It’s that time of year when our shopping and entertaining gear is thrust into full throttle. To make the onslaught of the holidays a bit easier on your wallet and your stress level, we’ve scouted out a fantastic list of finds from some of our favorite regional brands. From fashionable accessories to tasteful gifts to beautiful plates for your Thanksgiving soiree, this list includes something unique for every occasion. Take a look at what we’ve uncovered!
While Merridian (with locations in Nashville, TN, and Louisville, KY) is known for its beautiful furniture, we know that it’s always a go-to for decor and gifts, as well. Both of these textured metal trays have gold interiors and are the perfect option for display, service or both! The large light pink tray is $55, and the medium red tray is $45. Sit them on top of your coffee table or ottoman, or use them to serve drinks at your holiday party.
These aren’t any old wine stoppers; they are upcycled vintage door handles called Knobstoppers, handmade in Nashville, TN. There are many different varieties and knobs available at retailers across the South, and online. Made of vintage pieces and metals, they have a lovely architectural appeal and would not only be a great addition to your own bar, but would be a great hostess gift. Prices start at $22.
Draper James throw
Draper James, the lifestyle brand from Southerner-turned-superstar Reese Witherspoon, opened a flagship store in Nashville last week, but you can get the brand from anywhere by shopping online. This throw, in a perfect shade of blue, is a necessary addition to any living space. Check out the new store or shop online.
‘Tis the season for getting outdoors and enjoying the changing seasons. Whether you are bopping around town or hitting the trails, be sure to bring your Kavu Rope Bag, $50. The everyday, crossbody bag is great for anybody seeking a hands-free option. Plus, the rope strapping and modern fabric up the style factor. We spotted this one at Half-Moon Outfitters in Atlanta, GA, but you can also shop it online here.
Complete your rock star look with one of these RockStar Mollie necklaces from Judith Bright for $268. This layering piece features cool geometric shapes in the chain necklace, as well as the feature stone. You can choose from a variety of gorgeous stones, including tiger’s eye, Peruvian opal and rutilated quartz, all pictured here. Stop by the Judith Bright store in Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, or Nashville, TN, or shop online to see all of the fabulous jewelry.
Ryder leather fringe crossbody bag
Embrace the 1970s style that has re-emerged, and pair your flare jeans with this fringed leather bag. With an optional braided chain shoulder strap, a longer leather strap for crossbody wear and the ability to be carried as a clutch, this piece is versatile and can take you from day to night. $425 at Calypso St. Barth
ENTERTAINING & GIFTS
The Southerner’s Cookbook
Cook, dine, entertain and drink like a true Southerner with help of Garden & Gun‘s cookbook. The Southerner’s Cookbook features recipes for biscuits and fried chicken and other dishes. It also provides an understanding of the origins of Southern food, giving you a true overview of Southern living and dining. Find it for $37.50 at your favorite local bookseller.
Sweet Home tea towel
What is perhaps the most quintessential hostess gift — a personality-filled tea towel — will never disappoint! We love this Sweet Home-embroidered, 100 percent cotton tea towel found at Harrison Brothers Hardware in downtown Huntsville, AL. Get it for $16.95.
At your next party, serve dessert, cheese, appetizers or any other small bite on these charming French coasters from Gien (a company dating back to the early 1800s). This delicate set of six Chateaux de la Loire plates, $120, features French castles and is available at steve mckenzie’s in Atlanta’s Midtown.
A Time to Celebrate: Let Us Keep the Feast by James T. Farmer III
Are you looking to throw an all-out bash, such as a mountain wedding, a Christmas party, or maybe something small, such as a second birthday party or a Sunday night dinner at home? No matter the occasion or size, Farmer’s new book, A Time to Celebrate: Let Us Keep the Feast, can help you pick the perfect recipe and serve it in Southern style. Find it for $35 at your favorite local bookseller.
Have a great month!