From Huntsville to Mobile, Birmingham to Florence, there’s no better way to #ShopLocal this holiday season than supporting Alabama artisans and creators.
Small Business Saturday may be over, but why not complete the rest of your holiday shopping by continuing to #ShopSmall? Every Christmas, I love to give presents made locally, especially for out-of-towners. Do you still have a few folks to shop for? Check out our gift guide featuring a few of our favorites from all over Sweet Home Alabama!
Here is a map of the businesses featured throughout the state (above).
For the coffee or tea lover, check out gift sets from Icebox Coffee and Piper and Leaf. Icebox Coffee is cold-brewed into concentrate, so it’s perfect to drink hot or iced. Piper and Leaf tea features ingredients locally-sourced from the Huntsville area in their seasonal Cherry Christmas and Mistletoe Grove loose leaf blends.
For the Fashionista, this Arrow Clutch by Scout By Two is the perfect accessory. The company, a collaboration between two artists, one in NYC and the other in Tuscumbia, AL, was recently a style finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made contest.
For co-workers or the hostess with the mostest, we recommend Mamie’s Famous Cheese Wafers, a Mobile favorite, or a Priester’s Pecans gift set. Sampling chocolate-covered and key lime-flavored pecans at the Priester’s store along I-65 is a road trip favorite.
For the Traditionalist, check out this luxury stationary by Twine & Co. They are artisan-made of 100% recycled cotton and 100% of the paper’s manufacturing waste is composted. Like it’s Tuscumbian neighbor Scout By Two, Twine & Co. was also a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made contest in the Crafts category.
For the life-long learner, we recommend the James Beard award-winning documentary about why food matters: Eating Alabama. It follows a young couple as they return home to eat like their grandparents did– locally and seasonally.
For the college student or resident hipster, check out the iconic posters and apparel from Yellowhammer Creative here in Birmingham. Display your love for the Magic City or the Heart of Dixie on your apartment wall or wear it to the next big event downtown.
For the self-proclaimed foodie, check out this Alabama-shaped cutting board. Though not made here, we think every native Alabamian should have one of these on hand to display cheese for those holiday parties. And if your foodie is a BBQ pit master, this Alabama BBQ Gift Collection from Alabama Goods is a must. It includes your favorite sauces from across the state: Ollie’s, Costa’s, Dreamland, and the famous Big Bob Gibson’s White Sauce (which I am constantly craving. Always.) This gift would also be great for those friends that live out of state and don’t understand the art of Southern BBQ.
And last but not least, socks. Wait. Before you get any crazy ideas that this is like a gift you received as a child from that special aunt, let me explain: these aren’t any ordinary socks. Zkano socks are made in Fort Payne (known to some as the “Sock Capital of the World”) of certified organic cotton. And they come in styles for both men and women. Aren’t they stylish? No one will complain that you got them these awesome, locally-made socks. If you are on my gift list, get excited because these stockings will appear in your stocking this Christmas. I found them at a cute little shop off Clairmont, Full Circle. They have a great variety but some sell out quickly. You can also order them online, along with everything else on this list.
So, which #MadeInAlabama gifts will you be giving this holiday season? Which products or artisans should be added to this list? I would love to add them to my Pinterest Board “Made In Alabama Holiday Gift Guide” and be sure to follow as I’ll add more throughout the holiday season!
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As a Digital Marketing Consultant for The Modern Connection, Nicole Williams connects businesses with the digital world. From social media marketing to web design, she helps tailor solutions to fit each client’s goals and objectives.