For most, gift-giving is an intimidating concept. Lucky for us, Charlottesville offers up a slew of retail stores and artisans that make it easy to find something for everyone on your list. Here are six of our favorite spots (hint, hint).
Your beloved will need a place to put the beautiful bouquet you’ve gifted, no? (Or, at least, a place to put the last few blooms that hang on longer than the rest, as they inevitably do.) This ceramic one, at Louise, is not for the crystal vase set—it’s more suited for someone who likes to keep their surroundings a little eclectic. Entitled “Thank You For the Flowers,” it was designed in and imported from Italy.
Up the guest list on your sweetheart’s arm party with a piece of jewelry from Scarpa. The Barracks Road store stocks a robust collection of beautiful bracelets from the classic (a gold chain bracelet from Marian Maurer) to the costumey (a cuff from Lizzie Fortunato).
Get your mind outta the gutter! We’re talking a stop in the Well Room’s infrared sauna. Using infrared wavelengths to warm the body, the rising temperature penetrates tissues for a relaxing, detoxifying sweat. A 25-minute session will run you $30, so pair the gift with a bottle of the spa’s luxuriant products on offer.
Give the gift of style with help from the folks at Quattro Tizi, where you can find a curated selection of on-trend pieces from companies like Alex Mill, Knickerbocker, and Fulton & Roark. The downtown shop stocks items for both men and women, so anyone can walk out looking like their best self.
Maybe the thing your sweetie really needs is a night away. In the absence of extensive travel, a staycation might be just the ticket. Pick a spot in a different neighborhood (recommended: Belmont, for walking distance to some of the best food in town, from breakfast to dinner) and don’t worry about doing the dishes.
…and don’t forget the dog!
We know who the real love of your life is. Give your best friend a style boost with a fresh collar from Foytik, a leather goods shop based downtown. (Psst, the artisans also offer gifts for humans, from leather-bound journals and guitar straps to luggage tags and belts.)