Once again, the holiday season this year will certainly present some new challenges, and safety will need to be a paramount concern, particularly when it comes to holiday shopping and travel. Safety is always a concern when it comes to holiday travel, but this year families will again also have to make additional decisions, weighing new risks against the opportunity to see loved ones in person for the holidays. For these reasons, many experts predict that online shopping will increase this holiday season. If you want to give a cutting-edge gift this year, consider some of the finest tools, gifts and accessories for the modern-day outdoorsman at Stauer. Their incredible hunting knives possess a perfect balance of form and function. They’re carefully constructed from fine materials, but also have that little something extra to connect the owner with nature. The Huntsman Blade is exactly that knife. The blade is full tang, meaning it doesn’t stop at the handle but extends to the length of the grip, and it’s made from 420 surgical steel, famed for its sharpness and its resistance to corrosion. The handle is made from genuine natural bone and features decorative wood spacers and a hand-carved motif of two overlapping feathers — a reminder for you to respect and connect with the natural world. If you’re on the hunt for a knife that combines quality components with a sense of wonder, the Huntsman Blade is the trophy you’re looking for. Browse Stauer’s selection of knives that offer the highest performance, coupled with cutting-edge design to create pieces of functional art. Stauer.com.

Winchester invites you to celebrate the season, differently, in the stunning Shenandoah Valley. Experience a Winchester holiday, and bring the kids along for the ride with a visit to Clouse’s Pine Hill Farm, where you can choose and cut your favorite Christmas tree. Once you strap it to the car, head over to Old Town Winchester for a stroll through the quaint and historic pedestrian mall. The mall is festively decorated and boasts a beautiful 35-foot-tall Christmas tree. There, you can take in the sights and spend the day browsing the shops, boutiques and galleries for truly unique gifts. At dusk, you can round out the magic of the season with a visit to the outdoor Winter Wonderland, the famous light show. So, come on by and enjoy a little change of scenery. Make this year’s family tradition anything but traditional. Learn more at visitwinchesterva.com.

If it’s a nutty holiday you’re seeking, the Virginia Peanut Growers Association is the research, promotion and education arm for Virginia’s peanut farmers. The Association jointly maintains the website aboutpeanuts.com with North and South Carolina growers. On this site, customers can shop for famous Virginia peanuts from various retailers and have them shipped in time for holiday snacking enjoyment. And speaking of Virginia peanuts, for over 20 years, Virginia Favorites has been providing fresh gourmet Virginia peanuts, candies and specialty nuts prepared in small batches and using time-honored traditional recipes. Let them take the hassle out of your holiday gifting by giving them your list. They’ll check it twice to ensure your friends, family, colleagues or clients have the tastiest gourmet gift this holiday season.

Finally, if you’re still stuck on what to give, consider Cooperative Living magazine. For $10, you can give a year’s worth of happy reading to the recipient of your choice.

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 HER NAME WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS THE WINNER OF THE PEANUT GIFT BASKET FROM THE VIRGINIA PEANUT GROWER’S ASSOCIATION!

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