Holiday shopping time has arrived, and we are here to help! If you know someone who would appreciate a gift that celebrates Reston, especially during this 50th anniversary year, we have lots of ideas for you.
Here is our Reston gift guide, with suggestions for toys, art, books, coffee, and tons more. The purchase of most of these items supports local artists, authors, and organizations, including the Reston Museum, IPAR, and GRACE.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
1. Name Train
A magnetic toy train that fits on most wooden train sets, and carries the name “Reston” proudly on its engine. Also available are red cabooses and Christmas ornaments. Available at the Reston Museum during the holidays. $5
2. The Crows of Hidden Creek, by Joann Huston Niemela
A children’s novel set at Hidden Creek golf course in Reston, and based on the actual behavior of wild crows. Available on Amazon.com or at the Reston Museum.
3. Live. Work. Play. Children’s T-shirt
A shirt with Reston’s motto adapted for kids’ preferences. Available at the Reston Museum. $10
4. IPAR Jigsaw Puzzle
A 500-piece puzzle that supports the Initiative for Public Art – Reston. Available at the IPAR office or the Reston Museum. $20
GIFTS FOR COOL LITTLE STOCKING STUFFERS
1. Lake Anne Summer Day Golf Balls
A three-pack of golf balls with a black and white photo of Lake Anne. Available on Cafepress. $19.50
2. Reston Christmas Ornament
Ceramic ornament with an illustration of Reston Town Center at Christmastime, and a retro Reston logo. Available at the Reston Museum. $10
3. Lake Anne View Wine Stopper
Chrome wine stopper with photo of Lake Anne. Available on Cafepress. $19.50
GIFTS FOR ART PATRONS
1. 40 for 40: Celebrating Four Decades of GRACE (book)
40th anniversary commemorative book from the Greater Reston Arts Center. Available at GRACE and online at restonarts.org. $20 through the end of 2014.
2. Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston’s Public Art (DVD)
Documentary produced by the Initiative for Public Art – Reston. Available at the IPAR office, or order online via their “donate” page. $10
GIFTS FOR FANS OF DANA SCHEURER’S RESTON ART
Greeting cards with Dana Scheurer’s contemporary depictions of Reston scenes, including Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Plaza. Approximately 5″x7″. Mat and frame them for affordable art. Available at the Reston Museum. $4-$5
2. Framed Original Art
Small original paintings by Dana Scheurer of local Reston scenes. Approximately 2″x3″. Available at the Reston Museum. $45
GIFTS FOR THE NOSTALGIC
1. Reston: The First Twenty Years
A 1985 book filled with photos and descriptions of Reston’s early days. Out of print, but available used on Amazon.com, or call the Reston Used Book Shop to inquire about availability. Prices on Amazon start around $10.
2. T-Shirt with Retro Reston Logo
Short sleeve shirt for people who appreciate mid-century graphic design. Available at the Reston Museum. $18
3. Reston: A New Town in the Old Dominion
A 1989 book with a pictorial history of Reston.Out of print, but available used on Amazon.com, or call the Reston Used Book Shop to inquire about availability. Prices on Amazon start around $27.
GIFTS FOR CAFFEINE ADDICTS
1. Live, Work, & Play Mug
A mug for all the things we do in Reston, and all the places we drink coffee, too. Available at the Reston Museum.
2. Reston Roast Coffee
Fair trade, organic coffee, labeled the “Lake Anne Blend.” Available at the Reston Museum. $6.25
3. 50th Anniversary Travel Mug
Insulated coffee mug with the Celebrate Reston 50 logo. Available at the Reston Association headquarters. $8
GIFTS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE AN ENGROSSING READ
1. The End of the City, by David Bendernagel
A novel written by a Reston author about a South Lakes High School student who dreams of heroism and adventure while coping with the loss of his father after the fall of the Twin Towers. $13.49
2. The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston
The true and terrifying story of the Ebola outbreak at a Reston science lab in the 1980s. Available on Amazon and local booksellers. $11.31
GIFTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY BUFFS
1. The Nature of Reston, by Charles A. Veatch
An educational and photographic tour of Reston’s lakes, woodlands, and meadows, and backyard habitats. Autographed copies are available at the Reston Museum for $20. Also available at the Walker Nature Center and Amazon.com.
2. Reston at Fifty: A Celebration in Pictures, by Jim Kirby
A collection of a Reston photographer’s favorite images of Reston, including nature, architecture, and culture. Available at the Reston Museum and Blurb.com. $55.54
GIFTS FOR PEOPLE WITH QUESTIONABLE TASTE
1. Reston Camo Flask Necklace
Jewelry that keeps your liquor close to your heart. Available on Cafepress.com. $22.50
2. Sunset Hills 20190 Clock
Home decor for people who still haven’t gotten over their Luke Perry crush. Available on Cafepress.com. $39.50
3. Reston Drinking Team Dog Shirt
This dog looks embarrassed. Yours will, too, in this shirt. Available on Cafepress.com. $19.99
GIFTS FOR PEOPLE WHO EXAGGERATE
1. Greatest Place on Earth T-Shirt
Available on Cafepress.com. $18.49
2. Where Nothing Is Happening T-Shirt
Available on Cafepress.com. $22.49