313, www.privatelibraries.com)