When you’re looking for holiday gifts this year that your loved ones will adore, look no further than these makers who hail from the Southern states. They can remind you of a previous trip or get you excited about an upcoming one. Or just show your hometown pride.
We’ve included a few of our favorite shops for their prints, clothing, and more. Now is the best time to shop local, especially since many Etsy shops are offering sales! Photos belong to their respective owners.
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Great Smoky Mountains Cabin Candle, Elder & Co., $17
We bought one of this company’s candles on a recent trip to Pigeon Forge and can think of no better way to remember it than this scented candle. It smells like wild honeysuckle and is made of soy with a cotton wick. The jar is reusable as well! You can burn it for up to 55 hours. The company is based in Asheville, North Carolina.
Cajun Spice Blend, Raven Moon Emporium, $1
You can’t beat this deal on the Cajun spices from this Rock Hill, South Carolina-based company. In addition to herbs and spices, they also make soaps, essential oils, and other feel-good items for your kitchen and bath. This blend, in particular, is something that everyone can use in just about any recipe.
For the Home
Charleston, South Carolina Skyline Mug, Natty Michelle Paperie, $16
We love so many of the products from this Bishop, Georgia-based store. It features beloved icons like the Ravenel Bridge, the Pineapple fountain, church steeples, and the City Market. The mug makes for the perfect gift for a housewarming or hostess gift, as well as to add to your kitchen collection. Hand wash is recommended to keep the screen-printed design.
Starkville Mississippi Culinary Map, Its A Small Pond, $20
Cover your walls with prints and watercolors like this one from the Starkville-based company. It highlights the beloved local eateries of the college town home to Mississippi State. In addition to this colorful print, which comes in the 11 x 17 size, the shop makes other prints with quotes, tea towels, and cards.
Customized Cutting Board, Blue Ridge Mountain Co., $30
This Fredericksburg, Virginia-based company crafts custom gifts for weddings and holidays, including the cutting boards. They come in walnut, cherry, and maple and can have your family name, wedding date, monogram, or just about anything else. The store also customizes glassware, ornaments, and picture frames.
Clothing and Accessories
Atlanta Baseball Hat, The Lion’s Drawer, $28
This Atlanta-based maker creates hats with felt lettering and has custom options, depending on your city of choice. The soft cotton baseball cap has a vintage wash and adjustable sizing. The felt letters are made from an eco-friendly polyester fiber that comes from recycled plastic.
Kentucky State Necklace, Christy Treasure Box, $12
Share your hometown pride with these pendant necklaces from the Gainesville, Florida-based store. They make all of them, but this Kentucky necklace is a great gift. Choose your own metal chain and add custom engraving with block and script fonts.
Hey Y’all Sweatshirt, Love and Lion, $50
This Nashville, Tennessee-based store has created this adorable sweatshirt featuring one of the most well-known Southern sayings. But that’s not all! They also make clever temporary tattoos for bachelorette weekends, mugs, t-shirts, and even wrapping paper.