Are you ready to start spreading cheer? We sure are! This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is full of ideas sure to impress the loved ones on your list. As always, we’re keeping it local. That means you’ll find one-of-a-kind, meaningful presents that not only bring the ‘wow’ factor, but also celebrate small businesses. Because our community depends on your dollars. So let’s give Yorktown some holiday love and tackle that list!
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe has the joe that brings the joy! Their Christmas Blend ($15.99) is a celebration of many different coffees from around the world. It includes rich tobacco notes with hints of molasses and stone fruit. This popular holiday gift sells for $15.99.
We also love these small bags of their exclusive holiday flavors! It isn’t just their size, but names like Jingle Caramel Java, Candy Cane Mocha, and Gingerbread Latte that make them the perfect festive stocking stuffers!
You’ll also find wine by the bottle for the vino lover, coffee by the pound, delicious shiny tins of tea, and beautifully wrapped gift baskets.
Make sure to stop by the Main Street roastery in the Historic Cole Digges (circa 1730) soon for a delicious seasonal drink. Throughout the holiday season they’ll be offering specialties such as a peppermint mocha with whipped cream, hot apple cider, and their Jamestown Spiced Wine by the glass. What a delightful way to warm up on a cold day!
Sometimes a gift card or bag of brew just won’t do; you need that special something that speaks from the heart. Auntie M’s American Cottage is filled with one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures, all made in the USA! A charm necklace that says “I love you to the moon and back” would be perfect for a loved one who likes to accessorize. Auntie M’s has lots of similar carded pewter charm necklaces, including one with a special message from a mother to her daughter. Self-taught owner/artist “Auntie M” (Marilyn West) has filled her shop with handcrafted work from outstanding American artists and fine craftspeople from Yorktown and all across the country. Visit her website for more on the special treasures to be found at this beautiful shopping destination.
Speaking of special treasures, another favorite place for unique, American-made gifts is the Gallery at York Hall. Set aside some time to browse; there’s so much to see! From children’s books and ornaments to stunning paintings, quilts, and photography, there’s something for everyone on your list. One of the best parts about shopping at the Gallery is knowing a portion of the proceeds from each purchase goes back into the community, supporting performing and visual arts in Historic Yorktown.
Offer alert: The Gallery is offering 10% off all Mark Shields pewter pins and ornaments this holiday season.
How about a beautiful piece of art to display in their home? They’ll think of you every time they see it. On the Hill Gallery has many wonderful choices by local artists. Shop for holiday decorations, wreaths, door decor, and wall art. Visit their website for more on holiday shows and special events.
If she’s hoping for something luxurious, Viccellio Goldsmith is a great place to start. J. Henry Viccellio III, master goldsmith and precious metals craftsman, offers a line of beautiful and distinctive fine jewelry and handcrafted custom creations that reflect individual customers’ unique personal styles. The Yorktown Collection is classically beautiful; and it’s available for purchase online. Gift certificates are an option if you’d rather let them pick out a truly special treasure.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Gift Shop is another one-stop-shop for holiday treasures, like the ones you see below. Natural-dyed scarves and skeins of yarn, produced by historical interpreters at Yorktown’s recreated Revolution-era farm, come in a variety of hues and are dyed using only natural pigments like those available in the 18th century. Skeins of yarn range in price from $16.99 to $21.99. Silk and cotton-dyed scarves run $19.99 to $24.99.
A Drummer Egg Ornament would make a wonderful keepsake. Inspired by the Fife & Drum Corps and Continental soldiers of the Revolutionary era, these wooden egg-shaped ornaments ($15.99) are designed and individually hand-painted by Bonnie Coyle of Williamsburg.
It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with a good book. The Gift Shop offers a wide selection in store and online. Below are two choices that may be popular among Yorktown readers.
The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware by Patrick K. O’Donnell. From the best-selling author of Washington’s Immortals and The Unknowns, an important new chronicle of the American Revolution heralds the heroism of the men from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Hardcover from Atlantic Monthly Press; 432 pages. $28.00.
