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Local Gift Guide

Keep it Local and Support your Community This Holiday Season

Article by Hann Livingston with Melinda Gipson

Photography by and Celeste Linthicum

Originally published in Leesburg Lifestyle

Doing your holiday shopping locally does more than help you get to know some of the great people in our community; buying from this particular gift guide supports all those great "giving back" stories you enjoy in Leesburg Lifestyle Magazine all year round! Not coincidentally, they also happen to be some of our favorite merchandise because, well, obviously, those are the first people we asked to come alongside us in this venture! So, here, with a lot of love for you and yours this holiday season, are some of OUR favorite gift giving ideas:

FOR FUN

1. Holidays + The Northern Lights in Norwegian Lapland: Enjoy eight days in a real-life winter wonderland featuring reindeer, dog sledding, snowmobiling and the iconic Snowhotel. Let Denis and Ziza of Expert Travel Planning Services plan YourAdventureOfALifetime.com, complete with custom travel and accommodations. 703.723.0898

FOR FOODIES

1. Fine Foods & Favorite Restaurants of Northern Virginia by Sandrine Brubaker with Jennifer Chatman. The book features stunning photos and favorite recipes from our best local chefs. Think The National Conference Center's lobster risotto and The Wine Kitchen's torta palla and you'll get the idea. $19.95, available at The Wine Kitchen at 7 S. King St. in Leesburg. Proceeds benefit Tree of Life Ministries.

2. A local, custom-made table adds to any dining room. Pick your wood and style. Shenandoah Kitchen & Home, 201 N. Maple Ave., #E, Purcellville

3. The Shaker Set from Crafthouse by Fortessa is designed by world champion bartender Charles Joy. Sterling Restaurant Supply, 20412 Bashan Drive, Ashburn

4. Schott Zwiesel glassware sets add a contemporary accent and are available in a variety of sizes. Sterling Restaurant Supply

5. A 16-piece dinnerware set for when you're “adding a place.” EverGourmet Essentials by Fortessa, Sterling Restaurant Supply

FOR KIDS

1. Specialized's Fatboy 20 is THE bicycle for smooth riding kids. Bicycles and Coffee, 609 E. Main St., Unit O, Purcellville

FOR HIM AND HER

1. Great Skin Kits from Patchology make excellent stocking stuffers. $20 each, The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery, 45155 Research Place #125, Ashburn

2. The Biopelle Post Procedure Kit is all about skin repair. $220, The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery 

3. For healthy holiday skin, use the Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery's Get Glowing Kit. $260

4. Unique eyewear from Initium lets you wear the styles Tony Stark wore. Eyetopia, 223 Loudoun St. SE #3115, Leesburg

5. The Vado e-bike from Specialized is great for commuting or cruising. Bicycles and Coffee, 609 E. Main St., Unit O, Purcellville

6. Keep your accessories and glasses organized in handmade luxury by OYOBox. $165-$300, Eyetopia 

7. DO UBUNTU Bracelet – $20 donation provides a living wage to a woman in Africa and food, clothing and shelter to an orphaned child. Eyetopia

8. Super Soft Organic tops from Dino Apparel are simple and perfect. $90-$100, The Dailey Method, 44675 Cape Court #180, Ashburn

FOR PETS

1. The Arctic Shag Bed from Jax & Bones is the ultimate in warmth and comfort. $179-$289, Happy Hound, 19352 Promenade Drive, Leesburg

2. Dog toys from Fluff and Tuff are durable and soft. $9-$28, Happy Hound.

3. Foggy Mountain Dog Coat keeps your dog warm and stylish. $29-$100, Happy Hound

4. Grandma Lucy's Gingerbread Treats – organic, crispy and full of holiday cheer. $7.99, Happy Hound

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