The halls are decked, the tree is adorned, and the eggnog has been poured. The only thing left to do? Create your holiday gift shopping list! You don’t have to break the bank this year, buying the perfect gift for everyone on your list. From holiday home decor, kitchen essentials and edible delights to fashionable finds, gifts for the whole family and even a gift that gives back, we’ve put together the ultimate Birmingham holiday gift guide that is filled with ideal gifts and gadgets for all the special people in your life. Best of all? Each one is less than $50! Happy shopping, Magic City!
GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Cheers to the best time of the year! Get them in the holiday spirit with these adorable champagne-inspired ornaments. Bright and cheery, these ornaments will bring a touch of festive fun to any Christmas tree. Find them for $14 each at a’mano.
Colorful tea towels
An easy way to deck the halls for the Christmas season is with a festive tea towel. These cute holiday designs are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Gift one alone or wrap it around a bottle of champagne for an extra special touch. Find these for $24 each at Domicile.
Santa trio dish
Are you stressing about pulling together gifts for the teachers? This cute dish is unique and festive — perfect for dressing up the kitchen this holiday season. Pick up a few and pass them out to all your kiddo’s teachers. Find it for $14 at Edgar’s Bakery.
Christmas cookie box
Beautifully decorated sugar cookies are having a moment right now, and we are here for it. Before heading to that Christmas party or gift exchange, pick up a box and become the star gifter of the party. Find these boxes, ranging from $5 to $18, at Cookies by Melissa.
Made for the modern decor lover on your list, these gorgeous, matte-dipped, ceramic half-moon ornaments are simplistic and handcrafted with care in Tennessee. Each ornament they create at Handmade Studio TN is unique, and it is sure to be a beloved ornament for years to come. Find it for $28 at SB Shop.
Christmas candle and matches set
‘Bee’ jolly and gift this cute candle and matches set to a busy hostess this holiday season. With a delicious Christmas-inspired scent, this locally sourced candle is festive and thoughtful. Find the candle for $15 and the matches for $4 at Cradle + Bee.
HEALTH, BEAUTY & FASHION
For the fashionista
Treat a lucky lady (or maybe even yourself!) to a gorgeous pair of CONNIE N’ JACK earrings. These earrings are handmade in Atlanta and can be easily dressed up or down. They will undoubtedly be a hit with the accessory lover on your list. Find these for $48 at SB Shop.
Monogram-able makeup bags
These monogrammable makeup bags by Jon Hart are functional and cute — a great gift option for the girl who’s always on the go. They’re also available in other colors and sizes. Find these, ranging from $26 to $34, at Please Reply.
Lady in red
Shopping for a fashionista, but don’t know where to start? This beaded silk headband is super trendy with its bright red fabric and leopard print pattern. It’s the perfect accessory for any gal’s closet. Find it for $48 at Minette Boutique.
These boots are made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do! Gift these on-trend snakeskin boots to the fashion lover on your list and “win” this Christmas. Find these for $38 at West Ave Boutique.
For the person who has everything, we suggest this beautiful, chic reusable bag. Holding 50 pounds of practically anything you can dream of, this bag is truly the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Available in several colors, there is a design that fits every personality. Pick up one for yourself as well. Find this for $16 at Manhattan South.
Go from day to night with this sophisticated bracelet by Elle Gemz. With different color options for the gemstone, you can snag one for every gal on your list and maybe slip one in your own stocking, too! Find them for $25 each at Lamb’s Ear.
Aveda lotion set
Anyone on your list would be thankful to receive these soothing products. The Aveda lotion, body wash and hand creme are ultra-hydrating, smell like a relaxing aromatherapy spa and will protect skin from the harsh winter. Find this set for $47 at Tonya Jones SalonSpa.
Style Yourself Chic Society with Megan LaRussa
Give the gift of style this season with a one-month subscription to Megan LaRussa’s Style Yourself Chic Society. The lucky recipient will gain access to shop-able guides, helpful tips, tools and videos, and everything needed to take on 2020 in style. Purchase a one-month subscription for $27 from Megan LaRussa.
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Be the helper elf this holiday season as you gift practical items they never knew they needed. This cedar-scented shampoo leaves your most luxurious fabrics smelling fresh and looking fabulous. The sweater stone is a sweater saver, as it gently pulls lint and pills from your favorite winter attire. Find the Sweater Stone and the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo for $20 each at Suite Dreams.
3-in-1 crossbody purse
There’s nothing we love more than a versatile bag, and this best-selling 3-in-1 crossbody purse from Moda is high on our Christmas list. Pick up one for your best gal and one for yourself this holiday season. Find these for $30 at Moda Boutique.
