Holiday Time

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Food and Beverage (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Made in the South (December 2013)

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Breakfast for Mom, Southern-Style (May 2013)

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Published: December 2013
2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Made in the South  



  • Who doesn’t enjoy getting some nice soap and lotion as a gift? Give the gift of hand-made, all-natural Saanen Goat Milk Soap and other items from Emerald Farms in Greenwood, S.C.

  • In addition to customized jewelry pieces like the Mardi Gras Necklace and the Beach Necklace, Nashville, Tenn.-based Rips Designs also creates wine charms, personalized baby spoons and more. Be sure to check out their state cutting boards, a unique addition (and conversation piece) to any kitchen.

  • For the spa lover, let them indulge themselves with the Southern Pecan Gift set or the Southern Sampler Tote from Salacia Salts (Savannah, Ga.) Individual items can be purchased as well.

  • Check off your list with gifts from Charlotte, N.C. GreenMarketGirl produces EcoCuffs (handcrafted, one-of-a-kind wooden arm cuffs) using leftover wood remnants from large design projects at her sister company S. J. Hilger Interiors. She also makes coasters, platters and canes using local, sustainable and organic products. No one can ever have enough candles - Ella B Pure Soy Candles are hand-poured and named after local neighborhoods. Start a tradition by giving pieces of JS Pottery. Give them a piece of Charlotte when you purchase a David French Original Painting. He has painted more than 200 Charlotte locations including Uptown, Plaza Midwood, Dilworth and NoDa as well as popular restaurants and businesses such as Alexander Michael’s and Cabo Fish Taco. Find the perfect jewelry or scarf stocking stuffer with Towne & Reese. Wow them with a leather satchel or duffle, or upgrade their belt with Colsen Keane Leather Goods. There is also leather sheath for Apple products and more.

  • Pick up something Georgia made at Genuine Georgia in Greensboro, Ga. Select from pottery, wood turned bowls, and more.

  • Whether it is for a collection or to use, give a piece of Jane Bess Pottery (Edgefield, S.C.)  Potential gift ideas include plates, mugs and more.

  • Find a special piece of art or jewelry for a special someone from the various artists found in South Walton (Florida).

  • Not only is Fleur Du Jour Baton Rouge, La.‘s only downtown florist, but they also offer a selection of locally made, art, jewelry, gourmet food items, and much more in our showroom. Perfect for a stocking stuffer or to complete a gift basket.

  • For those whose part of their heart belongs to Mississippi, Columbus (Miss.) CVB suggests giving a print of an oil painting by local Columbus artist, Dana Sisson Mosby. The painting was commissioned to celebrate the restoration of the Old Tombigbee River Bridge, which was built in 1927 and once connected Columbus to all points west.  Restored with a boardwalk and coach lighting, today it now serves as a pedestrian walkway and site for events. Another piece to give is a print of an oil painting celebrating “all things Columbus.”  This one-of-a-kind piece of art by Mississippi artist Catherine Ann Harrington features geographical landmarks, historical highlights, and points of interest that are uniquely Columbus. Contact Columbus CVB for more information.

