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Volume 4: Electronics, wine, clothing, and more!

We love to organize our gift guides in specific categories, but it just isn't happening this year. We'll continue to share a strong variety each week and we'd love for you to let each store know that you saw their "merch" in your Merch Colony Mail!

Are we missing a gift for your pesky uncle? What do you need help with this month? Let us know what you're looking for and we'll assist so you can get back to holiday cheer... xoxo QueenBee
Boogie Boards aren't just for the ocean - these Boogie Board electronic gadgets are a paperless way to write lists, practice writing, or doodle! Perfect for children and adults. Find them at WHIMSIES and SHENANIGANS.
If you or someone you know loves wine, we have the perfect gift: membership to the Wine Guild of Charlottesville. Joining the club allows for deep discounts on wine and connects you with people who love wine. What could be better? This is a thoughtful and generous gift to give or keep. Think VIP clients, parents/adult children who don't "need" anything. It's the gift that keeps on giving and includes Wednesday wine tasting events. DETAILS HERE
Easy to mail, super affordable, unique design, and the ultimate in practical gifts! These "towels" are made of cotton and cellulose, and are 100% biodegradable. Use them where you'd use a sponge, dish rag, or paper towel, then toss in the dishwasher or the washing machine to clean and re-use. We use ours to clean mirrors for a streak free look, and they are great for polishing silver, too! They have the same absorbency as 16 paper towels. Only $5.50 each, so grab a few in several colors and whimsical designs at
The Market at Grelen.
For the golfer:  a golfing book or a needlepoint pillow? Or both! $48-$75. Find these gifts at
PATINA Antiques, etc.
For the person who appears to have everything: these premium mobile charge & sync cables are designed to connect specifically to iPhone and iPad devices and have been certified to meet Apple's strict performance standards. SCARPA $40
Fun hats to keep you warm without comprising style are fully stocked (along with ski goggles and sunglasses) at FREESTYLE 
If you're looking for beautiful dresses, visit Petit Bebe on Water Street or shop their WEBSITE. They carry Patagonia for children and several lines of baby and maternity clothing, too!

