5 Local Gift Ideas to Welcome Your Guests to Richmond
Not all guests have the time to get out and explore the city, so a welcome gift or wedding favor is the perfect way to give them a little taste of what you love about Richmond.
When it comes to welcoming your guests to the area, there are no shortage of options: from local crafts to food to art to history there is a something for everyone here, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas.
Swag from Studio 23
Studio 23 is a local nonprofit art studio offering space for artists, classes and corporate workshops. They also have a phenomenal gift shop full of Richmond swag, neighborhood art prints, hand-printed tote bags, maps, etc. Everything in the store is designed and printed in-house with lots of love.
Aside from their pre-printed goodies, the studio does custom print work. Do-it-yourselfers can print a monogram or drawing on tote bags to hold welcome gifts! It makes a great pre-wedding bonding experience for you and yours. Or grab your closest girlfriends/boyfriends (and wine) and make a night of it. If you are in the midst of wedding craziness, the studio can take care of the printing.
Curated boxes from Richmond to Go
RVA to Go is a local business that offers curated boxes of RVA's best food, snacks and gifts. The company partners with local, small businesses to provide an easy way to send a little RVA love in a package.
Boxes come in different sizes, from five items, to seven items to 10. You can design your own boxes from a large selection of goodies or if you are short on time and/or brain power, RVA to Go will curate a box for your guests If you are looking for something even more personalized, they work with individuals on custom orders.
All the RVA foods
Would it be an RVA favor list if we didn’t have a section dedicated to all the yummy food our city has to offer? Because when it comes to the Richmond food scene, wedding favor and welcome ideas abound.
Here are some of our current favorites:
- Reginald’s Homemade – Gourmet Peanut and Nut Butters (And the jar personalization ideas are endless)
- Your favorite coffee: Coffee beans from your favorite local spot, like Ironclad Coffee Roasters, Captain Buzzy’s Beanery, Lamplighter Coffee Roasters or Black Hand Coffee. Mini mason jars. Cute gift tag. Done!
- Cookies from Whisk… or any other bakery!
- A local craft brew—If Virginia is for Lovers, Richmond is for craft beer lovers. Consider including a local brew like a signature IPA from The Veil, Hardywood’s Richmond Lager or the Flying Squirrel and Center of the Universe’s Chin Music.
Is there anything more RVA than the RVA sticker? And the group behind the legendary logo, Venture Richmond, is all about spreading the RVA mission far and wide, so they give them away for free! To pick up some stickers to add to your welcome gifts, stop by the Venture Richmond office located at 200 S 3rd St.
House of Floralie
If you are someone that likes to go all out when it comes to thoughtful gifts, local gifting concierge shop House of Floralie is the place to go. If you haven’t been in to the adorable little shop located on Lafayette St. outside of the Museum District, make plans to go soon!
House of Floralie founder KK Harris takes the work out of incredibly thoughtful gifts. Her small team sources the best local and international vendors and works closely with their clients to provide stunning gifts (and wedding welcomes).
KK started the business after she had to go to 13 different vendors for her own wedding welcome gifts (which were featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Summer 2015 issue, so you know she’s a pro). Through her own wedding welcome research and development, she realized how time consuming it is to be thoughtful, and that’s how House of Floralie was born.