Ah, the holiday season—joyous, sure, but also plenty stressful given the pressure of finding the perfect gifts. If you’ve got a tasteful Virginia foodie on your list this year, we have a lineup of amazing Old Dominion food and drink artisans: You just can’t go wrong with a gift from one of these topnotch local companies, nearly all purchasable online!
This bakery whips up some mean granola, with mixes that cover quite a spread of flavor territory. There’s a Hudson Henry granola for everyone!
Photo: Hudson Henry Baking Co - Tisha Lyn Photography
Alongside cold-brew coffee, Belle Isle distills supremely smooth and drinkable moonshine from organic corn—a nod to the Civil War-era hooch concocted in copper kettles forged on the company’s namesake James River island.
Photo: Belle Isle Craft Spirits - Alexander Kreher
Tomato ketchup: so passé! ‘CHUPS dazzles the tastebuds with a plethora of zesty ketchups made from different fruits such as pineapple and cherries—taking the beloved condiment to a whole new level.
Go the decadent route with Rowena’s, whose menagerie of cakes—plus the sweet jams and drizzles to top ‘em right—will earn you some major points from whomever you ply them with.
Photo: Rowena's Kitchen
Grill masters (and aspiring grill masters) will love a bottle or three of Cowboy Syd’s D’lish Sauce, a magical elixir for veggies, poultry, and anything else shortly to spend some quality time over coals.
Photo: Stove the Restaurant
So these fruity spreads would be worth buying for the company alone—but it turns out jams made mainly from local produce by a pair of self-professed “total jam nerds” are scrumptious as they come.
Photo: Dayum This is My Jam
Virginia peanuts take on all contenders, as the supersized offerings from Feridies attest. You can also gift assorted other specialty nuts, trail mix, peanut brittle, and other fine-crafted nuttiness.
Pickling in the nation’s capital, Gordy’s supplies tongue-tingling spears, chips, relishes, and other jarred-up delights—not to mention one heck of a Bloody Mary mix, and recently released pickle brine in a can!
Photo: Gordy's Pickle Jar
Get sauced with some homegrown Commonwealth chutney: Peach or fig, mango or cranberry, these relishes pair deliciously with all kinds of food—some Virginia cheese maybe first and foremost.
Photo: Virginia Chutney Company
Nothing gets someone in the seasonal spirit like a craft winter beer, and Star Hill’s has the perfect holiday brew: Snow Blind Doppelbock. (You can’t buy this beer online: Track it down via Star Hill’s handy-dandy Beer Locator on its website.)
Photo: Starr Hill Brewery
Another Virginia-brewed option for that beer connoisseur in your life? Hardywood Brewery’s beloved Gingerbread Stout brewed with fresh local ginger and honey is sure to put anyone in a Yuletide mood. (Use Hardywood’s Beer Locator to find bottles.)
Photo: Hardywood Brewery