25 Local Gift Ideas (no container-ship-surfing required!)

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Have you seen the Facebook memes with desperate shoppers jet-skiing out to a container ship, looking for their holiday gifts?

Never mind that… here are 25+ local suggestions for your holiday gift-giving. They’re all found right here in Hampton Roads, and you won’t have to worry about any shipping delays!

Adventures & Sports

The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium – climb & zip-line through the trees!

iFLY Virginia Beach – give the gift of indoor skydiving! It’s safe & fun for all ages.

Norfolk Tides – root for the home team in the summer of 2022! Season tickets or multi-game packages now available.

Escape Room – gather your friends and work together to solve a fun puzzle in one of their themed rooms!

Crafts & Creativity

Perry Glass Studio at the Chrysler Museum – try your hand at a glassblowing workshop!

All Hands Pottery Studio – when you’ve always wanted to try a potter’s wheel! Owned by a Navy veteran, they offer classes & studio time.

Fabric Hut – “where friends and fabric meet.” For anyone who enjoys sewing, or would like to learn! They offer classes and sell gift cards. Amazing selection. This is where I got the batik fabric for my folding screen 🙂

Sarah’s Thimble – lovely quilting supplies, and popular classes!

Cottage LunaSea – they frequently offer classes! Stop by Jennifer’s shop & find beautiful, inspiring local art.

The Muse Writers Center – fun writing classes for young & old, all levels of experience! Check out the variety of programs offered by the folks at this Norfolk nonprofit.

Tours & Getaways

Norfolk Botanical Garden – acres of beautiful gardens, kids’ activities, and educational programs for all ages. Open year ‘round.

Rudee Tours – go dolphin watching, whale watching, & more!

Virginia State Parks – get outside with a gift certificate or an annual pass!

Ride the ROX – your group can charter a private coach, choose your destination, and travel in style!

Spirit of Norfolk – enjoy fine food & entertainment onboard a yacht!

Colonial Williamsburg – they have many options for tickets & passes! History comes alive.

Amtrak – all aboard! Purchase gift cards for train travel here. Escape along the east coast, or cross-country.

All the Animals

Catnip Cat Cafe – hang out with adoptable kitties; you may find the purrfect furever friend!

The Virginia Aquarium – individual or family memberships offered. Lots of hands-on exhibits!

Pawsnickety Pets – grab an e-gift card for this pawsome local shop, filled with all-natural pet foods, treats & supplies!

The Virginia Living Museum – memberships available! “The more they use [this gift], the better it gets!”

Virginia Zoo – memberships are a great gift; enjoy visiting your favorite animals all year long!

Everything Else

Concerts at the Sandler Center – check out the upcoming events. Beautiful venue for concerts, plays, and all genres of music.

Mambo Room – Holiday specials on gift certificates for dance instruction, event rentals, & more!

The Royal Chocolate – amazing local chocolatier in Virginia Beach Town Center. Wonderful gifts… for others and yourself!

Concrete Creations – not only do they have everything for your garden, but they also have a fun gift shop!

Family Fun Xperience — check out the live, interactive, family-friendly shows & games at this Oceanfront theatre. Open year ’round!

And, of course, Massage Gift Certificates are a great idea!

Quiet Strength Massage Therapy gift certificates are always available online, right here. If you have any questions, just let me know and I’m glad to help you.

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