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Charlottesville Small-Business Love

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

The holiday season is quickly approaching and here are some Charlottesville local-businesses that feature gifts for the children in you life.


Holiday gift buying has never been easier than stopping by any of the many local shops in Charlottesville.

Did you know that when you spend money locally out of every $100 spent at a small business nearly two thirds is returned back to the community. That means your money is almost immediately reinvested into other local businesses or services and in turn, helps shape the community's character.


Read along to find see some of my favorite shops that feature gifts for all ages!



Whimsies is a female-owned children's clothing boutique located at the Shops at Stonefield. Holiday shopping is made easy at Whimsies with a personalized shopping experience and complimentary gift wrapping. Whimsies carries high quality, classic children's clothing from newborn to grade school, along with a small selection of toys and arts and crafts. Free onsite parking available.





Shenanigans is a female-owned small business located on Main Street with free onsite parking. The owner is a former principal turned toy shop owner that has a keen eye for curating a vast selection of unique toys, games, and craft section for children of all ages from newborn to teenage years. In addition to an individualized shopping experience, the staff at Shenanigans offers complimentary gift wrapping. No time to wait for in store wrapping? Place your order online and write a note requesting gift wrapping at checkout for curbside pickup. For Small Business Saturday, Shenanigans is offering a surprise discount code valued at 5%-25% to use at checkout. Get a free gift while supplies last when you spend $75 or more in store on Small Business Saturday. Give back by shopping online or in store with code TOYLIFT to get 10% off of your toy lift donation. Shenanigans also serves as drop-off location for Toy Lift.


"EVERY small purchase MAKES a BIG difference!" - every small business owner


Basketful is a female-owned gift shop located at Market on Main Street that offers a unique selection of gifts for the children and adults on your shopping list. Basketful curates gifts locally and from artists living in places like Haiti and has a committement to cutting back on waste. Spend at least $25 on Small Business Saturday to be entered to win a $125 gift card.



Down the hall from Basketful and continuing with the female-owned trend, Spice Diva is a gourmet grocery store offering a variety of spices for the chef in your life. While this store doesn't specifically offer children's toys, it is worth mentioning that Spice Diva does offer a quiet place for nursing mothers that want a little privacy while out shopping this holiday season.


Not sure what to get the chef in your life? Spice Diva is offering spice gift boxes with an attached recipe. I got a Winter Chili Recipe.



Green Baby Boutique is a female-owned organic and eco-friendly baby boutique that features a unique clothing selection for infant, toddlers and young children, as well as all the baby gear needed to get ready for a newborn. Shopping is made easy with free onsite parking and an individualize shopping experience. On Small Business Saturday, Green Baby Boutique is offering a surprise discount code valued at 10%-40% to use at checkout. Earn $5 Fast Cash for every $50 spent to use on a future purchase--see Green Baby for specific details.




O'Suzannah is a female-owned children's clothing shop located on the historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall. The most central parking lot is located on Water Street. The merchandise at O'Suzannah for Littles is wonderfully organized by color making the store visually appealing and perfectly curated to make sure that you find a unique gift from puzzles, books, and clothing for the littlest ones in your life. Give back this holiday season by donating to O'Suzanah's toy drive benefiting UVA Children's Hospital.



O'Suzannah is female-owned gift shop located on the historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall. The most central parking lot is located at First and Market Street near the Wells Fargo. It is wonderful place to shop for the friend or family member that has it all. It features of variety of coffee table books, simple jewelry and local art. Similar to O'Suzannah for Littles, O'Suzannah's color coordinated displays are thoughtfully curated with an inspiring mix of patterns, shapes and textures. During my visit I found gifts for the preteen and teenage young ladies on my list.




Alakazam is a newly renovated toy shop located on the Historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall. The most central parking lot is located at First and Market Street near the Wells Fargo. Alakazam features a large selection of toys for newborns to teens. Shopping is made easy with an online store, complimentary gift wrapping and local delivery. The toy displays are thoughtfully organized and offer a wide selection for all ages and price ranges. During my visit, I found a large selection of magnatiles and puzzles. Small Business Saturday: Enter a Holiday Raffle valued at over $200, one entry for every $10 spent between 11/26-11/29.




Stay tuned for small business love!



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I love this information!!!! What an amazing resource for our community!!!

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