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Not many of you know that beyond Virginia Views, I am also The Virginia Shopper.  That means I write another blog on occasion for a lovely little store somewhere  in Virginia.   I am not including the name of the shop or the blog here because this is not a push to buy anything.  It’s just that all of a sudden, I realized  I  found my favorite Virginia product. 

As The Virginia Shopper, I am charged with wandering all over the state (mostly online) to find the nicest things and places and write to my heart’s delight.  That’s the fun of it!   But, of all the items I have ever loved about Virginia, this one little thing always meets the criteria for perfection.  It’s the perfect gift for family and friends and the perfect gift to myself.

Don’t go away please!    I’m not done regaling the virtues of this phenomenal thing.

–          It’s the most unique gift imaginable

–          I want one for myself

–          It will add character to any outdoor place around the house

–          It is so odd looking that it will spark conversation

–          It is so attractive, I may want to get two!

–          It has a historical flavor and purpose

–          It’s lightweight for easy shipping

–          It’s reasonably priced

–          I LOVE it!

What is this perfect little thing?


A bottle for birds?  Really?  Look closely and you will see the face of a sweet little bird who has already made the bottle her home!

And here’s the history:

Williamsburg, Virginia is the nation’s largest living history museum!  Would you believe over 4 million people visit there each year?

In the 18th century, Virginia colonists in Williamsburg figured out how to attract birds (who would control insects) by attaching this beautiful Bird Bottle to their homes!

The one in the picture is a wonderful reproduction made of redware pottery and modeled after an original bottle excavated at Colonial Williamsburg.  How’s that for an interesting thing in the annals of American history?

What do you do with it?  With a single nail, you can hang it from a tree or on the side of any building, and guess what – the birds love it!

I recently received a birthday gift certificate from the little store in question.  What do I want from my favorite little store in town?  There are so many things to choose from!  And that’s how I decided on the Williamsburg Bird Bottle.  If you come for a visit, you will find one attached to a favorite tree within easy view from my living room window and another one attached to the house!

Lemme know if you would like the link to the little store’s catalog or The Virginia Shopper blog!  After all, it isn’t every day, you can find the perfect gift for holiday giving and I will be happy to share!

English: Wigmakers reenacting their historical...

English: Wigmakers reenacting their historical craft in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A recreation workshop on Duke of Glou...

English: A recreation workshop on Duke of Gloucester street in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

View of Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial ...

View of Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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My friends dreamed up a wonderful idea for gift giving:

A special gift for a special day

Here for now and gone away.

What?  Don’t worry.

It’s  a magic act I hear.

 Now you see it,

Now see it disappear.

What is this gift so removable?

Why, it’s simply this – a gift Consumable.


Actually this little mystery rhyme was the lead-in to a true story.  After years of agonizing over what gifts to select for the special people in our lives, some of my special friends came to a consensus.  We made a pact to only give consumable gifts – meaning things that will get used up.  I can’t tell you what a relief that is and how much more fun I have shopping.

We just remember this:  “If it will soon disappear it’s a gift worth giving,” and here are some examples:

  • Chocolates (Yeah! Yeah! Chocolates!)
  • Gourmet Flavored Oils (I put this in because I found a gourmet oil store!)
  • Spices (you can even make your own concoction but I found a spice store too)
  • Candles (beautiful or utilitarian in case there’s a freak storm)
  • Batteries (maybe best for a man?)
  • Note Paper (lovely reminders to keep in touch the old way)
  • Faux Fingernails (Huh?)
  • Nail Polish (for the fake fingernails)
  • Soap (used to be an insult, but now soaps come in grand scents and colors)
  • Nuts (but not raw cashews – supposed to be poisonous – unless you want to see your friend disappear too!)
  • Coffee or Tea (always a tradition)
  • Cheese and Fruit (a gift of health and good taste)
  • A Book (time well spent and pass it on)
  • Money (of course – but considered somewhat crass!)

Are you getting the idea?  I know you will come up with a whole new list of your own Gifts That Give and Go designed to temporarily please.  And what better way I ask, is there to celebrate a special occasion than to relish the moment and then move on?

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