The items in our items range from handmade jewelry and artwork to coffee mugs and books from local authors. I find myself going through the store on a daily basis and finding new things to buy for my friends and family, as well as myself. I think I have spent at least an entire paycheck in the gift shop over the course of four months. As the holidays get closer, I’ve started to look through the shop for gift ideas! We have a lot of handmade items, and I think they make perfect holiday presents.

Personally, my favorite thing to buy is handmade soap. The soaps come in different fragrances that smell amazing and always fill the shop with a wonderful aroma visitors notice right away. They’re small and would make a great stocking stuffer or addition to a gift basket.

Like many women, I love jewelry, especially necklaces. Our gift shop has so many different varieties of necklaces and earrings to choose from, ranging from $9 to $150. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry is an anchor necklace. I wear it almost every day and get so many compliments on it while I am working. I always let those visitors know I got it here in the gift shop.

Besides the locally made jewelry, we have original artwork and pottery made in Virginia Beach. One of my many favorite artists is John LePine, with Back Bay Birds. He creates these beautiful bird sculptures made entirely out of driftwood. They range in size and are perfect gifts for the holidays.

Another one of my favorite artists in the shop is Jan Barco. Jan has a few pieces of pottery as well as these amazing works of art made out of leather. These leather pieces vary in sizes large enough to hang on your walls and small enough to hang on your Christmas tree. Along with these fantastic artists, we even have beautiful paintings and prints from local artists that you won’t find in any department store.

I could go on and on about all the different kinds of marvelous local gifts we have, but why do that when you can come to the museum and take a look for yourself? Our gift shop is open year round just like the museum, and I bet we have something in the shop that would make the perfect gift for your friends and family members this holiday season.