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  • Writer's pictureSarah Hitchcock Burzio

Last Minute Occoquan Gift Guide

We're in the final stretches of holiday shopping. Skip the big-box stores and head to historic Occoquan where you'll find tons of small businesses fully stocked with exceptional and thoughtful gifts!

For the art lover

Occoquan boasts over 80 talented artists all in one small town. The Loft Gallery has a beautiful collection of fine art by 23 artists. Owner Barbara Perry of Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio has been working with stained glass for other 30 years and has a gorgeous selection of artwork, plus takes custom orders. Art a La Carte has a diverse and unique group of artists who in areas of jewelry, metal working, wood, glass, and more.

Marin Woodturning is Occoquan's The artisans at Local Colour Gallery & Boutique have a fantastic selection of beautiful gifts for adults and kids alike. Located in the heart of Occoquan since 1977, Artists' Undertaking Gallery offers original local art in a wide variety of mediums.

For the foodie

Pop into Occoquan's tea and remedies shop, Leaf & Petal for holiday favorite Old English Wassail Cider Spices or head to Potomac Chocolate for artisanal 70% Dark Drinking Chocolate, made from a blend of cacao grown in Peru and the Dominican Republic. From So Olive we recommend the popular Wild Rosemary olive oil or at Anderson's Country Store you can grab some made-in-Virginia peanuts or other local gourmet items!

And of course you can't go wrong with any of the pies or bakery goodies at the Golden Plum Bakery or the delectable made-in-town fudge from Nazbros Fudge & Chocolates.

For the entertainer

Gift your favorite dinner party thrower with home decor and place setting goodies! VanEch Studio Home & Garden has gorgeous pieces for every table scape, such as this Green Oak Leaf & Acorn Table Runner. This Eucalyptus & Rose Candle Ring from Glory Be would be a beautiful addition to any holiday table.

Hitchcock Paper Co. has a variety of paper goods, including this adorable Nutcracker Banner. Or pop across the street to Urban Posh Boutique and a grab of these classic Glass Trees.

For the hostess on your list, try this Winter Radiance Gift Set from Organic Allure or a live plant from Leaf & Moss!

For the hard to shop for's

Let's face it, there's always someone in our lives who are hard to shop for this time of year. For the bearded gent in your life who has everything (or so you think), try this Beard Oil Sampler Set from Curate. Don't forget about your playful pets! Catnip Jinglers from Gift & Gather are a great stocking stuffer for your fur baby.

Holiday themed puzzles are always a crowd pleaser (and a great hostess gift in our opinion!). We like the vibes of this Santa's Desk option from Puzzle Palooza Etc.

What about booking an experience instead this year? Occoquan has great options like Candle Making Events with Paradis Candle, pottery painting at Paint Your Heart Out (great for kids and adults!), or book a Discover Scuba class with Patriot Diving.

For a meal with a friend

Instead of a gift under a tree this year, share a meal with a friend, partner, or family member! Take someone out to a sumptuous meal at Bottlestop Wine Bar, Secret Garden Cafe or D'Roccos. Or hit up Mill St Draft Garden, Cock & Bowl, or The Spot on Mill Street for the best brews in town, which also have award winning food to pair with it!

Gift cards to our popular line up of locally owned restaurants are always a great choice too. Cards to town favorites such as Ballywhack Shack, Bann Thai, Grin N Crepe, Madigan's Waterfront, Bar J Chili Parlor, or Third Base make a great gift or stocking stocker.

Still looking for ideas? Your best bet is to stroll through Occoquan and check out all the options in person. Many shops are open 7 days a week through Christmas Eve! See a full list of businesses at

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