Unique Gift Ideas for the West Virginia and West Virginia University Lover
Find a one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your list this year!
If your love language is gift-giving, the holiday season is the perfect time to spread the cheer! Know someone who loves West Virginia or West Virginia University? Look no further for the perfect, last-minute present. We have compiled a list of places to find some amazing gifts and stocking stuffers for anyone. Share the love in every unique gift to remind everyone how wild and wonderful West Virginia is. Let’s Go, Mountaineers!
For more gift ideas, check out our Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Near Morgantown blog to see a list of places for each person in your life.
Custom Wood Burnt Creations from Bear Wood Company
Images from Bear Wood Company via Instagram
Support local businesses and stop in at Bear Wood Company! Everything is handmade in-store in Hurricane, West Virginia, and displayed in both Charleston and Morgantown galleries. Find the perfect gift for family members near and far. Stop in to see all the unique wooden creations they have to offer and pick up the perfect piece. Custom orders are also available for purchase, including rustic states which can be of any state, and custom engraving. For all of this and so much more, visit their website.
Modern Throwback West Virginia Merch
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Secondhand shopping is more popular now than ever, with thrifting becoming a hobby for many. Find the coolest vintage West Virginia and West Virginia University merch at Modern Throwback right here in downtown Morgantown. Be sure to stop in frequently as the clothing, memorabilia, and accessories are constantly changing throughout the week! From t-shirts and crewnecks to hoodies and jackets, all this and more can be found at this one-stop shop.
Local Creations and WV Pride from Hoot and Howl
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Stop in at Hoot and Howl to find the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for anyone. From little knick knacks like tie clips, magnets, postcards and so much more to clothing, home décor, and other local artisan creations, support local and shop small to spread the holiday spirit. There is something for everyone at Hoot and Howl! Use our Mountaineer Deal for 20% off any item.
Food and Beverage for the Foodies
The best way to the heart is through the stomach (so they say), and Mountaineer Country is no stranger to delicious food and drink! From breweries to coffee, desserts, and more, there is something for everyone. Remember these things when shopping for the foodie in your life:
- Breweries are a must-visit around here. Mountaineer Country’s breweries and bars have local craft beers on tap, ready to put into growlers (or cans) for your craft-beer-loving friends and family. You can be the family favorite at the holiday party or liven up the gift exchange. Either way, check out Big Sandy Brewing, Chestnut Brew Works, High Ground Brewing, Apothecary Ale House & Cafe, or Screech Owl Brewing for all your craft beer needs.
- For the meat connoisseurs in your life, Village Butcher and Market is a locally owned butcher shop, deli, and market that is new to the area that sells specialty sandwiches, a wide range of premium meats, and more. If you’re on the hunt for flavorful jerkies, Haines Meat Processing in Bruceton Mills has a variety for you to try.
- The holiday season is the best season to indulge in delicious, sweet treats. Try gourmet cupcakes from The Cupcakerie where you can find cupcakes that are West Virginia University-themed. Stop in at Sugar Bar Sweets and Coffee for delicious coffee and desserts that taste just as amazing as they look! Donuts are best enjoyed any time of day. Lucky for us, Peace, Love and Little Donuts has the perfect donut for any flavor pairing, and you can save 20% on your purchase with our Mountaineer Deal. Chocolate has been there through the good and the bad, stop in at Brownie House, a locally owned gourmet brownie shop with brownies (including gluten-free) of all flavors including caramel pretzel, Andes’ mint, and many more. Get a bag of edges for free with our Mountaineer Deal.
- Coffee has become a daily necessity for many of us, so grab a gift card to any local café or take a piece of it home with a bag of freshly ground coffee beans. Mountaineer Roasting Co roasts their coffee beans in-house, and you can even sneak a peek and watch the process as they craft your next favorite latte.
Images from Sugar Bar Sweets and Coffee via Instagram, Mountaineer Roasting Co. via Instagram, High Ground Brewing via Instagram
Experiential Gifts for the Memories
The holidays are known to be a gift-giving time and memories that last a lifetime can make the best gift of all. Fill stockings with tickets or plans to make memories that will last forever with a gift that keeps giving.