For the traveler
We’ve found the perfect gift for the jet-setter on your shopping list. These brightly colored, leather South of Hampton luggage tags can be monogrammed to ensure the recipients’ prized possessions won’t get lost! Find them for $32 each at SB Shop.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ like saving someone from cooking dinner! Save yourself, the hostess, your neighbor or even your mother-in-law, from stressful holiday cooking with a delicious, hearty meal from Ashley Mac’s. Choose between their signature Poppyseed Chicken with Rice, Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Red Potatoes, or Bistro Steak with Roasted Red Potatoes along with your choice of salad and rolls or sour cream biscuits. Find this deal, ranging from $29 to $34 for a family of four, at Ashley Mac’s. Gift cards are also available for purchase.
Vulcan blend from O’Henry’s
Give the delicious gift of local coffee this year. Lovingly named America’s first Iron Man, the Vulcan is a well-known fixture who overlooks our fine city, and the eponymous coffee flavor is just as impressive! Find this one-pound bag for $15.99 at O’Henry’s.
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
This Whiskey Wedge by Corkcicle will be a welcomed gift from the whiskey lover on your list. They even have wine and champagne glasses for the connoisseur on your list! Find this for $17.95 at The Mercantile by Miller.
Cookie lovers, rejoice! These half-moon cookies from Full Moon BBQ are baked from scratch daily with fresh ingredients, including Southern pecans and chocolate chips. Presented in a collectible tin, this is the perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth. The tin includes 20 delicious cookies. Find this for $22.99 at Full Moon.
Classic Wine Co. gift set
Have a wine connoisseur on your list this holiday season? Josh Terrell of Classic Wine Co. will be offering mix-and-match gift baskets for under $50 this holiday season. These wine gift sets are fully customizable for any grape, region and price point. Create your own under-$50 boxes at Classic Wine Co.
Kettle Bros gourmet popcorn
‘Tis the season for tasty snacking. We can’t get enough of the unique popcorn flavors created by Alabama company, Kettle Brothers. It’s hard to pick just one, so we suggest the sampler pack. This includes one bag of Cookies & Cream, one bag of Cinnamon Roll, one bag of Smokin’ White Cheddar, and one bag of Heavenly Cake. Find this sampler for $20 at SB Shop.
Festive tea set
If you’re shopping for a tea lover, this Piper & Leaf Classic Blends Teaser Pint set is the perfect present. Choose between several sets of five teas, including their Classic Blends (featuring their five most popular tea blends: Front Porch Special, Briar Patch Brew, Sassyfras Strawberry, Orchard Peach and Lemon Berry Blush) or the Seasonal Selection (Cherry Christmas, Mistletoe Grove, Sweetie Pie Chai, Pumpkin Moonshine, & Caramel Apple Pie). Each teaser bag makes three servings of tea, and it also comes with a reusable Piper & Leaf mason jar. Find it for $25.99 at Piper & Leaf.
Stone Hollow Farmstead vegetable soup set
A cold winter’s night calls for a delicious, hot soup. What could make this gift even better? Both the soup and the salt are local to Alabama! Find the vegetable soup for $22 and the Cyprus flake salt for $12 at Stonehollow Farmstand at Pepper Place.
Mini cocktail mixers
Say cheers to the holiday season with these fun, delicious and super-cute cocktail mixers. The recipient of this set will get to play bartender as they mix up their own Spicy Margarita, Moscow Mule and Old Fashioned. Just add the liquor of choice! Find this for $15 at Wild Things.
A candle in a beautiful container is a fashionable twist on the typical candle hostess gift. This one, in particular, adds the perfect touch of holiday magic to a home and can be re-used as a container once the candle burns down. Find the candles for $25 each at Chickadee.
Simple holiday home decor
For the hostess who entertains throughout the holidays, give the gift of tasteful holiday home decor. These deer would look beautiful on a mantle or entryway table. Find them, ranging from $6 to $12, at Stock & Trade Design Co.
Everyone needs a beautiful catch-all bowl, and Susan Gordon Pottery has the perfect solution. The beautiful Homewood store sells beautiful, handmade pottery pieces. This bowl is great for holding jewelry or candy, or simply as a unique accent piece! Find it for $38 at Susan Gordon Pottery.
Cozy spa wrap
Give a gift that makes the ‘getting ready’ process easier — and more comfy. This spa wrap is super helpful as you blow-dry your hair, put on your make-up and peruse your closest trying to find the perfect outfit. Also available in turquoise, this wrap makes the perfect gift for any lady on your list. Find it for $40 at The Lingerie Shoppe.
For the chef
Do you have an aspiring chef on your shopping list? Wrap up this cookbook full of tasty and hearty roast recipes, perfect for those looking to sharpen their cooking skills. Find this for $24.95 at Little Professor Book Center.
Brooklyn Candle Studio candles
Make the holidays bright with a beautiful soy candle by Brooklyn Candle Studio. With scents like Prosecco, Cypress or Fireplace, you can choose which one fits everyone on your gift list! Find them for $40 each at Illuminated.
