Gossypia Gift Guide

The 2016 Gossypia Gift Guide
Great Gifts Under $100!

Still looking for the perfect holiday gift? At Gossypia, we’ve created a 2016 Holiday Gift Guide to help you find the perfect gift for your loved one in Old Town Alexandria. Here are some of our favorites this year:

3fced544-08e9-47ca-a4ce-0583e713a7c7This beautifully made top from Toofan is the perfect pick for holiday parties.
$38.00

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These socks from Ozone and all wool Nusatara scarf make wonderful gifts on their own, but look even better as a set!
$19.99 (socks) and $38.00 (scarf)

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These cozy knit hats from Shirleah make a fashionable and  affordable gift for braving the winter cold. 
$18.00

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Available in a variety of designs and colors, these FireFly earrings are the perfect gift! 
Prices vary. Earrings shown are $56-$64. 

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A very popular choice for our customers, these fashionable (and sturdy!) Urban Oxide purses are the perfect gift for the woman on your list who’s always on the move and in need of a great purse that can keep up!
$40.00

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These beautiful handmade earrings from Ayala Bar make the perfect gift, with different designs to match all styles.
Prices vary by design. $60-$200

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A stylish coat by Avalin will keep your loved one warm throughout the winter.
$78.00

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From our extensive collection of handmade gifts, this mirror from Peru is both unique and beautiful.
$54.00

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These cozy fingerless gloves are perfect for the texter on your list!
$34.00

img_8152This plush nativity set makes a fantastic gift for children, and is one of our most popular sets!
$39.00

Didn’t find the gift you’re looking for on this list? Visit us for more great gift ideas! Gossypia is located at 325 Cameron Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

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Nativity Sets: The Story Behind the Perfect Christmas Gift!

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For many, December means a time of giving gifts, decorating homes for the holidays, and celebrating with loved ones. At Gossypia, one of our favorite traditions is to decorate our homes by putting up our nativity sets in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Nativity sets make a great gift for those celebrating Christmas, and are the perfect way to make a home feel ready for Christmastime.

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Nativity sets as we know them today are based on a tradition originated by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. After visiting the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, St. Francis felt awestruck and inspired. He wanted to bring these same feelings to the people of Italy at Christmastime, in order to place an emphasis on the celebration of the birth of Jesus as the origin for the holiday. He conceived the idea of a live nativity in order to recreate the nativity scene, using real humans and animals as the participants, and his nativity scene was blessed by the pope. Similar displays became popular throughout European churches, and the humans and animals were soon replaced by statues. In the 18th century, King Charles III began collecting the increasingly elaborate Nativity scenes, and others soon did the same.

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Today, nativity sets are used in homes, churches, and other locations to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmastime. At Gossypia, we feature a collection of nativity sets from around the world, with many priced below $100. Nativity sets would make a perfect gift at Christmastime, and would also make a wonderful addition to any household decorated for Christmas!

 

 

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

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At Gossypia, we celebrate Día de los Muertos with an in-store celebration every year for our customers, featuring Day of the Dead refreshments, traditional music, and door prizes. Our event is unique to this area, along with our collection of handmade Latin American folk art, and we love bringing this celebration of life and death to Old Town each year. Many at the celebration will ask us, “What exactly is Day of the Dead?”

Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico are based on rituals among the pre-Columbian and Aztec peoples. Rituals celebrating deceased ancestors have been observed in pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico for as long as 2,500-3000 years. The Aztecs celebrated the goddess Mictecacihuatl each August, also known as “The Lady of the Dead”.

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The Aztec and pre-Columbian cultures viewed death as a continuation of life, embracing death in a way that the Spaniards considered to be sacrilegious. When the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they sought to combine this celebration with Catholic beliefs, which is the version of Día de los Muertos that we see today. Celebrated in most regions of Mexico today, the celebration has progressed to honor deceased loved ones from October 31- November 2.

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During Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, celebrants visit cemeteries and build private altars (ofrendas) to their deceased loved ones, often decorated with favorite memorabilia, photos, sugar skulls and flowers, typically marigolds. People also will build ofrendas in their homes, which are often decorated with religious symbols such as Christian crosses and pictures of the Virgin of Guadalupe. La Calavera Catrina was a famous print created in the early 20th century picturing an upper-middle class female skeleton, which is seen often during Day of the Dead celebrations.

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At Gossypia, we have dozens of Day of the Dead items, many of which are handcrafted in Mexico. You will find a unique collection of Latin American folk art here as well. We invite you to partake in our Día de los Muertos celebration, which will take place from October 29 through October 31 at Gossypia (409 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA). We will have traditional Day of the Dead refreshments to enjoy. This year, all purchases made between October 29-31 will be entered to win a $50 gift card.

Happy Day of the Dead from Gossypia!