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Gift Ideas
By Jama L. Jarrett
 
West Virginia is privileged to have a diverse collection of artists, many who are known internationally for their work in handmade glass making, pottery, jewelry, clothing and music. These gifts are a unique surprise for anyone who enjoys West Virginia’s culture, food and tradition.

So many ideas

Delight someone on your list with a work of art. Handmade pieces of glass, such as vases, dinnerware, ornaments, marbles and lamps, provide a selection of high-quality gift ideas. Choose a desired piece from several famous West Virginia companies, including Blenko Glass, Fenton Art Glass and Masterpiece Crystal. If you want to add additional shine to this gift idea, many of West Virginia’s factories offer tours and live demonstrations of the glass-making process.

If jewelry is a must for someone on your list, browse West Virginia’s own selection of one-of-a-kind pieces created by local artists. Jewelry designers like Linda Maher, Don Miller and Christopher Malouf handcraft necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, charms, earrings and other accessories that are sure to add sparkle this holiday season.

E.G. Bear CompanyLions and tigers and bears, oh my! Aside from the bears, West Virginia doesn’t have any real lions or tigers, but it does have local toy makers who carefully stuff and stitch teddy bears, horses, elephants, bunnies, giraffes and many other favorites. To make this gift even more fun, visit the E.G. Bear Company in Friendly and choose a make-your-own bear, elephant or giraffe kit.

Give your family and friends a chance to connect with their inner musician with a handmade musical instrument. Talented artisans like Andrew White, Don Kawalek and Leo L. Burrell handcraft guitars, dulcimers, banjos and mandolins with premium woods that amplify the sounds, good or bad, that come from the musical mastermind on your list.

For someone who loves to spend his or her free time on the water, the right supplies can help make the perfect catch. Joe’s Flies in Clarksburg is one of the nation’s premier fly-fishing lure outlets, selling its products at convenient retailers such as Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gander Mountain. And what good is a lure without the pole? Check out Andrews Cane Rods or Vandalia Rodworks for a custom-made rod that will entice the fish and make fellow anglers envious.
 
A West Virginia getaway is perfect for out-of-state visitors and residents alike. Many of the state’s resorts, bed and breakfasts and hotels offer tailored packages to meet every budget and lifestyle. If you’re unsure about which package to choose, a West Virginia State Parks gift card also makes a perfect gift idea for weekend retreats or vacations. Card holders can redeem their cards for lodging, gift-shop purchases, cabin rentals and camping, dining and golf greens fees, making this gift one that can be enjoyed at any time during the year.