Still deciding what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Let us help you check off that shopping list! Yorktown businesses are brimming with unexpected gift ideas for even the most hard-to-shop-for fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters—and everyone in between! Not only will thoughtful, unique gifts make your present stand out from the rest, but supporting these businesses will help strengthen our local economy and connect you with members of the community. Check out just some of the fabulous discoveries we found around town—and hurry in to start making merry!
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters has the coffee connoisseur covered! Perfect stocking stuffers, these 2-oz Special Holiday Flavor Bags will bring joy to the java lover. At just $3 each, you can get some for him, some for her, and some for you!
How about a 12-pack of K-Cups to go along with a Keurig machine? Mobjack sells these for $14.99. A history buff will get excited about the new Yorktown Colonial Historical Blend, a smooth, well-balanced dark roast with deep tobacco notes. Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters extensively researched coffee varietals that were available in Colonial America to bring you a true taste of American history.
This $35 gift basket is perfect for the ladies on your list. She’ll feel powerful starting her day with a cup ‘o joe in a Rae Dunn mug that says “Super Woman.” Included in the basket is a 12-pack of Mobjack Java K-Cups.
If this colonial snowman ornament from the Gallery at York Hall isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, we don’t know what is! Each year the recipient will place it on the tree and think about your thoughtfulness. At $11, it’s an inexpensive gift that’ll garner big smiles. You could even use it as a gift tag on wine or presents!
Much more thought-provoking than a candle or cable-knit sweater, original artwork is a gift you’ll find throughout the Gallery at York Hall. We love the beautiful colors and scenes depicted in these stunning paintings: Yorktown Battlefield Cannons ($71), Christmas Cottages ($35), and Sailboats ($50).
Black Dog Gallery is your one-stop-shop for one-of-a-kind gifts like these adorable Egyptian Hand-Blown Glass Camel Ornaments ($17 each). Many gorgeous wreaths also caught our attention—the Jefferson Chesapeake Scallop ($45-$165) and Blue-and-White Oyster ($135-$185) designs would be perfect for someone with a beach house or love of the ocean. And their Antique Print Fragment Photo Frames (Black Dog Gallery Originals ranging in price from $45-$75) are a beautiful way to gift photos of the grandkids and favorite memories of the past year.
There’s lots to explore at Patriot Tours and Provisions! We thought these “Merry Christmas” Wooden Yorktown Ornaments ($4.95) would look lovely on just about anyone’s tree. And for those who love a lawn ornament, how cute is this Lady Bug Ground Spinner? It’s only $9.95!
They also have a wide array of 29″ x 43″ Garden Flags ($21-$22). Go with something Christmassy that they can adorn their yard with each holiday season, or pick a print that adds curb appeal all year long. Patriot Tours and Provisions also has a selection of merchandise for those who love showing off their Virginia pride. These Virginia is for Lovers hats are $16.95; the shirts are $20-$25.
Is it jewelry she’s wanting? Viccellio Goldsmith has endless options for presents that sparkle. The beautiful Christmas Tree Necklace ($35), Christmas Tree Earrings ($32), and Snowflake Earrings ($55) would make a nice gift for the lady who likes to accessorize for the season in a timeless fashion. They also have a stunning selection of bracelets, pendants, and earrings as part of their Yorktown Collection. These gorgeous pieces range in price from $125-$795.
Auntie M’s American Cottage has unique and fun gifts for almost anyone on your list. These gorgeous Oyster Ornaments ($12.65) with “Historic Yorktown Virginia” written on them caught our attention. Wouldn’t they add that extra something to a tree? And the Folk Art Ornaments ($14-$16) are just adorable—we’re partial to the ones that look like Raggedy Ann and Andy! We’re thinking children would really get a kick out of them. The Pewter Yorktown Christmas Tree Ornament ($14.95) is another beautiful one. They’re also selling Seashell Wreaths ($45-$100) in various sizes—and they’re all on sale right now! Dogs and cats get along just fine in this Folk Art Painting for $295, and these Folk Art Christmas Collectibles ($25-$75) are truly unique.
The Watermen’s Museum Gift Shop has a wide variety of nautical and seaside gifts and home decor. These are some of our favorite finds under $40: Tiny Jolly Roger Ship in a Bottle ($10); Santa Claws the Christmas Crab Book ($10); Crab Shell Santa Ornament ($12.50); Santa Starfish Ornament ($12.50); Tea Towels, Oven Mitts, Platters (red, white, and blue crabs); and a Blue-and-White Pitcher with an anchor as the handle ($40).
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Gift Shop is overflowing with special finds for the history lover. For a pricier gift that’ll add a regal touch to any home or office, check out this George Washington bust ($349.99)! The Declaration of Independence/Thomas Jefferson Shadow Box ($229.95) is another gift sure to wow them. The Wax and Seal Set ($16.99) would pair perfectly with personalized stationery, and the Colonial-Inspired Tea ($12.99) would go great with the No Stamp Act Tea-Pot Ornament ($13.99). They also have beautiful Wooden Cutout Ornaments for just $2.99 and Colonial Christmas Ornaments for $14.99. If your loved one loves to read, choose a great novel for their vast collection of history books.
On the Hill Gallery showcases original designs by very talented local artists. We thought these unique items would make for easy, elegant gifting: Encaustic Hand-Painted Wax Ornaments that look like tiny framed paintings featuring gnomes and trees ($20-$25); a too-cute Folk Art Christmas Llama ($50) and Folk Art Candy Cane Reindeer ($48) by Kathy Wahl; a Christmas Bells and Candy Canes Wreath by Bernice Kravchak ($85); and a photo of Yorktown Battlefield with Yorktown Onions ($95).
Home chefs will adore the Hornsby House Cookbook ($20) available for purchase at the Hornsby House Inn and in the gift shop at the Yorktown Municipal Building on Main Street. The extraordinary collection of southern cooking features recipes (including the delicious Blueberry French Toast Casserole pictured below) from three generations of Hornsby/Bowditch clans and is handwritten by Marian Hornsby Bowditch.
Speaking of food, gifts cards to one of Yorktown’s fabulous restaurants listed below would make a great gift for foodies—or anyone who loves to eat!
Ben & Jerry’s
Water Street Grille
A gift card from any of our local businesses is a great way to introduce your favorite Yorktown spots to friends and family. And don’t forget, if you’re a York County citizen you can use your Rewards Card to get discounts at participating businesses. If you don't have yours, just bring a valid I.D. or utility bill with a county address to one of the following locations:
The Administration Building
224 Ballard Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
Monday - Friday
8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Gallery at York Hall
301 Main Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
April - December
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1 - 4 p.m.