12 Days of Shopping Local: Gifts for the Hobbyist

Go local and find something perfect for the hobby enthusiast in your life.

The hobbyist is a unique type of person, no matter their age. Both children and adult hobbyists are dedicated to their chosen area of expertise, and nothing will put a smile on their face quite like a new project.

To determine which kind of gift is right for your hobbyist, ask yourself:

  • What is their hobby or can I introduce them to a new one?
  • Should I get something which requires extra components or is an all in one gift?
  • Are they interested in collecting, playing or creating?

From model sets and card collecting to comic books and speciality plush characters, our favorite local stores are sure to have what you’re looking for or can place a special order to make holiday dreams come true.

Trains Etc.
8245-A Backlick Road, Lorton, Va. 22079

7030 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Va. 22003

2008 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Va. 22301

130 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314

1325 King Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314

1520 Belle View Boulevard, Alexandria, Va. 22307

Gifts For $25 and Under
Comic Books (Superman, Batman, Spiderman and The X-Men)
Trading Card Sets (Pokemon, Yu-Gi OH, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings)

Gifts For $50 and Under
Model Sets (Planes, Cars, Famous Buildings/Structures)
Sports Cards (Collector’s Cards, Retired Players, Limited Print)

Gifts For $100 and Under
Collector Comic Books (Early Editions, Limited Prints, Super Hero Guests Stars)
Memorabilia (Sports Team, Autographed, Vintage In Original Packaging)

Terrence Dankel December 14, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Isn't Granddad's Hobby Shop closed? I think they shut down over a year ago. If they've made a second go of it, that's great and wish them well.
Sally Scime December 14, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Also Aftertime Comics right here in Old Town at 1304 King Street. Many treasures for the comics enthusiast, packed into a small space. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff!
Mary Ann Barton December 14, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Hi Terrence, I think you're correct regarding Granddad's. I called the phone number listed and it's a non-working number. We'll delete that from the list. Thanks!
Susan Larson December 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM
That's so sad to hear about Granddad's. I just shopped there with my son ... but I guess it was more than two years ago.
Sally Spangler December 15, 2011 at 07:02 PM
The other side of hobbies are the many female interest types - sewing, x stitch and other embroidery, knitting and go on forever. I remember when both my brother and I were into HO railroad everything. That hobby seems to have disappeared. Besides children things, which seem to wax and wane within a few months and require some adult to spend the money and supervise. My one grandson is now 19. I don't think he has ever been away from the constant watch/supervision of his parents. Nice, but now that he is in college and two states away from that supervision how is he fairing and do other parents keep such close watch that the children of the family have no identity of who they are?


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