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!
The holidays are the perfect time to spread cheer, and if you choose to do so through gift-giving, we’ve got the perfect lineup for you. Surely, if you’ve been to Mountaineer Country, lived here previously, live here now, went to West Virginia University (WVU), or know someone who does, you have something that reminds you of the greater Morgantown area and the memories you’ve made here. Share the love with fellow West Virginia lovers or WVU fans with one of these perfectly unique gifts this season so you can have them cheering, “Let’s Go, Mountaineers!”
If you’re not giving a gift, but you still want your loved ones to know you’re thinking about them, a simple holiday card will do the trick. Send them a little piece of “Almost Heaven” and personalize it with a sweet message. You can find local, handmade cards at Hoot and Howl in downtown Morgantown.
(image via Hoot and Howl)
A Good Book
If the individual you’re gifting loves to read (and loves our state delicacy–who doesn’t?), pick up The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll book by WVU alumna Candace Nelson. You can find these at the local Barnes and Noble.
Game Day Apparel & WVU Spirit Items
Support the Mountaineers by sharing fashionable looks with the whole family! Stop by the Mountaineer Fan Store, Blue & Gold Graphics or Dunham’s Sports for a new, trendy tee. Or, if second-hand is more your style, check out Uptown Cheapskate for affordable, gently-used items. The WVU Book Exchange at either the Downtown or Evansdale location has apparel for every season. Whether it’s jackets, polos, flannels, t-shirts, hats, scarves or gloves, you name it, they’ve got it! And don’t forget about the Mon Medical Center Gift Shop and WVU Hospitals Friends Gift Shop for more school spirit swag. Everyone will be asking where you found such trendy pieces when you shop at these Mountaineer Country staples.
Collectibles & 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.
Food & Beverage
If you’ve ever been to Mountaineer Country, you know we’re no stranger to good local food and drink. When shopping for a West Virginia lover whose way to their heart is through their stomach, remember these things:
- 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.
- There is an abundance of local meats and treats to give your West Virginia lovers a taste that will bring back memories. Haines Meat Processing in Bruceton Mills has a variety of jerkies and meats to try. For something different, check out Riffle Farms for farm-raised Bison meat.
- Sweet tooths will always enjoy indulging in WVU-inspired gourmet cupcakes from The Cupcakerie. Browse “The Mountaineer Collection” for flavors like “Take Me Home Rocky Roads,” “Gold & Blue-Berry,” “Mountain Mama,” and “Almost Heaven Apple Pie.” Plus, pick up a dozen of Flying WV cupcakes to share with the whole family.
- You can never go wrong with bagged coffee or a handmade mug from Mountaineer Roasting Company. Plus, recent WVU alumni might remember their first location on the fifth floor of Evansdale Crossing.
Experiential Stocking Stuffers
There is no doubt about it that gift-giving is a fun time. However, the lasting memories that come with the gift of an experience are unbeatable. This year, consider thinking outside the box to gift your loved ones with a gift that keeps on giving.
The West Virginia Botanic Garden is West Virginia’s only botanic garden. It offers a Botanic Garden National reciprocal program which allows holders to get into other gardens at no cost, free and discounted events, WVBG classes, and subscriptions to some publications.
Give the gift of hands-on rock climbing, a West Virginia outdoor favorite, at Gritstone Climbing + Fitness. Plus, shop their “Climb Appalachia” branded apparel and climbing gear, too.
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.
Where do you find your WV and WVU gifts? Let us know by using #VisitMountaineerCountry. We can’t wait to see what presents you’ll take home with you this holiday season!
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