Shopping Local in Haymarket and Gainesville this Holiday Season

Local gifts for under $20

Many of us love the Christmas season, but the excitement of the holidays can sometimes feel overwhelming when it comes to gift-giving. One way to possibly feel better about all the money you’re spending is to know that your money is well spent. Shopping local is a great way to give back to your community, pay it forward to those in need, donate to local charities, and support small business owners. Here are some ideas for gifts from local shops.

For the Teacher or BFF:

  • Details for the Home – Charming bracelets are the perfect little way to say thank you to those who play one of the most important roles in our children’s lives.
  • Be Tranquil Store – The owners of Tranquility Day Spa and Salon have opened an online shop and storefront that sell an array of wonderful and unique products, some made locally and exclusive to Tranquility. Teachers would be the perfect recipients of something ‘tranquil’ such as jewelry, olive oil, essential oils, hair products, or organic well-being teas.
  • Dangela Decor – Angela White of Haymarket runs her home and etsy shop where she personalizes products for each customer. Her most popular products are the stainless steel tumblers – in both skinny and mini – that are a hit for gift-giving. Local delivery is free.

For the Friend with a Sweet Tooth:

  • Cupcake Heaven and Cafe – What could be a better gift for a sweets lover than a six-pack of seasonally flavored, delicious cupcakes?
  • Macaron Tart – A sampler package of macarons makes a wonderful gift for someone special. Flavors vary but can include chocolate, passionfruit, espresso, s’mores, and other delicious blends. Also fitting the budget is a package of 3 tarts or an assortment of pastries. Decorative gift packaging will be available, too.

For the Beer Enthusiast:

  • Details for the Home – The Corksicle Artican keeps drinks three times colder than a regular koozie.
  • Crafted – The best way to shop at Crafted is to ask knowledgeable owner Steven Kihl for a suggestion. This is the place for unique brews or local crafts that may be hard to find elsewhere.
  • Tin Cannon Brewing Company – Pick up a growler from Tin Cannon Brewing Company filled with one of the tasty brews currently available on tap.
  • The Farm Brewery at Broad Run – A gift card to this beautiful place in Haymarket is sure to be an appreciated gift.

The Hard-To-Shop-For Person

For the Pet Lover

  • Doggie Delights – The pet lover on your list will be delighted by the high-quality, healthy products for the smaller members of their family. There are a few packages you can create for under $20.
  • Polished Pooch Grooming Salon – In addition to a gift card towards grooming, you can gift a nail clipping or an over-and-under eye trim service for a pooch owner!
  • Gray Face Acres – Donate to this senior dog rescue founded and run by a local husband and wife out of their home in Haymarket. Their website even has an amazon wishlist where you can purchase needed items on behalf of the dog lover on your list.

For the Philanthropist:

  • Haymarket Regional Food Pantry – Spend $20 shopping for the most often needed items for our local pantry. Take a picture before you drop them off at the pantry. Put it in a card for the person who would most appreciate giving back to others as a gift in itself.
  • Sweet Julia Grace Foundation – A donation to this foundation would help fulfill needs and wishes for children who are ill, have special needs, or are in a medical crisis.
  • Freeze Bullying for Payton – Your money would help this local nonprofit increase awareness of the effects of bullying on our youth. You can simply donate, or purchase bracelets, t-shirts, or stickers to support the cause.
  • Haymarket House – A donation to this maternity house will help our local community to continue to make a difference in the lives of homeless women and their children.
  • Serve our Willing Warriors – A donation to the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run — a place for warriors and their families to spend quality time together on the beautiful grounds on Bull Run mountain — would help this nonprofit continue to provide this service and to reach more families.
  • Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center – This charitable organization provides equine therapy to those with physical and emotional difficulties or other challenges that often is life-changing and rewarding for all involved. No matter the size, a donation to this organization would help them continue their important mission.
  • Healing Hearts Respite Foundation – This local foundation operates a beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for families in the midst of a health crisis to find peace and relaxation.

For the Kid who has Millions of Toys:

  • Mix Colors Art Studio – A gift certificate to this colorful little shop will allow the receiver to create whatever their heart desires during walk in times or use the money towards a class or specialty class during specific times.
  • JNJ Battlequest – A gift of three games of laser tag would be a great non-toy gift for older kids, and JNJ has now added the new adventure of Escape the Cave for whole families to enjoy.
  • Milla’s Playland – Younger kids will get a kick out of this fun play place in Gainesville where they can play with all kinds of fun toys and games.
  • Haymarket Iceplex – Gift cards can be purchased for any amount but a $20 value would cover skate rental and admission for 2 trips to the
  • Yellow Brick Road Studio & Enrichment Workshops – A $20 gift card would cover an art class or workshop at this home studio in Gainesville. Classes offered include art, art history, writing, poetry, journaling, drama, Mommy & me, and many more!
  • Hidden Hills Farm – 15-minute riding lessons for younger children are only $15! What a gift of an experience this could be for a child. 703-626-3006,

For the Aspiring Yogi or Spinner:

  • Transform Power Yoga – One drop-in class is $20. A gift card for that amount would allow the receiver to release the after-holiday stress at a heated vinyasa yoga
  • REVive Studio – A $20 gift card to REVive studio would cover a Spin, TRX, Barre, or Fusion class at this recent addition to Gainesville exercise
  • Balans Studio – Although a little outside of the budget for this article, a $25 gift to this studio will allow the receiver 2 weeks of trying Yoga, Pilates, TRX, and Barre.

Support your friends’ at-home businesses by purchasing products from Beauty Counter, Thirty One, Pampered Chef, Lularoe, Stella and Dot, Perfectly Posh, Young Living, Keep Collective… and many others.

Balans Studio

8086 Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville


3511 James Madison Highway in Haymarket

Details for the Home

6590 Jefferson Street in Haymarket

Doggie Delights

3517 James Madison Highway in Haymarket

Haymarket Regional Food Pantry

6611 Jefferson Street in Haymarket

Hidden Hills Farm

2505 Logmill Road in Haymarket

JNJ Battlequest

13525 Wellington Circle #109 in Gainesville

Milla’s Playland

7669 Limestone Drive #125 in Gainesville

Mix Colors Art Studio

9110 Devlin Road in Bristow

REVive Studio

7956 Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run

16015 John Marshall Highway in Broad Run

The Polished Pooch Grooming Salon

6601 Jefferson Street in Haymarket

Tin Cannon Brewing Company

7679 Limestone Drive #130 in Gainesville

Tranquility Day Spa

15125 Washington Street #304 in Haymarket

Transform Power Yoga

15111 Washington Street #109 in Haymarket

Yellow Brick Road Studio & Enrichment Workshops

8271 Shimmering Rock Road in Gainesville

Christine Craddock
About Christine Craddock 39 Articles
Christine Craddock is a writer, editor, photographer, wife, and mother of two adorable children. She is a faithful contributing writer for Haymarket Lifestyle magazine and has resided in Haymarket since 2006.

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