The story of the development and preservation of The Monument to Alliance and Victory at Yorktown is a tangle of government, military, artists, historians, and forces of nature. Local author Maria Hepner explores the story of this monument and the town that surrounds it. Paperback from History Press; 176 pages. $21.99
Offer alert: The Museum Shops at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement will join museum stores worldwide on Sunday, November 28, for Museum Store Sunday – offering a special 20% discount on total in-store purchases that day. All purchases support the educational mission of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
The Watermen’s Museum has decked its gift-shop halls for the holidays. Stop in to browse hundreds of unique items, including nautically and patriotic-themed jewelry, books for the young and adults, T-shirts, and hats. They also carry great posters of Chesapeake Bay and Carolina Coast shipwrecks, ship-style brass-door plates, and much more!
The Yorktown Bookshop is well-stocked with historic treasures at every turn! This veteran-owned business specializes in unique antique and vintage items, such as rare or hard-to-find books and first editions. You’ll also find an incredible assortment of militaria and maritime, presidential, and historical items; perfect for the collector on your list! There’s also a great children’s area with books and toys the little ones will love.
A gift certificate for a Segway tour of Historic Yorktown would make for a nice surprise in their Christmas stocking. These tours purchased through Patriot Tours & Provisions allow you to be outside with family and friends in a socially distanced fashion, while having fun and learning about the significant history of our area.
Patriot Tours & Provisions is full of fun presents! Stop in to browse ornaments, ground spinners, garden flags, and a great selection of Virginia is for Lovers merchandise—perfect for friends and family who like to show off their state pride.
Yorktown’s newest shop, Gangsta Dog, bakes fresh, all-natural, gourmet dog biscuits; every cookie is made by hand! Your good boy (or girl!) will love tasting their donuts, iced cookies, cakes, pupcakes, macarons, meat products, and more. The store also carries collars and leashes, an exclusive line of dog foods, soft treats, toys, and CBD oil made especially for anxious and ailing pups. And look at these adorable stockings!
Treating a friend to dinner by the river would make a lovely gift! Water Street Grille offers gift cards, along with a delicious winter menu that includes their mouthwatering Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer, Cheese Plate, and Smoked Salmon Bagel. Their tasty cocktail list includes the Winter Cranberry Margarita and Hot Apple Spiced Cocktail! Water Street Grille is also a great place to celebrate the holiday season; the banquet room is perfect for events and parties.
Lastly, consider booking family and friends an unforgettable stay in Historic Yorktown. A change of scenery may be just what they need in the new year! Or, maybe your own family would love a memory-making staycation.
The Hornsby House Inn, Marl Inn, and York River Inn all offer gift certificates, making it even easier to knock out that last-minute gift. You'll find contact information for all five of Historic Yorktown's lodging options below. We know they'll love finding this gift under the tree!
Yorktown Beach Hotel
After a day of touring Historic Yorktown, relax in a room overlooking the York River and beach. This recently renovated hotel offers comfortable rooms with a view and all the amenities!
Hornsby House Inn B&B
On Historic Main Street, this truly elegant, comfortable home offers a tradition of "Hornsby House" hospitality. Luxury suites, guest rooms, and breakfast served in the dining room make for an enjoyable and unique experience.
Marl Inn Bed & Breakfast
Choose from five suites, three of which include a kitchen and living area. All rooms have private bathrooms and entrances. Great for couples or families, on a half-acre with beautiful gardens. The Marl Inn is just a short stroll to the beach and historic areas.
York River Inn Bed & Breakfast
Located on a high bluff overlooking the York River, the Inn has three guest rooms filled with gorgeous antiques, exceptional amenities, and a sumptuous breakfast.
Experience Yorktown by immersing yourself in the heart of Historic Village. Combined, the two lovely cottages can accommodate up to nine guests. From their location on Ballard Street, it's just a short walk to Main Street, Yorktown Beach, and other waterfront and historic attractions. Guests can also ride the complimentary trolley to explore museums, the battlefields, and several historical sites.
If you’re still not sure of what to get those on your list, stroll through one of our upcoming markets. You’ll find a plethora of present ideas, including seasonal produce, meats, breads, handmade soaps and candles, honey, gourmet dog treats, and a beautiful display of work from local artists. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday, and we thank you for supporting local businesses!