Monogrammed door knocker
For newlyweds, new homeowners or those who love adding personalized touches to their home, this beautiful monogrammed door knocker is a thoughtful gift sure to make the lucky recipients smile from ear to ear. Find this for $29.50 from Avondale Specialty Hardware.
A book for Southerner’s
This book is aptly titled: As Southern As It Gets. For the hostess who loves her idyllic Southern town, this is one she’ll read cover to cover, and then lend to her neighbor, of course. Find it for $16.99 at Wrapsody.
Show the host or hostess just how sweet you think they are with some local Alabama honey. They’ll think of you each time they spoon some into their tea or drizzle it over their breakfast. Find the jar for $16, the spoon for $6, and the honey for $6 at SHOPPE.
FOR THE FAMILY
For the in-laws
You know your in-laws love to show off photos of those precious grandbabies. Gift them a large (and beautiful!) photo album for them to proudly display on their coffee table. This sentimental gift will land you the daughter-in-law of the year award! Find this for $42.50 at Design Supply.
For the gardener
Have someone on your list looking to flex their green thumb? These Cheyenne planters are both beautiful and functional for those looking to bring some nature indoors this winter. Find these, ranging from $35-$45 at Botanica.
For the coffee lover
What self-respecting coffee connoisseur wouldn’t love a new mug for Christmas? These handmade mugs are new to one of Birmingham’s best gift shops, Trove Design Shop, and have been flying off the shelves since their arrival. Find these for $48 each at Trove Design Shop.
For the teenager
Treat the teen in your life to a short and sweet facial, designed for ages 12 through 18. Called Little Mama, this 25-minute facial is the perfect refresher for young skin and will leave your tween or teen feeling (and looking) like a princess! Book this for $45 at Fancy Face.
These oversized characters are the ultimate gift for the child in your life. Not only are these soft and you guessed it, squishy, but it also encourages a child’s imagination to run wild. Find a jumbo squishy for $40 each at Swoop.
Bright bath bomb
Everyone needs a good excuse to enjoy a warm bath! Give the gift of relaxation this holiday season with one of these bright, deliciously scented bath bombs. Perfect for a holiday gift exchange or Christmas work party, find this for $9 at Homewood Antiques.
For the teenage music lover
Have a music lover on your list who is always on the go? This easy to use, compact speaker is all the rage this holiday season. The Boom Brick 2.0 speaker is a great gift for the teen who can be difficult to buy for. Find it for $39.99 at Snoozy’s Kids.
For the busy mom
It’s always amazing how quickly our calendars get filled up. With 2020 right around the corner, there’s one thing we know every gal needs — a trusty planner. These cheeky daily planners are sure to give any busy mom a chuckle. Find them for $35.95 each at Square One Goods.
For the collegiate
Perfect for the college student in your life, these incredibly soft eye masks were made for those who need a bit of help getting a good night’s rest after a full day of class. Available in cream, brown, soft pink and leopard print, this eye mask will help provide some well-deserved rest after a busy semester. Gift cards are also available for purchase. Find this for $29 at Dorm Decor.
SPREAD THE ALABAMA LOVE
Sweet Home Alabama! This 18-by-18-inch pillow is the perfect gift for the ‘Bama lover on your list. Pick your font color from black, gold or silver to match any home. 205 By Design also offers the same pillow with the beloved phrases “War Eagle” and “Roll Tide.” Find this pillow for $21.99 at 205 By Design.
Spread the Birmingham magic with these beautiful, hand-sketched glasses from Yellowhammer Creative. All four of the glasses showcase a different iconic B’ham view and are the perfect addition to any Southerner’s bar cart. You can shop these at Yellowhammer Print Shop for $30 for a set of four.
Birmingham-centric gift card
For the Birmingham-lover who has everything, look no further than Instagift. With eGift gift card options like Bham Food Trucks, Local Craft Beer Merchants and Buy Local Pepper Place, you can gift the magic of Birmingham to everyone on your list. Find this for $50 at Instagift.
Steel City coasters
For the hard-to-buy-for person on your list, we have the solution! These beautiful Clayton & Crume coasters are full-grain leather and made with care in Kentucky. This set is sophisticated and masculine and will bring a touch of class to any gathering space. Find these for $35 for a set of four at SB Shop.
If you’re on the hunt for Birmingham-related gifts, Vulcan Park and Museum’s store, The Anvil, is stocked this season! Give the gift of the Magic City’s hero, Vulcan, to special someone this Christmas. Find this bright, beautiful painting by local artist Jessica Cohen for $38 at The Anvil.
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
Give to the GBHS
Support the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, and supply an item for an animal in need this season, by gifting the GBHS something from their holiday wish list. This playpen for kitties is $39.97. See the rest of their wishlist here.
Enjoy your holidays, and happy shopping!