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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.

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Food gift: Anzie Blue packaged grazing board

As if we need more reasons to love this new Anzie Blue offering, they also offer overnight shipping for last-minute gift needs. Image: Anzie Blue

Anzie Blue charcuterie board display

Some design inspiration for your next Anzie Blue board-fueled gathering. Image: Anzie Blue

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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!

Southern Roots Wine founders

Best friends and now winemaking partners — Janet and Frank O’Neil (left) and  Rob and Fran Francis (right) — raise a toast. Because they’re a small-batch wine operation, Southern Roots can accommodate any order you’d like to gift — from one bottle to a few cases! Image: Facebook

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.

Southern Roots Wine chardonnay, cabernet, and rose

While their cab is a consistent crowd favorite, Oprah named the Southern Roots Rosé one of “The Best Affordable Thanksgiving Wines That’ll Impress Your Family.” And the Southern Roots 2017 Carneros Chardonnay just received a 90 point score from the Beverage Tasting Institute. Image: Submitted

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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.

Food gift: Batch USA Taste of Austin

The “Taste of Austin” box includes a variety of delicious Texan flavors. Image: Batch USA

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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.

Batch USA Atlanta gift box

As if this set could get ANY cooler, 10% of sales on the Atlanta gift sets benefits Make-A-Wish Georgia. Image: Batch

Cheers to thoughtful, easy, and delicious gift-giving this holiday season.

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