Buying and giving gifts is a beloved tradition of the holiday season, and a great way to spread good will and seasonal cheer. The shopping end of things can be time consuming or stressful, though. If buying gifts has you in a tizzy this year, fear not! Front Royal has you covered. We’re here with a gift guide to help you find something for everyone on your list while supporting local businesses.
If you’re concerned about waste and clutter and are jumping on the clutter-free gift trend, we have ideas for you too. There’s no need to feel obligated to burden your loved ones with unwanted stuff. In Front Royal, you can give the gift of a gift card or a Front Royal experience that your friends and family will love and remember for years to come.
So read on for ideas that will delight your loved ones and make this year’s gift shopping simple, easy, and fun.
Front Royal Gifts for the Art Lover
You shouldn’t have a hard time finding a gift for the art lover in your life in Front Royal. Stop by Turnmeyer Galleries for fine art, and gorgeous photography prints. You’ll also find beautiful gifts, such as puzzles, coasters, and more. Any lover of beauty will be thrilled with a gift from Turnmeyer Galleries. Christmas ornaments are another classic gift, and you’ll find beautiful and unique ones here that’ll remind your loved ones of the fantastic Front Royal area.
Want to give an artistic gift, but not sure what to buy? Give a gift that’s both an experience and a treasured art piece by signing a friend or family member up for a class at Explore Art & Clay. They can have a great time learning new skills, and will come home with a piece of art of their own.
Front Royal Gifts for the Outdoor Adventurer
Front Royal is a haven for lovers of the outdoors, and it’s a great place to shop for them too! Even the most committed outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy their adventures more with a gear upgrade. Check out Front Royal’s Mountain Trails to find great outdoor shoes and clothing as well as everything your favorite outdoors lovers might need in their backpacks.
Looking for a clutter-free gift that keeps on giving? How about an annual pass to Shenandoah National Park? The outdoors enthusiasts in your life can enjoy adventures on you all year long!
Front Royal Gifts for Kids
New toys usually bring smiles and excitement on Christmas morning, and in Front Royal, Play Favorites is a great place to shop for the kids of all ages in your life. You’ll find great toys and games that will not only keep your kids entertained, but allow opportunities for spending quality time together.
Don’t want to add more stuff to your home? For many kids, the best gift can be time spent doing something fun with the adults they love. Consider planning a family bowling adventure at Royal Family Bowling Center. Or give the gift of fun and fitness by signing the kids up for classes at Battlegrounds Fitness.
Exploring Front Royal’s Gift Shops
When hunting for the perfect gift, it can be much easier to explore gift shops in person. Online shopping doesn’t give you the same chance to browse for ideas or handle an object before buying it. If you’re looking to go on a treasure hunt for unique and perfect gifts, Fornt Royal’s downtown in the perfect location. Explore several antiques on Main Street, and find unique gifts at White Picket Fence, Inklings, Explore Art and Clay, and more. Make your shopping trip fun by taking a break for a delicious coffee at DL Campus Coffee on Main, The Daily Grind, or Manor Line’s Back 40.
Front Royal’s Food Gifts for the Foodie or the Person who’s Hard to Shop For
We all have at least one of them on our list. Every year, it’s a struggle to come up with a great idea for a gift that they’ll love. Good news: everyone loves food! Foodies dream of receiving edible gifts, and even the most difficult person to shop for will appreciate (and actually use!) a restaurant gift card or some gourmet foods to enjoy at home during the holiday season. In Front Royal, there’s a great range of places to buy gourmet local foods, wines, and more. Or check out our extensive restaurant scene and find a gift card to suit any taste!
To give the gift of delicious treats to enjoy at home, check out Front Royal’s Manor Line Market and Dusty’s Country Store. You’ll find gourmet, healthy and local food items at both. Or head out of town to the Apple House for an extensive selection of local products and gifts. For wine lovers, check out Front Royal Wines, or give them something new to try with the gift of Front Royal-produced mead from Saga Meadery or Honey and Hops Brew Works.
Don’t forget that the Front Royal area is Virginia Wine Country. Another great alternative for a wine lover might be the gift of a membership to one of Front Royal’s many fantastic wineries.
Exploring Front Royal’s shops and local businesses is a great way to make your gift shopping experience fun this year. You can support local businesses, and find exciting and memorable gifts at the same time. Say good bye to gift shopping stress and say hello to Front Royal’s fantastic shopping scene.
