‘Tis the Season

Though I would prefer to give and receive donations to local animal rescue organizations, that doesn’t always fly with friends and family. With that in mind, I’ve composed this list of gift items from a variety of West Virginia organizations.

I’m sure this doesn’t even begin to cover all of the many wonderful products and services available in West Virginia. Please list some of your favorite gifts – to give or receive – in the comments.

  • For the person who has everything (and doesn’t want more stuff cluttering their home), make a gift in their honor to a local charitable organization that’s near and dear to their heart.
  • Send someone fresh baked goodness from the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery http://wvsweetshop.corecommerce.com/. Items range from muffins of the month and Bavarian bread baskets to their signature Holiday Stollen.
  • Encourage others to get out and enjoy our state’s great parks. Many are open year round with a host of activities, outdoors – skiing, boating, geocaching, camping, golfing, hiking – and in – spa treatments, roaring fires, swimming pools, restaurants, gift shops with WV items, and much, much more. Gift cards are available at http://www.wvstateparks.com/.
  • Homemade salsa from Blue Smoke Salsa is sure to spice up the holidays and the cold winter months. Order gift baskets, jars of salsa and more from https://www.bluesmokesalsa.com/ and have them delivered right to your gift recipient’s door.
  • Get them dreaming about warmer weather and sandy beaches with rope sandals made in Morgantown. Gurkee’s http://www.gurkees.com/ make sandals that are “better than barefoot” (I own a pair and can vouch for their comfort) out of soft carpet yarn spun into rope in a variety of colors and styles.
  • Foodies will appreciate a ticket to Covenant House’s annual Chef’s Challenge event http://www.wvcovenanthouse.org/?cat=6. This unique dinner supports the Covenant House Food Pantry which provided food for over 7,000 families during the past 12 months. Tickets won’t be available until the new year but mark your calendar now to attend this unique evening on April 8, 2014 and make a date with your gift recipient to attend together.
  • Follow in Jennifer Garner’s footsteps and purchase one of Brett Kern’s ceramic “inflatable” dinosaurs or one of his other works of art. Visit his website at http://brettkernart.com/new-work/ for links to his exhibits and etsy shop; several of his pieces are currently available, while they last, at Taylor Books in Charleston.
  • Serve up the taste of WV with an order of pepperoni rolls from Colasessano’s Pizza & Pepperoni Rolls. They’ll also ship frozen pizzas. Check out their website at http://www.colasessanos.com/order.html for details.
  • Provide a year full of WV fun with a subscription to one or more of these great magazines:WV Living http://www.wvliving.com/Wonderful West Virginia http://www.wonderfulwv.com/Pages/default.aspx

WV South http://www.wvsouth.com/

Goldenseal http://www.wvculture.org/goldenseal/

WV Weddings http://www.mywvwedding.com/

Morgantown http://www.morgantownmag.com/morgantown/

Charleston http://theartstorewv.com/

Wheeling http://www.artisancenter.com/

Lost River http://www.lostrivercraft.com/

Lewisburg http://www.coopergallery.com/

Shepherdstown http://www.bridgegalleryandframing.com/artists.html

Beckley http://www.tamarackwv.com/retail/culturecenter.aspx

Crum by Lee Maynard

Crapalachia: A Biography of Place by Scott McClanahan

Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom by Colleen Anderson

Strange As This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake

Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

Beauty Before Comfort: A Memoir by Allison Glock

Affrilachia: Poems by Frank X Walker

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

River Town collected by Eric L. Douglas

The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake

Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories by Meredith Sue Willis

Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens by Hazel Dickens and Bill C. Malone

Links to more WV businesses may be found at:

Department of Agriculture http://www.wvagriculture.org/Foods_and_Things.htm

Department of Commerce http://www.wvcommerce.org/travel/thingstodo/default.aspx

WV Tourism http://www.wvtourism.com/default.aspx

Happy Holidays!

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2 Responses to ‘Tis the Season

  1. Asley Orr says:

    We send Holl’s chocolates to relatives out-of-state every year – and are proud to do it. I just wish they would have something on their packaging that it made in WV. You have such a comprehensive list, and I’m sure that this is already covered, but you can buy gift certificates to WV State Parks, or thinking about skiing gift certificates with winter on the way.

    • missymenefee says:

      Now that you mention that about Holl’s, I’m pretty sure my Gurkee’s shoes didn’t say “Made in WV” anywhere in the packaging. WV companies should totally do that. I think I included the link to purchase gift cards to State Parks. Skiing gift certificates is a great idea! Thanks, Asley!

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