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5 Thrifty Things: Gifts Made in VA Under $50

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From Norfolk to Newport News and Richmond to Roanoke, there’s lots of great makers in Virginia right now — and we’re pumped to share at least 5 locally made gift ideas under $50 right here in our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays.

Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you’ll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets!

Young House Love by Sherry & John Petersik

You may have heard of a couple DIYers from Richmond; the Petersiks are big news in the blogosphere and now the book world. Their first book, full of hundreds of easy ways to upgrade your home, has shot up the New York Times bestseller list. For some insight into the YHL pair, check out our interview with Sherry.

Dolan Gaiman Artwork

Originally from the Shenandoah Valley, Gaiman is a talented mixed media artist. We love his vintage flair, and this fire truck screenprint ($36) represents that feel.

Mindware/Keva Building Games

Give your would-be engineers and architects something fun to do after they unwrap those presents. We love these no-fuss wooden toys for building imagination.

Sherlock Holmes Bookshelf Pillow

Elementary, my dear Watson. This houndstooth pillow ($46), complete with silhouetted dectective, is perfect for any Sherlock fan.

Charlottesville Wines

You may remember the above Kluge from our 2008 tour of Charlottesville wine country, and we still recommend grabbing a local vintage for your holiday party hopping.

Haute Papier Letterpress Coasters

These neon letterpress coasters from Haute Papier ($7.50) are made from recycled chipboard. We think they’re almost too pretty to rest your drink on.

Pawgevity Raw Pet Food

We love that Pawgevity sources their ingredients from local producers, making raw food for dogs and cats that don’t include any grains, gluten, or vitamin mixes.

Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Virginia? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we’d love to add them to our shopping lists!