Getting off the beaten path means excitement, adventure, solitude. It means taking the road less traveled . . . and perhaps discovering a hidden treasure. That’s what’ll happen if you get away from it all and explore the small mountain town of Front Royal, the gateway to Shenandoah National Park. Get away from it all in Front Royal, and you’ll find a group of incredibly talented locals waiting to provide you with unique and memorable shopping, dining, and crafting experiences. Read on for a run-down of some of hidden treasures you’ll want to find as you explore Front Royal!
Pick Out the Perfect Gift at Inklings
If you’re in search of a gift that’s lovingly crafted, high-quality, and unique, you’ll hit the jackpot when you stop by Inklings on Main Street. From organic baby swaddles to herbal teas, handmade candles and soaps, and loads of other goodies, you’ll find a wide array of unique gifts to please the pickiest person on your list (or yourself!). Inklings sources their products from small businesses and artisans across the country, and there are always new items coming in. Imagine browsing Etsy, but in person!
Enjoy Genuine Country Food at the Apple House
The Apple House is about a ten minute drive from downtown Front Royal, and here you can find genuine country food and products in a genuine country setting! Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and explore the gift shop for a wide range of tempting items, including locally produced jellies, jams, and condiments. Don’t forget to grab some of the famous Apple Butter Cinnamon Donuts for the road!
Explore Fine Art at Turnmeyer Galleries
If you’re exploring Main Street, you’ll want to be sure to stop at Turnmeyer Galleries. It’s a unique blend of boutique gift shop and art gallery. Browse the fine art photography and metal work on display, or check out the incredibly wide range of gifts and luxury items. Plan ahead and you can even participate in a photography workshop or schedule an indoor or outdoor portrait session.
Complete Your Own Work of Art at The Studio
If you want to make your Front Royal souvenir even more unique, why not paint it yourself? Sign up for a class or workshop at The Studio on Main Street, and complete a painting or craft project under the expert direction of local artist Kelly Walker. You’ll walk away with a piece you can be proud of!
Take on a Pottery Project at Explore Art and Clay
Pining after pottery? Stop by Explore Art and Clay and check out all this full service pottery studio has to offer. You can participate in a pottery workshop, paint your pre-made pottery piece (they’ll fire it for you!), or even schedule time to use their equipment if you have your own supplies. Whether you’re an experienced potter or you’ve never tried it before, stop in for a fun date, family outing, or solo creative outlet! You’ll bring home a souvenir that you made yourself!
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all: the crowds, the hustle and bustle, the pace of the city. If you’re looking to take a break from the busy-ness of modern life, come and explore the unique shops and special treasures of the town of Front Royal. You’ll come away with fond memories, and a souvenir that’s just as unique as our town.
Guest Post by Taylor Jones.
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, it is all upon us this holiday season. Despite all things 2020 - Front Royal has leveled up this year! In years prior it may not have been as easy to holiday shop locally but this year things are different. Local business is thriving! I’ve gathered a list of local spots that can make all your holiday present dreams come true.
First up is Inklings on Main Street. If you haven’t been through to visit this brand new spot you are missing out! They have great gifts from local vendors, vintage clothing, and all things Shenandoah related. This is a great place to shop for the person in your life who loves and takes pride in the Shenandoah Valley - as they have tons of mugs, posters, and puzzles that are Shenandoah themed. You can also find artisanal soaps, candles, and lotions! This place is chock full of things you probably didn’t know existed but are the perfect gifts for your family and friends.
It wouldn’t be a local gift guide without a shoutout for The Apple House - whether you’re looking for a fun hot sauce, cool socks, a funny tea towel, or some beautiful jewelry you’re looking for The Apple House. You may know them for their donuts and great barbecue but they are so much more. This place is quintessential to our town and they will not disappoint you or your gift receiving loved ones. P.S. - They offer holiday catering too!
Stokes…. I truly believe Stokes General Store is the most slept on spot in Front Royal. Stokes has so many great gift options and not just the ones you would think. They sell guns, and knives, and all things adventure related for that person in your life. But they also sell Carhart jackets, Minnetonka footwear, cast iron skillets, all kinds of boots and shoes; they’ve got it all. My favorite Denim jackets will never go out of style and Stokes offers them at a fair price and the chance to support a local shop!
Another great option for your adventure loving friends is Mountain Trails on Main Street! Mountain Trails is a real gem. They sell Patagonia outerwear and Blundstone boots and all the beanies you could ever wish for. They also sell sleeping bags, the fancy and coveted HydroFlasks and all sorts of warm flannels. Mountain Trails isn’t just an obvious choice for your adventuring loved ones, they have gifts for the whole family! They also have a store in Winchester!
