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Local gifts for $50 and under that won't break your bank this holiday season

Local gifts for $50 and under that won't break your bank this holiday season

We’re all budget-conscious, and when setting limits for holiday spending, a variety of family, friends and coworkers may fall in the "less than $50" bracket.

Fortunately, local retailers offer many treasured gifts in this range.

Consumable gifts, such as nuts from Virginia Diner or a bottle of wine, are fabulous picks for reasonable prices. They can also be useful to hosts when surprise guests arrive during the holidays.

Unique jewelry based on the recipient’s interests, such as the RVA pendant or Dolley Madison blue glass earrings, make meaningful gifts while still being affordable.


24 oz. Corkcicle monogrammed tumbler from Trend

Dreading the chilly winter nights? You can rely on a triple-insulated stainless steel Corkcicle, with its easy-grip flat sides and non-slip bottom, to keep your cocoa hot for up to three hours (and your cold drinks cold for up to nine). Santa would approve. Now that you can personalize with a custom monogram, we think you will, too.

WEBSITE: Trend

PRICE: $41.99


Holiday Donation by FeedMore

Holiday Donation by FeedMore

The holidays are a time of appreciation for those we love. This year, put your gratitude into action with a donation to FeedMore in honor or in memory of someone special. Your gift just might touch the life of a needy child or family as deeply as your loved one has touched you.

FeedMore

From $10

The holidays are a time of appreciation for those we love. This year, put your gratitude into action with a donation to FeedMore in honor or in memory of someone special. Your gift just might touch the life of a needy child or family as deeply as your loved one has touched you.

WEBSITE: FeedMore

PRICE: From $10


On The Back Roads Again: People, Places and Pie around Virginia

On The Back Roads Again: People, Places and Pie around Virginia

Looking for a gift with true local flavor? Head out on the back roads of Virginia with Richmond Times-Dispatch senior photographer Bob Brown and columnist Bill Lohmann as they encounter memorable characters, explore charming places and, yes, eat lots of pie. Breathtaking photos of the rural Virginia landscape make this hard-cover volume a winning addition to any coffee table.

Pick up at the RTD Downtown Office: 300 E. Franklin St., Richmond 23219

or order online: Richmond Times-Dispatch

$34.95

Looking for a gift with true local flavor? Head out on the back roads of Virginia with Richmond Times-Dispatch senior photographer Bob Brown and columnist Bill Lohmann as they encounter memorable characters, explore charming places and, yes, eat lots of pie. Breathtaking photos of the rural Virginia landscape make this hard-cover volume a winning addition to any coffee table.

WEBSITE: Richmond Times-Dispatch

PRICE: $34.95


Virginia Diner Norman Rockwell Salted Jumbo Cashews

Say Merry Christmas with a Virginia Diner traditional favorite for gift giving. Jumbo cashews packaged in an 18-ounce Norman Rockwell design tin. Buy several to give as gifts or to have on hand when family and friends visit.

WEBSITE: Virginia Diner

PRICE: $29.50


Sterling silver RVA charm bracelet by Kambourian Jewelers

Charm (n): The power or quality of giving delight or arousing admiration. Delight the charmer in your life with this one-of-a-kind bracelet honoring all things Richmond. The fine sterling silver and distinctive craftsmanship are sure to capture the light, the eyes of onlookers and, of course, her heart.

WEBSITE: Kambourian Jewelers

PRICE: $49.95


Jefferson Vineyards Meritage from the Caboose Market & Café

Raise a glass to toast the holidays with this delicately balanced blend of petit verdot and merlot. Savor the aromas and flavors of fresh berries, almond and fennel. Perfect to have on hand for festive get-togethers, and an inspired choice for hostess gifting.

WEBSITE: The Caboose Market & Café

PRICE: $31.99


Dolley Madison Earrings from the Virginia Historical Society

Dolley Madison was more than just a First Lady. A symbol of Virginia history, she was also a gracious socialite and a fashion enthusiast. These blue glass earrings, adapted from an early 19th-century pair that belonged to Dolley herself, make an elegant gift for any lady with stately tastes.

WEBSITE: Virginia Historical Society

PRICE: $40


Sky Zone Trampoline Park Gift Cards

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Gift Cards

Give the gift of fun fitness. Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park – home of a great fitness workout combined with healthy fun. Purchase a $30 gift card now until Dec. 31 and you’ll receive an additional 30-minute jump pass and limited edition holiday socks.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

$30

Give the gift of fun fitness. Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park – home of a great fitness workout combined with healthy fun. Purchase a $30 gift card now until Dec. 31 and you’ll receive an additional 30-minute jump pass and limited edition holiday socks.