Gift tickets for the little ones to Spark! Imagination and Science Center and get 1 entry free with our Mountaineer Deal to watch the curiosity and creativity flow with laughs and fun. Fill stockings with tickets that will challenge your problem-solving skills to beat the clock at Morgantown Escape Room, you can even get $3 off per person with our Mountaineer Deal. Have fun and tire out the whole family with smash rooms, axe throwing, and more at Mountain Man Axe Throwing, invite friends and family to get 15% off parties of six or more with our Mountaineer Deal.
For year-round fun, annual memberships are available at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, for 10% off a household membership use our Mountaineer Deal. The West Virginia Botanic Garden hosts events all year round including relaxing activities like yoga in the garden, Afternoon Tea, and more. They also host informative activities like Owls at the Garden, learning about Identifying Trees in Winter, and much more.
Secure tickets to the West Virginia Black Bears, Mountaineer Country’s minor league baseball team. Or, purchase WVU Men’s or Women’s Basketball Tickets to cheer on the Mountaineers at the Coliseum.
Passes to Tygart Lake State Park’s Adventure Lake (ACE Adventure) should be on your list — bucket list and Christmas list, that is. Let the kids experience a new view from atop a giant inflatable while you relax in the sandy, beach area.
Image by @esther__min_ at West Virginia Botanic Garden via Instagram, at Mountain Man Axe Throwing, at Tygart Adventure Lake by @kov_al_ck via Instagram
Collectibles and Memorabilia
If the only thing you know about your family member is that they love WVU, surprise them with a gift from The Old Stone House Gift Shop, operated by the Service League of Morgantown, to raise money and give back to the community. They have a variety of hand-blown glass items, ornaments, car coasters, piggy banks, scarves, hats, and much more!
You can also browse the West Virginia section of the Cracker Barrel country store for a gold and blue mug, WVU hat, or other fun surprises. At the newly opened Appalachian Mercantile in Granville, you will find a wide selection of West Virginia collectibles, ranging from ceramic bird knick-knacks to handmade chopsticks.
Stop in the Appalachian Gallery to view hand-blown glass, pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, fiber crafts, ornaments, books, cards & soaps, as well as original art & prints for the West Virginia collector in your life.
Rock Photo Slate and Glass can turn your favorite Mountaineer Country memory into a lasting keepsake. Do you have a favorite photo from a WVU game, the “good ole college days” or at your favorite spot, Coopers Rock? They can take your photo and put it on a slate with unique fractured edges for a special photo presentation.
Shopping in Preston County? Stop by Modern Homestead at Tathams for handcrafted gifts and food items, all supporting businesses in West Virginia. Shop their greenhouse for live plants and gifts to grow on!
Shopping in Taylor County? Pay a visit to Allegheny Treenware in Thornton. They have shelves of handmade kitchen tools and utensils made from quality West Virginia hardwoods. If you’re looking to liven up the holidays, shop the plants at The Flower Market in Grafton, a one-stop shop for florals, wine, craft beer, and other gifts. Stop in the Tygart Lake Lodge Gift Shop for a crafted collection of WV Blenko glass and other special finds.
If you’re shopping for an art lover, you’re in luck! Mountaineer Country is bursting with one-of-a-kind West Virginia pieces. Shop the unique works at Gallery 62 West in Grafton to support local artists and bring new beauty into a space. Or, build your own sticker pack when you shop the hand-drawn sticker selections at Hoot and Howl and Appalachian Mercantile. Don’t forget to visit River Fair Trade for the iconic “All Are Welcome Here” sticker. Know someone who loves bumper stickers? Reach out to Affordable Signs Unlimited and ask about a custom West Virginia or WVU car decal.
Image at Mario’s Fishbowl via Instagram
We love seeing the presents you pick out for the West Virginia and West Virginia University lovers in your life! Share a photo and tag #VisitMountaineerCountry to spread the holiday spirit and be featured on our social media!
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