Holiday gifts that support the local economy include a gift certificate for a massage (clockwise from top left), ski lift tickets, a gym membership, gift certificates for car washes or detailing and piano lessons.
A couple of lift tickets to one of West Virginia's ski resorts.
Cooking lessons from Charleston chefs.
A weekend getaway at a West Virginia state park; there are some good deals, especially during a midweek in winter.
A state hunting or fishing license.
A stack of West Virginia lottery tickets.
Give a tree and pay for its planting from a locally owned nursery.
Membership for a year to the Clay Center.
A cord of wood for the winter fireplace.
Teeth-whitening treatment at a dental office.
Create a certificate to baby-sit kids or dogs for a weekend.
Piano or guitar lessons from local teachers.
Season passes or a pair of tickets to sporting events like the West Virginia Power, WVU or Marshall games.
Check out the Charleston galleries for artwork by West Virginia artists.
Buy an adventure, such as whitewater rafting or zip lining or riding the Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail.
A puppy or kitten from the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Society or a local breeder -- but only if the new owner wants a pet; no surprises.
Give gift certificates for yoga or Pilates classes at area studios.
Movie passes. The headquarters of Marquee Cinemas and Park Place are in West Virginia.
"You see," the email said, "Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.
"And when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine."
Reach Rosalie Earle at ea...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.