5 Best Local Shops for Holiday Gifts

The season of gifting is here, and that means so is the stress of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Lucky for you, Alexandria is the shop small capital of the US, and shopping for gifts is even more fun when you know you’re supporting your community. We know how hard it can be to find that perfect gift, so we put together this list of all the best local hot spots to shop. Read on, and then get shopping!


Pacers Running

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Pacers Running is the perfect place to find a gift for the athletes on your list, or those who want to be athletes. With everything you can imagine for running, you won’t have trouble finding the perfect workout gift in this store. Don’t know anything about running? That’s okay too! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, making finding the perfect gift as easy as 1, 2, 3.

ADDRESS: 1301 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314



Photo from http://www.kiskadeeshop.com 

Located in trendy Del Ray, Kiskadee is the perfect place to find presents for all the ladies in your life. This shop has everything from jewelry to fashion to home decor. With items at every price point, Kiskadee is a perfect one-stop-shop for all your gift buying needs. Their stuff is SO cute it may be hard to pick just one gift.

ADDRESS: 2205 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA 22301


The Dog Store

Photo from http://www.thedogstoreva.com

For the pet lover on your list, The Dog Store is the perfect place to find them (or their furry companion) the best gift. Another Del Ray neighborhood favorite, this shop started in another location as a boarding and training facility. Now they sell everything man’s best friend could need, from quality food to fashionable collars to rugged toys. Head over to find your four legged friend or their two legged owners the best presents this season.

ADDRESS: 2301 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA 22301


Fleurir Chocolate

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Anyone with a sweet tooth on your list will love a gift from Fleurir Chocolate. This artisan chocolate shop is located in Old Town, and has been serving delicious chocolate since 2009. All of the chocolate is all natural, made in small batches and super pretty to look at. You can by boxes of truffles, caramels, holiday assortments or put together an assortment all your own! Warning, it might be hard to leave without getting something sweet for yourself too.

ADDRESS: 724 Jefferson Street Alexandria, VA 22314


AR Workshop  Photo from https://arworkshop.com/alexandria

We all have that one person on our list who has it all. Finding a gift for them can be a daunting task. Look no further than AR Workshop to give a gift they won’t be able to get anywhere else. AR Workshop is a DIY workshop and store located in Old Town. Visitors can pick a project to work on with all the supplies they need, and expert assistance right at their fingertips. The shop sells beautiful home furnishings that will go with anyone’s decorative style. Pro tip: try out a gift card so you’re family and friends can head over and work on their own DIY creation!

ADDRESS: 107 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

With so many shops in Del Ray, Old Town and more, Alexandria is the perfect place to find all your gifts this holiday season. Shop local and support our local community. It doesn’t have to be hard to find gifts, especially with so many locally owned shops. Happy shopping and happy holidays from all of us at e-lofts!