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West Virginia-made gift ideas

West Virginia GlassGlass: 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.

Toys: Lions 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.

Hand-made jewelryJewelry: 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.

Musical instruments: 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.

West Virginia QuiltsFly fishing gear: 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.

West Virginia quilts: Quilts are often works of art that still evoke warm reminders of our heritage. Treat yourself, family and friends to these unique quilting gifts and share a piece of West Virginia’s tradition.

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