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2021 West Virginia Gift Guide

December 20, 2021

Buying local has become quite popular in recent years, and for good reason.

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Buying local has become quite popular in recent years, and for good reason. It feels good to use your buying power to support artists and makers in your own community and help build the local economy. 

But until recently, shopping local took some work. Lucky for us, three local brick-and-mortar stores have already done the heavy lifting. 

Babe & Honey
Appalachian Mercantile
Hoot & Howl

Bridgeport’s new Babe & Honey Artisan Market, Morgantown’s Hoot & Howl, and the J.Q. Dickenson Appalachian Mercantile, which recently opened its doors in Granville, offers a wide selection of carefully curated handcrafted goods. 

Shopping local just got a whole lot easier.

Below are a few of our favorites, organized by category. There were way too many good things to feature everything here. But don’t just take our word for it—go see for yourself. 

For Him

  1. Seriously classy cocktail glasses (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Hipster ‘stache Dopp kit (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Trucker hat (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Repurposed money clip (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Bullfrog slime mug (Babe & Honey)
  1. Wooden bottle opener (Hoot & Howl)

For Her

  1. Handmade soap (Babe & Honey)
  1. Macrame wall art and plant holder (Babe & Honey and Hoot & Howl)
  1. Fruit-patterned tea towel and note cards (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Bright pottery mug (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Unique jewelry (Babe & Honey and Hoot & Howl)
  1. Printed bags and purses (Babe & Honey and Hoot & Howl)

For Your Favorite Foodie

  1. Finishing salt (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Salt cellar (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Cocktail kits and mixers (Appalachian Mercantile and Hoot & Howl)
  1. Cutting board (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Specialty oil or vinegar (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Spicy Dilly Beans (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Natural tonics (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Honey pot with local honey (Hoot & Howl)

For Kids & Pets

We know pets aren’t technically kids, but sometimes they need gifts too!

  1. Geode night lights (Hoot & Howl)
  1. All-natural dog treats (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Wooden animal light (Hoot & Howl)
  1. WV onesies (Babe & Honey)
  1. Wall clocks with character (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Mason jar solar lights (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Easy-care air plants (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Pet bandanas (Babe & Honey)

For Anyone Who Loves Handmade Goods

  1. Wooden trays (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Glass jars with carved wooden lids (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Alpaca birdseed balls (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Wooden suncatchers (Hoot & Howl)
  1. Muted pottery bowls and mugs (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Local themed and irreverent stickers (Appalachian Mercantile, Babe & Honey, Hoot & Howl)
  1. Speckled ceramic jars (Appalachian Mercantile)
  1. Witty keychains (Babe & Honey)
  1. Wall décor (Babe & Honey and Hoot & Howl)
  1. Knitted hats (Babe & Honey)

11. Ceramic messages (Hoot & Howl)

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