As holiday cheer begins to swell, so do our shopping lists. Gift-giving doesn’t have to be stressful or drain your bank account, though. We’ve put together a list of 50 unique gifts, each one less than $50, from our favorite shops and makers around the South. This is your go-to holiday gift guide for everything from party thank yous, to ideas for men, to stocking stuffers for the whole family. Happy shopping and happy saving.
50 Under $50: Your Ultimate Southern Holiday Gift Guide
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
Rely on these trendy animal print sneakers to add that pop of pattern to the all-black or all-neutral outfits we are tempted to don every day of winter. Find these for $46 at Moda.
Ultra-soft everything this season, please. This half-zip pullover is our new closet staple for casual shopping days, walks in the park or new year workouts. Find this for $45 from Wrapsody.
Designer Leigh Hearne Hillenmeyer proudly named her jewelry line Hearne Dry Goods Company after her great-great-grandfather. She gives a portion of each sale to a community health clinic in Lwala, Kenya, as a tribute to his commitment to fostering community both near and far. Snag a pair of these snazzy earrings for $40 on SB Shop.
Whether you love The Stones or the Man in Black, Louisville designer Erika Wooldridge is your one-stop-shop for bold, unique statement pieces (perfect for hard-to-shop-for friends). Erika works with customers every step of the way to combine plaid, denim, and camo shirts with vintage tees. Find the perfect combo — prices vary under $50, but most are around $32 on Rock My Flannel.
Tilton Street bracelets
These handmade stacking bracelets feature polymer clay disc beads with a brushed gold center. Perfectly paired with winter whites or bold summer prints, snag a set of these to add to your jewelry rotation, gift to a friend, or separate them as three friendship bracelets! Find this set for $50 at SB Shop.
The natural rattan tote bag is handwoven in Bali and makes a perfectly sized catch-all throughout the seasons. Dress it up or down and style it with almost any get-up. Find this at Apple & Oak for just $46!
In case you haven’t heard, hair accessories are all the buzz right now. These knotted, structured headbands make a fun addition to any outfit for all the stylish gals in your life. Find these for $28 each, at Sachi in Memphis.
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FOR THE KITCHEN
Mixed baked goods
Muddy’s Bake Shop’s Signature Baker’s Snack Box is a mix of this famed Memphis bakery’s best-loved crowd favorites. The Shady Wake Pie is an insanely good Southern pecan pie that’s been featured in the New York Times and Travel + Leisure. Add in a stack of double-chocolate brownies and cookie sandwiches, and we’re calling this a winner. Signature snack box, $49, from Muddy’s Bake Shop.
Vulcan blend coffee
Give the tasty gift of coffee this year. Lovingly named America’s first Iron Man, the Vulcan is a well-known fixture who overlooks the city of Birmingham. Find this one-pound bag of sweet and caramelly coffee for $15.99 at O’Henry’s.
Vegetable soup set
These cold winter nights call for hot soup by the fire. Alabama provisions company, Stone Hollow Farmstand, has a plethora of delicious canned and creamed goods like homemade cheeses, pickled veggies and more. Find the vegetable soup for $22 and the Cyprus flake salt for $12 at Stone Hollow Farmstand.
Cookie lovers, rejoice! These Half-Moon cookies from Memphis’s Full Moon BBQ are baked from scratch daily with fresh ingredients, including Southern pecans and chocolate chips. Get 20 cookies in a collectible tin for just $22.99 at Full Moon.
Cardamom pear fruit mixer
Perfectly Cordial is a premium cocktail and mocktail mixer brand owned by the delightful Rhonda Cammon of Nashville. This flavor of her tasty product line is the perfect combination of crisp, sweet pear, warm cardamom, Meyer lemon, exotic spices and cane sugar. Combine it with vodka for a pear martini, or with bourbon for an old fashioned. It can also be added to any wine, spirit, tea or just plain water. Find this fruit mixture for $7 on SB Shop.
Rendezvous gift bag
A lauded Memphis culinary establishment, The Rendezvous offers a gift bag that gives a little taste of what the iconic restaurant has to offer. It features a bottle of mild barbecue sauce, a bottle of hot barbecue sauce, a bottle of Rendezvous’ famous seasoning and a bag of barbecue popcorn — all inside a reusable Rendezvous tote bag. Find it for $30 at hogsfly.com.
For the foodie in your life, we can’t think of a better gift than a high-quality cut of prime ribeye for a cozy steak night at home. Order these online for $39 each at Humphrey’s Prime Cut Shoppe.
FOR AROUND THE HOME
Guitar cutting board
Spice up your charcuterie board this holiday season with a custom-cut serving board from Narrow Gate Trading Co. Their boards are customizable, and we think this company’s story and mission are pretty dang cool. Find it for $49 at Narrow Gate Trading Co.
