As holiday cheer begins to swell, so do our shopping lists. But gift-giving doesn’t have to be stressful or completely drain your bank account. We’ve put together a list of 50 distinctive gifts — all $50 and under — from some of our favorite shops and makers around the South. This is your go-to guide for holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers for just about everyone on your list. The best part? Everything is shoppable online!
CHRISTMAS TRINKETS & DECOR
Angel ornament artwork
These ready-to-hang ornaments are a welcomed gift and perfect for the maximalist, Christmas-obsessed person on your list. Tennessee artist Lauren Dunn’s collectible angel ornaments are made of quarter-inch-thick acrylic and are seven inches tall. The ornaments are $34 each at Lauren Dunn.
Night Before Christmas in the South book
Throughout this charming illustrated book, Mr. and Mrs. Claus travel through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, experiencing Southern grandeur at its best. This book makes the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift. Get it for $9.99 at etúHome.
Candy cane napkins
Red Land Cotton’s candy cane napkins bring a dose of holiday cheer, but they’re truly timeless and great for year-round use! We love that they’re made from 100% cotton that’s sourced from the Alabama family farm. Shop a pack of six for $30 at Red Land Cotton.
Santa guest towels
Delight in childhood memories with these colorfully illustrated Old St. Nick paper guest towels. Wrap a festive bow around a stack of these for a fabulous hostess gift this holiday season. A pack of 16 is $12 at Ivy Cottage.
Set of nutcracker vases
These four-inch-tall ceramic bud vases feature three brightly illustrated nutcrackers by Kentucky artist Maizie Clarke. Shop the set of three vases for $36 at Maizie Clarke, and add some fresh flowers to create the perfect gift.
Santa taper candles
These funky Santa candles bring holiday cheer to any tablescape, entry table, or fireplace mantle. The set of 10-inch unscented tapers comes in a ready-to-wrap box for $14.99 at The Golden Slipper.
Rechargeable LED table lamps are everywhere these days — from your favorite restaurant to your best friend’s home. This clever braided rattan shade cover slips right over most LED table lamps’ metal shades, adding instant chic to any table setting. Shop this cute shade for $39 at Amanda Lindroth. (There’s also a scalloped white fabric option for $19).
Custom matchbook artwork
Hand-painted matchbooks are all the rage, but this custom option fits our under-$50 list! Send this Texas artist your recipient’s favorite destinations, restaurants, bars, and teams, and she will completely personalize a piece of art with all of their favorite things. Start your custom matchbook art order for $50 at PerfectlyPrintedMJ.
The meme that says, “The task I’ve been putting off for months just took me five minutes,” is painfully true sometimes. This elegant ombre hourglass (well, half-hour-glass) is a unique gift that looks beautiful on a desk or kitchen counter and helps keep us on task. This chartreuse shade is available for $32 at All Good Things.
Make a whole room smell like a winter wonderland with this Linnea Forest Fir diffuser. They use the highest quality fragrances and essential oils to perfectly fill your environment with notes of spruce, fir needles, and balsam. This comes with 10 rattan reeds for $48 at Moxie Mercantile.
These mini porcelain trays with inspirational phrases will bring loved ones cheer all year long. With bright and colorful designs and a finished gold outline, they make a great decorative accent or jewelry catch-all. Pair this with a set of simple studs for a truly thoughtful gift. (We’ll suggest a few options below!) Each tray is $14 at Syers Browning.
One or more of these whimsical mushroom vases will make a thoughtful gift with a handful of fresh flowers from the garden or store. Shop these in a few different shapes and five colors from Firefly Home for $18.
Oil and vinegar cylinder
When function meets style in the kitchen, we’re sold. This handblown stacked oil and vinegar cruet cylinder is too delightful not to leave out on the counter. It comes with cork stoppers and could be paired with a local olive oil and vinegar duo. This piece is $43 at Holistic Habitat.
Mortar and pestle
When we think of mortar and pestle sets, we typically think of “nice-to-haves,” but this affordable marble and acacia wood beauty will wow any chef on your list. The display-worthy set comes in handy more than one might think for cooking and baking. Get the pair for $48 at Favor The Kind.
Everything can be pickled these days, and we’re not mad about it! This nine-piece PIY (pickle it yourself) set lets you ferment four jars at a time of your favorite veggies for classic pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, and more. The set has one acacia wood pickle packer, four glass pickle pebbles, four silicone pickle pipes, and a recipe book to help you start your new hobby. The set is $44.99 at The Whispering Willow Farm.
