New River Gorge Holiday Shopping GuideDecember 10, 2021
The holiday season is finally here, and with it comes the pressures of buying the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. Luckily, the New River Gorge is a one-stop-shop for everyone on your list. And this year, we’ve made it easier than ever to find that ideal present. From fine art and antiques to outdoor gear and apparel, browse our top picks from our favorite local businesses!
Arts & Crafts
Appalachian primitive decor, watercolor art prints, handcrafted trinkets — discover unique art and crafts that will fit anyone’s personal style. Browse local artisans’ work at Studio B Art and Wine Gallery. Whether you are looking for fine art, pottery, gourmet food or local wine — you’ll be able to find it all at Studio B. Tucked away at Wild Art Wonderful Things are handcrafted masterpieces and irresistible gifts from crafters across the state. Peruse through West Virginia-inspired artwork and handmade jewelry, or grab a few New River Gorge stickers to use for stocking stuffers.
The New River Gorge is also home to a pottery shop — Gauley River Pottery. The whitewater-inspired pottery makes an excellent souvenir to remember someone’s time spent out on the river.
For primitive home decor, visit Country Crossing, Ben Franklin Crafts and Dove’s Village. Each shop has a wide selection of country and primitive decor, from seasonal wreaths and braided rugs to Americana-themed collectibles and wooden furniture.
If you are looking to impress people with your presents this year, then find the gift they won’t! Spend an afternoon shopping at our local antique stores for a unique, irreplaceable treasure. Start your hunt in Fayetteville with a wonderful lineup of stores: the eccentric Hobbit Hole, a “unique junktique” aptly named Enjoyed Again and the expansive New River Antique Mall. Extend your shopping and discover one-of-a-kind items at Village Antiques & Things, Antiques at Aide’s and Antique Quilts and More.
Similar to traditional antiques, surprise the gamer in your life with a retro video game or collectible from Retro Reset Gamester’s Paradise! Or stop by Jade Tiger Games for a wide selection of tabletop, board and card games.
Need a gift for the fashionista in your life? We’ve got you covered! Thread, an eclectic boutique, sells handmade jewelry, hip apparel and stylish accessories. Just down the street in Fayetteville is Out of the Ashes. This clothing store carries everyday clothing classics that are authentic and bold, as well as West Virginia-themed gifts like pillows and jewelry. Complete your fashionable gift with a special wire-wrapped gemstone pendant or ring from Great Googly Moogly or a trendy purse from Wisteria Gifts.
Every holiday needs a centerpiece. Surprise your loved one with a beautiful floral arrangement! The New River Gorge area has two floral shops — Bessie’s Floral Gifts & Design and Ansted Floral & Gifts. Choose from one of their holiday arrangements or design your own for a memorable present.
You can’t get any more personal than with a customized gift! At Tumblers and More Gift Shop and Boutique, design a custom tumbler travel cup with your loved one’s favorite sports team, movie character or name.
New River Gorge Baskets
Showcase all the best gifts from the Gorge with a holiday basket! Fill your basket with handcrafted bath and body products from Wild Mountain Soap Company, flavorful fudge from Canyon Rim Gifts and a gift certificate to one of their favorite local restaurants. If you don’t have time to make your own, stop by Swiftwater General Store and purchase a gift basket loaded with West Virginia-designed calendars, candy, coffee, keychains and more!
The New River Gorge is the starting point for adventures of all kinds, so it’s no surprise we have some amazing stores to pick up the best outdoor gear. ACE Adventure Gear carries equipment for any activity, including whitewater kayaking, paddlesports and rafting. Water Stone Outdoors sells quality outdoor gear and has one of the best climbing shoe selections in the area. Don’t know anything about outdoor gear? Fortunately, the staff at both of the shops are outdoor experts and will assist you with any questions or concerns.
Or go big this holiday season and surprise your loved one with the gift of adventure! From whitewater rafting and aerial adventures to mountain biking and rocking climbing, impress the adventurer in your life with the trip of a lifetime to the New River Gorge!
The best gift of all is a getaway! Whether it’s a trip to recharge at a secluded cabin or vacation rental, a romantic stay at a cozy bed-and-breakfast, a family camping trip or a hotel stay close to all of the activities — anyone on your list would be happy to receive this gift! Complete your presents with gift cards to local outfitters and restaurants to use for the future trip.
If you still can’t decide on a foolproof gift from the Gorge, buy a Love Local Fayette County eGift Card that can be used at many participating businesses in the area!