Eggnog recipe dish towel
This handy holiday dish towel is hand-painted on soft cotton and makes the perfect gift for holiday shindig hosts. Find this towel — and many more fun styles — for just $10 at Yellowhammer Printshop.
Vintage kitchen timer
How dirty do we often get our phones when we try to time things in the kitchen? This nifty, easy-to-use timer will help you perfect all the holiday casseroles, cookies and bread. Or use it to time your children’s screentime. You’ll get a lot of use out of these charming little vintage timers, which are available in blue or red for $17 from The Mercantile.
East Fork is a Southern-made pottery company in Asheville, N.C., that crafts beautiful handmade ceramic dinnerware and other functional objects. Just in time for the holidays, they’ve launched their latest glaze, Night Swim — a seasonal glaze featuring a deep blue-green shade. Shop these mugs and more at East Fork.
Mayker‘s natural seagrass baskets — in three stackable sizes — will help you minimize clutter while adding warmth and texture to any room. Natural seagrass holds potted plants, blankets or pet toys. The best part? They won’t break your budget. Find them for $25 to $37 from Mayker.
For the in-laws
Parents and in-laws love to show off photos of their precious grandbabies and trips abroad. Gift them a large (and beautiful!) photo album to be proudly displayed on the coffee table. Find this for $42.50 from Printworks.
Brass plant mister
Plant care can be practical and pretty with this solid brass mister. It’s cute enough to be displayed even when it’s not in use. Keep those thirsty plants happy with daily misting this winter. Find it online and in-store for $32 at Shoppe Birmingham.
Personalized tea towels
A personalized dish towel is a perfect gift — especially if paired with a bottle of wine. Customize a classic white dishtowel at The Paper Place for $22. The turn-around time is three to four days, so be sure to order soon!
THOUGHTFUL GIFTS (TO POTENTIALLY KEEP FOR YOURSELF)
Moscow mule mugs
Here’s to Christmas cheer and the season of giving with these cheers-worthy Moscow Mule mugs. To pair perfectly with their favorite liquor, give a gift that will warm their hearts from Uncommon James. Get the pair of mugs for $34.
From the folks behind Garden & Gun, Southern Women celebrates just that — amazing Southern women who have made an impact. With stories about, and interviews with, more than 100 amazing females — from chefs and artists to designers and actors — this book is one to curl up with and take your time reading. Plus, Garden & Gun is donating a portion of Southern Women proceeds to support Girls Inc. Find this book starting at $30 from multiple retailers by clicking here.
Give the gift of the delicious signature smell of Nashville’s Noelle Hotel this season. People flock to one of the South’s coolest gift shops to stock up on these sleek bottles and utterly divine scent. Head over to Keep Shop online to get yours for $38!
A set of these neutral buffalo horn rectangle napkin rings would make an unexpected hostess gift, or you can break them out for your own festivities. Find these for $14 each from Epergne.
Everyone needs a catch-all dish, and Alabama-based Susan Gordon Pottery creates the perfect solution. Her handmade pottery pieces are beautiful, and this bowl is great for holding jewelry, candy, keys — or use it as a unique accent piece. Find it for $38 at Susan Gordon Pottery.
Holiday vintage matches
Why not spruce up the home with functionality and style? These vintage apothecary matches add a pop of color to any holiday tablescape during this season filled with a lot of candle lighting. Find these matches — plus tons of other color combinations — for $18 at Made Market Co.
This pack of four reusable and washable straws makes the perfect hostess gift or a handy addition to any holiday get-together. Find them — along with this clever bag — for $28 at ABEDNEGO.
Wing wine topper
Add some holiday pizzazz to your wine bottles — whether you’re gifting them or setting them out for a holiday feast — with these rustic angel wing wine toppers. Grab a pair for $25 each at Stock & Trade.
City watercolor ornaments
Erika Roberts released these beautiful keepsake ornaments just in time for the holidays. Each ceramic ornament comes with a coordinating satin ribbon and includes the artist’s signature in gold ink on the back of each ornament. Find each ornament for $25 at SB Shop.
Monogram door knocker
For newlyweds, new homeowners, or those who love adding personalized touches to their home, this monogrammed door knocker is a thoughtful gift. Check out all the Michael Healy doorknocker designs here and order yours for $29.50 from Avondale Specialty Hardware.
Good News Calendar 2020
Sarah Baumann, the Austin, TX-based illustrator behind Signet Sealed, has released 2020’s Good News Calendar. It’s filled with 12 massive good news story illustrations, national holidays, goofy/fun holidays, international holidays, dates of importance, historical events and so much more. Find this cool (and educational) calendar for $24 online at Signet Sealed.