  • You can complete your holiday gift shopping across the state of Tennessee. For instance Fire Pit Art, based in Lebanon, creates handcrafted, thick steel fire pits and fire bowls for home outdoor decor and commercial art. Choose from such designs as Barefoot Beach, Nepal, Scallop and others. Not only can First Pit pieces can be found in homes around the country, but also seen at California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Tennessee’s own, Dollywood. There are backpacks, then there are Memphis-based ful (pronounced fuel) backpacks. These are great to give to the person who is at school, on the go or just needs a new backpack. Be sure to check out their travel duffle and totes as well as their professional line. For those on your list who likes soaps or if you are in need of stocking stuffers, take a look at Parham Farms goat milk soaps and lotion. Located in Ramer, hand-made soaps in small batches ranging from the seasonal Gingerbread to year-rounds soaps such as Oatmeal Milk & Honey. Their lotions, also made in small batches, include essential oils and fragrance oils. Based in Nashville, Griffin Technology creates cases and accessories for iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android. They also have fun add-ons for children and musicians. It is common knowledge that some people can not have enough hand-made soaps along as well as bath and body products. You can find nearly everything for that special someone to indulge in at the Great Smoky Mountains based- Misty Mountain. When you want to give something special that’ll be passed down to others, consider Legacy Handcrafted Furniture of Nashville. The business uses reclaimed wood to create one-of-a-kind family treasures. The heirloom-quality pieces are made-to-order and created with your design inspiration. As owner Blake Bergstrom says, “If you can dream it, we can build it.”  Do you have someone on your gift list that needs a new piece or two for their wardrobe? If so, visit Hardwick Clothes for some ideas. As the oldest privately held apparel company in the country, currently under fifth-generation family-owned wholesale clothing company makes and distributes all clothing from their Cleveland factory. And speaking of wardrobes, especially for females, an outfit isn’t complete with accessories and the right bag. For the right bag, check out Knoxville-based Patricia Nash Handbags. Hand-made from Italian leather, Patricia Nash uses her love of travel and treasured people and places to inspire the designs.  Each bag is hand-cut, hand-dyed and hand-sewn.

  • Give the gift of hand-blown glass art from Conway Glass in Conway, S.C.

  • Introduce someone on your gift giving list back to the basics with a gift from the Preserving Place in Atlanta. Not only does the retail shop sells supplies and goods for home preserving, along with their own line of products, but also offer hands on classes for those who are interested in learning about preserving.

  • Find that unique gift for that unique person on your list at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. The center displays artwork of more than 150 artisans, and include such pieces as  vivid Choctaw baskets and pottery, old-fashioned quilts, carvings in natural wood, jewelry and more.

  • Give someone gifts from Georgia with Georgia Crafted. Started by a husband and wife team, around four to five carefully curated items/products created by Georgia artisans. Chose from a one-month, three-month, six-month or month-to-month subscriptions.

  • Want to get them something from Charleston, S.C.? Be sure to check out their local gift guide for ideas and suggestions.

  • Give the gift of art this year with a pottery piece from Midnite Pottery in Tupelo, Miss. Handmade pieces features everything from bowls and statement pieces to Christmas ornaments and more.

  • Porter Caldwell of Caldwell Mountain Copper continues to maintain his lifelong passion and profession of coppersmithing at his home outside of Historic Fincastle. Porter, his wife Faye, and apprentice, Elliot specialize in copper pieces adapted from as far back as the 18thcentury. Chose from cooper kettles, buckets and more.

  • One of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the United States, Stoneware Art Factory has created functional art for the home, kitchen and garden since 1815. Located in Louisville, Kentucky’s Paristown Pointe neighborhood, the art factory offers tours twice a day Monday through Friday and a paint your own pottery experience and retail store Monday through Saturday. Discover gifts for the sea lover, pet lover and more in your life.

  • Find something special at Fleur de Leigh in Baton Rouge. In addition to handcrafted furniture and hand-stitched crewel fabrics, they also carry handcrafted jewelry, soaps and more from local artists.

  • Brighten up a giftee's home or garden with a piece from Iron Gallery. Based in Bishopville, S.C., they specialize in custom, heavy ornamental iron for the home and garden. Additional, Iron Gallery also has a selection of smaller accessories as well.


photo collage photos: (first row, starting top left) Jane Bess Pottery, personal photo; Box from Georgia Crafted, courtesy of Georgia Crafted; Tombigbee River Bridge, courtesy of Columbus, Miss. CVB; (second row, starting from the left) Alison Craft Designs in Grayton Beach, Fla. (South Walton), personal photo; Columbus Print, courtesy of Columbus, Miss. CVB; bracelet by Rips Designs; (third row, starting from the left) Creole Jezebel, courtesy of Fleur de Leigh, Saanen Goat Soap at Emerald Farms, personal photo; gift basket, courtesy Fleur du Jour in Baton Rouge

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