WEBSITE: Sky Zone Trampoline Park

PRICE: $30


Turandot from the Virginia Opera

Turandot from the Virginia Opera

Based on an ancient Chinese fable, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences. From the opening moments of Puccini’s exotic score, you’ll be thrown into a world of suspense and horror.

Virginia Opera

Tickets from $19 Use Discount Code RTD10 

Turandot tickets go on sale on December 5th.

The discount code is not valid on previously purchased tickets and it is not valid on price level 4 seats.

Based on an ancient Chinese fable, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences. From the opening moments of Puccini’s exotic score, you’ll be thrown into a world of suspense and horror.

WEBSITE: Virginia Opera

PRICE: Tickets from $19


Der Freischutz from the Virginia Opera

Der Freischutz from the Virginia Opera

With one of the most haunting scores in all of opera, Carl Maria von Weber, founder of German Romantic opera, has created a compelling drama that twists reality with supernatural powers and phenomena. This grim fairy tale from a bygone age has never been experienced on Virginia Opera stages, so get your tickets today.

Virginia Opera

Tickets from $19 Use Discount Code RTD10

The discount code is not valid on previously purchased tickets and it is not valid on price level 4 seats.

With one of the most haunting scores in all of opera, Carl Maria von Weber, founder of German Romantic opera, has created a compelling drama that twists reality with supernatural powers and phenomena. This grim fairy tale from a bygone age has never been experienced on Virginia Opera stages, so get your tickets today.

WEBSITE: Virginia Opera

PRICE: Tickets from $19


Balsam & Cedar Candles from Williams & Sherrill

Balsam & Cedar Candles from Williams & Sherrill

You may not take a sleigh ride through snowy woods this holiday season, but breathe in the fresh forest scent of these candles and it won’t be hard to pretend. Soft paraffin and soy wax are blended to transform your home into an aromatic winter wonderland.

Williams & Sherrill

$22 - $54

You may not take a sleigh ride through snowy woods this holiday season, but breathe in the fresh forest scent of these candles and it won’t be hard to pretend. Soft paraffin and soy wax are blended to transform your home into an aromatic winter wonderland.

WEBSITE: Williams & Sherrill

PRICE: $22 - $54


Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Castle Glen Estates

Castle Glen Estates’ lush, fruitful, boutique-made Cabernet is estate grown and bottled.  Made in the traditional style of Old France, this wine beautifully complements cheese, red meat and dark fruit. Perfect to have on hand for holiday toasting and a thoughtful gift for the wine connoisseur on your list.

WEBSITE: Castle Glen Estates Winery

PRICE: $29 each; $27.50 three or more


Stories and Recipes from Clare's Kitchen

Stories and Recipes from Clare’s Kitchen

This isn’t your average cookbook. Renowned RTD food columnist Clare Schapiro has hand-picked her favorite recipes for a new hard-cover tribute to the dishes that have filled Richmond’s belly for years. From red pepper bisque with crab to old-fashioned meat loaf to fudge brownies and more, the foodie on your list won’t be disappointed in this colorful, archival-quality volume.

Pick up at the RTD Downtown Office: 300 E. Franklin St., Richmond 23219

or order online: Richmond Times-Dispatch

$34.95

This isn’t your average cookbook. Renowned RTD food columnist Clare Schapiro has hand-picked her favorite recipes for a new hard-cover tribute to the dishes that have filled Richmond’s belly for years. From red pepper bisque with crab to old-fashioned meat loaf to fudge brownies and more, the foodie on your list won’t be disappointed in this colorful, archival-quality volume.

WEBSITE: Richmond Times-Dispatch

PRICE: $34.95


Handcrafted cocktail mixers from Williams & Sherrill

Handcrafted cocktail mixers from Williams & Sherrill

Toast the spirit of the season with Bittermilk’s creative cocktail mixers. Formulated with pure natural extracts, herbs and natural cane sugar.  Just add your favorite spirits to create refreshments to remember. Crafted by hand and bottled in Charleston.

Williams & Sherrill

$29.95

Toast the spirit of the season with Bittermilk’s creative cocktail mixers. Formulated with pure natural extracts, herbs and natural cane sugar.  Just add your favorite spirits to create refreshments to remember. Crafted by hand and bottled in Charleston.

