Perfect picks for the holidays

Perfect picks for the holidays

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

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.

From $50

Art on a Wire


Smoke odor exterminator candles

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.

$7.99

Cigarettes Plus


Copper-topped purple martin birdhouse

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.

$340

The Freckled Frog


Day spa gift card

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.

$25-$250

Andres’ Day Spa & Unique Gifts


Rock music performance program

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

School of Rock


2015 United States Mint annual uncirculated dollar coin set

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.

$64.95

Yesterday’s Change


Compact Archive umbrella

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.

$17.99

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Unite hair-care system

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)

Indulgence Salon & Boutique


Welcoming the Season doormats

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.

$27 each

Williams & Sherrill


Hand-cut silhouette ornament

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.

$45

Papeterie Fine Stationery & Gifts

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