The G&G Gift Guide
Eight compelling gifts that celebrate authenticity
From artisanal chocolate to rustic leather goods, the items in our holiday gift guide all have one thing in common—soul. But that doesn’t mean they’re not plenty useful. In other words, they’re the perfect gifts for that tough-to-shop-for Southerner, even if that’s you.
1) Fence Post Cutting Board
Want a cutting board with history? These handmade designs are built from wood salvaged from a plantation in Scotts Station, Alabama. No two are alike, and the age rings on each piece make a great backdrop for a festive cheese plate. $40; holmesteadcompany.com
2) Heritage Radio
This wood-and-metal radio by Revo may look like something out of the sixties, but the technology couldn’t be more modern. It broadcasts 11,000 stations and streams tunes from your iPod and laptop, too. $399; conranusa.com
3) Flap Wallet
The products from Makr Carry Goods have a devoted international following, but the elegant, rustic accessories—including this great-looking leather wallet—are made in Florida. $80; makr.com
4) Dupatta Stole
No cold-weather ensemble is ever complete without a scarf, and this timeless, tasseled number by Matta is made of silk and wool on wooden looms. $225; mattany.com
5) Double Play Turkey Call
Have a turkey-hunting nut on your list? Check out John Tanner’s versatile box calls, which also come with slate and a striker. His newest style, a limited-edition ancient cypress design, elevates the art form to another level—and they sound damn good, too. $195; johntannercalls.com
6) Natural Moss Wreath
A great alternative to standard evergreens, this wreath is assembled from 100 percent organic moss, which means it will last for many holidays to come. And you can buy one for every door in the neighborhood without emptying your wallet. $20; candles4less.com
7) Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar
Sweet expert Eric Battles, from Charleston, South Carolina, makes this chocolate confection the old-fashioned way—with sugar, heavy cream, butter, and fleur de sel. One bite and you'll understand why it hits the sweet spot. $5; sweeteethchocolate.com
This trio of handcrafted metallic bags by the Abejas Collection in Houston are ideal for keeping makeup brushes, pens, pencils, and cell phone chargers under control, with a little style to boot. $69; abejasboutique.com.
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