Holiday Gift Guide 2017: local and handmade


Like jolly Old Saint Nick – you probably have a list of items to purchase and are checking it twice … to see who you have left to buy for and scrambling to figure out what to get! Gifts for loved ones can be difficult – especially when they probably have what they need already!   A gift should be thoughtful, special, and meaningful.  I firmly believe that gifting a handmade, local item that was made with love is more special than a mass produced item from a big box store.   It shows the recipient of the gift that you truly took the time to find an item that fits what they mean to you and symbolizes the relationship you share.

Add in a handwritten note and a pretty bow and it’s a guaranteed success!  And all you southern gals know, the bigger the bow the better!


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So, if you are still unsure of where to go or what to do, here is a quick guide to 5 Virginia women owned businesses, 4 of which are in RVA! They are all offering discounts in collaboration with the blog, so save yourself some money this season!

NICE designs – Anna, her husband Timothy, and their 4 adorable blond haired kiddos live in Powhatan.


They are getting ready to embark on life in a camper while building their dream home…Yes, you heard that right. 4 kids + 2 adults in a camper. She’s a SAINT. Anna is the owner and creative genius behind Nice Designs, where she curates the most gorgeous clutches. More importantly, she’s authentic, kind, and an amazing person. Stay tuned for exciting things occurring for Nice Designs in 2018!


While she is working on a website, you can find her products at Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds in the Fan, Vintage Antique Shack, and Gather. Mention FITFAMILYLIFEBLOG at checkout and receive 10% off.


Bell House Soap Works –Bethany, her husband and 4 kids bought an abandoned home in Midlothian that required a complete renovation (Hello HGTV!). Her family purchased chickens and soon goats were added. To support their growing goat addiction, they ventured into soap making and lotion and the rest is history.


Their products are created with love from responsibly sourced oils, smell amazing, and are never tested on animals and the goats are adorable (Who doesn’t love baby goats?!) I promise you will fall in love with her products and her sweet personality.


Bell House Soap Works is offering 10% off your purchase price when buying on her website with mentioning FITFAMILYLIFEBLOG! Free shipping on orders over 50$ on her website, linked here and a free bar for local pick up over 50$. She offers local pickup free of charge for RVA residents!  You can find her products at Vintage Antique Shack, Labelle Cottage, Good Foods Grocery, and Good Health Herbs! Check her out on Instagram at @bellhousesoapworks


Girls Day Out – Amy is the boss babe behind Girls Day Out, a Charlottesville based company. Since she was a little girl she has dabbled in the world of design on many levels. Since having children of her own, I have been able to keep my focus on designs for the fashion forward girls in our lives – both big and little. She is dedicated and passionate about what she does, so you can be assured that any Girls Day Out piece will deliver unsurpassed quality and style. She works at home in a fully equipped studio and can assure a quick turnaround time when your order is placed. On average, items are shipped 2-3 days after your order comes in. Check her out on instagram @girlsdayoutamy and check out her Etsy shop here.


Use code DISCOUNT20 for 20% off on your next order of $25 from Girls Day Out. Every online purchase will allow name to be entered into drawing to win a 50$ e-gift certificate to the shop.


Faye Street Studios is a RVA company that was created as an outlet from the owner Emily’s 9-5 job. She loves everything glittery and gold (Who doesn’t!?!), and graphic design. Faye Street Studios is the perfect merge of the two. She runs the entire shop out of her house, and each piece is created by hand, so no two will ever be the same. (I have the awesome Richmond print hanging in our guest bathroom, and it always gets lots of compliments!) I recommend this gift for anyone who loves RVA or for a Virginia friend who has moved away and wants to keep RVA or VA present in their home or office. She creates many other cities and states as well, so go browse her Website here, shop on Etsy here, Facebook page here, and on Instagram @fayestreetstudios!



Find 15% off all city skylines and state prints now through December 18th.! Let Emily know during check out that you found her through the blog and receive free upgrades to priority shipping all month of December. Any order placed by the 18th is guaranteed by Christmas!


Honeysuckle and Co. – Owned by two Powhatan girls, Courtney and Brittney, who wanted to create beautiful signs for their own homes and ended up making signs for everyone elses!20526090_1394386960608953_2232900110506987082_nTheir company began in 2017 and focus their designs on baby gear and home decor, but are happy to create custom needs for your family! ”


You will find their work at the Vintage Antique Shack in Powhatan – wander over and check out their signs. Make sure you mention FITFAMILYLIFEBLOG when you check out to get 10% your purchase.  Find them on Instagram @honeysuckledesignsco and  Facebook page here!



Let the stress of gift hunting and purchasing wash away, these ladies have you covered! These are items that I trust, I own, and recommend and I have a feeling you will be back for more as soon as you discover them as well!

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What did you snag? Who did you buy for? Cant wait to hear!  Stay tuned for some exciting contests for free items over the next week!  Happy Shopping!






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