When you’re making your list and checking it twice, there’s sure to be at least one person who you may not know what to gift for the holidays. Instead of settling for a well-intentioned something that will end up in the corner of the closet, look for ideas that are truly useful.
Practical gifts don’t have to be boring, though. As these ideas show, there are plenty of ways to make functional items fun and stylish. Simply think about your recipient’s interests and lifestyle, and you’ll certainly find a winning gift idea. Also get creative with your shopping destination. Museums, antique shops and local boutiques offer unique gifts with the added bonus of keeping you out of the traffic at the mall.
Find more gifts for everyone on your list at Richmond.com/Gift-Ideas
Custom keepsake framing
Give someone you love a gift they’ll cherish always. Preserve treasured items in a custom-fitted wood and metal frame that will preserve and protect precious artwork and memorable keepsakes for years.
Art on a Wire
Smoke odor exterminator candles
Eliminates lingering cigarette, cigar and pipe smoke odors while filling the house with an enticing seasonal scent. Paraffin and soy blend, enzyme-formulated candle burns for up to 70 hours and makes the perfect gift for the smoker on your list. Available in a variety of scents.
Copper-topped purple martin birdhouse
Show your fine-feathered friends some love this holiday season with this Amish handmade purple martin birdhouse. Constructed of hardy, low-maintenance poly lumber and topped with a copper roof, it’s the perfect way to welcome these delightful birds into your yard.
Day spa gift card
Who wouldn’t love a day at the spa? Indulge mom, sis or your BFF with a gift card she can redeem for an afternoon of pampering. Andres’ special services include full-body massages, facial massages, body treatments and nail care.
Rock music performance program
If there’s a stage-struck, budding rock star in your midst, School of Rock’s performance program will have him or her ready to perform in no time. Each student (age 8-18) will receive a private lesson as well as a group rehearsal each week, with the ultimate goal of having students rock an audience at a local music venue.
$305 per month
2015 United States Mint annual uncirculated dollar coin set
An inspired gift choice for the collector or history lover on your list. The set includes four presidential coins featuring Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson; one Native American coin featuring Sacagawea and an American Eagle silver coin depicting Walking Liberty.
Compact Archive umbrella
Don’t get caught unprepared! The RTD Archive umbrella features 17 historic photographs taken during the four seasons in the Richmond area. The Richmond Times-Dispatch staff photographs, collected from our historic archives, date back to the mid-1900s.
Unite hair-care system
Darlings of the salon world, Unite’s inspired pampering products get to the root of beautiful hair. Set contains shampoo, conditioner, leave-in detangler, blow-out cream and dry shampoo. Just the thing for the hair-care fanatic on your gift list.
$75 ($160 value)
Welcoming the Season doormats
Welcoming the Season doormats
These amply sized coir door mats are just the welcoming touch to make all your friends and family feel holly jolly this holiday season.
Hand-cut silhouette ornament
Beautiful nostalgia-laced ornaments, lovingly made by hand, make delightful reminders of the season. Each hand-cut silhouette is backed with vintage papers and placed beneath beveled glass. A perfectly tied bow hanger adds the finishing touch.