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Gifts We Dig

It's the most wonderful time of year... the time to give! We've put together our top 10 favorite gifts for everyone on your list. That hard-to-shop-for friend? Easy. We're here to help with this season's best gifts to give and to get.

  1. Garden Gloves & Tools - A perfect gift for the gardener in your life. Gloves and tools never go out of style and make great stocking stuffers. Pair them with a plant and really make an impact.
  2. Glass Orbs - Give them a garden in glass with assorted orbs and miniature plants. Add a string of battery-operated invisilites for a truly twinkling gift.
  3. Rosemary Cones & Topiaries - Don't show up empty handed to this year's holiday gatherings. Arrive with a festive rosemary cone or topiary. Surrounded by a holiday wrap and adorned with a seasonal plant stake, give a gift that grows on even after the party.
  4. World's Softest Socks - Give cozy and stylish comfort with the world's softest socks. Now available at McDonald in all styles and colors!
  5. Gift Cards - Share the world of gardening! Pair a gift card with an ornament, hand tools or garden gloves. Wrap it all together with ribbon and a few sprigs of greens for a garden gift they'll love.
  6. Local James & Jellies - Give deliciously! Crafted locally from Virginia-grown produce, our line of jams, jellies and dressings make tasty gifts.
  7. Hansa Stuffed Animals - They'll love our hand-crafted collection of realistic plush animals perfect for holiday decorating and gifting. Assorted animals available from small to life-size!
  8. Living Arrangements - Give custom arrangements made with a mix of everyday plants paired with beautiful holiday favorites.
  9. Heirloom Ornaments - Give local with our exclusive collection of hand painted ornaments featuring sites and attractions unique to Hampton Roads and surrounding areas. This year's new collection includes the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Hampton's Harbor, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse plus many more.
  10. Scents of the Season - Fragrant candles, oils and potpourri make a great gift this time of year. They'll love our selection of seasonal Aromatique scents such as Cinnamon Cider, The Smell of Christmas, and The Smell of the Tree.
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Trees for Troops: Donate a Christmas Tree

Join us in bringing the Christmas spirit to our military members.

McDonald is proud to be a supporting sponsor of Trees for Troops®, a nationwide program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in conjunction with the National Christmas Tree Association and FedEx. And, you too can be a part of this amazing program. Visit any McDonald Garden Center in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake or Hampton, and for $30 you can donate a 6-7 foot Fraser Fir Christmas tree to a military family in need. Your donated tree will be picked up and shipped by FedEx to one of over 65 military bases in the U.S. and overseas. A note card with your personal Christmas wish or message of gratitude will accompany your tree.

Last holiday season, more than 18,000 trees were delivered to 65 military bases in the U.S. and overseas. This brought the total to more than 157,000 real Christmas Trees delivered through Trees for Troops since 2005. “Being involved with Trees for Troops is truly a gift that gives back,” said Nigel Manley, Christmas SPIRIT Foundation chairman. “It’s rewarding and meaningful to everyone involved, because it gives us the opportunity to say thank you to our troops, and help ensure military families have the kind of joyful, traditional Christmas memories that we would wish for America’s heroes.”

About Trees for Troops and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation: The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that works to recognize and support the true spirit of Christmas for U.S. troops through the Trees for Troops® program. The foundation was established in 2005 as the charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree Association and is among fewer than 5 percent of U.S. charities to be awarded the “Best in America” seal of excellence by Independent Charities of America. Trees for Troops was a Top 20 Finalist in the 2012 Joining Forces Campaign, a White House initiative that honors exemplary support organizations for military families. To learn more, visit or call 636/449-5060.

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The Poinsettia Collection 2015

Today’s poinsettias break the mold of the typical red or ivory holiday plant. Nowadays, this holiday classic is popping up in all sorts of nontraditional colors – in shades of pink, peach, yellow, and even chartreuse. Many even have large, double, or uniquely shaped blooms and come in all shapes and sizes. Poinsettias are perfect for holiday decorating and make an easy and elegant gift. Check out some of our newest poinsettias in a wide range of colors and styles, including the traditional red, white, and pink, as well as, a few unique varieties like Autumn Leaves and Red Rose.

An eye-catching salmon-pink trimmed in cream. This magical color combination will undoubtedly make a statement.
If you love unique, you'll love the newest variety on the scene! This warm poinsettia is a stunning peachy yellow mixed with a pale pink perfect for the holiday table.
A truly unique variety with curled, dark red bracts and deep green foliage -- sure to make a statement!
Known for its large, rose-like blooms, this beauty has leaves and bracts that resembles a large open rose.
Featuring eye-catching fuchsia that is unlike any poinsettia you’ve ever seen! The hot pink blooms burst against the deep green foliage and yellow and green bracts.
You can't go wrong with this showy holiday favorite. Nothing conveys the joy and spirit of the season like this Christmas classic.
Features brilliant yellow-apricot blooms with a touch of glitter. Perfect for those who want to add a little glamour to their holiday decor!
A vivid, red variety with specs of creamy white scattered throughout. Dazzle your guests with this mosaic of color.
Ivory and ruby-rose flowers that are both elegant and unique.
Sprinkled with festive glitter, this sparkling red poinsettia will have everyone dreaming of a gold Christmas.
Speckled with tiny dots of red and white resembling tiny brushstrokes on the leaves. If you’re looking for something outside the box this season, then Picasso is the one for you.
A classic combination of red and white blooms, this poinsettia is certain to capture the joyful spirit of the holidays.

Poinsettias are easy to keep beautiful and blooming throughout the holidays and beyond as long as you follow a few simple tips:

  • Avoid exposing the poinsettia to freezing conditions. Do not leave it in the car while you finish shopping. Take it home and place it inside the house as soon as possible after purchasing it.
  • Place your poinsettia in a spot with bright natural light, but do not expose it to direct sunlight.
  • Do not place your poinsettia in an area where it will be exposed to drafts, heat from appliances, radiators, or ventilation ducts.
  • The color of your poinsettia will last longer with temperatures around 65 degrees F during the day and 60-65 degrees F at night.
  • The soil should be kept moderately moist; check every few days and water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Before watering, remove the pot covers or foil wrapping; water to saturate the soil, and then allow the pot to drain. Do not let the plant sit in standing water.

Check out more of our favorite plants! OUR PLANTS OF THE WEEK >>


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