FOR THE WOMAN ON THE GO
Set of four face masks
With colder weather descending, these all-natural Aby Rose masks keep us glowing and hydrated. Handmade in Nashville, this set of four masks — charcoal to detox, French green clay to rejuvenate, Moroccan clay to deeply exfoliate, and Kaolin clay to tone — makes the perfect gift for any skincare lover … or to add to your own weekly routine. Get this set for $20 from Aby Rose.
Luggage tags make the perfect gift and can save travelers from a mistaken or lost bag issue. These South of Hampton leather luggage tags come in lots of different colors and lettering options and feature an ID window. Find these for $32 each at SB Shop.
Charleston, SC-based Old Whaling Co. bath bombs are carefully mixed in-house, by hand, and loaded with Epsom salts and oils for a lovely, relaxing soak that cleanses, moisturizes and refreshes. Available in 13 tantalizing flavors, you can snag one for $6 or four for $20 from Old Whaling Co.
Monogrammable makeup bags
These monogrammable makeup bags by Jon Hart are functional and cute — a great gift option for a girl who’s always on the go. Also available in other colors and sizes, find them ranging from $26 to $34 at Please Reply.
Our latest beauty crush, Geri G., has created a seven-in-one makeup brush designed to make your life easier and your skin healthier. The smaller handle and angled cut allow you to maneuver with precision around tough-to-reach areas like the contours of the face and eyes. This sounds like a winning stocking stuffer for any beauty buff on your list. Get yours for $19.99 from Geri G.
A new, large candle delivered to our door every month? Sign us up. Mary Claire owns Falling into Place in Birmingham, and handcrafts candles with high-quality fragrances and beautiful packaging. This former elementary school teacher loves children, so a portion of sales goes to the International Child Art Foundation. Gift this candle subscription for $25 a month from Falling into Place.
These super-soft eye masks are perfect for the college student in your life who might need some extra sleep … from studying all night, of course. Available in cream, brown, soft pink and leopard print, find these eye masks for $29 at Dorm Decor.
Everyone deserves an invigorating and luxurious dip in this bourbon-infused product line created by salon industry expert, Melissa Happel. The hand-crafted scrub exfoliates, hydrates and leaves skin super silky. The gift of an at-home spa day will be much appreciated. Find it for $32 from Me Care.
For the person who has everything, we suggest this beautiful, chic reusable bag. Sturdy enough to hold 50 pounds of practically anything you can dream of, this bag is truly the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. You’ll want to pick up one for yourself as well. Find it for $16 at Manhattan South.
Spa gift set
OAK‘s Relax Nashville gift set includes a delightful bundle of soothing soaks, salts, sugar scrubs, foot soaks and candles sourced from the South. This is a collection of their staff’s favorite items and can be packaged in a kraft bag with tissue paper, a wooden crate, a vintage basket or a custom-wrapped gift box. Check out all the options, starting at $25, from OAK.
FOR THE GUYS
Corkcicle whiskey wedge
This Whiskey Wedge by Corkcicle means no more watered-down libations for the spirit lovers in your life. Find this custom cube maker and glass set for $18 at Nisolo.
Woodford Reserve holiday bottle
This special edition bottle of Woodford Reserve ignites the spirit of the season with a holiday landscape of the Woodford Reserve Distillery Visitor’s Center, one of the first Kentucky distilleries to welcome guests. Painted by renowned Kentucky-based artist Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty, this snowy scene showcases the warmth of the holidays in a perfectly tasty way. Find it for $50 at woodfordreserve.com.
A Dopp kit makes the perfect travel companion. Made from two-tone canvas and brown vegan leather with interior lining, each bag flattens for easy storage. Plus, monogram it for a gift that will surely impress. Get yours at SB Shop for $49.
Holiday socks gift box
We can say from experience that these Johnston & Murphy sock gift boxes are serious Christmas favorites. Choose three to four pairs of printed socks, varying in price from $14 to $16, for a boxed set customized for every guy in your life. The cost of the box depends on the total price of the pairs you select. Shop these patterned socks, starting at $14 each, from Johnston & Murphy.
Personalized key fob
Clayton & Crume is a dorm room startup turned full-fledged leather shop based in Louisville, KY. They source only full-grain leather from top tanneries and keep the edges raw to show you that they have nothing to hide. This bridle nameplate key fob is an elegant and classic gift to give this holiday season. Find it for $45 at SB Shop.
This season, keep your beverage of choice extra hot or cold with the essential Yeti tumbler. Perfect for the guy or gal who is on the go, this large 30 oz. will come in handy through every season. Find this Yeti tumbler in a variety of colors from Bink’s Outfitters starting at $34.99.
This Kentucky-made firewood satchel is a handsome, handy way to transport logs to your campfires or wood-burning fireplaces. Grab yours for $42 from Dixie Reserve.
Happy holidays, and happy under-$50-shopping, y’all!
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