Hooray for May! Everything is in full bloom, including the various locally owned shops around the South. With the many gift-giving opportunities May brings — Mother’s Day, graduations and likely a baby or wedding shower or two — it’s time to stock up on some thoughtful gifts for those you love most. Take a look at some of our favorite Southern FINDS for May 2019!
Southern FINDS: May 2019
The Peach Truck is a summer staple in Nashville as owners Stephen and Jessica Rose have been selling peaches direct from Georgia under white tents all over time for a while now. The couple’s next endeavor was an obvious move: a cookbook! Yes, The Peach Truck Cookbook debuts next month, just in time for summer peach season, and it’s filled with 100 peachy recipes to satiate your hankerings. The recipes run the gamut … grilled peach Caprese salad, pickled peach deviled eggs, even a sparkling peach sangria! Pre-order your copy for $28 now on their website. Click HERE.
Hand lettering is definitely having a moment, with swirly, twirly, adorable fonts showing up all over the place. If you want in on the action, but think you lack the creativity or artistic talent, you’re wrong. Hand Lettering for Laughter is the latest release by creative master Amy Latta, of Hampstead, Maryland, who walks hand-lettering wannabes through all of the tips and cheats to create everything from whimsical flowers to funny phrases in beautiful fonts. And it all comes with a side of humor, hence the title of the book. Find it for $21.99 at your favorite local bookseller.
JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES
These bright and playful earrings represent one of the hottest trends of the season — COLOR! Sift through Manhattan South’s selection of different shapes and styles, both in the Birmingham store and online, to find one that matches Mom’s personality perfectly. Find these, for $60 each, at Manhattan South.
For the working mom who isn’t willing to compromise style when she’s on the go, this London laptop bag is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Its refined design is timeless and classic, just like her! Find it for $98 at Graceship in Louisville or online HERE.
Give Mom a personalized piece this year with this beautiful chain necklace and initial charm created by Southern designer Rosemary Corte. Available in both gold and silver, it features an 18-inch, oval-textured link chain complete with a small pave-diamond lobster clasp and Harvest Jewelry’s signature H-ring. Mom’s initial will shine bright inside the 1-inch, circular, pave-diamond charm. Find this, for $301.50, at Harvest Jewels. Click HERE for Southern retailers.
Acrylic jewelry tray
Be it for a mom or a grad heading off to college this fall, this adorable acrylic jewelry tray from Dorm Decor is a fantastic gift idea. The perfect catchall, she can drop her jewelry, keys or any other treasured trinket in it. Get it monogrammed (for free!) for an added personal touch. Find it for $18 at dorm-decor.com.
Custom cheese board
For the mom who loves to entertain, this customized cheese board is a fantastic option. The wood and marble details bring a sophisticated, yet rustic, feel and the etched initial offers that extra touch of personality. Find this, for $40, at Wrapsody, with locations in Hoover and Auburn, AL.
There’s just something special about the gift of personalized stationery that never gets old! Choose from three different paper colors, three different ink colors and nine different fonts to have one lucky recipient’s name or monogram printed in this gorgeous set of 12 notecards. These $28 cards available at SB Shop make the perfect gift for both moms and graduates!
FOR THE HOME
RBG Cocktail Napkins
For the strong woman in your life who is a trailblazer — or a trailblazer in the making — gift her these adorable hand-embroidered linen cocktail napkins featuring none other than the trailblazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The set of four napkins each features her embroidered likeness, and the quality is as top-notch as RBG herself. Find them at SB Shop for $48 per set.
Speaking of tables, we can’t get enough of these (freshly-squeezed) finds — we’re doing all kinds of citrus swooning over this brilliant collection from Hester & Cook. Dress any May table with orange pieces from the Orange Orchard Collection, and the compliments will keep coming. Grab a pad of 24 placemats for $29, a set of 12 table accents for $14.50 and a pack of 12 place cards for $9 from either Nashville Hester & Cook location or online.
If we attempted to describe the soft touch of these Mungo Willow Weave Towels, we couldn’t do it justice. These South African towels are 100% cotton and come in a classic finish that could match any kitchen or bathroom. Available in hand size for $24 and bath size for $72 at AshBlue in Nashville or online HERE, these crisp, dreamy towels will be anyone’s new favorite linens.
We think candles smell even better when they’re made locally. Whether your mom prefers delicious, foodie scents, or a fresh, outdoorsy aroma, Black Dog Candles has something she is sure to enjoy. Our favorite part? A portion of the proceeds from all sales is donated to animal shelters. Find these candles, for $12 each, at Black Dog Candles in Louisville or online HERE.
Wicker wine holder
The warmer weather means plenty of get togethers. If you’re attending a get together, don’t arrive empty-handed. This wicker wine holder from OAK Nashville is both a functional tool and purely stylish table accessory any hostess would welcome. We find ourselves loving this wine holder so much, we’ve even debated whether or not it’s an acceptable clutch. Get it for $48 in the Nashville store or online HERE.
We’re always looking for any excuse to get our good fix of macarons from Little Gourmand and these gorgeous rose ones are our latest obsession. Light, sweet and the perfect complement to a gorgeous bouquet or a sweet card, they are just the gift for moms, daughters and girlfriends. Make sure you grab a couple extra for $2.50 each because you won’t be able to resist sneaking one or two for yourself! Stop into the Nashville market or order online HERE.
Mother’s Day box
Is your mom a coffee & doughnuts or tea & scones person? Either way, byndel is offering a limited-edition Mother’s Day box for her. The coffee and doughnuts box, called the Convivial Box, features Seeds coffee (from one of our favorite Birmingham coffee shops), three Hero Doughnuts and a handmade mug by Greenwings Ceramics. The tea and scones box, called the Refined Box, features Wildfox Tea, three scones from Highland Gourmet and a handmade teacup by I.May Studio. Find these boxes, for $70 each, at Birmingham-based byndel.
Mother’s Day treats
If you’re running on a tight schedule, this Mother’s Day gift full of sweet treats is already wrapped and ready to deliver. The gift tray from Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy Company contains chocolate-covered pretzels and other delicious goodies, and it’s perfect for any mom with a sweet tooth. Find this for $32.95 at the Memphis store or shop online HERE.
Both good-looking and good-tasting, the newest flavor in the NoBaked Cookie Dough family certainly has it all. Meet the pretty in pink Strawberry Cheesecake cookie dough, also known as the way to marry our beloved cookie dough with yet another dessert that we love. It’s even available online for nationwide shipping. Send it to someone afar or stop into the Nashville shop and snag one scoop for $5.
Enjoy your May and all of the many festive occasions it brings!
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