GOURMET SNACKS & SIPS
You may have seen Zorro Pecans in your favorite gourmet shop, but you can buy these golden delicious treats straight from the source. From field to table, they say. Whether you get two bags for your holiday bowls at home or 18 bags to share with family and friends, they ship for free! Two bags are $29.98 at Zorro Pecans.
Custom gift box of nut butters
This North Carolina nut butter maker makes gifting easy with six possible combinations of their best-selling nut butters. Choose from clever flavors like maple cinnamon and pistachio crunch or chocolate sea salt! Each cutely packed gift box includes two 13-ounce jars for $29.95 at Big Spoon Roasters.
Sourdough cracker sampler
This box is for all those gourmet cracker lovers out there. You’ll get all six beloved Georgia Sourdough cracker flavors and their Everything Seasoning — it’s toasted with bolder flavor than the store-bought options. Separate the items to use as separate gifts, or give the whole set away! Get the sampler for $31 at Georgia Sourdough Co.
This award-winning artisan spice blend has an aromatic combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and lemon. Use it for spiced cider, mulled wine, or summer sangria — or sprinkle it into ground coffee! One packet is $5 at Raven’s Nest.
BOOKS, PAPER & DESK
Famous El Arroyo sign playing cards
Game night just got a lot funnier with these El Arroyo playing cards. You’ve likely seen the hilarious, ever-changing sign outside this famous Texas taco establishment. This deck features two sets of cards with 36 different marquee signs, some funky rustic illustrations, and a handy rigid box for storage. Shop this set for $20 at El Arroyo.
Personalized outline notepad
These fun and functional personalized notepads are a clever gift for any occasion. Make the notepad unique to your giftee with a customized name, colorway, and two right-side categories that prioritize their unique job or project. Each pad is $32 at Joy Creative Shop.
Dogwood Hill devotees wait with bated breath each year until the new desktop calendar launches. Each month features original artwork from 12 different Dogwood Hill artists. The five-by-seven calendar is packaged in a cute keepsake or envelope (or a box, if you throw in the custom easel) featuring art by Shanna Masters. The calendar is $34 at Dogwood Hill.
Designer mechanical pencils
It’s time to bring back a little childhood school-days nostalgia into the now! These stylish mechanical pencils feature painted graphics, metallic gold hardware, a capped eraser, and a custom gift box. And they’re refillable with any standard .7mm lead! Stock up for stocking stuffers for $12 a pack at Idlewild Co.
BATH & BEAUTY
Lip color serum
We’re always looking for an all-in-one lip product that goes beyond just hydration and color. The glossy plant-based serum gently plumps and is filled with good-for-you ingredients like organic pomegranate plant, beet extract, collagen, and antioxidants that improve your lips’ overall health. Shop this in multiple fabulous shades for $42 at Out of Hand.
Botanical wax sachet
These beautiful hand-poured botanical wax sachets from 1818 Farms freshen up small areas like half baths, closets, cabinets, and drawers. Each scented piece is beautifully decorated with air-dried flowers and floral confetti. No two are exactly alike, and they’re available in six scents for $14 each at 1818 Farms.
Glamorous Wash is a laundry splurge, but this gallon jug of Glamorous Wash High Maintenance lasts a while. The woody, floral blend combines patchouli and vanilla to create a sophisticated, slightly musky, but genuinely addictive scent. It can be used in machine or hand washes and is gentle on delicates. Grab a bottle of this for $49.50 at The Mercantile by Miller.
Lip & eye rescue set
Get ready for holiday and New Year parties with this set of lip and eye gels from crowd-favorite brand Patchology. They moisturize, hydrate, soften, and refresh the face while protecting against environmental stressors. Grab these perfect stocking stuffers for $12 at Fairley Fancy.
The daily ritual of dry brushing has been known to reduce the effects of physical and environmental stressors while providing some long-term wellness perks like increased circulation, lymphatic clearing, and skin exfoliation. Apply a nourishing body oil before brushing with long, smooth strokes up to the heart. This copper brush is $42 at Nourish by The NOW.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
Tumbler fanny pack
For all the unabashed Stanley devotees out there, this fabric pouch with a velcro strap is perfect for walks, errands, gym, school, or travel. Find this in a few different colors for $21.95 at Emerson Rose.
You’ll light up any outfit during any season with these gold starburst earrings — but they’ll be particularly ready for holiday events. Shop the pair for $22 at Two Brunettes.
V-neck sweater tank
Throw this comfy, lightweight sweater vest over any basic layer for a trendy look, or wear it under a favorite blazer or denim jacket. This design comes in multiple colors for $32 at Fly Boutique.
Giant velvet bow
Grace & Grandeur Bow Company’s luxe velvet hair bows are the perfect gift for women and little ones who like a little something extra. The long version has beautiful ribbon tails and is secured on a three-inch French barrette. Shop this in over a dozen great colors for $32 each at Grace & Grandeur Bow Company.
Another fabulous hair accessory that most women want but can never find is the elusive “dressed-up” scrunchie! This design is finished with striped ribbon trim and comes in navy, black, and ivory. Find them at Tulips for $18 each.
Chunky heart pendants are oh-so-in, and this one won’t break the bank! This 16-inch piece comes in many metal combinations from Virtue Jewelry for $38. A portion of sales benefits New Orleans women in need.
We’re always down for a dupe, and this “zen” style of platformed slippers is an excellent, less-expensive swap for the Uggs we’re seeing everywhere. This pair is $48 at Soirée Boutique.
Jennifer Thames is a Mississippi designer known for head-turning designs at great prices. With its mismatched rhinestone ends, this cuff will impress even the most discerning jewelry lovers on your list. It’s $32 from Jennifer Thames.
This on-trend chunky knit Barbour beanie has a cherry-on-top pom to add a little fun to any cold-weather fit. Shop the hat in several shades at Oak Hall for $50.
FOR THE GUYS
While most shirts come with collar stays, having backups is nice. These handsome ones made of unlacquered brass are a definite upgrade from plastic and will keep your collars crisp and in place. This matchbox-style box of 10 brass collar stays is $20 at Sid Mashburn.
Help protect their tech with these sturdy sleeves made of organic cotton canvas and lined with cotton fiber for padding and softness. They also have a zippered outside pocket for cords, phones, or earbuds. It comes in two sizes — 13-inch (on sale for $30.60) and 15-inch (on sale for $34) — in several colors at Made Trade.
LED lamp beanie
This beanie will keep your guy warm, hands-free, and ready for anything outside this winter. The built-in LED headlamp is rechargeable and can light the way for camping, hiking, grilling, dog walking, and garage piddling. Shop this pick for $19.95 at Serendipity.
Anyone with a desk will likely treasure this humorous trophy that infuses a little pep into their workday step. Shop this new line of trophies from bandana maven Jenni Earle for $32.
Grill light set
Grilling at night or through smoky conditions is a breeze with this ingenious LED flashlight-stainless steel combination grill tool. The detachable light comes with a spatula and tongs. It’s stylish, heavy-duty, and ready for all sorts of grilling. Find this on major sale for $11.25 at PDK Southern Pantry.
Nothing keeps the dawgs warm in winter like a fantastic pair of socks. This pair is expertly crafted from a soft and cozy wool blend and detailed with a seasonal snowy pattern at the ankle. Shop this pair for $34 at Stag Provisions.
Add this beloved bourbon to the whiskey lover on your list’s collection. Blade and Bow’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey uses a unique aging process to preserve the legacy of the Stitzel-Weller distillery’s oldest whiskey stocks. Shop their signature Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey for $49.95 at Drizly.
FOR THE KIDS
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book
Rifle Paper Co. has reimagined Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with more than 70 vibrantly colorful and captivating illustrations by Anna Bond, co-founder of the South’s darling paper brand. This new addition to their book collection is $30 at Rifle Paper Co.
Nurture your future superstar with this adorable wooden western-themed guitar. It has six nylon strings, a slotted neck, and plastic tuning pegs, and it comes with tuning instructions. Shop this for $36 at Gift Horse.
Kids can help with holiday grocery shopping with this realistic two-feet-tall shopping cart. It has a sturdy metal frame, cushioned push handle, folding fabric seat for dolls or stuffed animals, and pivoting front wheels. AND it’s easy to assemble and fold up for storage. Snag this best-seller at Magpies for $50.
The embellished headband trend is for the little ones, too! This tartan plaid headband with colorful crystals typically fits up to seven-year-olds. Shop it from Brianna Cannon for $45.
Kids tend to be on their best behavior when the promise of gifts is involved, and this whimsical poster is a good reminder. It’s hand-block printed at the famous Hatch Show Print in Music City. It’s $25 at Hatch Show Print.
Holiday dog puzzle
Time off from school means more opportunities for cozy days at home with the whole family. This 250-piece puzzle is just challenging enough to involve kids of all ages, and it’s got the cutest lineups of festive furry friends. You could even frame it once complete! It’s $28 at Two Friends.
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