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With downtown Open House Sunday, places to look for nifty presents

SoVaNow.com / November 21, 2019
Merchants in South Boston will host their annual Christmas Open House this Sunday, with festive lights, decorated trees and gift selections to check items off everyone’s wish list.

The following week, on Small Business Saturday, shops and businesses in South Boston, the Town of Halifax and all around Halifax County will welcome customers with post-Thanksgiving sales for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30.

These local stores will be offering something for everyone this holiday season — gift ideas that run the gamut: quirky, eccentric, outdoorsy, picky, fancy, techie. Shopping for that person who already has everything can be overwhelming at times. By shopping in Halifax County, you may come across the perfect idea while supporting local shops and the local community by keeping your dollars here at home.

Stumped for gift-giving ideas this Christmas season? Here are just a few suggestions:

» Holiday décor tableware comes in many varieties. At The Busy Bean (530 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston), you’ll find “naughty or nice” dish and teapot sets, a Nutcracker-themed serving platter, and numerous plates and dishes adorned with a snowy winter theme, good for extended use through winter of the new year.

» At Around Again Antiques (1314 Wilborn Avenue), the shelves are stocked with gifts for aromatherapy — the Triloka brand of frankincense and myrrh resins. These products, made in India and certified as fair trade, will give any home a soothing scent, which has been known since ancient times to promote a sense of well-being and balance. Other pleasingly aromatic products are palo santo sticks, sage and assorted incense. Around Again stocks many antiques and collectibles, too.

» Speaking of self-care and relaxation gifts, The Spa at Berry Hill, located at the Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center, is usually busy around the holidays. Pamper that special someone with a manicure, pedicure, facial, soufflé body wrap or massage. Discounted Spa gift certificates will be available Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

» Looking to give the gift of entertainment? Consider a Movie Club Pass which includes a special private showing monthly from The World of Sports. Receive a discount on gift card purchases of $30 and higher. One lucky winner will receive an extra $100 added to their gift card. Gift cards will be available for purchase Nov. 29 and the lucky winner of the $100 bonus will be announced on Dec. 26.

» Perhaps a live performance of dance, comedy or drama is the ticket — if so, gift certificates are available for purchase from The Prizery (http://www.prizery.com, phone 434-572-8339).

» Distinct Impressions in downtown South Boston (309 Main Street) offers a vast array of gift ideas, from Yankee Candles to stick ice cube trays for filling very earth-friendly stainless steel water bottles, which are for purchase too. Shop for Christmas tree ornaments, key chains adapted with phone charging cables, and jewelry, all under one roof.

» Custom gift baskets created by Southern Plenty (206 Main) include food items such as wine, cheese straws, jellies, truffles, fudge, local honey, and Virginia roasted coffee. Create a gift basket with non-food items such as locally made soaps, candles, pottery, coffee mugs, tea towels, and gurgle pots. You can add to your holiday feast by selecting from their holiday breakfast catering menu and 16 types of homemade holiday pies.

» Perhaps the video gamer is on your shopping list — a new controller or even the entire game system can be found at

GameStop (3459 Old Halifax Road, in front of WalMart). Stocking stuffers such as ear buds, headphones, wall lights, tee shirts, and tacky holiday sweaters await.

» Shopping for a musician? Pick up new guitar or drum set from Fincher’s Inc. (520 North Main Street). A practical gift, like a washing machine, refrigerator or home appliance, could make sense, but also check out the flat screen televisions and entertainment systems.

» An upscale dinner is a great way to check friends and family off your list with a gift certificate to Bistro 1888 (downtown South Boston) or Molasses Grill (downtown Halifax).

» Looking for gourmet coffees and teas? Visit the Peddler’s Market (37 S. Main Street, Halifax) with its newly-renovated space including kitchenware, fancy foods, snacks and candy.

If you still need ideas for the mail carrier, school teacher or neighbor down the street, you can support local craft and food vendors at The Halifax Farmer’s Market or Toots Creek Antique Mall for variety of gifts under one roof.

There are countless other gift ideas within a short drive of your home, all without having to send your dollars outside of Halifax County or hand them over to online retailers that do nothing for the community. Whether it’s Christmas Open House in downtown South Boston this Sunday, or Small Business Saturday a week later, the experience of shopping local is fun, rewarding and oh so easy to do.



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