2022 Holiday Gift Guide
Shop Local and Wrap up the Year Spreading Good Cheer
We’re making it easy to tackle your shopping list and support local businesses! Our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide is full of ways to make merry this special season. From handcrafted art and flavorful coffee to unique ornaments and convenient gift cards–Yorktown has something for everyone.
For the Person Who Loves the Unexpected
The Gallery at York Hall is a treasure trove of work by hundreds of 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 even the hardest to shop for people 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. They do offer gift certificates, if you choose to let the recipient do their own shopping!
Be sure to check out the Gallery’s large selection of ornaments, including popular pewter designs by Mark Shields. They’ve also gotten in many new styles, including ornaments made from oyster shells, as well as snowflakes, sailboats, crabs, and sand dollars with “Yorktown” written on them. We love the Grinch made out of a crab shell!
Offer alert: The Gallery is offering 10% off all Mark Shields pewter pins and ornaments this holiday season.
Another fun stop on your gift-shopping spree is Auntie M’s American Cottage. 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. Visit her website for more on the special treasures to be found at this beautiful shopping destination.
How about a beautiful piece of art to display in their home? They’ll think of you every time they see it. On the Hill Gallery has many wonderful choices by local artists. Shop for jewelry, holiday decorations, wreaths, door decor, and wall art. We love all of the unique ornaments, especially the cute paint brush seen below! Visit their website for more on holiday shows and special events.
For the Person You Want to Impress
If she’s hoping for something luxurious, 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. Gift certificates are an option if you’d rather let them pick a special treasure.
For the History Buff
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Gift Shop is another one-stop-shop for holiday treasures. You’ll find bibles, reference books, postcards, exclusive mugs, and an exclusive ladies’ tee related to their new Reign and Rebellion Special Exhibition.
History-loving foodies will enjoy ideas like grits, biscuit mix, and hot cocoa mix from Old School Brand and AR’s Hot Southern Honey. Fun holiday aprons from Krumbs would make a charming hostess gift! And, coming soon: highly prized, heirloom-quality antique reproduction Delft tobacco jars from Royal Goedewaagen. Ask about these when you stop in!
Offer alert: The Museum Shops at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement will join museum stores worldwide on Sunday, November 27, for Museum Store Sunday – offering a special 20% discount on total in-store purchases that day. All purchases support the educational mission of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
The Watermen’s Museum Gift Shop is another gem in town full of more than 1,000 items perfect for holiday gifts, including jewelry, books, toys, housewares, and decorations. This year, they’re offering two of their most popular items at 20% off for the holidays: the Bubba Bay Yacht Club shirt and the Bubba Bay Yacht Club hoodie. Museum officials tell us that since the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay often refer to each other as Bubba, the waterway is obviously the “Great Bubba Bay.” They designed shirts and hoodies that proudly proclaim the wearer is a member of the Bubba Bay Yacht Club (LOL!), and therefore, one of Bubba Bay’s “Nauti Crew.”
The other item they’re offering at a sale price is a tall handmade Blue Salt Glazed Mug–perfect for a large cup of Joe to start the day or for a cold and frosty beverage to end the day. The mug says “Yorktown, Virginia” (in the old Colonial style) and shows one of four common Tall Ship sail configurations. These are on sale for $9.40 a piece.
A gift certificate for a Segway tour of Historic Yorktown would make a nice surprise in their Christmas stocking. These tours purchased through Patriot Tours & Provisions allow you to be outside with family and friends 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.
For Your Furry Friends
Gangsta Dog bakes fresh, all-natural, gourmet dog biscuits; every cookie is made by hand! Your good boy (or girl!) will love tasting their donuts, iced cookies, cakes, pupcakes, macarons, meat products, and more. The store also carries collars and leashes, an exclusive line of dog foods, soft treats, toys, and CBD oil made especially for anxious and ailing pups. We love all of the adorable ornaments, plus the dog-gone cute advent calendar!
For the Coffee & Tea Lover
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe has the joe that brings the joy! Their Christmas Blend is a celebration of many different coffees from around the world. It includes rich tobacco notes with hints of molasses and stone fruit.
You’ll also find wine by the bottle, coffee by the pound, K-Cups, and shiny tins of tea, which would make great stocking stuffers!
For the Person Craving a Getaway
Consider booking family and friends an unforgettable stay in Historic Yorktown. 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 gift. 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!
Yorktown Beach Hotel
This hotel has recently undergone some major renovations and has a beautiful new and welcoming lobby. The rooms remain just as comfortable and clean, and the views are always magnificent.
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. Purchase a gift certificate here.
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.
For the Book Lover
The Yorktown Bookshop is well-stocked with historic treasures at every turn! This veteran-owned business specializes in unique antique and vintage items, such as rare or hard-to-find books and first editions. You’ll also find 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.
If you’re still not sure of what to get those on your list, stroll through one of our upcoming markets. You’ll find a plethora of present ideas, including seasonal produce, meats, breads, handmade soaps and candles, honey, gourmet dog treats, and a beautiful display of work from local artists. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday!