Despite shrinking holiday plans and shortening guest lists, friends and family near and far are at the forefront of our thoughts even when we can’t come together in person. From the entertainer to the oenophile to the Southern traveler, here are three thoughtful and tasty gifts that say “I love you” with the click of a button!
SEND A BUILD-YOUR-OWN CHARCUTERIE BOARD
Anzie Blue’s Custom Hickory Board + Grazing Supplies
Anzie Blue, a chic Nashville-based coffee, CBD and wellness shop, opened up right before the pandemic. Now, it ships amazing cheese and charcuterie boards nationwide. This tasty smattering of snacks and accouterments includes Carr crackers, Croccantini crackers, dried apricots, chocolate-covered pretzels, almonds, walnuts, cashews, two honey jars, two strawberry jams, two stone-ground mustards, prosciutto, calabrese, brie, gouda, white cheddar, and a honey dipper. The board serves six to eight people and is $175 with the Anzie Blue custom Tennessee hickory board or $125 without the board. Send your loved ones or clients a build-your-own delectable display at AnzieBlue.com.
GIFT SOME GRAPES … AS IN WINE
Southern Roots Wines’ of Napa Valley Wine Club
Over their 30-year friendship, Birmingham native Frank O’Neil and longtime Alabama resident Rob Francis would dream up their plans to create a superb wine. While the idea floated around during Gulf Coast beach trips and family gatherings in Birmingham, eventually this Alabama-bred idea turned into a serious wine reality, and Southern Roots Wines was born. The winemakers proudly honor their Southern Roots through their award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon from the prestigious Coombsville AVA in Napa, CA, and chardonnay from Carneros, the premier chardonnay growing region in California. Fine California wines made by two Southern families sounds like the perfect gift to us!
For an extra-special holiday gift, opt for one of the two annual wine club memberships. The Best Buds club includes a 15% discount on all wines, two three-bottle shipments (spring shipment: one rosé and two chardonnays; fall shipment: three bottles of cabernet sauvignon), first access to new releases, and an invitation to the annual tasting dinner party in Birmingham (pandemic permitting!). The Deep Roots membership level includes all that’s in Best Buds, but you get 20% off all wines and two six-bottle shipments (spring and fall). The club prices depend on the wines you order. For example, this year’s fall shipment was approximately $300 for the three cabernets, but the spring shipment is less because it’s traditionally two chardonnays and a rosé. Find out more at SouthernRootsWines.com.
BOX UP A TASTE OF YOUR FAVORITE SOUTHERN CITY
Batch USA City Gift Set Series
Batch USA has long been a Nashville, TN, staple for curated, local gifts from favorite Tennessee makers. However, the company recently expanded its city-centric gift boxes to include lots of our favorite Southern cities, including Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Memphis, and Nashville — as well as Brooklyn, Las Vegas, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Even if the people on your gift list this year can’t travel far and wide, they can experience the best of your favorite cities. Each box is filled with snacks, sweets, seasonings, drink mixers, and a few inedible items like guide books, kitchen tools, games, and more from the chosen city. Your giftee can try different local flavors and learn a little, too.
The tagline of “visit virtually, enjoy thoroughly” encapsulates the thoughtfulness of Batch’s city series. Their team has done the hard work of finding the best items … but YOU can take the credit! Whether you’re sending one or a dozen, these city gift sets will make a lasting impression while supporting the makers of the local goods they contain. Find and send the taste of a city from $49 to $79 at BatchUSA.com.
Cheers to thoughtful, easy, and delicious gift-giving this holiday season.
Give your inbox the Southern makeover it deserves! Subscribe to our daily emails!