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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Whatever holiday you celebrate, we’re here to help you find the perfect Colonial Williamsburg-inspired gift for the loved ones in your life. Explore our curated lists below based on your favorite activities. You can get these items online, at one of our Colonial Williamsburg stores in Merchants Square, or at one of our Historic Area retail locations.

Please double-check our holiday deadlines when shopping online to ensure your gifts arrive on time.

From the Makers, for the Do-ers

Our talented artisans practice authentic 18th-century trades using traditional techniques and tools while depicting the lives of working men and women in early America. Here are some gifts inspired by those trade shops.

  1. Plain Sterling Silver C-Band Bracelet - Our Plain Sterling Silver C-band Bracelet is an exquisite, simple cuff bracelet that brings new meaning to “less is more.” Additional styles and sizes for children are available here.
  2. 64 oz. Stoneware Tavern Growler - Beer was a common beverage in the 18th century. Use this growler to store draft beer, ale, cider, or even a fun way to serve water.
  3. Men’s Cocked Black “Tricorn” Hat - On any given day in the Historic Area, you’ll see three-cornered cocked hats, or “tricorn” hats, on visitors and interpreters. Child sizes are also available here.
  4. Crafts & Sewing - Stitch a traditional 18th-century costume or quilt, or add a touch of historic flare to a modern project with our reproduction fabrics and craft kits.

For the Garden Enthusiast

Some of us have green thumbs, and others are blessed to have friends who will give us a colonial garden-inspired gift.

  1. Ceramic Bird Bottle - These glazed ceramic creations have made happy homes for small birds since 1699, nestled under the eaves or beside a favorite entryway.
  2. Cloche Glass Bell Jar Collection - Our collection of cloche bell jars protects fragile display pieces, plants, and even show-stopping food presentations.
  3. Delft Garden Square Flower Brick - Display cut flowers the 18th-century way and make a beautiful floral arrangement that will brighten any space.
  4. Flowers and Herbs of Early America - Rediscover our American botanical heritage with this chronicle of the history and cultivation of 56 species of colonial flowers and herbs, researched and written by master gardener Lawrence Griffith, curator of plants for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

For the Follower of the Beating Drum

The shrill of the fife and the rhythmic thump of the drum captures visitors’ attention in the Historic Area. These gifts will delight any Fifes and Drums super fan.

  1. Colonial Williamsburg Mug - Drum with Lid - This whimsical mug will bring a smile to the faces of Colonial Williamsburg’s Fife and Drum Corps fans!
  2. Colonial Williamsburg Garden Flag - Fife & Drum Corps - Greet your guests with this patriotic garden flag featuring our Fife and Drum Corps in action!
  3. Fifes & Drums Color Etched Ornament – This gold-trimmed ornament reminds you of your favorite place to spend the holidays.
  4. Tin Whistle - The tin whistle is a simple, traditional musical instrument, ideal for popular and folk music.

For the Art Lover

These gifts will delight any art lover — young and older — based on current exhibitions in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

  1. Edward Hicks Unframed Print - Peaceable Kingdom of the Branch - A beautiful addition to a wall collage or stunning on its own, this replica print of The Peaceable Kingdom of the Branch by Edward Hicks is a classic piece of folk art for your home.
  2. Prince the Dog Plush Toy - Straight from the farm and into your little one’s arms, this cuddly terrier is a plush reproduction of the original piece of folk art from the Down on the Farm exhibition.
  3. Chicken, Hog, Sheep Pull Toy – These pull toys are reminiscent of the classic toys from the past and the German Toys in America exhibition.
  4. The Art of Quilting: A Coloring and Pattern Book - The patterns in this book, taken from quilts in our collection, can be used not only for coloring but also as an inspiration for quilters and other fiber artists.

For the Foodie

No trip to Colonial Williamsburg is complete without a candlelit meal in a historic tavern. These gifts will remind you of your dining experience. Shop for more tavern-themed gifts here.

  1. Root Beer of Chowning’s Tavern - The same great root beer served in our taverns and restaurants; this root beer evolved from a colonial beer.
  2. Ginger Ale of King’s Arms - The same ginger ale served in our taverns and restaurants.
  3. The Williamsburg Cookbook - In this best-selling cookbook, Letha Booth and the staff of Colonial Williamsburg have compiled and adapted 193 traditional and contemporary dishes from Colonial Williamsburg’s historic taverns and restaurants for the home kitchen.
  4. 16 oz Stoneware Tavern Mug - Enjoy your favorite hot or cold beverages. This mug is based on a salt-glazed stoneware tankard excavated at the Anthony Hay House site.

Fan Favorites

Not quite sure what to get? Here are some fan favorites for the person who has everything!

  1. Candles - Candles were an essential part of everyday life in the 18th century. Choose from a selection of candles, including the fan-favorite scent, Bayberry
  2. Trend & Tradition Magazine - Our full-color quarterly magazine offers articles, photography, and art that showcase the life of Williamsburg’s historic core and its people — then and now.
  3. 2023 Colonial Williamsburg Wall Calendar – This calendar features gorgeous full-color photographs of the Historic Area through the seasons. Perfect for penciling in important upcoming Colonial Williamsburg events.
  4. Bath & Spa – Choose from a selection of Colonial Williamsburg bath products made with botanical scents and other confections to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!

NEW for this Season!

Ginger Cakes Tea by Harney & Sons

Enjoy a cup of WILLIAMSBURG Ginger Cakes Tea by Harney & Sons. Warm the season with this flavorful tea blend comprised of black tea, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, and flavors of molasses and vanilla.

LIMITED EDITION: Colonial Williamsburg Compton Oak Tree Gold Leaf Ornament

ONLINE ONLY! Made from authentic leaves from the famous Compton Oak Tree in the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg, this limited-edition Colonial Williamsburg Compton Oak Tree Gold Leaf Ornament is a one-of-a-kind keepsake to treasure years to come. The leaves are ethically harvested by Colonial Williamsburg’s nursery team during the tree’s annual clipping each summer, bringing no harm to the tree. Each leaf is dried and dipped into a solution to remove the tissue, leaving only the vein structure encased in copper. Artisans then carefully plate the ornament in 24-karat gold.

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