A new spot with lots of great new options is Turnmeyer Galleries on South Street! They sell fun Front Royal Christmas puzzles, beautiful ornaments, and Shenandoah-themed mugs! Turnmeyer Galleries also sells beautiful images of the local scenery, in a number of different mediums. It is also a great spot to buy Yankee Candles locally!
Mystic Mountain Trading Company has lots of great options for your hippy friends! They have all the colored tapered candles, crystals, wind-chimes, and warm blankets you could desire. Mystic Mountain has gifts you may not have thought of but are sure to be crowd pleasers!
And last but not least, Royal Oak Bookshop! Royal Oak Bookshop is a representation of all the best things in our town. Packed to the brim with all sorts of books (local or otherwise) this shop is undervalued. This Holiday season you can call to place an order for any book, they’ll wrap it, and send it anywhere in the world! They also have a bunch of great books about our local history that would interest anyone who has lived in our town for long. The staff are friendly and helpful, including the shop cat.
There are so many other great shops in Front Royal but these are just a select few. Remember to shop local if you can this year. It is more important than ever for our local businesses to be able to stay afloat and support their families throughout 2020 and beyond!
Have a Happy Holiday!
When you’re enjoying Christmas at home, the Christmas tree is a central part of the celebration. You pile up gifts under its branches. You gather around it with family and friends to share the joys of the season. And there’s nothing like “that Christmas tree smell” for really making it feel like Christmas has arrived!
If you’re searching the Front Royal area for a real Christmas tree, read on. We’ve rounded up some recommended local farms and businesses that can provide you with the perfect tree. Also below: tips for taking care of your tree when you get it home.
“Cut-Your-Own” Christmas Tree Farm
There’s nothing quite like picking your tree from the field and cutting it down yourself. If you have time and energy to cut your own Christmas tree, it can be a fun family outing that will become a beloved tradition. Make getting the Christmas tree as memorable as enjoying it at home!
Hartland Farm and Orchard is a popular local spot for “cut-your-own” Christmas trees. They offer complimentary hot chocolate to make your Christmas tree hunt complete, as well as a variety of tasty treats for purchase. Hartland tends to sell out quickly so check their Facebook page for updates before you head out.
If you’re up for a bit of a drive into the Shenandoah Valley, Valley Star Farm also offers cut-your-own” trees. A visit to this beautiful farm in its scenic location is a great way to kick off your Christmas celebration.
If you want to go to a Christmas tree farm, but aren’t up for cutting your own tree, don’t worry. Both Hartland and Valley Star Farm also offer precut Christmas trees for your convenience.
Precut Christmas Trees in Front Royal
For a wide selection of precut Christmas trees right in town, check out Springtime Garden Center, located at the heart of Front Royal. You’ll also find a variety of other Christmas plants and decorations here. In the spirit of the Christmas season, Springtime Garden Center is making it easy for you to make a charitable donation when you purchase your tree. Here you’ll find giving trees for seniors and veterans, and opportunities to donate to Toys for Tots or the Warren County Humane Society. Bring non-perishable food items, and they’ll deliver them to C-CAP for you.
The Giving Tree is another local option for precut trees and seasonal decorations. This family business also offers gourmet local foods so you can stock up for your Christmas celebration while you shop for your tree. The unique gifts you can find here make it a one-stop-shop for all things Christmas.
Taking Care of your Christmas Tree
If you’ve ever had a Christmas tree shed pine needles all over your carpet (and spent the next few months stepping on the ones you didn’t get with the vacuum…), you’ll know why it’s important to take good care of your tree...even though it’s only in your home for a few weeks. The following tree care practices should help you avoid the dreaded “pine needle drop.”
For optimal health, Christmas trees, like people, need to stay hydrated. But it’s important to make sure that your Christmas tree is able to absorb the water that you’re giving it. After a Christmas tree is cut, its sap can harden in the bottom of the trunk, sealing it off from the water it’s standing in. That’s why it’s important to cut a few inches from the base of the trunk immediately before placing it in water. A fresh cut absorbs water much better than an old one. Keep the cut hydrated, and you won’t have to worry about it sealing up.
Even if you’re not bringing your tree inside right away, it’s best to make the cut when you get it home, and then stand it in a bucket of water. Replenish the water frequently to ensure that the tree has no chance to dry out. Some suggest watering with very hot (almost boiling) water when you first bring the Christmas tree into your house. This technique also helps to ensure that no hardened sap prevents your Christmas tree from getting the water it needs.
The benefits of Christmas trees are numerous. They bring people together. They provide a sense of beauty and peace. It’s even been suggested that the scent of evergreen trees decreases stress and anxiety. Don’t miss out all the good things that a Christmas tree can bring to your home this year!
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