Small businesses have been in survival mode this year. But with your support, they’ll be a little closer to ending the year on a joyful note. As you cross off that holiday shopping list, consider making purchases from Yorktown businesses instead of big box stores. You’ll be helping people in our community stay afloat while also filling your sleigh with unique gifts sure to delight your loved ones. We found so many fun ideas when strolling through Historic Yorktown! Many businesses also offer online shopping and gift card options so you don’t have to leave the comfort and safety of your home. So let’s wrap up that gift list, shall we?
This educational museum that specializes in the role Chesapeake Bay watermen have played in the shaping of our nation has decked its gift-shop halls for the holidays. Stop in to admire their festive Christmas tree as you browse more than 250 unique items, including nautically and patriotic-themed jewelry, books for 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!
Maybe the grandparent, history buff, beachgoer, fisherman, or nature fan would rather receive an experience? Consider gifting a museum membership! The Watermen’s Museum is currently offering $10 off a one-year family membership.
The veteran-owned business is stocked with treasures at every turn! Allen Sylvia specializes in unique antique and vintage items, such as rare or hard-to-find books and first editions. He also has 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. Make sure to check out the “Elfie” photo board when you stop in.
There’s no better time to support independent bookstores, as they are among the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Now more than ever, Allen makes sure to keep the shelves stocked with new goodies to keep customers coming back for more. He’s also enticing customers with his Holiday Sale underway through the end of the year: Enjoy 30% off books and 20% off everything else!
If you’re looking for something really unique, Auntie M’s is the place to go! 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. How about a repurposed golf club wine corkscrew for the golfer on your list?
And have you ever seen cheese plates quite like these? Winos will love the beautiful repurposed bottles for serving charcuterie. If they’re more into beer, make sure to check out the repurposed Corona bottles for serving limes!
You’ll also find a variety of paintings from local artists, soaps handmade in Virginia, Yorktown coasters, bread/bun warmers, ornaments, jewelry, clothing, and much, much, more!
This art gallery is filled to the brim with handcrafted gifts created by local artists. 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.
If you’d rather shop online, particularly during this pandemic, 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.
Don’t forget about stocking stuffers! A gift certificate for a Segway tour of Historic Yorktown would make for a nice surprise. These tours 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.
A gift card to this fabulous restaurant that specializes in artisan pizzas, tapas, and fresh seafood would make a great gift for the foodie on your list. These days many people aren’t wanting more “stuff” but would love to experience a new place to eat with friends and family.
This active roastery has the coffee connoisseur covered. Give them a taste of the Mobjack Christmas Blend, available only until January 1! This expertly roasted coffee is a celebration of many different coffees from around the world. It includes rich tobacco notes with hints of molasses and stone fruit.
A 12-pack of K-Cups would pair perfectly with a Keurig machine! Mobjack sells these for $14.99. And a history buff will get excited about the Yorktown Colonial Historical Blend, a smooth, well-balanced dark roast with deep tobacco notes. Mobjack extensively researched coffee varietals that were available in Colonial America to bring you a true taste of American history. Click here to add these items to your cart and place your order right now! You can also purchase a gift card through their website.
Is he or she a pub fan? They might like a shirt, koozie, or mason jar with their favorite restaurant’s logo. These can all be purchased from the comfort of your couch! Click here to browse their full selection.
How about treating them to a delicious meal at this recently reopened restaurant that faces the gorgeous York River? The new breakfast menu includes mouthwatering favorites like Larry's Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, You Know I Like My Chicken Fried Biscuit, County Omelet, and Beach Beignets! For lunch, they'll love the choice of options, including Crispy Pickle Chips, Piggy Fries, Crabcake Sandwich, Tuna Tacos, and Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich.
And, of course, they have their signature alcoholic lemonade and a great list of craft drafts! A satisfying meal and cold drink may be just what they need this holiday season.
Know someone with a sweet tooth? Ben & Jerry’s Yorktown can create a custom cake just for them. If they live in the Yorktown area, you can also have their favorite scoops, pints, and cakes delivered straight to their door through UberEats! How easy is that? Click here for a link to order your gift today.
Lastly, consider booking family and friends an unforgettable stay in Historic Yorktown. After the year we've had, 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. The Hornsby House Inn also sells the Hornsby House Cookbook ($20) that's perfect for home chefs! The extraordinary collection of southern cooking features recipes from three generations of Hornsby/Bowditch clans and is handwritten by Marian Hornsby Bowditch.
And for the coffee or tea lover, call to order a Marl Inn coffee mug handmade here in the U.S.A.!
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!
Duke of York Hotel
After a day of touring Historic Yorktown, relax in a room overlooking the York River and beach. Doubles, Queens, kings, and Jacuzzi rooms available. Outdoor pool on premises.
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.
We hope this gift guide inspired you to shop local this holiday season. Our Yorktown businesses greatly appreciate you considering them as prime shopping destinations.