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Top 10 Made in the South Gift Giving Guide

24 Nov

The very day after Thanksgiving I start to feel the pressure of Christmas.  The consumerism, the crowds, the aching feet, ack.  Our country is on the verge of an unemployment crisis and everyone’s going out buying cheap plastic crap to support who knows where.  Not my favorite idea.  That’s why I have put together a quick guide of some of my favorite Southern made gifts in case you’re feeling as snarky as I.

  1. Imogene and Willie Limited Edition Tote Bags–  Super cool, reclaimed oil-cloth tote bags from Nashville’s top denim designers.  Made in Tennessee.
  2. Lodge Cast Iron Cookware– a good pre-seasoned cast iron skillet will last you, and probably your children, a lifetime.  Made in Tennessee.
  3. Yazoo Beer-  Dos Perros never disappoints.  Made in Tennessee.
  4. Benton’s Bacon–  No fooling, this is the best bacon I have ever had.  It’s thick cut, hickory smoked perfection.  Made in Tennessee.
  5. Santa’s Ale Beer Soap for Men– Need I say more?  Made in Florida.
  6. Orbix Blown Glass Vases– This studio has beautiful hand blown glass vases, pitches, and bowls.  Made in Alabama.
  7. Zkano Organic Cotton Socks– Family owned sock manufacturers with cute striped or plain socks to suit anyone’s tastes.  Made in Alabama.
  8. Louisville Slugger– Even if you don’t play baseball, they’re always good to have behind a door…Made in Kentucky.
  9. Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon– It’s a splurge but just right for the dad who has everything.  Made in Kentucky.
  10. Uncorked Glass– Hand made wine bottle glasses.  Made in Georgia.
Rachel Louise Martin, Ph.D.

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