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 30 unique gifts, each one costing less than $50, from our favorite Southern shops and makers. This is your go-to holiday gift guide for everything from hostess thank yous, to ideas for men, to stocking stuffers for the whole family. The best part? Everything is shoppable online.
30 Under $50: Your Ultimate Southern Holiday Gift Guide
HOME & GATHERINGS
Add a personal or memorializing touch to their tree this year with this custom-cut birch wood ornament. You could use a special handwritten note, or write something yourself to gift to your loved one. Whatever your message, turn it into an ornament they can keep forever. Find this gift for $15 at Thomas Woodworking KY.
Elegant and sophisticated, these fragrance-free, European-style, 12-inch tapers are the perfect mood lighting for your next indoor or outdoor soirée. Stylishly wrapped and labeled, this set of tapers also makes a lovely hostess gift. The mistletoe palette includes crimson, hunter green and white, with two of each per set. Find your set for $26.95 at Society Social.
Asheville artist Wyatt Grant has created a beautiful black and white, thought-provoking piece of art that would look striking in almost any space. We could also picture this print in a brushed gold frame to give it an elegant, modern touch. Only 50 of these hand-printed 11-by-16-inch pieces are available, so snag yours for $30 from Wyatt Grant.
Wine tags make a smart stocking stuffer that will always come in handy — especially when it’s more important than ever to know whose glass is whose! Grab an extra set and keep them on hand for your next wine night. A pack of eight includes two of each saying: Liquid Therapy For ____, Property Of ____, Keep Full For ______, and If Found, Refill & Return To ____. Find these at AshBlue for $10.
There are few gifts more thoughtful than this cotton flour sack tea towel customized with a favorite family recipe. After your purchase, The Gift of Today team will request the recipe, either handwritten or a photographed recipe card … then voila! Find this custom dishtowel for $38 at SB Shop. (Order by December 2 for delivery by Christmas!)
Perfect for entertaining or gifting, this bamboo serving board features a slide-out storage tray with a cheese fork, flat cheese knife, and small spade. Your purchase also supports the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Find yours for $24 at St. Jude Gift Shop.
Have them present their grazing spread in an attractive, easy-to-clean manner with this disposable table runner instead of a board. The clean-up is super easy, the packaging is adorable, and they can cut the paper “board” to size. Find this gift for $20 at Southern Muse.
Renowned invitation and stationery design studio, Tenn Hens created a handful of festive home goods featuring their hand-drawn designs. This set of six Holly Jolly Nutcracker cups is colorful, shatterproof, and dishwasher safe. Find them for $20 at Tenn Hens.
Wrapped delicately with a beautiful bow, this Christmas ballotin makes for the sweetest gift. From hostesses to teachers, everyone will appreciate this thoughtful box of treats. Handcrafted in Birmingham, these chocolates will be at the top of everyone’s wish list for years to come. Find a box of 12 pieces for $30 at Chocolata.
Honey trio gift box
Pair these honey flavors with a favorite cheese, use with a holiday recipe or spread on a buttery biscuit. The 2020 seasonal flavors are vitex, tulip poplar and fall wildflower, all giving a little taste of something sweet. Each purchase goes towards Thistle & Bee’s mission of helping women who have survived trafficking thrive. Find this trio gift box for $45 at Thistle & Bee.
Decatur, GA-based Radio Roasters is here to ensure you and your loved ones stay happily caffeinated throughout the winter. This holiday-wrapped sampling includes four of their esteemed roaster-selected coffees from a variety of origins. It’s perfect for gifting, stuffing stockings, or simply narrowing down your favorite coffee. Find it for $24.95 at Radio Roasters.
Kombucha starter kit
Gift a kombucha-curious friend or co-worker a chance to make their own this holiday season. The kit includes a glass jar, organic black tea and organic cane sugar, SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), a tight-weave cloth and rubber band, and a step-by-step guide on how to brew a batch of kombucha. Find the kit for $40 at Stone Hollow Farmstead.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
Austin, TX-based Sanctuary Project is committed to employing and empowering survivors of sex trafficking, violence and addiction. This Statement GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Necklace is a reminder that these women have names, faces, and stories that matter. The beautiful hammered and gold-plated pendant hangs on an adjustable 19- to 21-inch chain and is perfect for layering or wearing alone. Find yours on sale for $33.60 (reg. $48) at Sanctuary Project.
Who doesn’t love a handsome, durable leather pouch to hold all of life’s essentials!? It’s small enough to fit in a bag, or add the wrist strap for a night out! What’s better? Each bag purchased gives 50 meals to a network of 60,000 food banks nationwide during this unprecedented world crisis. Find it on sale at In Blue Handmade for $44 (reg. $55) with the wrist strap, or $36 (reg. $45) without. (SB TIP: There are lots of other colors, and this could also be a great dopp kit for a guy.)