What is the hottest selling item at Crutchfield? Bluetooth speakers! We love the JBL Flip2 that comes in several colors and is priced between $90-$100
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) lets you wirelessly pair with a compatible device by simply touching it to the Flip 2
  • built-in microphone with echo reduction and noise-cancellation for wireless speakerphone operation
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 5 hours
Grab gifts in all prices ranges from Roxie Daisy. We love bar soaps and their incredible selection of bottled cleaning agents. Over-sized coffee mugs can handle soup or ice cream - totally adorable with names of loved ones! Find these gifts at
Pocket knives are the ideal gift for men who need all the essentials in one place. Priced between $52-$88 and some come packaged in a wooden gift box. Find several motifs at FOLLY
If you want to buy gifts that support artists in our community, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative invites you to buy a share in the Second Annual CSA (Community Supported Art) Program. Based on the farm share model where buying produce supports local agriculture and gets tasty produce to your table, your art share will support Charlottesville’s emerging artists and get beautiful, locally-sourced art to your home. DETAILS HERE
Dream Time heating/cooling body wraps are a basic item that brings total luxury to your body.  We heat ours in the microwave for 2 minutes to sooth aching muscles. For the ultimate indulgence, we put the heated pad inside the foot of the bed to warm the sheets before slumbering off to sleep. Find a variety at Rebecca's Natural Food Store in Barracks Road. 
For my Mother: a book for the person who wonders where to put their "stuff" or comments that they can't find a place for the things they love - this is written by a Virginia author, and demonstrates creative ways to showcase your treasures. Find a hardback copy at PATINA Antiques, etc.
Gorgeous hosiery from brands like Fogal are available in Charlottesville - you just need to know where to look - Shop Derriere de Soie on the Downtown Mall or visit their website. Don't know her size? A gift certificate solves that issue! {& schedule a bra fitting to make sure you're in the right size!}
DECEMBER SALE: super comfy Pine Cone Hill bedding at PATINA Antiques, etc. is 30% off  -  we'd be thrilled with a cotton coverlet or pillows, wouldn't you?!  See store for specific details.
Great for outdoorsy types: The BOOM Swimmer is waterproof portable speaker system. This durable little Bluetooth speaker can be immersed to a depth of 3 feet for up to 20 minutes, and it plays music wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-compatible device. Use it anywhere there's a chance of getting soaked — poolside, in the shower, on the slopes (but don't take it scuba diving). Not only is the Swimmer waterproof, but its rugged casing is also shock-resistant and dust-resistant, too. Perfect for a day at the beach. The built-in battery lasts for up to eight hours of continuous use. The USB charging cable can either be connected to its AC power adapter, or plugged directly into your computer for easy charging. $60 at Crutchfield
A plush Sferra throw is a personal gift when you add a monogram!  The perfect size, price and it's practical while being so attractive! Find several colors at FOLLY
Looking for fun jewelry that doesn't break the bank? Visit DUO on The UVA Corner and find the Virginia state necklace for just $18  - we also love the bicycle, the bird, and their other charms!
The Barbour Jacket is a classic for men and women. The only coat I've had for more than 10 years, it can be worn with many styles: rugged, preppy, transitional, alternative.  Quilted or waxed, priced from $279-$449 and available at Albemarle Angler in Barracks Road and Orvis at Stonefield.  [And it's "so Charlottesville" - am I right?]
Beats by Dr Dre headphones are one of the top selling luxury brands in the headphone market and are priced at $199-$399.  [Pictured: Beats Solo 2.0 on-ear headphones. Find them at Crutchifeld]
Looking for a tablet or an e-reader? The Kindles are as low as $80 - who knew?  Find them at Best Buy, Crutchfield, or your wireless store.
The birdkage “Darwin” tote is made of waxed heavyweight cotton canvas with a distinct “grid” pattern, and trimmed with hand-cut heavy-duty saddle leather. Perfect for weekend getaways.  Contrast lining in blaze orange grid wax cotton canvas. Three interior pockets: 2 extra large pockets, perfect for laptops, and 1 smaller interior pocket. Detachable and adjustable leather shoulder strap, solid brass double-end snap for closure. Comes with a mini can of wax for at-home touch-ups. 
Made in usa.  $438
"We don't want to change the world, we just want to change your underwear" is the slogan of Hot Chillys - find these outstanding base layers in fun colors and patterns at FREESTYLE 
This is our new favorite game - fantastic when you don't have time for a long card game or don't feel like dragging out a board game. Ideal for both children and adults, cocktail party activity, or casual competition.  Find TENZI at WHIMSIES. One box is just $15 and works for 2-4 players.
Smathers & Branson needlepoint belts - a traditional gift for boys and men. Several patterns, colleges, and colorful themes to satisfy every male on your list!  Find these at Country Club Prep on Elliewood Avenue, across from Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar.
$165 each

Make a Statement

Do you need
new window treatments, a sofa recovered, new furniture, lighting, home decor, and more?!

Visit The Second Yard, located in Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Paramount
Have you made plans? 
The Nutcracker, Elf, It's a Wonderful Life,
A Christmas Carol
, and other holiday classics are coming to
The Paramount Theater, home of The Alternative Gift Fair

Pillow Party:
December 7th

Custom made pillows of Nancy Bass' paintings are available in her studio for the holidays, priced from $90-$120. If you're looking for a unique holiday gift, stop by the pillow party and viewing of her newest paintings on Sunday Dec 7th from noon until 4:00pm.


We're sending additional gift ideas
 and ideas for your home in the coming weeks:

+ gifts for her
+ gifts for him
+ gifts for children
+ splurge gifts
+home decor ideas

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