Shopping in downtown Harrisonburg is an unrushed, pleasant experience, even this close to Christmas. Having difficulty finding a gift for that special someone? Here is a sampling of unique gift ideas you can’t find anywhere else in Harrisonburg:
1. Downtown Gift Certificate from Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance – It works just like cash and is good at approximately 50 restaurants, shops, attractions and spa services. You can pick them up at the Hardesty-Higgins House at 212 S. Main Street. HDR also sells “Do Downtown” t-shirts.
2. An ornament from You Made It…made by you! – A few years ago, the HDR staff all went to You Made It paint-your-own pottery studio for a little bonding time. It was great stress relief and we got to keep what we painted! I went back later to decorate an ornament for my sister-in-law with her children’s names on it. It’s now one of their favorites. It’s too late to have a piece ready by Christmas, but if you go in and paint something now, it’ll be ready in about a week. Definitely worth giving out an I.O.U. on Friday.
3. Couture lollipop from Madison Interiors – Yes, a rhinestone-encrusted lollipop holder is the kind of frivolous item that wouldn’t exist if not for holidays like Christmas and Hollywood culture (Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears have all been spotted with them). On the other hand, it’s shiny…and sparkly!
4. A grandparent membership to Harrisonburg Children’s Museum – Let’s face it: most grandparents already have everything they need. What they really want is more time with the grandkids. A grandparent membership gives just that — access for a full year to two grands and all of their little ones to Harrisonburg’s only kid-focused museum.
5. Lucky Brand patchwork bag from The Yellow Button – Who says you have to go all the way to Tyson’s Corner for good shopping? On their blog, The Yellow Button describes this striking bag as “big enough to carry anything you could possibly need, and colorful enough to spruce up any Neutral Nancy’s wordrobe.”
6. A hand cut filigree ring from Hugo A. Kohl, III Custom Jewelry Designs – Hugo Kohl is a master goldsmith, combining traditional and modern methods to create exquisite filigree jewelry. With a collection of 3,000 hand-engraved dies in his Federal Street workshop, most dating from the 1800’s, Kohl offers some of the most incredible – and exclusive – rings in the industry.
7. An Amish-made acorn birdhouse from Downtown Fine Furniture Company – Downtown Fine Furniture Company specializes in Amish-made furniture and accessories. “Cheap cheap!” is for the birds — not only is this acorn-shaped birdhouse darling, but it’s also handcrafted from solid wood and built to last.
8. Bum Genius cloth diapers from On the Turtle’s Back – Amazingly, at a time when many people are more conscious about environmental impact and sustainability, On the Turtle’s Back on Water Street is the only place where you can find this popular brand of colorful, reliable cloth diapers. Perfect for crunchy parents and moms-to-be.
9. Tickets to the Hank Williams Sr. Tribute with Robin and Linda Williams at Court Square Theater – Tickets to this annual concert celebrating the life and songs of the late country music icon traditionally sell out fast. Luckily for last minute shoppers, however, there are still a few seats left if you act now!
10. A Hummel figurine from Glen’s Fair Price Store – Back in the day, women used to camp out overnight on South Main Street whenever M.I. Hummel released their latest figurine. Demand is not quite so high now, but these little ceramic collectibles still make great nostalgic gifts.