It seems like each new day we are faced with a new set of challenges, but something that will remain consistent are celebrations. We know that these life milestones might look different this year while being confined to our homes, but they shouldn’t take a back seat when it comes to COVID-19. Whether it be birthday celebrations, anniversaries or holidays, you can still shop online and support local Norfolk businesses. Here are some ideas on the best way to set your celebration apart from just “another day at home.”

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Picnic at Home


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Have an anniversary during the stay at home order? Crystal Palate has the perfect date night box for you and your loved one to take home. Each box, which can be picked up curbside, will contain an assortment of cheese, charcuterie, truffle almonds, crackers, jams, chocolates and more. Ask Sommelier Crystal to recommend a wine for pairing. Cuddle up at home, light some candles and devour your treats. Another local wine store, Tinto Wine and Cheese is delivering wine for free if you order 12 or more bottles! 

Eat Fresh


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We know we all ran to the grocery store and stocked up on all things frozen and canned, but why not visit a drive-thru farmers market or Westside Produce and Provisions for fresh veggies, meats and spices to make that special someone a fancy home cooked meal. No matter how skilled you are in the kitchen, any meal made with fresh local ingredients and love is bound to beat out another frozen pizza.

Plan for Upcoming Performances 

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Norfolk is home to a multitude of professional performing art companies such as the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Opera. With Mother’s Day around the corner, what better way to get inspired and look to the future than to celebrate with a gift card to enjoy a future show? On a smaller scale of performing arts but equally as talented, Push Comedy Theatre, the Hurrah Players and the Little Theatre of Norfolk also offer gift cards for future shows in a more intimate setting.

Look Forward to Future Adventures

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Once the social distancing passes and we are allowed to mingle again, we can imagine the rush of wanting to do and see everything. Bypass the ticket lines by purchasing your excursion gift cards online today.  Gift your loved one with a promise of a future adventure like a harbor sail on the American Rover or a day watching the animals at the Virginia Zoo. Norfolk Tour Company, Nauticus and the Spirit of Norfolk are also offering gift cards to put toward a future day of fun.

Support A Local Artisan

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Both residents and future visitors can check out one of our local boutique online stores for a celebration gift or “pre” souvenir. As we respect others and stay home, we can still dream of our next journey and gift someone with the promise of traveling to Norfolk. Support our local artisans like Prince Ink, who create unique screen-printed tees, Kitsch which offers handmade and vintage gifts and A. Dodson’s where you can find beautiful home décor, children’s toys and apparel. Some other unique places to order from are Jollity and Co., Decorum and The Mermaid Market, by purchasing the perfect gift from the comfort of your own home. 

Pets Are Family Too

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Norfolk is a pet-friendly city, and we know that our furry friends deserve celebrations as well! Treat your buddy to a new toy and homemade treats for curbside pickup at Muddy Paws, or a future day at the doggie pool with a gift card from Happy Tails Resort.