Shop Small: A SWV Guide to Gifting


Wild Mountain Soap makes a great stocking stuffer #shopsmall

Don’t miss the warm ‘n’ fuzzies we’re sharing this Small Business Saturday in Southern WV.

This is our favorite Thanksgiving weekend holiday, because it spreads so much seasonal cheer. First, you get to support entrepreneurs in your community. And second, you find truly personal gifts, so your thoughtfulness warms the hearts of everyone on your list.

And we can help make your shopping a little simpler, too. Bypass Black Friday’s stressful scramble, and use our easy small business gift guide instead.

​Watch West Virginia’s top artisans handcrafting the gift you’re going to share! (that way you know its perfect, and crafted with care!)

Farmers Markets
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Psh. The way to ANYONE’s heart is through their stomach! Deliciousness is a gift anyone will appreciate, so cook with love and straight-from-the-farm ingredients for the tastiest treat baskets around. (And don’t forget to add that flavorful freshness to your family meal, too!)

Blue Smoke Salsa
While we’re talking flavor, kettle-cooked salsa is a must-have seasonal treat. What’s more in the spirit of the season than a dish made to share?

We mentioned that taste is the best gift, right!? One more edible idea: Sweet Kirkwood wines or small-batch spirits from the distillery to warm up with this winter. Their spiced apple is a sip of seasonal joy, best served heated over the stove.

Wild Mountain Soap Company
When you gift the luxury of artisan soaps and products from Wild Mountain Soap company, make it extra personal: add a little note telling someone why you think they deserve a little soothing relaxation. Show them their hard work is noticed, and that you think they earned this indulgent gift.

Quilts and More
Winter warmth, with a unique, handcrafted touch. Old-time quilt patterns have deep meanings, so find one that represents your loved one in a unique way.

The Pottery Place
Nothing says personal like painting on a pattern yourself. Make your ceramic creation a statement about your relationship, a reminder of a funny memory, or just a color or pattern you thought would specially suit your friend’s own unique tastes.

The Stache 
Browse the quirky novelty toys and treats at The Stache for a gift to make someone giggle with glee!

A Trip
For the dearest on your list, a trip together is a simple idea, but an above-and-beyond gesture. Cozy up in a local cabin with your closest friends or sweetheart for some time to enjoy each other’s company. Or cross something off your bucket list together with a fun adventure!

This should be your final stop, because there will surely be something along the shelves for anyone left on your list.

A simple gift the child on your list will cherish? A doll companion that compliments his or her unique personality. Find a one-of-a-kind doll at Blue Moon Gift Shop in Bramwell.

What about your old childhood friends? Maybe something they’ll remember from when you were young. Find vintage tokens from yesteryear at Grandma’s House in Hinton. (Maybe you’ll even find something you recall from your own Grandma’s house, to brighten up the family with a memory of her.)

Hard-to-pin presents? Take some time sorting through the mountains of unusual goods at spacious Beaver Creek Antiques, or the many shops that clutter creative vintage finds into room after room of the old homes along Lewisburg’s downtown main street.

There are plenty of other antique stores to browse, all stocked with treasures.

Where are you shopping this Small Business Saturday?