No Southern terrain is too tough to traverse aboard the retro-cool Honda Trail125. The low-slung design handles effortlessly (and relatively quietly) on and off road—thanks to a suspension that smooths bumps—the raised muffler stays clear of mud and muck, and there’s plenty of ground clearance. A flat cargo rack holds more than forty pounds of gear and (hopefully) game to haul home. ($3,999; powersports.honda.com)
On the Money
Keep your walking-around cash close with this engraved sterling-silver clip from the Texas artisans at Clint Orms ($550; clintorms.com).
For Rufus Thames of RJ Thames and Co. in Bristol, Virginia, nothing beats the sound of a 1930s acoustic guitar. The luthier crafts his custom instruments, favored by such pickers as Bryan Sutton and Billy Strings, using the same hand-carving techniques and woods employed back then, such as Appalachian red spruce. “Heritage and inspiration permeate the air here,” he says, “and I am lucky enough to breathe them in every day in my workshop” ($6,000–$7,000; 423-366-3548).
The Texas native, fashion designer, and entertainer extraordinaire Lela Rose puts her stamp on the beloved caramel layer variety at Caroline’s Cakes—specifically her Reyrosa Toile pattern, applied to the buttercream ($80; carolinescakes.com).
Orvis’s eight-foot, five-weight 1856 bamboo fly rod, shown here with a Battenkill reel ($99), hearkens back to another era but delivers modern performance, year after year, river after river ($4,498; orvis.com).
Like the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, the workhorse World War II fighter plane that inspired its design, Breitling’s latest pilot’s watch in its Classic Avi series is both tough and stylish, with forty-eight hours of reserve power and topstitched straps that tip a cap to vintage flight gear ($5,800; breitling.com).
Buffet of Fun
Who needs another fir-scented candle when you could put John Derian’s Cereria Introna epicurean delights on the sideboard instead? The shop’s cheeky choices include blackberry pie and pineapple cake ($38–$72; johnderian.com).
Seeds of an Idea
Fill this übermodern recycled plastic Heirloom Art Co. feeder from the top with sunflower seeds or peanuts, and chickadees and finches will come calling ($84; heirloomartco.com).
Cast-iron anything has long been a go-to gift for Southerners, and now Smithey Ironware, the maker of this dual-handled skillet, will even engrave its underside with the recipient’s monogram ($240; smithey.com).
“Drink me,” beckons any cocktail perched on the jewelry designer Silvia Furmanovich’s mushroom stool; thin layers of salvaged Brazilian wood form the groovy marquetry pattern ($4,600; tinygods.com).
Hot and Now
The smaller footprint of the Karu 12G, Ooni’s most advanced portable pizza oven—stoked by wood, charcoal, or, if you add on a gas burner, propane—means it packs up easy for firing pepperoni pies at campsite or tailgate ($429; ooni.com).
Lap of Luxury
Breakfast in bed may lead to all day in bed when it’s served from this rattan Casa Branca tray, with two side pockets for glossies, paperbacks, tablets, you name it ($750; casabranca.com).
Hang every color of the rainbow on the tree with the help of these handblown glass ornaments in vintage silhouettes by Knoxville’s Pretentious Glass Co., for Blackberry Farm ($48–$98 each; blackberryfarmshop.com).
Santa may get distracted if he sees this handmade spatterware urn from the Ark Elements on your mantel ($398; thearkelements.com).
King Ranch Saddle Shop’s hand-stitched- leather-wrapped jigger, shaker, and tray will bring a ruggedly handsome touch to your next martini ($245–$345; krsaddleshop.com).
No matter how you plan to shimmy into or out of a room this season, this little glass-beaded number by Lizzie Fortunato should be on your arm ($395; shop .lizziefortunato.com).
It’s rare for most of the South to see the kind of snowfall required for making angels and sledding in late December, but this sleek Weston Table snow globe brings a flurry of magic regardless ($65; westontable.com).
To the Maxi
Mark a festive occasion in Cara Cara’s cotton sateen skirt, tumbling with baroque blooms ($298; caracaranyc.com).
Whether for a hostess gift or your own fete, these cheddar chive wafers from the Rounds offers a poppable alternative to the cheese straw and arrives in a lovely package ($40 for forty-five; theroundsnyc.com).
The folks at Garden Heir specialize in curating items that work hard in the yard and look handsome doing it. Case in point: these stylish rubber clogs one could picture on garden maestro Monty Don himself ($78; gardenheir.com).
This beautifully lacquered Addison Ross grinder stands a little over a foot tall and can churn up rock salt or peppercorns ($120; addisonrossusa.com).
Stitches in Time
Using an embroidery design passed down through generations, artisans in Northern Portugal stitch these dinner napkins from Porta by hand ($150 for set of six; porta-nyc.com).
One for the Road
The new Tin Cloth collection by Filson, which includes this medium-size duffle, is lighter than most but still tough enough to weather years of adventure thanks to a durable waxed-cotton body, nylon interior, and bridle-leather carry grip ($295; filson.com).
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