Appalachian Thursday–Great Gifts from WV

Have you finished your shopping yet? I’m just about done and I’ve even wrapped everything and shipped the gifts that need to go to family I won’t see this holiday season. Which means I have time to help YOU shop! And what would I recommend but some great gifts from West Virginia?

As I get older and acquire more stuff, I appreciate gifts I can consume–food, drink, beauty products. And at the top of that list is, of course, chocolate. Try DeFluris Fine Chocolates in Martinsburg, WV. Their Buttercrunch (almond toffee) is a sure-fire winner!

Ron Hinkle ornamentGEE-GAWS
That’s what my grandmother called the pretty little odds and ends scattered around her house. They’re also known as knick-knacks. Ron Hinkle is an incredibly talented glass blower who lives and works not farm from our family farm. He makes stemware, vases, purely decorative items and the loveliest Christmas ornaments. I have a treasured collection on my tree even now!

How could I skip recommending a book or two? Chris Fabry is among my favorite authors AND he’s from West Virginia. He’s probably best known for June Bug, but I also really enjoyed Almost Heaven. And Judith Miller’s latest series is set in West Virginia. Book #1, The Brickmaker’s Bride, released in October and is in my to-read stack.

If YOU happen to have someone who loves writing in your life, you can’t go wrong with a really gorgeous pen. Pioneer Pens has a shop on Etsy and I’m half in love with the walnut burl pen. Lovely!

Happy shopping!

Published by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Author, wife, child of God.

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