JOIN THE FUN! JOIN THE SMART SHOPPERS! Have you discovered a great shopper tip? Something that works and that you would share with your best friend? We don’t mean a specifically named “place” to shop, but we do mean a valuable recommendation about any kind of shopping.
From the Virginia Shopper Dor – Lexington, Virginia
Different Gifts Make the Difference!
I was in a Shopping Slump and getting soooo tired of giving the same old, same old – that is until I discovered LOCAL TALENT! Starting right here in my own state my search turned up paintings, prints, photographic art, jewelry, toys, folk art, collectibles, and wood carvings, all made by creative folks in my own neck o’ the woods!
Great ideas for gifts come from fascinating, even famous, local artists.
There’s no doubt about it, art by the artist makes a huge impact and oftentimes the perfect gift. But even when I wander afar and find artists in other states, the selection of superb gifts simply expands. The trick is to find a “local art” connection and that is when gift shopping woes will be over.
Here’s a small sampling of things I found that were created by Virginia artists:
A handmade, Three Dimensional Interlocking Puzzle (I chose a Golden Retriever) with a secret treasure (a frisbee) hidden inside.
A Whimsical Wooden Nutcracker that is actually considered a collector’s item.
A Folk Art-Limited Edition Print of a Fourth of July Celebration in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
A Panoramic Sepia Toned Photograph with a 360 degree view of Appomattox, Virginia (perfect for my husband’s office).
But, no matter which state you choose if you are looking for unusual gifts, keepsake gifts, handmade gifts, or even accessories for home décor, begin your search with a look at local artists. Their creations are a treasure chest of resource ideas and their talents open up a whole new world of exciting choices that make gift giving fun!
Note: Pictured items are available at Virginia Born and Bred.