WEBSITE: Williams & Sherrill

PRICE: $29.95


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from Thrill of the Hunt

With a palette of 35 colors, you’re sure to find one to set your creativity alight. This versatile, decorative paint is just the thing for giving new life to a well-loved piece of wooden furniture, brightening up a picture frame or stenciling a pattern on a chair back. Easy to use, it’s become a favorite of professionals and DIYers alike.  

WEBSITE: Thrill of the Hunt

PRICE: $38.95 quart


Sunoco Gas Card from Mac's Service Center

Sunoco Gas Card from Mac's Service Center

If someone on your list loves their car, why not fuel their adventures with a gas card? You can’t go wrong with such a versatile gift, especially one that comes with a coupon. Purchase this $50 Sunoco gas card at Mac’s Service Center and you’ll receive a special offer for $10 off any service of $100 or more at Mac’s.

Mac’s Service Center

$50

If someone on your list loves their car, why not fuel their adventures with a gas card? You can’t go wrong with such a versatile gift, especially one that comes with a coupon. Purchase this $50 Sunoco gas card at Mac’s Service Center and you’ll receive a special offer for $10 off any service of $100 or more at Mac’s.

WEBSITE: Mac’s Service Center

PRICE: $50


Quality Yarns & Accessories by Dances with Wool

Quality Yarns & Accessories by Dances with Wool

Know someone who likes to knit or crochet? Dances with Wool boasts an amazing array of yarns and accessories for the crafter or hobbyist in your life. Your gift of creativity won’t come unstitched after the holiday hustle and bustle is through.

Dances with Wool

$6-$50

Know someone who likes to knit or crochet? Dances with Wool boasts an amazing array of yarns and accessories for the crafter or hobbyist in your life. Your gift of creativity won’t come unstitched after the holiday hustle and bustle is through.

WEBSITE: Dances with Wool

PRICE: $6-$50


'Puppyhood' coffee table book from Williams & Sherrill

‘Puppyhood’ coffee table book from Williams & Sherrill

What’s cuter than a puppy? A book full of puppies. ‘Puppyhood’ features life-size portraits of 6-week-old puppies doing what they do best – looking absolutely adorable. It’s almost as good as the real thing (and not as messy). Perfect for the dog lover in your life. 

Williams & Sherrill

$29.95

What’s cuter than a puppy? A book full of puppies. ‘Puppyhood’ features life-size portraits of 6-week-old puppies doing what they do best – looking absolutely adorable. It’s almost as good as the real thing (and not as messy). Perfect for the dog lover in your life. 

WEBSITE: Williams & Sherrill

PRICE: $29.95


Vintage Richmond Pint Glasses from the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Vintage Richmond Pint Glasses from the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Propose a toast to Richmond history with this set of four pint glasses straight from the RTD Archives. Featuring magazine covers from the 1940s and 1950s, these collectible glasses make a great gift for anyone who loves RVA. Don’t forget to pick up a set for yourself, too.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

$29.95

Propose a toast to Richmond history with this set of four pint glasses straight from the RTD Archives. Featuring magazine covers from the 1940s and 1950s, these collectible glasses make a great gift for anyone who loves RVA. Don’t forget to pick up a set for yourself, too.

WEBSITE: Richmond Times-Dispatch

PRICE: $29.95


Tea with Santa from Hilton Richmond and Children's Museum of Richmond

Tea with Santa from Hilton Richmond and Children's Museum of Richmond

Tea with Santa is a beloved Richmond holiday tradition that began over six decades ago. Children of all ages will enjoy this special intimate tea and story time with Santa and his helpers, featuring the lovely Snow Queen, the Singing Elf and scrumptious holiday treats like the famous Reindeer Cake. Check the website for dates, times and other information.

Hilton Richmond & Children’s Museum of Richmond

$36/CMoR members and passholders; $40/non-members

Tea with Santa is a beloved Richmond holiday tradition that began over six decades ago. Children of all ages will enjoy this special intimate tea and story time with Santa and his helpers, featuring the lovely Snow Queen, the Singing Elf and scrumptious holiday treats like the famous Reindeer Cake. Check the website for dates, times and other information.

WEBSITE: Hilton Richmond & Children’s Museum of Richmond

PRICE: $36/CMoR members and passholders; $40/non-members

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