Original Article: https://richmondmom.com/2016/12/08/best-gift-shops-in-richmond-for-christmas-shopping/
Finding the perfect gift for loved ones and friends should be the easiest thing in the world, right? After all, they are the ones that we know the best. They are the ones that are there for us at every turn and give of themselves daily. But how do you find the perfect gift to truly convey just how much they mean? For all of those special people in your life, only a truly unique gift will do. So we’ve taken a look at some of Richmond’s best gift shops and stores in order to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list – young and old alike.
In order to rank our favorites, we took a look at the following:
The following gift shops ticked every box on our list and we think you’ll find that when it comes to finding the perfect present, you won’t need to look any further!
Tinker’s / Facebook
Candles, decorations, cookbooks, furniture, home décor, housewares, accessories, “just for fun,” and the list goes on. Tinker’s has been serving Richmond for nearly 30 years – and in that time, I think it’s pretty safe to say, they’ve figured out exactly what their clientele wants, needs and loves.
Known around town as one of the best places to shop for unique mom gifts, cool kid items and eclectic household finds, we have no doubt that you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot of Christmas shopping when you walk through the door. Oh, and speaking of Christmas, be prepared for a holiday display like no other.
Tinker’s offers many items with a range of prices to match. But there’s one thing that sets them apart from other gift stores – and it’s why they’re on our list. We all know finding the perfect sentimental gift is like the holy grail of Christmas shopping. That being said, Tinker’s does restorations – not just of furniture, but of photos, as well. Surprise someone on your list with a special item or heirloom that has been lovingly restored and chances are you’ll win Christmas.
Why we love them: Tinker’s is slightly off the beaten path (look for them across from the Sears Scratch and Dent store on Westwood Avenue), but it is truly a hidden gem. Their restoration services set them apart for us – and we love that they’re always looking to add a fresh spin to an old design.
Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm
Where to find them:
2409 Westwood Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Restoration: (804) 359-1843
RVANest / Facebook
This Southside treasure has made an impact since the day it opened its doors. From the elegant yet homey outside (well, it is converted Victorian home on Semmes Avenue, after all) to the wonderfully warm and eclectic interior, Nest is a welcome break from department store shopping – not just at Christmas, but all year long.
There’s no question that Nest hits the mark when it comes to variety shopping. Nest features a little bit of everything – from period and vintage antiques to local arts. In fact, if supporting local businesses and artisans is important to you, then you’ll be happy to know that they showcase more than 70 local artists. Filled with beautiful handmade jewelry, soaps, body products, fine arts, pottery, sculpture, wooden-ware, art glass and more, all at a wide range of price points, you’re sure to find the perfect something for everyone on your list – and maybe something for yourself, as well.
Although their website is still under construction, count on wonderful personal attention in the store and be sure to visit their Facebook page for a look at new items and special events.
Why we love them: Not only does Nest offer variety and value, we simply love the community involvement they have. Inside the shop, you’ll find “TheGallery@Nest,” which is a space dedicated to local artists housing a new gallery show every six to eight weeks. Simply put, it’s shopping you can feel good about.
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm
Tweed / Facebook
It would be hard NOT to find something at Tweed. This family-owned and operated store came to Richmond via New Jersey in 2004. Since that time, Tweed has become one of the area’s most popular shopping destinations for unique gifts, personalized everything, clothing, accessories, home décor and more.
With their latest expansion in 2015, Tweed now offers more than ever, ensuring incredible variety – from clothing for men, women and children to funky housewares. Plus, they can work with your budget, because they don’t just carry one niche brand, genre or product-style. And Tweed specializes in personal service, both with items that can be embroidered, engraved, hand-painted or vinyled and with incredible customer service.
Speaking of which, did we mention you could shop online with in-store pick-up and delivery options? Now that’s service. It’s easy to see why they win the number two spot on our list of best gift shops for Christmas shopping!
Why we love them: We love Tweed for no other reason than because they are amazing. But if we need to be specific, we love that finding a unique, uber-personal gift is a breeze. And while you’re there, you can also check off other people on your list thanks to so much product variety! That’s a win-win.
Monday-Friday 10am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Where to find them:
4035 Lauderdale Dr.
Richmond, VA 23233
For 25 years, Mongrel has been Richmond’s go-to spot for truly unique cards and gifts. Today, their ever-expanding inventory offers something for everyone – from sentimental to downright hilarious. Find handcrafted cards, classy home décor, kitchen kitsch, books that range from funny to sentimental, beautiful candles, coffee, RVA-specific items and much, much more. Basically, Mongrel is a toy store for adults!
We all know that sometimes finding the perfect card can be even better than finding the perfect gift. With that in mind, Mongrel has one of the most comprehensive selection of cards and stationery in the city. So whether you’re looking for gifts, cards or a little bit of both, it won’t take you long to realize why this Carytown treasure has been voted “Best of” in Richmond time and time again. And with price points that range from inexpensive to slightly higher end, you can work with your own budget – no matter what it is.
The only complaint people seem to have is that they don’t have enough time to see everything Mongrel has to offer – so come prepared to browse! If you’re struggling to narrow down your options, be sure to ask a friendly salesperson for help. They are always ready to show you unique items that you might have overlooked.
Why we love them: Mongrel offers everything from silly to serious – which means that you can find something for your dad and your crazy best friend all in one shop. And that’s exactly the one-stop-shopping experience many of us need in the midst of a crazy holiday season!
Monday-Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 11pm – 6pm
Shops at 5807 / Facebook
As the hands down winner in the variety category, Shops at 5807 pretty much nails it in all of our other categories, as well, winning them our number one spot with ease. Now, we will admit, we’re cheating just a bit here, because Shops at 5807 (as the name implies) is not just one shop, but a collection of more than 20 independently owned boutiques – all rolled into one amazing shopping experience. Featuring clothing, jewelry, personalized items, home décor, art and much more, Shops at 5807 offer a massive variety of products, as well as price points to suit any budget.
If having so many options sounds overwhelming, fear not. They’ve got you covered in the service department, as well. Talk to individual store owners and vendors for help finding the perfect gift, or take advantage of their online Personal Shopper tool. Plug in some basic information about what and who you’re shopping for and they’ll do the rest.
Why we love them: Options, options, options! Christmas shopping is hard enough without having to drive all over town. Shops at 5807 provides a one-stop shop for nearly everyone on your list. And the Personal Shopper tool…well, that’s just icing on the cake.
Monday-Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Now that you know where to go, get ready for some super friends and family come Christmas morning! We hope that you’ll find everything you’re looking for – and more – at these amazing Richmond gift shops, but in the meantime, we would love to hear about some of your favorite gift shops at Christmas time. Let us know your suggestions in the comments below!
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We wish you the best of holidays & we hope it’s filled with love, laughter and spirit! Happy Holidays!