I used to do a December holiday gift guide back when I was doing Real Richmond Food Tours, focused on Richmond, not surprisingly. Now that I’m a free agent, I still want to plug local, well-loved businesses, and now that my daughter’s Richmond, VA-based business, Pencraft + Post is a going concern, I’m going to share the love a little less equally. Ten gift ideas– half from her biz, half from other local solid citizens. (Ok, Autumn Olive Farms is in Waynesboro, but their meats are so good!) I usually stay pretty mum about my children on social media–and they are always grateful for that. Pencraft + Post just happens to have a bunch of sweet gifts, many of which my daughter can personalize for the recipient. The other businesses are all ones I heartily support as well. Herewith ten suggestions for your gifting pleasure:

  • Real proud of real estate?
  • Pencraft + Post will get you a customized miniature home.
  • Feeling nutty?
  • Reginald’s Homemade nut butters will tickle your tongue. Huge fan of Coconut Sour Cherry.
  • Want homemade cookies without messing with the mixer?
  • Favour Cookie Company has delectable flavors in Richmond stores or online. They’re vegan, but you would never guess cause they taste like buttah!
  • Know some good dogs?
  • Dog bone ornaments + “Hope you like dogs” doormats from Pencraft + Post.
  • Desirous of damned good pork or beef?
  • Autumn Olive Farms is THE BEST and you can pick it up in Richmond and elsewhere in VA.
  • Want to celebrate Christmas Eve like Icelanders?
  • Order books from Book People, Fountain Bookstore, Chop Suey Books and/or BBGB in Richmond or Bookshop if you’re not in Richmond and support something other than Amazon, please! Something tells me cozying up with Honey Haberno Spiced Cider and a good book on Christmas Eve might be just what’s wanted round here.