When it comes to holiday gift giving, we typically all fall into one of three categories: The Overachiever who has all of their holiday shopping done by Thanksgiving; The Holiday Reveler who loves all things about Black Friday – the throngs of wall-to-wall people, the challenge of finding a parking space and getting in the spirit of the craze that is holiday shopping; and The Procrastinator who thinks they have plenty of time, realizes that it is suddenly Dec. 24, scrambles like Santa Claus without any toys to cover their gift list and end up with—you guessed it—gift cards bought in a frenzy chosen from the almost empty rack at the grocery store. No matter which category you fall in, these four Midlothian experts will give you fantastic gift ideas you can buy even up to the last minute!     

For that Special Someone

Todd Minnich, Senior Sales Consultant at Schwarzschild Jewelers

Todd has been in the fine jewelry business since 1983, beginning his career behind the fine jewelry counter at Best Products.  For the last 15 years, he has been a staple at the Schwarzschild Jewelers Midlothian location. If you want to spoil a special someone in your life, these four gifts will do the trick.

1200 Alverser Plaza, Midlothian, Schwarzschild.com

Roberto Coin Necklace – Roberto Coin’s Venetian Princess 18K large flower pendant with diamond accent and adjustable length necklace. $4,500 (starting at $660)

Tudor Watch – TUDOR’S Black Bay model draws its most characteristic features from past models in the brand’s history. Its general lines, domed dial and crystal were inspired by the first TUDOR diving watches. Stainless steel and 200m water-resistant, $3,675

John Hardy Bracelet – John Hardy’s timeless pieces are always a fantastic choice. Here is the Classic Chain Collection sterling silver bracelet with a blue sapphire pusher clasp for $750; pieces from his line start at $450.  

Charles Krypell Ring Trio – Charles Krypell’s sterling silver “I love you today, tomorrow and forever” stackable rings will be a daily reminder of your love. Features a carved ivy pattern and a single pink sapphire.  $390 for all three 

For the Home Chef

Dana Miller, Pampered Chef Director, Meal Planner & Blogger Extraordinaire

Dana has been with Pampered Chef for five years, and judging by her social media following, you would never have guessed she has only been in Midlothian for just two years along with her husband, Michael, and their two children, Alexandra and Mackenzie. Follow her on social media to learn some great tips and tricks for cooking and planning for your busy family. Her four top choices for holiday gift giving are unique ideas to sure to make the foodie in your life smile ear to ear! 

Instagram: @gatherroundwithdana Facebook: Gather ‘Round the Kitchen with Dana

Williams-Sonoma Dipping Oil Set – This Williams-Sonoma dipping oil gift set is a great hostess gift for the holidays or anytime of the year.  The set combines EVOO from California with flavorful ingredients like toasted garlic, red chiles, VSOP balsamic and fragrant herbs. Include a fresh baguette and your host can even add it to their appetizers for that evening.  Starting at $39.95, Williams-Sonoma.com 

Sur La Table Cooking Classes – Sur La Table at Stony Point Fashion Park offers cooking classes for all types of foodies, from basic classes for beginners to more evolved classes for foodies looking to expand their skills and palates.  They even have date night and kids classes.  Pricing varies. SurLaTable.com

Breville’s Pizzaiolo – Breville’s Pizzaiolo is the first domestic countertop oven to hit 750 degrees F and cook an authentic wood-fired pizza in 2 minutes. It replicates the three types of heat generated by a brick oven—conductive, radiant and convective—allowing for that crispy crust and perfect melt.  $799.95, Breville.com

Pampered Chef Quick Cooker – Pampered Chef’s Quick Cooker is a state-of-the-art pressure cooker that takes the guesswork out of cooking.  With 16 preprogrammed settings for everything from meat, sides to desserts, it’s perfect for tender, succulent meals in a fraction of the time it takes to slow cook. $240. To order, contact Dana Miller at danacmiller@yahoo.com or PamperedChef.com

For the New Dog Owner

Dickie Martinson, Head Dog Trainer at Holiday Barn Pet Resorts South

Dickie has been a professional dog trainer for more than 10 years. He attended Tom Rose School in St. Louis, where he received his Professional Dog Trainer certificate. He has trained police K-9 dogs and specializes in rehabilitation of dogs with agression or fear issues. He is devoted to using his training skills to enrich the quality of life for both dogs and humans. Here are his top four must-haves for owners of new puppies or dogs.   


Plastic Dog Crate – A hard plastic crate is a safe place for your new dog to sleep and relax. They are a lot quieter than a wire crate with a pan in bottom, and they best match a den that dogs naturally gravitate to sleep and relax. Pricing varies according to size and brand. Petsmart, Chewy.com, Petco

TRAINING – The best way to enjoy your new dog is with proper training classes! No one dog is the same, and different dogs need particular areas of focus. Holiday Barn offers custom training programs that will focus on the best fit for you and your dog’s lifestyle and needs. Effective training makes for a much happier pet owner and gives your dog guidelines for a lifetime bond. Pricing varies. HolidayBarn.com or 804.794.5400 

Good Leash & Harness:  A good and comfortable harness and leash is a must for a new dog owner. Big and bulky does not mean it is the best for a big dog. A harness keeps the dog from choking and gives you more control over your dog’s movements.  The harness should fit comfortably, and the leash needs to fit in your hand with ease and not be so heavy that your dog can feel its weight. I prefer a good leather leash. Pricing varies according to size and brand. Petsmart, Chewy.com, Petco

Holder & Bags:  Waste Bags are not glamorous, we know, but a necessity! Being a responsible dog owner means making sure to pick up the waste your dog leaves behind. Not picking up waste can spread parasites and other bacteria we don’t want our dogs getting. Pricing varies according to size and brand. Petsmart, Chewy.com, Petco

For the Technology Lover

Henry Clifford, President at Livewire, RVA’s Premium Provider of Integrated Technology for Homes & Businesses

Henry Clifford founded Livewire in 2001 to meet the growing demand for technologically integrated homes and businesses. Through hard work, honesty and quality craftsmanship, Livewire has become the premier technology integrator in Central Virginia. His choices for the perfect gifts for the techie combine convenience and automation for your home and/or business.


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Anker Portable Speaker:  Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 Ultra High-Capacity Power Bank: I took this portable charger on a 3-week vacation and put it through the wringer. It works amazingly well, holds a charge like a champ and is now a “desert island” essential item. $49.99, Anker.com

DJI Mavic Pro Drone:  DJI Mavic Pro: The moment is finally here where drone technology has gotten out of the way. DJI Mavic Pro is perfect for techies or non-techies. It packs up into a very small form factor that can be easily transported and flown. One of the most sophisticated flying cameras ever. $999, dji.com

Amazon Echo Spot:  The Amazon Echo Spot is the perfect home technology device. It connects to Alexa and gives users the ability to view things like lyrics, weather forecasts and shopping lists. You can also browse audiobooks and—most importantly—it has video capability. With Echo Spot, you can see who’s at the front door, view your baby monitor and make video calls. $129.99, Amazon.com

Sonos One Speaker:  Sonos does what no other smart speaker has done to date: it includes voice user interfaces inside. That means you get the quality of a Sonos speakers with the voice control of Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Combine that with the ability to access all of your music in one place (through the Sonos app), and you have the perfect gift for any music lover. $199, Sonos.com