Made in the VI: Our staff picks for locally made gifts and treats

Going on a island vacation doesn’t mean you have to forgo getting that perfect gift for a friend, relative, co-worker, or even for yourself...we have some ideas for you that will make shopping while on vacation a blast!  Our shopping guide features all Virgin Islands made products at every price range to help you say thank you, celebrate a milestone event, or season.   Happy gifting!
 —Local gifts for ladies—   JDNatlady's Creations, LLC Fortress Mall, St. Thomas (  Established in 2011, JDNatlady provides custom soaps, hair products, and bath and body products and other handmade items out of their workshop/lab/retail shop at Fortress Mall on St. Thomas and supplies these products to several hotels on-island.
St. John Bracelet Co, Cruz Bay, St. John ( Established in 2003, St. John Bracelet Co is a favorite for island bracelets.
—Local gifts for BEER Lovers—   St John Brewers- Mongoose Junction, St. John ( )  Started by two collage friend St. John Brewers is now a must do for your St. John visit. St. John Brewers expanded in 2019 to include the The Tap Room and a Brewtique that sells souvenirs and apparel.  
—Local gifts for Foodies—   Blind Betty’s- Coral Bay, St. John (   A unique blend of hot and spices that offers pizzazz to almost any dish. Try their mango chutney! Yum1  
—Arts & Crafts and Hostess Gifts—   Coconut Coast Studios, Frank Bay (340-776-6944;  is the studio of artist Elaine Estern, who paints colorful Caribbean landscapes, seascapes, and beneath-the-sea-scapes. Her seaside studio is a 5-minute walk along the waterfront from Cruz Bay.     
Diane Artware- ( island gifts, jewelry ceramics and ornaments    
Donald Schnell Studio, roundabout and across the street from O’Connors Jeep Rental, Cruz Bay (tel 340-776-6420;, is the working studio and gallery of Mr. Schnell, who fashions beautiful hand-crafted ceramics: planters, tableware, even fountains.