Shopping for a fashionista, but don’t know where to start? This silk headband is super fashion-forward with its beaded pattern and turban style. It’s the perfect accessory for any gal’s closet. Find it for $38 at Minette Boutique.
These are the perfect-sized hoops for everyday wear. Judith Bright’s mini hoops come in gold, sterling silver or rose gold for $33. Plus, you can add a stone accent piece for a pop of color for an extra $20. Snag a pair of these from Judith Bright.
This beautifully colored, stitched scarf is the perfect accessory to throw over that neutral outfit we all tend to throw on during the winter months. The price doesn’t match the quality of this unique piece! Find yours for $28 at Bijou.
FOR ANYONE ON-THE-GO
This candle’s scent was inspired by slow, cozy mornings spent with coffee in bed, twinkling tree lights, and family snuggles. Memphis-based RE+NEW+ALL Candle is a social enterprise that works with nonprofits to provide community, restoration and empowerment to women recovering from trafficking. Find this candle for $38 at RE+NEW+ALL.
Here’s hoping our 2021 calendars will look a bit more lively. Those who enjoy planning ahead will swoon over this gorgeous datebook by Julia Rothman. As they keep track of their obligations, they can thumb through the pages of illustrated information, how-tos, and advice designed for fans of nature and art. Find this book at The Bookshop for $19.99.
Less frequent trips to the spa might mean more aches and pains. Help alleviate stress and tension with these massage balls that enhance joint movement, relieve pain, increase circulation and calm the nervous system. With the help of lots of online tutorials, they can become their own masseuse. The trio is available for $28 at Longevity Boutique.
We could all use a bit more peace and pampering, especially during the holidays. Give the gift of relaxation this holiday season with this essential oil-infused bath soak. Perfect for a holiday gift exchange, find this soak for $25 at Domicile.
FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART
No Stress Chess
Maybe you’re aware of the “Queen’s Gambit”-induced chess craze sweeping the world and chessboard shortages everywhere! Well, we found a board and more. No Stress Chess will help them master the game using illustrated cards and an illustrated two-sided board. Find it at Homewood Toy & Hobby for $17.99.
This darling stuffed animal and matching book by Jellycat will inspire the little one in your life to play and learn. Plus, the penguin is super soft and cuddly. Find the stuffed penguin and other animals, starting at $22, and the book for $20, at Cotton Tails.
Canvas & paint kit
Encourage them to get creative and start a personal painting project with this step-by-step painting kit and tutorial. The kit includes an 11-by-14-inch canvas, paint, plate, napkin, water cup and a video tutorial (emailed) with tips on mixing colors, shading, highlighting and more. Don’t forget your brushes! Find the perfect kit for $25 at Better Than Ever.
Love & Lion takes temporary tattoos to a new level, and these glow-in-the-dark tattoos are out of this world. We have already ordered a few sheets to use as stocking stuffers. Each sheet comes with seven temporary tattoos, and make sure you explore their other styles before you check out. Find these kid-approved tattoos for $5 at Love & Lion.
For the collegiate
Perfect for the busy college student in your life, this zipper-top pouch easily stores makeup, accessories and toiletries. Customize it with your recipient’s sorority letters (or initials), and fill it with their favorite products for an extra-personal touch. Find it for $39 at SB Shop.
This Smathers and Branson needlepoint key fob will give his keys a colorful personality, and it’s just the right size to fit in a pocket or bag. Available in more than 20 styles, including hobbies, universities, and more, these hand-stitched fobs make the perfect gift for any man on your list! Find yours for $32.50 at Oak Hall.
This monogrammed leather koozie is the chicest way to keep drinks cold. The timeless and durable leather emblazoned with your giftee’s monogram is guaranteed to have everyone asking, “Where can I get one?!”. Order by December 10 for delivery in time for Christmas. Find yours for $45 at SB Shop.
This is the perfect gift — a set of spices that is ready to bring the flavor out in every dish. Perfect for seasoning something for the grill or concocting some festive cocktails, this set includes generous sizes of Turkey Rub, Prime Rib Rub, Mulling Spice, and Pumpkin Spice. Find yours for $50 at Living with Landyn.
We are so thankful to have come across this Southern company this year. Farm to Feet is committed to the single, simple goal of creating the world’s best wool socks by exclusively using an all-American recipe: U.S. materials, U.S. manufacturing, and U.S. workers across towns like Jamestown and Pickens, SC, and Burlington and Mt. Airy, NC. Find these for $23 at Farm to Feet.
Happy holidays, and happy under-$50-shopping, y’all!
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